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1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character? 2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule? 3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?

33 Comments

  1. January 28, 2020 / 12:01 am

    Gosh, I just absolutely LOVED this book.

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?

    I couldn’t get over the fact that he was doing dinner at her parent’s house to like 10 years. So endearing and sweet. I was sold on Colin from that moment on.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?

    Ugh, dishes. Doesn’t matter who you are, ha! Although, I guess that isn’t an “anti-sexy” rule… doing the dishes is very sexy. lol

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?

    YES . Loved their story… they grew up, made mistakes, and found each other again. Definitely worth it!

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 28, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      Yes! Doing the dishes is very sexy! Hahaha

      • February 6, 2020 / 9:47 am

        I really appreciated and respected how Charlotte and Colin respected Becca (though she may not have always deserved it!) by suppressing their feelings until that relationship was reconciled. It made their mistakes worth it in the end!

        • February 11, 2020 / 12:14 pm

          Love this Lisa! Thank you for reading along! xx

  2. Cristina Venturini
    January 28, 2020 / 7:39 am

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character? I loved the rough guy exterior, but really inside he has a big heart and is a big softy.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule? Ha! this was so funny. I think this one is a pretty solid rule 😉

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile? I think so…. I wish there was a little more plot point for them because it felt really rushed together towards the end of the story. I think they were a great compliment to each other and it just took them a really long time to realize it. I really loved this book and listened on Audible for the first time! Can’t wait for the next read.

    • January 28, 2020 / 8:04 am

      Love hearing your thoughts, and I agree… I would have loved more at the end!

      Also, so happy to hear about this one being your first Audible book… such a good one to start with!!

      xx

  3. Stacey
    January 28, 2020 / 7:47 am

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    I loved Colin. He seemed so distant at first but he held the family together. He was very thoughtful and paid attention to tiniest of details

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    We have this already. If someone other than immediate family who always live in the house is at our house we make sure we wear pants of some sort and a bra. Typically we all wear t-shirt and underwear around the house and to bed. Which is fine until someone else is there like kids friends lol.

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?
    I was rooting for them to make it work. I just hate the years were wasted for them. They could have had so many happy memories along the way if they would have gotten to know each other.

    I really enjoyed this book it was a fun easy read that was hard to put down

    • January 28, 2020 / 8:04 am

      Stacey, I’m with you… COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!!

  4. Patti
    January 28, 2020 / 8:26 am

    At this site’s recommendation I ordered this book. What a disappointment. So little substance…

  5. Rachel
    January 28, 2020 / 10:08 am

    1. I found it surprising that he’d been attending family dinners ALL THIS TIME and it was totally not a big deal. I found it sweet, especially as we learn more about his own family.
    2. Probably something similar—wear clothes and clean up after yourself.
    3. Definitely more pros than cons. I knew with the description of the book that they would end up together, but instead of feeling predicable, it was enjoyable to see their story unfold.
    I loved the Audible version of this book. Great narration! I’ll be looking into more books by Lauren Layne to add to my reading list.

    • January 28, 2020 / 11:24 am

      I totally agree, it was so much fun to see their story unfold!

      xo – Ashley Brooke

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 28, 2020 / 12:56 pm

      Family dinners were the sweetest!

  6. Kristen
    January 28, 2020 / 10:19 am

    1. I loved how Colin remembered little details about Charlotte.

    2. The clothing rule was so funny! My rule would be, don’t leave your trash laying around.

    3. The pros definitely outweighed the cons for the couple. I thought it was great how they slowly got to know each other again, in a more mature way, and grew to love one another.

    Really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t read it fast enough.

    • January 28, 2020 / 11:24 am

      He really did have a great memory… super sweet! Thrilled you read along!

  7. Melissa Terry
    January 28, 2020 / 10:38 am

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin?
    I think finding out his parents had both passed away was very surprising. Once you knew that information, a lot of his actions and attitudes made more sense. I lost my daddy suddenly almost two years ago and it does shape you in ways you may not realize or expect.
    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte. What would your number one roommate rule be?
    Hmmm-the pj rule was really funny and I think that’s a good one. Maybe also something about bathroom sharing if you had to share a bathroom.
    3. When all is said and done, did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte?
    I think they did…although there was a lot of wasted time, it seemed they needed the years they were apart to grow into the people they needed to be. Once they decided to be together they were able to have a healthy relationship and grow their family. I loved the little notes at the end telling us the names of their babies ❤️

    • January 28, 2020 / 11:26 am

      Melissa,

      Thank you for your sweet comment, and I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks alongside yours. But I am with you, loss totally shapes you.

      Thank you for reading along! xx – Ashley Brooke

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 28, 2020 / 12:55 pm

      As someone who is endlessly fascinated by what people name their babies, I loved that detail too Melissa!

  8. Hillary M
    January 28, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?

    The family dinners — hands down! I love that he did that for her parents, but also it was totally something to give him a sense of family. That was the moment I saw where this story was headed and started rooting.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?

    TRASH. When it needs to go out, take it out. Don’t pile things in to the point where it’s too heavy to comfortably take out. We can all contribute and just take it out when it needs to be taken out. (Can you tell this one has irked me in my prior roommate life?!)

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?

    I think so. I think one area where I would have loved even more storytelling and character development was around better understanding their relationship. We learned a lot about him & his other awful GF whose name I can’t remember, and we learned about Charlotte being on her own, but there wasn’t THAT much about them together. I loved the little scenes eat the end, but totally would have kept reading more long form narrative about them and what post deciding to be together held for them.

    Great pick, thanks Ashley!

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 28, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      Yes Hillary! I would have loved even more about their new life together!

    • January 28, 2020 / 1:18 pm

      Hillary, I totally agree with you… I would have loved more of the story around their relationship!
      Thanks for reading along! xx

  9. Stefanie
    January 28, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    Haven’t read it but excited to pick it up! Still currently reading We Met in December… 😉

  10. Ashley K Davis
    January 28, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    I too enjoyed the surprise of him going to the family dinners all those years. I really like how family oriented he was. I really like how much he understood the importance of close family relationships. I like that even if he and Charlotte didn’t work out he at least was a factor in the healing of the relationship between Charlotte and her parents.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    Dishes and a clean kitchen would be my number one “Anti-Sexy” rule too!! I clean and cook at the same time just like Colin recommended..I would definitely have his approach to a roommate regarding the kitchen. I guess similar to the no sexy PJ rule..no walking around in a towel after bathing would be my number one sexy rule for a roommate that I was married too but trying to divorce!

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile
    I think the pros outweighed the cons. I do believe the sacrifices were worth it. As a late bloomer I connect better to a love story in which the main characters grow to love each other. I like that they both lived their lives, made their mistakes, established careers, became wiser, etc before ultimately ending up together. I think all of that helped them to see each other in different lights and respect characteristics they didn’t appreciate when they first met. I like how their relationship softened to a friendship which grew into a romantic relationship.

    Great book! Thanks for picking it!! Can’t wait for February!!

    • Betsy Storey
      Author
      January 28, 2020 / 12:53 pm

      Ashley, I’m so glad you loved The Prenup! Get excited for February–it’s going to be good!

      xx
      Betsy

    • January 28, 2020 / 1:18 pm

      Ashley! Thrilled you love this one! 🙂 Also, I am with you, the dinners were just so sweet!

  11. Betsy Storey
    Author
    January 28, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    Ugh. For sure Sunday night dinners. I love that he stayed in Charlotte’s orbit in a way despite their lack of contact and created a family for himself.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    Put things where they go. I am not the best housekeeper in terms of cleaning but I desperately need things put away where they go or I can’t go to sleep at night!

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?
    I think it did! I think it actually helped that they had this connection that brought them back to together after they had a chance to live independently for awhile. While obviously their initial decision was pretty reckless, in the end their relationship was stronger for it and even Charlotte’s family relationships were ultimately repaired through this unorthodox process.

    • January 28, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      SUNDAY NIGHT DINNERS, SUNDAY NIGHT DINNERS, SUNDAY NIGHT DNNERS!!!

  12. Jordan
    January 29, 2020 / 10:36 am

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    I think finding out that he had been attending family dinners with Charlotte’s parents all those year, but then finding out the reasons why he did. It showed he was comfortable enough around them without his best friend or “wife” being there and that he thought of them like his family.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    If i lived with a male roommate that was attractive and we weren’t together – um yes, definitely pajamas, but being realistic probably a rule to always put the toilet seat down if we had to share a bathroom. Ha ha.

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?
    Yes. I think the sacrifices and missteps were worthwhile. People are constantly maturing and evolving the older they get. You get wiser, you knew things you didn’t know when you were younger just having gone through life experiences and i think you also appreciate people more and relationships you have with them.

  13. Amelia Allen
    January 29, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    I was also surprised by his family dinner attendance record, but was I think a bit more surprised that Colin bought the vintage ring for Charlotte as a “just because you liked it” gift- I mean I know they needed it for the interviews but instead of any ring out there he chose one she really loved. He still seemed reserved and a little put out to be on the getaway trip to learn how to drive- I really thought this was a turning point that opened up their hearts to each other in a deeper way.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    Some others have said that sharing the load is important and it is! I was so glad they both cooked, traded off on tasks, that’s what a good give and take looks like and its vital in any relationship.

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?
    Yes 1000% so! And I’m so glad her brother wrote in that clause. They really do compliment each other, I just wish I could’ve gotten more of their story! Definitely going to need to check out her Central Park Pact series!

    • January 29, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      Amelia, I AGREE. The vintage ring really surprised me!!!

  14. January 31, 2020 / 1:29 pm

    1. What was the most surprising thing about Colin’s character?
    I think I really relate to Colin, because he isn’t necessarily very open about his feelings or things that happened in his past. I think he reveals himself to people he trusts, and that was not Charlotte right away, so she had no idea about what had happened to his parents. She was more worried that he didn’t like her, but a lot of it was simply his personality. I did love how thoughtful he was, without being flashy. The ring he got for Charlotte is a perfect example, and I think their two personalities complement each other so well.

    2. We loved Colin’s pajama rule for Charlotte–what would be your number one roommate rule?
    My husband and I share chores pretty well, but one thing he does that drives me crazy is leaving his socks lying around. He picks them up, but they seem to be everywhere! haha. I am sure I do a lot of things that drive him crazy too.

    3. When all was said and done–did the pros outweigh the cons for Colin and Charlotte? Were the sacrifices and missteps worthwhile?
    I think the pros did outweigh the cons. I think they had to find out who they were on their own before they were ready to find each other again and be together. Charlotte had a lot of maturing to do, and Colin too just in a different way. I liked that part of that self discovery was learning how they felt about each other, and that things can be different than you had originally imagined, and that is okay. Charlotte was able to reconcile with her family, those were some of my very favorite scenes, particularly with her mom. I think she had to slowly realize that what she wanted was different than what she imagined she would want. I do agree with some of the comments that it seemed a little rushed. I loved when they went away to Hudson together for example, I want more of that! I think it could have had much more. Also, it seemed a bit rushed to me, they went from disliking each other, to Charlotte disliking that he simply didn’t like her, to suddenly she was falling in love with him. I know that sometimes that is how it goes, especially if you are mentally fighting it, but it seemed like quite a jump. I enjoyed it and it was a fun read, fun premise, I just love detail and wanted more

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