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Review: How to Get Over Your Ex

March 27, 2013

Title: How to Get Over Your Ex
Author: Nikki Logan
Publisher: Harlequin KISS
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Format: eGalley

Being rejected is one thing. Being rejected live on radio takes it to a whole new level!

After her on-air proposal is turned down by her commitment-phobe boyfriend, Georgia Stone must learn to survive singledom. Unfortunately, thanks to a clause in her contract, she has to do it under the watchful gaze of brooding radio producer Zander Rush.

And so begins the Year of Georgia! Lurching from salsa classes to spy school, Georgia discovers a taste for adventure. Her biggest thrill so far? Flirting with danger – aka the enigmatic Zander. But admitting she’s ready for more than just a fling…? Definitely Georgia’s scariest challenge yet!—via Goodreads

As with the last Harlequin KISS title I read, I found How to Get Over Your Ex a refreshing little jaunt into romantic comedy that you can read in one sitting.

I loved the main character, Georgia— she’s smart, driven, knows who she is, and doesn’t really want to become someone else. She loves planets and gardening and is interested in belly dancing and traveling to Turkey, not undergoing a makover and traveling to Ibiza. She’s comfortable with herself and though she does have insecurities—which is how she comes to make a giant, humiliating mistake in proposing to her boyfriend live on the radio only to have him turn her down—she’s wants to become more herself rather than become someone else. This was so refreshing to read because I was expecting her to be the typical, inane, needs-to-be-saved-by-a-man kind of woman that is so common in rom-coms today. (In case you’re wondering, I tend to loathe rom-coms because the women are always dumb. I just want to smack them.)

Though I really loved Georgia, I didn’t ever warm up to her new love interest,  Zander, the hard-hitting radio exec who basically forces Georgia into being his radio experiment for a year because she signed a contract whens he agreed to propose on the air. Even though Zander was a little typical in that he was All of the Things: smart, handsome, successful, fit, a little emotionally bruised. But he hated his life and kept everyone so far from him emotionally that I just wasn’t sold on him, even when he did finally let his guard down.

However, something that I did enjoy about this book was the pacing. It’s a slow burn, but Zander and Georgia’s relationship also has some hiccoughs, which made their story feel much more true to life than many other romances can be. There were sparks and flirty glances, sure, but there were also fights and misunderstandings and risks taken (by Georgia!) and falling outs that really informed their relationship and helped the reader root for them.

Overall, How to Get Over Your Ex is a fun, quick read that is grounded in reality in the best possible ways.

How To Get Over Your Ex

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