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No, We Can't Be Friends - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published March 24th 2020
Oh no he didn't
No We Can't Be Friends, romcom, Sophie Ranald, romance, romance novels, books, British romance, chick lit

The glamorous Sloane seems to have it all - an exciting career as a talent agent at Ripple Effect, a beautiful house and a handsome, charming, architect husband. Except that the house is a dust-filled construction site while undergoing renovations and Sloane strongly suspects that her husband, Myles, has been cheating on her. Sloane's dreams of the two of them starting a family together are in tatters and now she needs to decide whether she can forgive him or should just move on.

No, We Can't Be Friends is the eighth novel by British author Sophie Ranald. It's part of a loose series of four stand-alone novels that are connected by The Daily Grind coffee shop. There are spoilers ahead if you haven't yet read the other books in the series, especially Sorry Not Sorry, which also features Myles, but to be honest, it doesn't really matter which order you read them in since, while the events in them do intersect a little, each novel is a self-contained story.

If you want to feel righteous fury towards a fictional character, and that is something I personally very much enjoy, then this book is for you. If there had been a chapter about Myles hitting a puppy with another puppy it would not have surprised me in the least. He is an utter bastard, and Both Sloane and Charlotte had a lucky escape.

In addition to rage, this book stirs other emotions, with Sloane's difficult emotional journey including her childhood baggage. Content warning- this book deals with infant loss, gaslighting and alcohol abuse. While it was marketed as a rom-com, there isn't much actual romance in this book, but it does have a few laugh out loud moments and some high quality, very British, swearing. And once again, there is a cat in this one, as Ms Ranald is apparently very much a cat person.

No We Can't Be Friends is a contemporary romance novel with some depth to it- less about meet-cutes and slapstick (although there is some) and more about real emotions and personal growth. But with a kitty. If you read this one, I'd definitely recommend picking up the rest of the series.
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Why? To find out what happened to Sloane after Myles was such a heinous bumtrinket to Charlotte
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