Review: Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Make Up Break Up is an enemies to lovers romance that had me swooning.

Make Up Break Up CoverLove, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about? Goodreads

I received an eARC of Make Up Break Up via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It wouldn’t be hard to look through our archive here and see that I am a huge fan of Sandhya Menon’s Young Adult romance. Well, this is the same author writing adult romance and it is just as delightful!

Make Up Break Up needs some content warnings for a dead mother (off page in past), hospitalization of father after car accident (accident not shown, but discussed on page), familial arguments, and discussion of a one night stand.

Annika was a delight to read. She was so convinced that everything she did was right that I wanted to shake her on occasion, but it was a lot of fun to see her come around to what the reality of her situation was. I loved the way that this bullheadedness really played into her relationship with Hudson, and how soft he ended up being in the end.

Her relationship with her dad was very realistic, which made things a little difficult to read, but it’s really worth it. I loved the peace they managed to build together by the end of the story.

The side romance between June and Ziggy was absolutely adorable. I would love to see a spin off novella or short story with them as the main characters!

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Title: Make Up Break Up

Author: Lily Menon

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Length: 336 Pages

Release Date: Feb 2, 2018

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Indian American Female Author, Indian American main character


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