Review: The Two of Us by Andy Jones

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••☆••*´¨`*•.☆••4 stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆

 

What it’s about:

Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next…

Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story.

The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.

Review:

Most romance stories are filled with hearts and flowers and a bit of angst that ends with a fade-to-black, happily-ever after that everyone is supposed to presume will be blissful and without problems.  The Two of Us starts with Fisher and Ivy sequestered in a cocoon of bliss and lust, and their relationship promptly gets real when one of life’s “situations” pops up.

The story tackles some very real relationship issues. There are a lot of ups and downs–unexpected guests, where to go for the holidays, whose furniture gets the boot—that result in small and bigger tiffs. While there are tiffs and difficulties, there is plenty of dry British humor to balance it out.

The Two of Us is Fisher’s story, and it is told solely from his point of view. It was interesting to read a relationship book that was not only written by a male author, but also told from the male lead’s POV. It was refreshing that Fisher was a normal guy and not an ego-manic, alpha male. Fisher is endearing and funny (in a British way). He is not perfect, and he is not tragic. He is a normal guy with a balance of confidence and self-questioning sort of insecurity.

It was difficult to get the sense of mutual love or the intimacy in Fisher and Ivy’s relationship.   This is understandable given the story is told solely from Fisher’s POV, and he doesn’t know much about Ivy given the brevity of their relationship.

Without Ivy’s POV, the reader doesn’t get much insight into the character. In some ways, this makes Ivy seem detached and hard to relate to, but the reader gets to know Ivy very slowly along with Fisher.

One thing I loved is the connection both characters had with their families. They’re respective familial relationships were loving, strong and supportive.

There is a secondary story in The Two of Us about Fisher’s childhood friend, El, who is slowly succumbing to Huntington’s disease. It’s hard to read, and sad to see what a toll the disease takes on El’s body and his relationships. Thankfully, El interjects a bit of humor into many of his scenes. El’s story presents William and the reader with an opportunity to appreciate Ivy’s kindness and compassionate side.

The book ends with some sadness, and plenty of hope. While much of the book is too real to be considered a romance, I found the optimistic ending heartwarming and inspiring.

Do you want to know what really happens after that instant lust turns into a ‘happily-ever-after”?  Read The Two of Us by Andy Jones to find out what it takes to maintain that HEA after the guy gets his girl.

Goodreads|Amazon US|Amazon UK

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