ARC Review: When We’re Thirty

Goodreads Blurb:

Two friends. One pact. The performance of their lives.

Hannah Abbott is stuck in a dead-end relationship and at a job she loves but that barely pays the bills. The four walls of her tiny New York City apartment have never seemed so small. She’s barely toasted her thirtieth birthday when her old college friend Will knocks on her door with an unexpected proposal.

Will Thorne never forgot the marriage pact he made with Hannah, but he also never imagined he’d be the one to initiate it. One ex-fiancée and an almost-career-ending mistake later, however, he finds himself outside Hannah’s door, on bended knee, to collect on their graduation-night pinky promise.

With both of their futures at stake, Hannah and Will take a leap of faith.

Now, all they have to do is convince their friends and family that they’re madly in love. As long as they follow the list of rules they’ve drafted, everything should go smoothly. Except Will has never been good with rules, and Hannah can’t stop overthinking the sleeping arrangements. Turning thirty has never been so promising.

My Thoughts:

Summary: Cute Romance, which could’ve been better.

Things I liked:

  • Characters such as Riley, Charlaine, & Kate.
  • The plot: “If we aren’t married by ___ age, then let’s get hitched!”
  • Sweet romance

Things that could’ve been better:

  • Better writing. The author tried to pan the book out, but certain high points turned anticlimactic because of the delivery. It just fell flat and was very frustrating. SPOILER! SPOILER! [Like the reveal of JT or their first time confessing their love to each other.]
  • Fights between Will and Hannah seemed so unnecessary most of the time even if it was used as a catalyst to advance the story further. I found it hard to digest SPOILER! SPOILER! [ how they just got back together with each other no matter what?]
  • The jumps between scenes. Important scenes just vanished, and certain rambles were in place instead.
  • Unnecessary spotlight on Madison and Jo. Their characters never seemed steady and always changing.
  • I had to push through the first half of the book, if it weren’t an ARC, I would’ve probably DNF’ed.

Overall, it’s a decent book for a debut. If you enjoy family angst intertwined with romance, this might be the one for you.

My Rating: It’s a 2.75/5.

Content Notices: Emotionally abusive ex.

Audience:  Adult

Pages: 295, Kindle Edition

Meet the Author:

“I’m a working writer and mom. By day I work in corporate marketing communications and at night I spend quality time with my husband and daughter.

I love to write love stories and stories that focus on the intricacies of relationships–whether they be romantic, familial or friendship. My stories focus on the quiet, inner workings of women and how everything in their lives leads them to exactly where they are, whether they like it or not.

In 2019, When We’re Thirty (under the title First Comes Marriage) won the Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Award for Unpublished Women’s Fiction, and earned finalist positions in the NJRWA Put Your Heart in a Book Contest and the NorthWest Houston RWA LoneStar Contest.”

I received a complimentary advance review copy, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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