Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka is out now. I really enjoyed the duo’s book The Roughest Draft last year, and really like that they’re a husband/wife romance writing team. I think the dynamic adds so much authenticity to their books and seriously hoping they continue writing together.
In their newest release we follow Graham and Eliza as they try to get the ‘spark’ back in their marriage during an anniversary trip. When a stranger accidentally introduces the two together, they decide to be strangers for the remainder of the trip! What could be a better way to rekindle the flame, than by flirting & re-dating each other!
This is such a fun idea of a story! I mean who hasn’t wanted to re-live a 1st date with your partner?! I thoroughly enjoyed the dual narrative & absolutely loved David as a side character.
My biggest dislikes were that I kept forgetting Eliza and Graham were in their mid-20s. They seemed much older and while I understand they married young; I think having our main characters being mid-30s would have been beneficial. That didn’t deter the story though for me, and I loved that you could feel how much the two loved & were attracted to each other.
Even though David was a support character, I loved him. I loved his bubbly personality and that he was so ready and willing to throw himself into love. He really added a ton of value to the story. Eliza is cute as well and I enjoyed seeing her grow and stop avoiding the hard things in relationships. The extra side plot with her sister seemed a bit dramatic, but I also have 3 sisters and know that the ‘drama’ is real. Graham, I wanted to like him so much but I just found him to be entirely insecure. I don’t know that he grew enough in this story for me, but therapy should be in his future.
Even with my two dislikes, this was still a fun read. The steam level isn’t very high but the chemistry between our two leads completely makes up for it. This was a great reminder that even though you get married, it’s important to keep dating your spouse! Everyone changes over time & you have to keep up or risk growing apart.
Do I Know You? is out now. Huge thank you to Berkley Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.