My goodness I am torn about this book! First of all I love Natalina Reis and all of her books so when I saw this new friends to lovers book with the gorgeous cover I jumped right in without so much as a second glance or blink at the blurb. I truly wanted to love this book and ultimately I did enjoy it, but I just didn’t love it. I had the absolute hardest time wanting to give Kyle a chance from the moment he married the Livie’s enemy. Let’s face it ladies, most of us are not going to put up with that kind of childish and petty behavior no matter how good the love and reasoning is behind it. So I suppose, once I swallowed my opinions and gave the story line a chance I was able to appreciate this as a new twist to an age old love equation such as friends to lovers. My love for Livie’s personality also kept me reading to find out what all she would take and not take. While this was not my favorite of Ms. Reis’ s novels I still find the writing and the ability to keep me reading keeps this at a strong four star read. I will be back for more for sure and am anxious to see what will be next from Natalina Reis.
Fictional-ish: A Friends to Lovers Romance by Natalina Reis
Love a good friends to lovers romance and this one was a bit different as it spanned many miles and much time apart and hurdles that made this story unique.
Scotland has always been somewhere I want to visit someday and this book took me there and made me feel as if I was there. Livie moved there to open a new bookstore and she had everything, well almost everything..She left her best friend who in her mind betrayed her beyond repair and as she tried to build a new life Kyle and the hurt he caused her was never far from her mind.
I loved this story, every part of it..I even loved to despise Mia and cant help it but I fell head over heels for Cal and cant help but hope that just maybe this author will let this story continue and let Cal and even Jenny have their own stories.
This is not my first book by this author and absolutely will not be my last. I love the way her words flow and grab a hold and not let go till the very last page.
I highly recommend this story and really anything by this author.
Review by @debikircher
I am a big fan of this author and was excited to read a rom com written by her.
This is a story that “on paper” checks all of my boxes. The blurb was right up my alley. In fact it felt oddly familiar as this happened to a couple of friends of mine.
I struggled with this book for a couple of reasons but if I told you why, I would be giving things away so I am going to “vague post” this review….
Don’t you hate when you hear that someone had really bad timing when admitting something and then expected things to turn into the fairytale? Me too. BEFs are real y’all.
This is a well written story and even though i found both MCs super annoying at times. The supporting characters were wonderful and i loved their support and encouragement.
I must admit that I read this story in accents – both Scottish and Australian and my accents are horrible. Lol
Review by @mauraharper
Just what I was looking for! I love a good heart warming, make-me-smile story and this was definitely that! Friends, romance, Scotland…yes please! A wonderful story from start to finish. This is one that will be added to be “read again very soon” pile. Loved it!
Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
Fictional-ish : A Friends to Lovers Romance by Natalie Reis. This is a wonderful book full of twist and turns that will make you sad, mad and everything in between. Its the story of Livie Dunn who loves books and one days dreams to own her own book store. She has been in love with Kyle Huang since the beginning of time and just knows that one day he will see it too. When Kyle marries her worst enemy Mila from school, she’s is devastated. Kyle keeps pushing Livie away even though its the last thing he wants to do. Kyle was always taught to do the right thing which is why he married Mila but he now knows what a mistake it was. He realizes he’s in love with Livie after she moves 2 countries away to open a book store in Scotland. Will Kyle move to Scotland and claim his one true love? Will Livie let him in again even though she’s scared he will break her heart again? Read Fictional-ish to find out.
Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis is a sweet friends to Lovers romance. Sometimes you don’t know what you have right in front of you until it’s too late and gone.
Livie and Kyle’s story is sweet even with the bumps in the road they have to deal with. They have known each other since they were little and have been inseparable since, that is until Kyle is an idiot.
As much as I loved Kyle and Livie I think I loved Jenny just a little more. She made me laugh or smile several times.
I would love a follow up or to see Jenny end up with her own story. I think that would be a great story to read.
This is an great story! I enjoyed reading it. There are a ton of ups and downs and a couple times I wasn’t sure everything was going to turn out alright. The story held my interest and I love the easy going writing style of this author. The characters were fun and lovely. If I could only get that Scottish or Australian accent right in my head it would be perfect! Livie is the star of the book. Her secret love/best friend has just decided to marry her worst enemy. I think Livie does the right thing by moving to another place. That would be the fastest way to accomplish recovery. Sadly everything she is running from….follow her to Scotland. So now she really has to figure out how to deal with her problems. Jenny was a great secondary character. (Well Cal too) I loved how she is always there and avail to help Livie whether it’s business or personal. Yet she never overstepped those boundaries.
Another amazing story by Natalina Reis.
Fictional-ish: A Friends to Lovers Romance by Natalina Reis is a book I just fell in love with. I knew right from the moment I read the description that this book was going to be good, and knowing this author I knew her work to always be well done. But this book really has to be my favourite one I have read by her so far.
I loved that it had a basis in Scotland. Being from the UK I felt like that detail really helped me to connect more with the characters and the stories.
And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to run away to an “exotic” country to open a book shop?
Kyle and Livie were brilliant characters. I found myself really hoping they would find a way.
This book was well written, it had great pace and I found myself devouring it one sitting. I would highly recommend this book.
By: Natalina Reis
5 out of 5 stars
The story Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis is a wonderful romantic comedy that I loved reading. It drew me in from the beginning and I found myself lost in the story. I loved reading about the characters of Livie and Kyle. They are best friends. Livie is in love with Kyle and has always hoped that he would realize this. Then Kyle marries her childhood nemesis, Mia. Heartbroken Livie is moving on and this includes moving to Scotland and opening a bookstore. What will happen when Kyle’s married life derails? Will he turn to Livie and hope for forgiveness? There is still an attraction and chemistry between them. They can’t stop thinking about each other. Is that enough to restart their love? What does the future hold for Livie and Kyle? Read this book to find out. This story is humorous, romantic, and fun to read. You can’t help but care about Livie and Kyle and want them to be happy. There are lighthearted moments and also ones that made me wonder what was going to happen next. Don’t miss out on a story that will have you turning pages all the way to the end. Highly recommended reading.
Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis is a romantic comedy. This story is the epitome of the story of friends and life shifts the dynamic of their relationship, whether for better or worse. I found the opening scenes in this story to be wonderfully set and certainly the right essence to pull the reader into the story to find out what happens to the characters as they progress chapter to chapter. Kyle and Livie had such a fun friendship/relationship in this story and I loved the creative ways the author drove into that. However, no story is ever easy and there is definitely drama and unexpected events that occur that shift the story in a direction no one anticipated. Grab this story and delve into whether Kyle and Livie’s friendship can survive or if everything will be left behind.
Reviewed by @hbahm