Published by HarperCollins Publishers on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance, Contemporary, Holidays, Romantic Comedy, Humorous, General
Also by this author: A Girl’s Best Friend
‘Witty, funny, warm and wise’ Marian Keyes
Is it a break? Or is it a blip?
‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’
There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.
Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.
But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
Lindsey Kelk is a fantastic writer and has twelve books to her name, of which I’ve read 90% of them and I can safely say she’s always an author who can make you chuckle, and her pop culture references are on par with Lorelai Gilmore’s (and that’s saying something). She’s stepped away from her “Girl” series for now (or forever? *SOBS*) and has brought us another fantastic stand-alone, which must have taken all of it’s inspiration from Friends, because what else can anyone possibly think, with the title We Were On A Break? It’s all very Ross and Rachel, but without the cheating (phew!), instead it’s a nixed marriage proposal which throws a spanner in the works for Liv and Adam and suddenly their rosy future isn’t quite so rosy…
Lindsey has broken away from her traditional girl-only POV, to give us both Adam AND Liv’s POV this time around, which is amazing, because we get to see their break from both perspectives. Frankly, they both needed their heads bashing together – Adam for starting this whole thing, and for throwing the most spectacular tantrum known to any two-year-old on their flight home and Liv for not sticking up for herself and asking where her damn ring was. Okay, so that may have made things worse, but I’m all for honesty and these two just seemed to be so far apart, so misunderstanding of what the other was saying, that it made me want to weep because they obviously did work as a couple, they were just wildly misunderstood. Proving, once and for all, that the phrase being on a break is the worst phrase in the history of mankind. FACT.
I really enjoyed We Were On A Break. I loved hearing about Liv’s job as a vet, which was a nice departure, and I liked all of Liv’s friends (spin off for David, please?) and the whole book skips a long at a really good pace. Although I had no idea how this book would end, genuinely. Because just as it looks like Adam and Liv might be getting somewhere, another spanner comes into the mix and it’s up in the air again, and there were points I just wanted to weep for all the lost love, due to mix ups. I loved being in both of their heads, though, that was so, so fun, and I hope Lindsey does that again because she wrote Adam so well!
It’s so easy to see why Lindsey Kelk is so loved – I love her books, I look forward to her new release every year, and she’s one of the most on-point writers, ever. I’m sad it’s over, because that means a year before her next year (I’m sobbing in the corner quietly, and counting down the days..) but this is a great stand-alone, even if it means all you’ll hear for the entire duration is Ross, in your head, yelling, “WE WERE ON A BREAKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!” It’s so worth it.