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Publisher's Summary

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Amazon's Best Romances of January
Popsugar's Best New Romances of 2022
Buzzfeed, GMA.com, Shondaland, and Bustle's Best of January
Oprah Daily’s Most Anticipated Romances of 2022
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They were cowriting literary darlings until they hit a plot hole that turned their lives upside down.

Three years ago, Katrina Freeling and Nathan Van Huysen were the brightest literary stars on the horizon, their cowritten book topping best seller lists. But on the heels of their greatest success, they ended their partnership on bad terms, for reasons neither would divulge to the public. They haven't spoken since, and never planned to, except they have one final book due on contract. 

Facing crossroads in their personal and professional lives, they're forced to reunite. The last thing they ever thought they'd do again is hole up in the tiny Florida town where they wrote their previous book, trying to finish a new manuscript quickly and painlessly. Working through the reasons they've hated each other for the past three years isn't easy, especially not while writing a romantic novel. 

While passion and prose push them closer together in the Florida heat, Katrina and Nathan will learn that relationships, like writing, sometimes take a few rough drafts before they get it right.

©2022 Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

The Roughest Draft turns the act of co-writing a novel into one of the most soulful expressions of love I’ve ever read. Smart, tender, and deeply romantic, this book is an unforgettable, page-turning knockout.” (Bridget Morrissey, author of Love Scenes)

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Gorgeous. Moving. Hopeful.

There is so much in this book that speaks directly to me. First of all, the characters starting out being so desperately angry at somebody who used to be such an integral part of their lives. The desire and aching to avoid that wound and yet the magnetic pull to make it right. Particularly powerful to me is Katrina's anxiety about not being enough, about not being significant. Her anxiety and fear echo so many of my own, and they are painted honestly and starkly on the page. But at its heart, this book is about mending love: mending our love for ourselves; for the work we're destined to do; for the friends we've hurt without meaning to; for the people we've loved dearly and cruelly wounded to protect ourselves. The prose is gorgeous, obviously. The characters are rich and real and beautiful and flawed. After all, this is a #wibbroka novel.

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Beautiful story!

This is my first book by this writing team and now I can’t wait to read more of their work. This book is beautifully written - so many complex emotions in the text, and I thought both narrators did a terrific job bringing the emotions to life. This is definitely not a plot-driven book, but a finely crafted story about two people who love each other but have so much hurt, prior history, and anxieties to overcome. The characters’ reactions and experiences read very authentic and I feel the plot device of them working through their relationship while simultaneously co-authoring a book together is engaging to read. I am surprised by some of the negative reviews about the narrators. I enjoyed their performances equally and would definitely listen to other books they’ve narrated. Definitely listen to the sample before deciding to pass. Well worth the credit!

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Brutal!

Horrible characters. Completely unrealistic behaviors and the worst reading! The breath-y-ness of the female reader was beyond annoying. Totally degrading to women that this allegedly wildly successful female writer is afraid of her own success!?!? Unbelievably bad.

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Expected more

The summary made it seem like it would be a super interesting book, but the book itself was extremely boring. The male narrator had the most annoying voice. I found myself zoning out most of the time while listening. Kinda sad I wasted a credit on it.

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LOVE! Love. Love.

Even though I’m a long, long time Audible listener, this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to write a review because this book is worth it. It’s hard to put a finger on why I loved it so much ... besides the great writing and narration. It has similar themes as other books but there is something special about the characters and their absolute adoration and respect for each other ... about the love that exists even when they’re not conscious of it. I found myself wanting to slow down the narration just so the book would last longer. I want the authors to continue the characters’ stories. Too many romance novels are one-offs. Let us see what’s next for them.

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So-o-o slow and drawn out

The narrators were pleasant and effective and I’d enjoy hearing them again in a different novel. I skimmed along and barely finished this one. It was so slow, very little happened per hour of listening, and full of time-consuming flashbacks on their earlier partnership. I just wanted it to be over. I really don’t like audiobooks filled with lengthy flashbacks- so tediou in the audible format.

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Best Read in Years, If not Ever!

Not predictable, the narrators were great and the story line was different. Loved loved this book.

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Kind of pretentious

Talked a lot about good prose but the writers voice never came through and was lost. I felt like we were reading a mediocre story that was echoing a genuinely interesting story and the only reason I finished was because they did the stupid flashback/reveal in climax across two timelines thing, but by the time you got there, you knew exactly what was going to happen so it just seemed like a more convoluted way of presenting an easy narrative. It's difficult to write protagonists who are writing prodigies and not have that reflect how your readers interpret the book. I think a more humble approach would have made the main characters more likeable and let some of the clunkiness go unnoticed but when you're having a discussion about how well the characters can write exceptional and considered prose, it's hard to ignore all the times where the metaphors didn't enhance their work or give it depth, and just made the tone sound pseudophilosophical and pretentious.

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  • 02-06-22

Refreshing

An intelligent approach to the genre. I wasn't crushing on the male lead, as often occurs but invested in the way the 2 MCs melded together.