You Deserve Each Other is a book that promises to hit you with laughter with its romantic comedy premise. However, it is more than just that.
Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé. Nicholas Rose is a true gentleman. He holds doors open for her, remembers her order at the restaurant and he has been brought up by a wealthy family, any girl would like to be engaged to. They are just three months before the wedding is meant ti take place and Naomi cannot stand him any more. She wants to get rid of him, but there is a catch. Whoever breaks this thing off, has to pay the huge wending bill and Naomi is on basic salary on a business that won’t live long.
When she discovers that Nicholas wants exactly the same thing, she sets her mind to make him break up with her first. After all he can really afford the gigantic wending bill his mother has built up for them. Acting like twelve year old kids, Naomi and Nicholas sabotage each other and their relationship, in the process of making their significant other give up first. This whole thing is liberating and they stop pretending, letting their true selves take charge. Doing so, they realize how much they mean to each other and how much they want to stay together.
I will be honest with you. In the first part of the book I have seen a lot of ugly and stupid behaviors I was just thinking: “Is this even possible, grown up people act like this?”. Reading between the lines, I realize just how insecure Naomi has been. She believes she falls short for Nicholas’s family standards and she kind of make herself believe she actually is. The problem here is that she might not have the same level of education with Nicholas or she may not come from the same upstanding society that he does, but he knew it all along. He chose her for who she was, not for who she tried to be. Spending time though in a toxic environment such as the Rose family is, she lost her confidence, her positivity and eventually herself. She tried to be someone else and she got tired of it and of Nicholas as well, as she was always pretending in front of him. When life becomes theater, then the relationship is in big trouble and needs a rescue. Something has done really bad!
I really liked the second part of the book, where they both started to act on a different basis. However, given that we get only Naomi’s point of view, it could have been that Nicholas was always the same person and never changed his mind or behavior. Yes, he is not a strong character. Yes, he should have confronted his mother earlier, but he thought he would have an ally on that, someone he could count on. When that didn’t happen, he didn’t have the strength to stand for himself and for the woman he loved, after all these years of giving in to his mother’s demands and expectations. It’s not very flattering, but we need to consider his childhood and all the bullying he’s been on the receiving part of.
I was not thrilled with how the story ended, but I liked that they have managed to clarify who they are and what they want. I didn’t root for any of the main characters, but I can see many readers feel themselves related to Naomi.
Many thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing group for making this digital ARC available for download, in exchange for an honest opinion.