Title: Would You Rather
Author: Allison Ashley
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Publisher: Mira Books
“Noah and Mia have always been best friends, and their friendship is the most important thing to them. Life is going great for Noah and he’s up for a promotion in a job he loves. But Mia’s life is on hold as she awaits a kidney transplant. She’s stuck in a dead-end job and, never wanting to be a burden, has sworn off all romance. So when the chance of a lifetime comes to go back to school and pursue her dream, it’s especially painful to pass up. She can’t quit her job or she’ll lose the medical insurance she so desperately needs.
To support her, Noah suggests they get married—in name only—so she can study full-time and still keep the insurance. It’s a risk to both of them, with jobs, health and hearts on the line, and they’ll need to convince suspicious coworkers and nosy roommates that they’re the real deal. But if they can let go of all the baggage holding them back, they might realize that they would rather be together forever.” (Goodreads)
This book didn’t make me dislike the friends-to-lovers trope more than I do so that is good! Haha. It’s definitely not a trope I enjoy but I wanted to give this one a try because of the marriage of convenience. That is a trope I do really enjoy. I think that there were good qualities and also bad ones that I thought needed more.
The book is told from dual point-of-views, Noah and Mia. I always like to see this done when it comes to romance because I want to get into both of their heads! Give me the details! I thought this was well done, but I did like Mia’s view more.
Noah’s development felt like it only involved his career move, but was very lackluster, and his relationship with Mia. Even though he was marrying her for the right reasons, he did seem to lust over her to often than not and it kind of killed the vibe for me. I felt like I never really got to understand their dynamic because they were married for too long before they got with it and then that’s basically all it was for the rest of the book. This won’t be an issue for everyone though.
Mia is going through a lot when it comes to her health, job, and schooling. It was nice that Noah wanted to do so much for her. I did feel like she was a bit overdramatic when it came to her parents, but since I have never been in that situation maybe I would have been.
Overall, this was a good read. I did like the marriage of convenience, but I would have liked more development for their relationship.