Sometimes we read a romance novel and we can’t escape it because it’s perfect for us, you know? I’ve read You Deserve Each Other twice now, and every time I’m reduced to a barely babbling mess who texts every one of their friends to shout that *slams fist into table* they must read it.
Naomi and Nicholas are my #1 chaotic faves – they’re messy and petty and I adore them to bits. They make me smile so big one second and tear up the next, and it’s so very baffling that I don’t know if I want to hug or strangle them (hug, of course).
Today I’m sharing my favorite quotes because I can’t help talking about these two. This post is way too long and absolutely over the top but bear with me, please?
Warning : Many of these quotes can be considered spoilery, and if you haven’t read You Deserve Each Other, I’d urge you not to read them yet because as it’s often the case, they’re better experienced directly. Read my non-spoilery review instead.
As much as I hate Nicholas’ mother, the war between Naomi and her gave birth to some of the most hilarious scenes.
When Mrs. Rose goes to check in with “the woman” about dinner, I pull out my phone and start tapping. “Potpourri,” I say aloud. “Scribbly paintings. Creepy Hummel figurines of peasant children doing chores.”
Nicholas gives me a wary look. “What are you doing?”
“Taking notes on how to make our house more enticing to you. You adore this one so much that you never want to leave, so I’m working out how to replicate the magic.”
She’s so petty, oh my god I adore her.
“I’m surprised an urn this lovely isn’t already occupied,” I say as if I didn’t hear her. “Although I suppose one day it will be.”
LMAOOOOO I love Naomi so much. Now, Nicholas and her have their moments, too, and it shouldn’t make me laugh. It shouldn’t.
it does, though
He follows up with, “Just as beautiful as the moment we first saw each other from across the room. On visitor’s day, at the prison.”
I swallow. “I’ll be headed back to prison soon, I’m sure.”
“I hear they offer classes. You could finally learn what the word regardless means.”
“It’ll be worth it, sleeping in the same room that holds my toilet, knowing you’re not around to ruin anyone’s life. Regardless.”
“That’s not how civil society functions. How about you grab your makeup bag and put all your crap on in the car?”
It’s adorable how he assumes I’m in here making myself pretty instead of smearing a pentagram on the floor in my own blood and casting hexes on him.
My little shits 😭 Their communication skills are so awful in the beginning – it will make everything better later, because the fact that they realize they need to change in order to be happy is one of my favorite aspects of this book but damn 😭
“Go ahead and wear pajamas to dinner, Naomi. You think that would bother me? You can go out dressed as Santa Claus and I wouldn’t care.”
Now I genuinely am insulted. “Why wouldn’t you care?”
He raises his eyes to mine. “Because I think you’re beautiful no matter what.”
Ugh. That’s really low, even for him.
This one broke my heart a little?
It’s not fair to be hurt or angry over something he didn’t even say, especially since the words I put into my own head are all true, but knowing he potentially could say it—and probably will—is enough to make me sink into a dark silence that I don’t rise from for the rest of the ride home.
“I’ve asked you where you’ve been. You’ve refused to tell me. Do you have any idea what that’s like?”
“Yeah!” he cries. “I do. I don’t know where you’ve been all year, Naomi. Your body’s here, but your head’s somewhere else. You’ve gone and left me all alone.”
Nicholas slants me a wild look, eyes blazing. “What are you going to do, Naomi?”
There’s a frisson of anticipation and suspense in his tone; something that still hopes, in spite of our constant attacks. I reach for a sharp weapon but don’t find any. Facing him on our battlefield, I drop all my armor.
“Cry,” I whisper.
The strings of our reserve snap and he falls onto me, astride my lap, knees digging into the couch to support his weight. His fingers tangle in my hair and his lips find mine, soft and warm and inviting.
What I loved the most, though? All the little attentions they had for each other – seeing them mending their long-lost complicity and being friends again truly stroke a chord with me.
He takes the coffee and soup from me, anyway. I’m amused at the way he keeps gaping at me, completely boggled. Deborah must have called him already with a full report. Hills of snow all over the yard now, she just tossed it anywhere. And then she drank all your hot chocolate! The good kind!
She props her hands on her hips. “Aren’t you going to let me inside?” I think of vampires again and shiver.
Nicholas makes a strange keening sound.
I love that this scene below is so relatable to me as a gamer LMAO :
He sets me loose with my new character and within the first five minutes, I fall through a portal and randomly find a glowing trident that makes Nicholas gasp so loud I think I’ve done something wrong. He tells me the trident is rare, and when you stab a mythical creature with it you absorb all of its powers. He begs me to stab a dragon, but I gleefully bypass one in favor of stabbing wee mushroom people who give me the ability to bounce really high, like I’m walking on the moon.
Oh damn. I’m at part three and wouldn’t you know, I already had to refrain myself from selecting so many quotes and it’s getting harder and harder to choose them. At this rate, this post is gonna be eight pages long and nobody will read it
except myself, every day *hides*
“What are you doing home?” I blink several times, waiting for him to disappear. I’m still dreaming.
“You missed me.”
“You came home because I missed you?”
I tried to keep him at a safe distance where he could only see the decent parts of me and it made us both miserable. I inadvertently let him in to see the ugly parts but instead of running away like I’d counted on him to do, he wrapped his arms around all of that ugliness and didn’t let go.
“I think you’re lovesick,” he says with a curving mouth. My stomach flips. My tongue is tied in at least three knots. I can’t think of a response, so he steps even closer, until our bodies are just barely touching. “You are. Trust me, I know all the signs.” My mouth doesn’t work. I try to form words and let out an unintelligible squeak. He grins and leans in to kiss my temple. His lips pause at my ear, and I shiver so hard I know he feels it. “It’s a condition I’m quite familiar with myself.”
“But you still haven’t said you love me.”
“That’s not true.”
“I say it all the time, I just say it very, very quietly. I tell you when you’re in another room, or right after we hang up the phone. I tell you when you’ve got headphones on. I say it after you shut the door behind you. I say it in my head every time you look at me.”
About You Deserve Each Other
Author : Sarah Hogle | Publisher : Piatkus | Genre : Adult Romance | Pages : 368
Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.
Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.
But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.