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October 19, 2022

Built to Last by Erin Hahn ~ a Review

by MK French 

Former child star Shelby Springfield once had an epic public meltdown and break up with her former co-star Lyle Jessup. Her other co-star and childhood sweetheart was Cameron Riggs, who continued to help her throughout the years in between making documentaries. Lyle soon puts the two together with a home renovation show but gets jealous of the chemistry that Shelby and Cameron have and they try to build their second chance at love.

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book cover of romantic comedy Built to Last by Erin Hahn
October 2022; Griffin; 978-1250827098
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); rom-com

Lyle is the stereotypically narcissistic and smarmy Hollywood type that is irritating to deal with in any capacity. Cameron is sure that Shelby only wanted him as a rebound in the past, and that the attraction between them is not meant to last long. Shelby sees him running away from her as yet another rejection, but still can't help but have feelings for him. Of course, it's messy and of course, the proximity of a home remodeling project as a show's pilot episode keeps the two of them together. Their friends are great fun to read about as well, and I liked them together. The friendships are great with each other as well as with other characters (not you, Lyle!).  I enjoy seeing that side of them as well as the romantic part.

I enjoyed the story, and the two becoming closer despite the obstacles in their way and their fears. There's no terrible misunderstanding to force a breakup, and they seized control of the narrative that Lyle tried to paint. It really came together for the couple, and the expected happily ever after was beautifully written. This will no doubt be a great comfort read as the weather gets cooler too.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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