That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy – eARC Review

That Thing Between Eli & GwenPublication Date:

April 21st, 2016



Goodreads Synopsis:

**A multicultural new adult romance from bestselling author, J.J. McAvoy**

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…


*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Once again this was a buddy read with Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions so click HERE to read her thoughts about this book :).

I’ve been reading a lot of new adult novels recently and I love most of the ones I read but this one just made my top 10 favorite new adult books. I just loved it. I loved this book. It was funny most of the times but sometimes it was also sad, but it was mostly funny and it would leave me smiling like a crazy girl every time I was reading it.

I loved the characters in this book. Gwen and Eli were great. They were completely different from each other but in the end their differences only made them better as a couple. I really enjoyed how their relationship goes from “I don’t want to see you because my fiancée ran away with yours and it hurts when I see you” to a friendship and only then to something else. I really liked that they took some time to know each other and it wasn’t an instalove thing. I also loved the family aspect in this book. I loved how much Eli cared about his mom and his younger brother Logan (I really want a book about Logan) and how important his family was for him. I also loved Gwen’s family, especially Taigi. He might be a dog but he’s a really important part of this book and I loved him and now he’s one of my favorite bookish pets ever.

The writing was also pretty good in this novel and I really enjoyed that fact that it had a dual POV because I think in this case it was really important to know what was going on with both of them.

My only problem with this book was the final conflict. I could live without it but it was done well and it wasn’t something that caused a lot of problems. It was a big thing but I think Eli dealt with that in the perfect way. I also wanted a little bit more in the epilogue but maybe we’ll get a book about Logan (I really want one, okay) and we’ll be able to see Eli and Gwen again.

Overall, I loved this book. This book made me smile from the first page and it didn’t disappointed me. I really think that anyone who loves new adult novels should read this one. I think I need to check J.J. McAvoy’s other books because if they are as amazing as this one I might add a new name to my list of favorite new adult authors.


4.5 stars

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?

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