Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: A Love Story is Bethany Turner’s latest romantic comedy. When Brynn’s uncharacteristically snarky comments are broadcast live on air, she has to do something drastic to rescue her career. For Brynn, that means going home.
When I started listening to this book, I didn’t like either of the main characters. Brynn was snarky and entitled. She seemed to have no respect for others. Sebastian was a professional objector who disliked Brynn without meeting her (for obvious reasons).
When the two of them got together, it was hate at first sight. But…
Both characters had to learn to look beyond the surface of what the other presented. Throughout the novel, Brynn and Sebastian have to come to terms with their pasts as they learn to treat each other with grace.
Some parts of this book were laugh-out-loud funny, yet others were introspective or sweet.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is an endearing story about a woman who returns to her hometown and discovers truths about herself that were previously hidden.
I listened to the audiobook version of this book and enjoyed Talon David’s performance. If you enjoy enemies-to-lovers or the returning home tropes, you’ll enjoy Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher; a positive review was not required.
About Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: A Love Story
She’s a sunny morning-show host. He’s a cynical ex-reporter. They’re destined to hate each other . . . Aren’t they?
Brynn Cornell has to be stuck in a nightmare. Just last week, she was riding high as cohost of the popular morning show Sunup . She’s America’s Ray of Sunshine—the girl-next-door beauty who drives up TV ratings while never exuding anything but her trademark positivity and poise. All it took was one huge on-air mistake to expose her snarky side to the world and make it all come crumbling down.
Now she’s back in her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado, in a last-ditch attempt to convince viewers she’s not the mean girl they think she is. All she has to do is apologize and capture some feel-good footage reminding everyone she’s just a girl from humble beginnings who’s grateful for her big break, and she might manage to preserve both her career and her image.
But this town holds painful memories that she’s not ready to face. Sebastian Sudworth was on the fast track to the journalist hall of fame. A superstar reporter with a reputation for being in the center of the action, his fearless, relentless coverage of major events around the globe was winning him awards and accolades—until something snapped inside him and he vanished from the scene under mysterious circumstances.
Sebastian sought refuge in tiny Adelaide Springs, working odd jobs and trying to blend in as a scruffy mountain town citizen. When Sebastian is assigned to chauffeur Brynn around town, Brynn is sure he can see right through her carefully cultivated, sunny persona. But she’s determined to do what it takes to maintain her image and save her career—so she’ll just have to charm the socks off Sebastian the same way she charmed her viewers.
Easier said than done. It’s no picnic to play nice around someone you hate . . . especially when you might be crazy about them.
About Bethany Turner
Bethany Turner has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. She stands by this decision.
Bethany now writes pop culture–infused rom-coms for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. She lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, whom she met in the nineties in a chat room called Disco Inferno. As sketchy as it sounds, it worked out pretty well in this case, and they are now the proud parents of two teenagers.
Connect with Bethany at seebethanywrite.com or across social media @seebethanywrite, where she clings to the eternal dream that John Stamos will someday send her a friend request.