Two technology app developers go toe-to-toe for big funding in this delightful second chance, hate-to-love romantic comedy standalone. Drawn together by geography and the memory of a steamy week in Las Vegas, Annika and Hudson can't help but trick and torment one another.
Annika, creator of Make Up, knows her relationship fix-it AI will help people stay in love and work through their troubles. That is, if she can solve her money woes, get the app out of beta, and keep her office lease.
Hudson, creator of Break Up, feels on top of the world with his success, splashy feature interviews, and a shiny new office. But to the woman he can't stop thinking about, his app--helping couples break up by offering on demand "terminators"--isn't changing the world for the better but in fact making it worse.
Make Up Break Up is a modern love story you'll share with friends for its realistic stakes, grounded characters, clever jokes, and supportive friends.
— From Danielle
Make Up Break Up, the sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon
Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”
High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.
As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
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"Steamy and hilarious." —Popsugar
"Menon's writing is a stylistic delight. Her descriptions are vibrant and her approach to storytelling is eminently readable." —Entertainment Weekly
"Make Up Break Up is a lovely story you want to linger over, savoring the story as much as the storytelling." —Frolic
“A delightful, clever enemies-to-lovers romcom full of Menon’s trademark sunshine with a bit of extra heat, Make Up Break Up will make you swipe right.” - Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue
"Packed with heart, humor, and multiple swoonworthy moments, YA author Menon’s adult debut brings a welcome zing to the romance genre that is sure to have wide app." - Library Journal (starred review)
"...the witty banter and electric sexual tension throughout will keep readers hooked. This winning romance will especially appeal to fans of The Hating Game." - Publishers Weekly
"This entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance marks the adult debut of the popular YA author, writing as Sandhya Menon, of When Dimple Met Rishi (2017)...the sexual tension sizzles, and themes of familial expectations and financial stress add richness and intrigue. Hand this one to fans of Alisha Rai and Sally Thorne." - Booklist
"A charming, fun and fast-paced hate-to-love romance set in the hyper-competitive world of LA's Silicon Beach. Enjoyable from the very first page to the last, Make Up Break Up is a perfect mood-lifter!" - Suzanne Park, author of Loathe at First Sight
"Make Up Break Up is a pure delight from start to finish. With amazing chemistry and laugh out loud writing, it is impossible to put down.” - Alexa Martin, bestselling author of Snapped