I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Two of Us by Kennedy Fox
Series: Love in Isolation #1
on May 15, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing PR
What do you do when the entire nation is on lockdown?
If you’re an heiress to a billion-dollar fashion company, then you quarantine in a glamorous cabin and finish your final semester of NYU online. The best way to focus on her upcoming valedictorian honor is away from her family, classmates, and the paparazzi. Cameron St. James is ready to get out of the big city and head Upstate for seclusion, despite her parents' pleas to stay home.
What do you do when a pandemic is sweeping the world?
If you’re barely making ends meet, then you isolate yourself in your best friend’s mountain cabin with breathtaking views and no neighbors for miles. It’s the perfect safe place away from three roommates who don’t take the life-threatening epidemic seriously. Elijah Ross is ready to work remotely and focus on his next big promotion, assuming he’ll still have a job after this.
What happens when things don’t go as planned, and you’re stuck with the one person you dislike the most?
You improvise and do whatever it takes to avoid each other, though it proves to be impossible. The cold evenings alone turn into movie and popcorn nights together by the fireplace. Days turn into weeks, and eventually, more than just a friendship blossoms. As the unknown haunts them, they lean on one another for comfort—until someone pops their safety bubble and threatens everything.
The Two of Us is an enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend standalone romance set in the current affairs of history in the making. Though the character’s storyline is fiction, the circumstances are very real, and we’re sensitive to this topic. This is a story about hope, love, and so much more with a guaranteed happily ever after.
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This is another story set in the world we are living in now. It has so many actual examples of this pandemic reality we are still a part of. And in the end, it kind of took its fictional status to kind of predict the future or near future. All I can say is that I hope things don’t go on quite that long. Another year of online learning will really make me a bit scared for my job as a school librarian. But that’s beside the point.
A little different than my last book that I read set in today’s events, this one actually has the COVID-19 directly affecting our main characters. One of them had, Eli, has asthma, and so the whole time I was worried about him getting it as soon as I found out. But not only do we deal with sickness, we have to worry about people taking advantage of others in this in the outside world as well. There is danger from all directions. The love story itself is easy enough, even while Eli makes Cami hold out and he woos her as seems appropriate for the story. Their background is a perfect place to begin the story as well.
Now at first I was afraid I wouldn’t like Cami, as she actually seemed to fit right into the wealthy girl, Paris Hilton type of stereotype. But when we got her side, and saw how her life had been, and why she was that way, it made a bit more sense. And made her someone more easy to like and root for. Another thing I really liked about this story though, was all the kind of pop culture of the time it brought in. Like the TikTok thing where girls were surprising their boyfriends by walking in naked on them while they were playing video games. That got a bit in this story.
If you’ve had personal connections to people who are sick right now, or who were, this might be a hard read for you. But the romance is good, the story is good, and it fits. The reason I marked down to 4.5 was because the ending seemed to kind of drag on. I like though that we do know the next book will probably be Cami’s brother and her best friend also having a similar type of trapped together forcing them to face their feelings. But if we get her brother’s time spent as a doctor in NYC during all of this, that will probably be really intense and even harder to read than this one.
About the Author:
Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, quirky, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! They’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!
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