“Sigh no more ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever-One foot in sea and one foot on shore.” —William Shakespeare
Much Ado About You, Samantha Young’s latest standalone from Berkley, will —without a doubt— be one of the top reads for 2021.
I don’t say this lightly. I’m a romantic comedy lover from way back in the day. Much Ado About You is the perfect rom-com come to life. The description of the characters and the small coastal town, as well as the depth of emotions which are portrayed in so many scenes are all so richly and vividly painted on the page that I became invested immediately in the story.
Evie Starling has the tenacity to rent out a bookstore in Northern England on a whim. Her sudden hiatus from reality becomes a way to find herself. Evie resolves she would focus on herself, especially after a too long streak of dating mishaps. Once she lands in England, her jet lag leads her stumble upon a man—and a dog—that she had never intended upon meeting. Roane is the mysterious, yet enigmatic, and oh so charming farmer that challenges Evie’s resolution to stay away from men on this trip. Roane is the perfect book boyfriend, and honestly I was impressed at the willpower Evie showed throughout the book.
Samantha Young has a way of creating characters (as well as small towns) that are enchanting, whimsical, and so delightfully life-like. On more than one occasion I felt like I was sharing a table at the pub with Evie, trying one of Caro’s baked goods, or could feel the soft ears of Shadow the Great Dane. I also felt each and every sexy, silly, and heart-wrenching feeling that Evie went through. Evie is a fantastic heroine, and I adored that she found resolution for her character on so many different levels. Her romance with Roane was a true wonder to watch unfold. It was all too easy to get swept away with all the delicious heat between the two.
I honestly cannot recommend Much Ado About You enough. I truly hope that this book isn’t the last we see of all of Evie’s friends in Alnster. I’ve been a fan of Samantha Young since she was writing YA paranormal fantasy and I can honestly say that Much Ado About You is tied with my favorite book she’s ever written. Much Ado About You will become one of those books you just want to read over and over again because reading it is like giving your soul a hug.
Bee on the lookout for Carla’s IGTV review of Much Ado About You in the next few days so you’re all ready for the fantastic Much Ado About You to release on February 2nd, 2021!