By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate | Book Review


By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate

By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: March 1st, 2022
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
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Rating: 4
From # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate comes an enemies-to-lovers romance about an editor, her bestselling author, and one life-changing secret.

What she doesn’t know about love could fill a book.

With a successful career as a romance editor, and an engagement to a man who checks off all ninety-nine boxes on her carefully curated list, Lanie’s more than good. She’s killing it. Then she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with world-renowned author and her biggest inspiration in love and life—the Noa Callaway. All Lanie has to do is cure Noa’s writer’s block and she’ll get the promotion she’s always dreamed of. Simple, right?

But there’s a reason no one has ever seen or spoken to the mysterious Noa Calloway. And that reason will rock Lanie’s world. It will call into question everything she thought she knew. When she finally tosses her ninety-nine expectations to the wind, Lanie may just discover that love By Any Other Name can still be as sweet.
As a bookworm myself, I am overjoyed to learn that the MC works in the publishing industry! Even more, she is bookish herself. I like, please take my time. I'm in! The MC is sweet and I love her energy. She has an amazing friend by her side. Lanie has been given the task of getting Noa's manuscript to be delivered as soon as she can. By all means, she needs to push Noa to hand her the manuscript, as it is already 4 months late. For that, she will be promoted to become an editorial director. Here's the difficult part: no one actually knows who Noa is. When she knows who Noa is, She was shocked!
My first thought when I saw this book was that it would follow the trope of enemies turning into lovers. Well, it kind of gives that vibe. Somehow, it goes down to the south. I didn't feel it was in that trope that much. I mean, they fight, but not in that way. If you know what I mean, then you know. The romance in this book is cute. I will not complain because it is still sweet, funny, and I'm swooning. In spite of all that, I need to warn you that it is a slow-burn romance. Just like how it is mentioned early in the book, I think it is a meet-cute. I wish the ending wasn't how it is. My brain was forced to stop processing. I need more than what it gives.
"Love is never so easy as it is on the pages of a book."
I love how Noa and Lanie decide to open up by telling the story of their mother. I know that it is difficult to share one, but they managed. I've never been to New York, but the author has brought me to the place without being there. I hope one day I'm able to visit New York!
Overall, I loved the stories right from the beginning. The author managed to make me sit still to read. Read in two sittings. I'm proud of myself. The characters in this book are all lovable. However, the ending doesn't give satisfaction. Despite that, I still like it!