Authors: Emily Wibberly, Austin Siegemund-Broka
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: January 24, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
When a couple starts to feel like they're married to a stranger, a flirtatious game of pretend becomes the spark they need to reignite their relationship.
Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy, weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Nestled on the Northern California coastline, the resort prides itself on being a destination for those in love and those looking to find it. For Eliza and Graham, it might as well be a vacation with a roommate.
When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don't correct him. Suddenly, they're pretending to be perfect strangers and it's unexpectedly...fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it's their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back.
Everyone at the retreat can sense the electric chemistry between Eliza and Graham's alter egos. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?
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Eliza and Graham are about to celebrate their fifth anniversary in the most unusual of ways. Indeed they are headed for a weeklong getaway at an exclusive resort, but upon arriving, they agree to take separate rooms. They also soon agree to act as if they are perfect strangers for the duration.
Graham immediately meets a friend at the resort, a likable guy looking for his one true love. When his fellow resort guest spots Eliza one night while Graham is at the hotel bar, he introduces the pair, thus the perfect stranger act ensues. Strangers? No, but maybe? Perhaps this game just might reignite the spark Eliza and Graham once shared. Not only do the couple begin to flirt with one another, they start going on dates and to some of the plant resort activities together.
Is this going to be the magic Eliza and Graham need to bring back those feelings of deep love? Passion? Friendship? Do I Really Know You? is role playing at its very best. They each have fabulous jobs and their lives keep them busy. That might be part of the reason that they grew apart. Perhaps in this one week away together - but not - will be all Eliza and Graham need to fall in love once again. What a delightful read by a wonderful writing couple. I love that this book was ultimately about love despite its flaws.
Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka met and fell in love in high school. Austin went on to graduate from Harvard, while Emily graduated from Princeton. Together, they are the authors of The Roughest Draft, as well as several novels about romance for teens. Now married, they live in Los Angeles, where they continue to take daily inspiration from their own love story.