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What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's most powerful conservative senators. After Kate and Ben lock horns in a meet-not-so-cute, they vow to take each other down--by any means necessary. She thinks he's arrogant (and doesn't deserve those gorgeous green eyes). He thinks she's too quick to judge (and irresistibly distracting). But as their endless game of one-upmanship becomes Kate's favorite part of the day, she starts to wonder if her feelings for Ben are closer to attraction than animosity...and maybe their sparring is flirting. And when Kate realizes there's more to Ben than meets the eye, she's forced her to confront her biggest fear: In her sworn enemy, she may have found her perfect match.


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What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple. There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's most powerful conservative senators. After Kate and Ben lock horns in a meet-not-so-cute, they vow to take each other down--by any means necessary. She thinks he's arrogant (and doesn't deserve those gorgeous green eyes). He thinks she's too quick to judge (and irresistibly distracting). But as their endless game of one-upmanship becomes Kate's favorite part of the day, she starts to wonder if her feelings for Ben are closer to attraction than animosity...and maybe their sparring is flirting. And when Kate realizes there's more to Ben than meets the eye, she's forced her to confront her biggest fear: In her sworn enemy, she may have found her perfect match.

30 review for Meet You in the Middle

  1. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    here's what I want to know: does the heroine fall in love with the hero before or after he aids in the profiteering off a global pandemic and thousands of American lives? I'd like to specifically note that with a Sept. 2020 release date, this is just thinly veiled Trump reelection propaganda designed to make the 53% of white women who voted for him in 2016 feel okay about doing it again. Or to let them know that it's okay to staying married to men who are voting for him, or to stay friends with o here's what I want to know: does the heroine fall in love with the hero before or after he aids in the profiteering off a global pandemic and thousands of American lives? I'd like to specifically note that with a Sept. 2020 release date, this is just thinly veiled Trump reelection propaganda designed to make the 53% of white women who voted for him in 2016 feel okay about doing it again. Or to let them know that it's okay to staying married to men who are voting for him, or to stay friends with other white women who are voting for him. That's why we come for it so hard. You want me to collect my people? Then let me go after the things that are lovingly designed and perfectly crafted to make them believe that their vote doesn't hurt anyone. UPDATE. I READ THIS BOOK. you know, I honestly expected it to be bad. But it was worse. I am actively upset that this book is in the world. I'm going to stand by my assertion that this is just Trump propaganda. The entire message of this book is that Republicans care about tax reform, and there's nothing unreasonable about that. Although Kate feels kinda icky about dating a Republican, for him it is simply work, a difference of opinion, and it ultimately doesn't matter that they are on opposite sides. In fact, although they don't really talk about real meaty topics -- abortion, the environment, civil rights -- Ben is firmly pro-gun and owns three of them because, as he explains, his sister was date raped in college and now he's going to protect what's his. He takes Kate to a gun range to force her how to learn to fire a gun, and you know, it's kind of fun for her. What I find particularly abhorrent at every level is the author's inability or unwillingness to follow through on her own premise. For example, at the beginning, it's clear that Trump is president and the favored woman candidate lost in the last election. And yet, the book elides and ignores all the real human misery that Ben not only supports but actively works for. Reading this, you'd think that Rs are just about tax reform and liking guns bc bad things happen to women--which, hey, seems reasonable, right? Never mind the fact that guns never made violence against women better, and Ben as a Senate staffer would have the ability to influence something like...say....renewing the Violence Against Women Act. But no, he's got 3 guns and now can protect what's his. Let me give a very specific example of how this works in the text. SEVERAL TIMES, Kate mentions watching CNN, but Ben only cops to watching the Fox business channel and ESPN. However, when these two finally are overtaken by their lust at 70% (more important to develop the sympathetic gun owner storyline, I guess), they go back to Ben's apartment. The TV accidentally gets turned on (eye roll) and an unnamed conservative cable news show comes on, the "brash male host of this particular news show is shouting down a female guest." Why not say Fox News? After all, that's what Ben is watching. Likely this was his regular morning viewing, given it was what was on the TV when he left in the morning. Does this change the way we think about Ben? It should. And yet our author doesn't even have the nerve to name that. (The fact that three or four lengthy paragraphs of anti-Welfare propaganda are quoted but are never refuted, given the way the scene plays out, is just a bonus, I guess.) Then, when Kate puts on the brakes, Ben is upset. "While we were doing all that, you were thinking about work?" Throughout the text, Fox News-watching Ben is presented as reasonable and logical, while Kate's portrayal is that of a silly, unprofessional woman who is worried about the wrong things, and in the scene I mentioned above, "hysterical." Her internalized misogyny is unbearable to read. Great. Just fucking great. As you have no doubt come to understand, the conflict of the book is not that Ben is a Republican (issues with which are enumerated above in a very long list if you don't understand why that's a problem), but that SHE wants to keep him a secret! Kate likes him and thinks he's a great guy, but worries that dating an R will hurt her at work. He's upset about this and doesn't want to be her dirty little secret. This problem is fixed after he gives her a file full of articles about people in mixed political marriages because you should not "judge each other's character on a difference of opinion" and then she calls her Mom, who reassures Kate that it's no biggie and go for it because life isn't black and white. (it goes without saying that there's no discussion of race in this book, making that turn of phrase a little more galling, If I can be honest.) Then, at the 90% mark, they finally have sex and talk about their rough first meeting. And he tells her he was just mean to her because he liked her. The book is all from Kate's point of view, except the epilogue, where we get Ben's POV. He retells their first meeting from his point of view, explaining to us/himself that he just liked her a lot which is why he called her a "ball busting liberal feminist" and an "uptight entitled princess" who wants everything to be free. And that now he's going to quit his government job for one where he can make money. Because he'll have a family to support one day, but it will be fun for them to argue about inconsequential stuff. Tl;dr: This book is morally bankrupt at every level. As far as I can tell, the goal is to reassure white women readers that if they do have friends/loved ones who are Trump supporters and Republicans that it is really okay. Just a pesky difference in opinions, one that could easily be solved if liberals would just give a little and not make such a big deal about everything. It's all fine. In her author's note, she says she tried to make the book as "politically neutral" as possible. But I would like to be clear with you: there is nothing neutral about this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you think in the year of our lord 2020 I'm going to want to read about a Nice White Lady liberal who realizes the rich, conservative is her perfect match you have another thing coming. Awww, isn't it sweet how he rolls his sleeves up to his forearms while forcing Americans to go out and vote during a pandemic? No.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Navessa

    EDIT: I've read other reviews for this now, and holy shit I'm happy I put it down when I did. This male lead is trash, the whole message of this is trash. Everything is trash. For more detail, check out Jen's review. DNF @ 30%. I cannot wait to see the reviews start to come in for this one. Whoo-boy. Also, that DNF is not for the reason most people would think. The male lead was actually fine up until the point that I rage-quit. More of a fiscal conservative trying to make his party less of a shit EDIT: I've read other reviews for this now, and holy shit I'm happy I put it down when I did. This male lead is trash, the whole message of this is trash. Everything is trash. For more detail, check out Jen's review. DNF @ 30%. I cannot wait to see the reviews start to come in for this one. Whoo-boy. Also, that DNF is not for the reason most people would think. The male lead was actually fine up until the point that I rage-quit. More of a fiscal conservative trying to make his party less of a shitshow. Which, as a liberal woman married to a man who once identified as a moderate republican only because he was fiscally conservative, I GET. (view spoiler)[(he's now registered as an independent, because DUH) (hide spoiler)] And then you have the liberal female lead. Who proudly declares in the beginning that she's a feminist and then when she sees another woman hand a man her number, says this little gem: "I can't believe women actually do that. It's so desperate." Yes, how desperate for a woman to have agency of her own in the year 2020. To go after what she wants. And this is simply one example of her outward displays of misogyny in the first third of this book. As for the rest of my issues with her, I'm not going to get into them. Suffice it to say that I could not have dreamed up a better archetype of a character to symbolize everything wrong with white feminism if I tried. Maybe there's a point. Maybe by the end she does a total 180, but honestly? That would surprise me after everything I just read. And now I'm worried that all of this was intentional. Some sort of propaganda to say, "Oh, no, look, republicans are all super nice and it's the liberals who are really the narrow-minded assholes." All in all, I was really looking forward to this one and now I am deeply unsettled.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    See my livetweeting of when I read this book: https://twitter.com/meags/status/1250... *** I used to think that you could be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. That was how I based my political decisions when I was newly of voting age. It seems clear to me, however, that most “conservatives” are not actually fiscally conservative. They equate conservative values with morality, and it’s a very specific type of morality. It’s the same thinking that lends itself to sexism, slut-shaming, fatp See my livetweeting of when I read this book: https://twitter.com/meags/status/1250... *** I used to think that you could be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. That was how I based my political decisions when I was newly of voting age. It seems clear to me, however, that most “conservatives” are not actually fiscally conservative. They equate conservative values with morality, and it’s a very specific type of morality. It’s the same thinking that lends itself to sexism, slut-shaming, fatphobia, and the war against drugs. It’s a “we’re better than them” mentality. It’s a “some people should be billionaires because they are morally better than we are”. It’s the American boot-straps metaphor, spread large on a political stage, that doesn’t take into effect any social or cultural disadvantages that permeate society. This has never been so obvious to me as in this book. Ben and Kate are on two opposite sides, the book tells us. But are they? There are so many red flags in this book as to what a Nice White Lady thinks a feminist Democrat is. (Including a use of “triggering” that is the way Fox News uses it and not the actual correct way to use the term.) There’s much in the text that emphasizes Republican values without even challenging them. Right in the first chapter, when Kate brings her childcare bill to Ben to drum up bipartisan support, he states: "The last thing Hammond would support is more regulations. We’re pretty busy dismantling the last eight years’ worth that completely paralyzed job growth throughout the state." Nothing in Kate’s inner monologue or reaction refutes that claim. It leaves it on the page as fact that job growth has been paralyzed because of Democrat spending. And really, Kate never comes up with actual arguments for Ben’s claims throughout the entire book. It really sets up their entire political conflict as economic. (Abortion and incarceration rates are never even mentioned.) And that is why I believe that fiscal conservatism is a completely false narrative, because the economic conflict is just the set dressing to what is going on behind the scenes, which becomes clearer as the book goes on. Despite their rivalry, Ben’s behavior becomes increasingly patriarchal toward Kate, decrying her walking home alone after work and giving her possessive looks. It’s creepy, but the text implies that it’s nice that he cares. He acts like he knows better than her how to keep her safe, that she doesn’t know how politics work, that he is just overall more capable than she is. Over and over, the message is clear: Kate is a mess. (Because of her daddy issues.) The “meet in the middle” charge is not ever directed toward Ben to change his views. Again and again, Ben tells Kate that she’s closed minded. That she exists in an echo-chamber. That she refuses to date or have friends outside of her political bubble. But Kate never explains to him why it’s easier for him to be friends with Democrats than it is for her to be friends with Republicans (because the author doesn’t understand). Because the fact is, for someone who believes that human beings have rights beyond economic morality, it is PAINFUL to be friendly with someone actively trying to dismantle those rights. Republicans can be friendly with people who don’t agree with them politically because those beliefs are harmless to them. Those values are silly. They believe that those idealistic dreams will disappear once they get older and wiser. They look down on Democrats with moral superiority. It doesn’t actively hurt them to be a patriarchal elder, stretching out a friendly hand while legislating against human rights with the other. As an aside, the one LGBTQ character in the book is a caricature. Stephen is almost a literal accessory to Kate. He has no personality other than to be a sounding board for Kate. It was so much like a Carrie Bradshaw trope that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes, also because Stephen ended up being a spy for Ben because PATRIARCHY I GUESS. I knew going into this that it wouldn’t be great, but I was very hopeful that maybe the Republican character could see the harm they were putting into the world. He did not. Conservative women are going to eat up this book. There are some funny moments, particularly when Kate sends Ben a tampon through interoffice mail and he dumps it on his desk in front of everyone. That made me chuckle. And the writing style is decent. But the content of this book is harmful. You can’t have a book that purports to meet in the middle when it’s so far to the right, the middle is on another planet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    Lolno. There IS no "meeting in the middle" when it comes to human rights.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    What? "Rom com" between a democrat and a power broker who is an advisor for one of the most powerful conservative senators in Washington. Advisor to a senator who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Advisor to a senator who voted to strip healthcare from hundreds of millions of people. Advisor to a senator who wants to roll back Roe. Advisor to a senator who turned a blind eye to the Trump administration separating babies from parents at the border. Advisor to a senator who refuses to revisit the E What? "Rom com" between a democrat and a power broker who is an advisor for one of the most powerful conservative senators in Washington. Advisor to a senator who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Advisor to a senator who voted to strip healthcare from hundreds of millions of people. Advisor to a senator who wants to roll back Roe. Advisor to a senator who turned a blind eye to the Trump administration separating babies from parents at the border. Advisor to a senator who refuses to revisit the Equal Rights Amendment. Advisor to a senator who wants to bail out airlines and not millions of working poor during a PANDEMIC. Advisor to a senator who gutted funding for the CDC. Advisor to a senator who wants to gut the Environmental Protection Agency. Advisor to a senator who takes tens of millions of dollars from the NRA and won't enact gun control policies to protect children in schools. A "hero" so committed to his racism, misogyny and hate that he has actually become one of the most powerful people in a party now built on the backs of white supremacy. But so funny! So light hearted! Eff this unless the hero fills his pockets with rocks and walks into the Potomac.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Grand {A Grand Romance}

    “Meet You In the Middle” by Devon Daniels has no “middle ground”. Ben and Kate decide at some point to ignore their completely different morals and just.not.talk.about.it. Ugh. The head scratcher for me when I began reading this book was “why, oh, why would you choose to write about the current administration? You are a novelist with, one would hope, an imagination full of wonderful worlds to pull from! Why, would you set yourself up for the battle that will come (surely the author and publishers “Meet You In the Middle” by Devon Daniels has no “middle ground”. Ben and Kate decide at some point to ignore their completely different morals and just.not.talk.about.it. Ugh. The head scratcher for me when I began reading this book was “why, oh, why would you choose to write about the current administration? You are a novelist with, one would hope, an imagination full of wonderful worlds to pull from! Why, would you set yourself up for the battle that will come (surely the author and publishers saw it coming?) over this book, when you have one of the main love interests as a MAGA Republican and the other as a “feminist” Democrat staffer.” This is an incredibly polarizing issue! I do not understand. But I leave my impressions of this book for you. What would have been interesting for me would have been a fictitious administration with a male, feminist, Democrat and a female, moderate, Republican. I could see that working. This is too fractious a set-up for it not to create prejudices right off the bat. Nevertheless, I persisted. (wink) Ben, as I mentioned, is a MAGA Republican. It’s never stated as such, it’s heavily implied. You can read between the lines. He loves guns. He’s fiscally conservative. Screw health care, etc, etc,. Kate is a “feminist” Democrat staffer. I keep putting feminist in quotes because I want to quote Inigo Montoya and say to the author, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Kate is a parody of a feminist. She’s a shrieking, I-know-everything, crying, but-I-can’t-really-take-care-of-myself joke. Ben berates and lectures her several times. They have a bet, Ben appears open-minded, except for his grumbling about “who’s going to pay for this?” about Universal health care (as a Canadian, it’s called taxes you nincompoop) and Kate freaks the f*ck out when Ben insists that she go to a gun range. Creepily, after the gun range, he mutters to himself that “she’s already so much safer now”. He pretty much stalks her for a year. She can’t seem to do her job. She’s a terrible feminist. The whole time she is, of course, in hate/lust with gigantor-man mountain Ben, who is some kind of Hulk as described in this book. She particularly likes him in the color green which he wears a lot. (Money? He IS the Hulk?) Ben wants to protect Kate. We learn his sister was date raped in university which led to his increased interest in guns because a GUN would have helped a date rape situation so much. Anyhow, Ben is bothered by the fact that Kate walks home in dangerous Washington, DC. That she seemingly puts herself in dangerous situations. So am I, Ben. Apparently Kate can’t adult. Or Woman. She can only lust after Ben. She throws her morals out the window to ignore them to be with Ben. La dee da, Happy Ever After. There’s no compromise. No discussion. Like I said, they stop talking about politics. That’s healthy. I can’t recommend this book. I have no idea why this book exists. What political motivations or agenda the author might have. It’s just very strange. Ben is a giant man who is a gentleman and gets to make speeches on his issues. Kate can’t take care of herself and exists only to lust after Ben. Just, no thank you. WRITING STYLE: 2/5 PLOT: 1/5 WORLD-BUILDING: 1/5 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 1/5 ROMANCE: 1/5 HEAT: 2/5 Many thanks to Edelweiss, Berkley and Devon Daniels for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of “Meet You In the Middle”. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stanella

    Cool, a Nazi republican romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Buckle up, kiddos, because I write about politics for a living and I've got #THOUGHTS on this book. The second I saw Meet You in the Middle on Goodreads a few months ago, I knew it was going to be polarizing. Romances that have any political bend to them are hard to pull off no matter what, and I was afraid that this novel was going to turn into a big ball of "Why can't we just sing Kumbaya and get along?" messiness. First, the good news: Devon Daniels is an incredibly talented and funny writer. S Buckle up, kiddos, because I write about politics for a living and I've got #THOUGHTS on this book. The second I saw Meet You in the Middle on Goodreads a few months ago, I knew it was going to be polarizing. Romances that have any political bend to them are hard to pull off no matter what, and I was afraid that this novel was going to turn into a big ball of "Why can't we just sing Kumbaya and get along?" messiness. First, the good news: Devon Daniels is an incredibly talented and funny writer. She's got a real knack for the pacing of a romance, and she interpreted the enemies-to-lovers and forbidden love tropes so well; there was some real sizzle on that front. I'm interested to see what she comes out with next, because from that perspective, this is one of the stronger romance debuts I've seen. And to her credit, she did a solid job trying to unpack the intricacies of loving someone you know you shouldn't. Now, the bad news: I don't know if the superficiality of how good the romance was can undo the larger implications of this book. To say that core values and politics are somehow separate entities (when politics are just the institutional embodiment of what your core values are) is problematic. Anything that plays into this notion of both sides-ism is going to get an eye roll from me. (Daniels' author's note at the end of the book shows very clearly that this was her intent too, so it's not like I'm making assumptions here.) I'd say on the writing front, including Ben's POV throughout the book would've been useful, because all we got was a Democratic woman deciding to change her standards for a Republican guy. Those optics are just hard to overcome, no matter how magical that guy is supposed to seem, and the lack of real unpacking on political issues also didn't help. When it comes down to it, Kate and Ben never had substantial conversations about their differences, and even the "happy" resolution at the end fell flat because of that. It's obvious that the play here was to have this book come out before the 2020 election. But the pandemic has further complicated many things about our world, and I think the ire towards Meet You in the Middle is understandable considering what we're seeing happen both in our government and on streets across America. Most people would agree that romances are supposed to make us feel warm and fuzzy. This book just left me feeling guilty and weird. No amount of pithy banter can overcome that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quiana Howard

    "I know they support caging & kidnapping children by the thousands, want to let the most vulnerable ppl die off during a pandemic, & want to strip basic rights from minorities and women, but wealthy white men, but they're just so cute!" FUCK THIS BOOK! "I know they support caging & kidnapping children by the thousands, want to let the most vulnerable ppl die off during a pandemic, & want to strip basic rights from minorities and women, but wealthy white men, but they're just so cute!" FUCK THIS BOOK!

  11. 5 out of 5

    BoxerLover2

    This book is an example in how to be tone-deaf. No. No. Hell No.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Why are white women?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erika Robuck

    Every once in awhile I come up for air from historical fiction, and for MEET YOU IN THE MIDDLE: I'm so glad I did! What a hilarious, thrilling, sexy read! Friends, this kind of story will take you back to the golden age of Rom-Com. Pure joy from start to finish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elisia Blade

    DNF 32%. Abhorrent. Trump propaganda disguised as a rom-com. Just. No. It might seem a little bit dramatic when you don't live in America but everything in this book is wrong. Obviously, the author has no idea what a liberal woman is and what she does with Kate is PURE travesty. For the male character, even though it is not clearly stated, he is obviously a (gag) MAGA fan. The scene in the gun range was absolutely horrific. Kate was never arguing despite being said liberal. I don't know any liberal DNF 32%. Abhorrent. Trump propaganda disguised as a rom-com. Just. No. It might seem a little bit dramatic when you don't live in America but everything in this book is wrong. Obviously, the author has no idea what a liberal woman is and what she does with Kate is PURE travesty. For the male character, even though it is not clearly stated, he is obviously a (gag) MAGA fan. The scene in the gun range was absolutely horrific. Kate was never arguing despite being said liberal. I don't know any liberal women who would have accepted any of the things Ben was spitting during the whole book without punching him in the throat. How can you make your male character likable when he is supporting this government (putting kids and babies in cages, suppressing minorities vote, abortion rights, etc.)??? This is a hard pass!

  15. 5 out of 5

    nitya

    Woobifying the gop in 2020, nothx Also did Kelly Anne Conway or w/e write this

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! Special thanks to Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review. Lots of reviews coming in for this book. While I certainly don't make a habit of writing reviews for books I don't enjoy, I'm making an exception. I started by reading the author's note. While this could (and likely is) a divisive book, I wanted to get a feel for the author's intentio I contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! Special thanks to Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review. Lots of reviews coming in for this book. While I certainly don't make a habit of writing reviews for books I don't enjoy, I'm making an exception. I started by reading the author's note. While this could (and likely is) a divisive book, I wanted to get a feel for the author's intentions. Based on the 2016 election, she was inspired to write a romance starring a couple from each side of the political aisle. My opinion is a romance set within the current discord of our political climate has little chance of working as an escape as a love story across the aisle. Still, I'm hopeful Daniels can make it work. My thoughts 1. I don't like either character. The hero & the heroine are thinly veiled caricatures of the "typical" Liberal & Conservative. What really irks me here is we only get her (the liberal's) viewpoint for the vast majority of the story. She comes across as whiny, weak & clueless. Good thing she as this big caveman of a character to help set her straight. How dare she walk home without a gun? Doesn't she know how she comes across when trying to deliver legislation to a representative's office? Good thing she has this big strong conservative Texas man to help her see the error of her ways. (cue the eye roll) 2. This book is not based in reality. Now, hear me out. That usually doesn't bother me. Yet, when you're using our current political climate as your setting, we have to be real about things. If this was based in 2000 or 2008 or 2015, fine. The hero (as well as the author) makes the assumption that political parties are simply a "difference of opinion". For me, this does not ring true. Many political differences stem from differing morals, ideals & values. Now, had the author opened up the dialogue between the characters to truly discuss some of the long, hard & difficult discussions that people of differing ideals have, we may have a totally different story here. Yet, she skims the surface. She treats each party's decision as flippant. This just doesn't sit well with me. It's not believable, authentic & a real missed opportunity. 3. The love story doesn't work. Take out the politics & let's dissect the love story. It's a no from me. Our heroine has all the makings & descriptions of a strong, ideological feminist, but she sure throws it all out the window for a man who loves to argue and wants to have hate sex. She's not comfortable around guns, but they have an outing/date at a gun range. Guess what? He gets an erection & she is just fawning all over him. Then they have their first kiss - at a gun range. (eye roll again) 4. This story feels like it's definitely geared towards a more conservative-leaning audience. I head back to the author's note again. She wanted to write a story that "both sides" could enjoy. I'm sad to say I don't really think she achieved that. We see this through the heroine's actions & verbiage. As she argues or attempts to defend her ideals to the hero, his rebuttal is condescending & rooted in a sense that she is the one who should cross the aisle not him. She's the one not making great decisions & acting on emotion while he is stable, rooted & able to sweep in & rescue her. For me, it definitely has a feel of, these crazy liberals just need to see things from our side. 5. Bottom line - decide for yourself. If you enjoy it, that's great. It does have some open door romance towards the end. Overall, the story didn't work for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    Hell to the nope: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Hell to the nope: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  18. 4 out of 5

    hima ☾

    the world has progressed past the need for white women writing books

  19. 4 out of 5

    MH

    I was hooked by the opening sentence. Although stuck at home, I wasn’t planning on killing my whole day yesterday, but that I did. Daniel’s writing style is REALLY good. I rarely laugh out loud reading any book, but with this one I sure did. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this delightful story. I’m trying to find any prior works by Daniels, but so far to no avail. If anyone knows of others, please publish those titles.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    Alternate title: SEE YOU IN HELL

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I don’t typically read a lot of romance, but I was intrigued by the blurb and how the author could pull off a bipartisan romance. Reading this novel was such a positive experience. Though fiction, it broadened my hope and gave me joy to see that political opposites can actually dialogue on intensely emotional issues. If you’re someone who’s tired of the political nastiness, definitely pick up this book for a shot of optimism.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kai the Gemini

    White liberalism at its finest, I cannot. I can't even thank NetGalley for this because that would be dishonest, I am not grateful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    I have a whole lotta things to say about this title. I think this was a HUGE missed opportunity that falls extremely, exceedingly, flat. It not only missed the mark, the mark wasn't even aimed at. This is getting two stars from me because there were fun aspects - the banter, notes back and forth, etc...but besides that, there's not much positive I'm going to say. If you don't want to read a negative, spoilery review, move forth. There was no meeting in the middle in this book. There was only the I have a whole lotta things to say about this title. I think this was a HUGE missed opportunity that falls extremely, exceedingly, flat. It not only missed the mark, the mark wasn't even aimed at. This is getting two stars from me because there were fun aspects - the banter, notes back and forth, etc...but besides that, there's not much positive I'm going to say. If you don't want to read a negative, spoilery review, move forth. There was no meeting in the middle in this book. There was only the self-proclaimed "liberal feminist" (who didn't actually act like a liberated woman, and constantly judged other female characters for being forward and strong) completely setting aside her beliefs for the God Among Men that is Ben. Ben did no improving. His character did not change. He was always portrayed as perfect. There were no actual discussions about their political beliefs - even though Ben seemed more fiscally conservative than anything, there were still pivotal morality issues THAT WERE NEVER ADDRESSED. Ben's stance on abortion? LGBTQ marriage? Any social issue? Nothing. Nada. If there had been actual scenes where each of the leads actually sat down with each other and talked about their differences like actual humans, this might have been better. But no, Ben's beliefs were always portrayed as perfectly fine and he had no "growing" to do, whereas Kate is portrayed as being a deeply flawed and close-minded Democrat that has to get with the program to be with Ben. Let me reiterate: Ben, the conservative, never has his flaws called into sharp relief. Kate, the liberal, is harangued at every opportunity. Even Kate's liberal friends are annoying. Ben's friend? Genial and kind. Also, the fact that Ben 'pops one' at the GUN RANGE after seeing Kate fire a gun is one of the more ridiculous things I've ever read. If this had been a rom-com where it actually addressed real political differences and had the leads work through them, that would've been a different story. Instead, Ben's weird stalker behavior of watching Kate through the office windows is deemed "romantic" and Kate, at the end, instead of having her fear of her relationship going public justified AT ALL (c'mon, y'all...it would be a legit concern. The fact that Ben didn't see that or really make an effort to understand where Kate was coming from and just dismissing her for the hesitancy was #rude) Kate throws caution to the wind, belittles her Democrat friends - they were being annoying, guys, like all Democrats! - and makes out with Ben at a fancy ball. The longer I type this the more I want to give it one star. I wish that this had been executed better. Alas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    KCH

    I am madly in love with MYITM! So much so that I'm writing my first ever book review to sing its praises :) It's quite obvious that the negative reviews are from readers who haven't actually read the book - which ironically is one of the book's themes: how we all judge books (and people) by their covers. There is so much more to this book than what meets the eye! I hardly know where to begin in sharing all the ways I adore MYITM. The characters are lovable, multi-faceted & anything but stereotypic I am madly in love with MYITM! So much so that I'm writing my first ever book review to sing its praises :) It's quite obvious that the negative reviews are from readers who haven't actually read the book - which ironically is one of the book's themes: how we all judge books (and people) by their covers. There is so much more to this book than what meets the eye! I hardly know where to begin in sharing all the ways I adore MYITM. The characters are lovable, multi-faceted & anything but stereotypical. The banter between the leads is laugh-out-loud funny, sharp & smart. The slow-burn chemistry will melt even the most jaded hearts. The pacing of the book is utter perfection ... Each chapter zips along with both purpose & pleasure. I can't get enough of the author's fresh voice, pop culture references, "golden egg" clues & surprises you never see coming. I read this book while on a trip with my husband. Seeing how I devoured it (and laughed, swooned, cried & aaaaah'ed throughout), my husband asked to borrow it. Mind you, he had never read a romance before & he was skeptical to say the least. Well, let's just say I caught him many nights staying up to finish the next chapter ... Even he was utterly hooked! I wasn't in a hurry to read anything remotely "political" given today's climate, but this book was a totally consuming delight in every single way. It's the definition of a modern rom-com, and its message is more important & relevant now than ever. Highly encourage you to read this book! Get ready to fall in love ... and maybe even learn something about yourself (as I did) in the process.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karyn

    Wow. Just wow. I had my doubts about a politically based romcom given the world we live in today - how could anyone take on such an explosive topic and build a romance (and steamy one, to boot) out of it. Well, Devon Daniels is pure genius in her debut book. From the very first chapter, the quick and witty banter had me on the edge of my seat, and just how were these two polar opposites ever going to end up together. Told entirely from Kate’s POV, "Meet You in the Middle” has one of the best slo Wow. Just wow. I had my doubts about a politically based romcom given the world we live in today - how could anyone take on such an explosive topic and build a romance (and steamy one, to boot) out of it. Well, Devon Daniels is pure genius in her debut book. From the very first chapter, the quick and witty banter had me on the edge of my seat, and just how were these two polar opposites ever going to end up together. Told entirely from Kate’s POV, "Meet You in the Middle” has one of the best slow burn relationships I’ve ever read. The creativity and unexpected ways these two come together is perfection - believable, inspiring, and had me filled with butterflies! This slow burn of slow burners had me rethinking many of my own preconceived notions of the other side. This book is steamy, fast paced, fun, and somehow also got me out of my comfort zone (in a good way) when it comes to how we view the other side. I just can’t thank Daniels enough for this journey. I couldn’t put the book down - I was up until 2:30 in the morning. Now, when can I reread?!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ames-Foley

    unless they both become socialists in the end, i don't think i'm interested. someone please let me know if this ends up not being a total mess. update: this seems absolutely abhorrent tbh. unless they both become socialists in the end, i don't think i'm interested. someone please let me know if this ends up not being a total mess. update: this seems absolutely abhorrent tbh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Seriously I LOVED THIS BOOK! The witty writing and humor sets the stage for 2 amazing characters that at first you really don’t expect to fall for each other. This is a story that we all need right now – it’s important to look beyond the labels of who we think someone is and give friendship and love a chance. The writing is so well done and the humor in the book will have you laughing out loud. It’s also rare to find a romantic book where you are surprised several times about a twist and turn in Seriously I LOVED THIS BOOK! The witty writing and humor sets the stage for 2 amazing characters that at first you really don’t expect to fall for each other. This is a story that we all need right now – it’s important to look beyond the labels of who we think someone is and give friendship and love a chance. The writing is so well done and the humor in the book will have you laughing out loud. It’s also rare to find a romantic book where you are surprised several times about a twist and turn in the story – this book delivered some amazingly unexpected moments. The realistic characters, the amazing back drop of Washington DC, the slow-burn enemies to friends to lovers …. Everything was PERFECT. I went to Georgetown, this book really brought me back to my time in college in DC. This has been the best book I’ve read in a long time. Can’t wait to see what comes next from this amazing author. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance!

  28. 4 out of 5

    whatsheread_

    I'm very uncomfortable about even attempting to rate this one. But I will say this, this book shouldn't have been in the current US government. It should've been in a fictional government and they really should've tried harder to meet in the middle. Because they didn't, the conflict was never solved. And I had a LOT of issues with the gun thing. This is not something I wanted to read about in a romcom, especially with the wrong way it was handled. I had issues with that whole plot point. I've re I'm very uncomfortable about even attempting to rate this one. But I will say this, this book shouldn't have been in the current US government. It should've been in a fictional government and they really should've tried harder to meet in the middle. Because they didn't, the conflict was never solved. And I had a LOT of issues with the gun thing. This is not something I wanted to read about in a romcom, especially with the wrong way it was handled. I had issues with that whole plot point. I've read romcoms with secret agents who typically carry it around and they're mentiond when the character puts it on the night stand or decides to leave it behind because they know they'll be drinking, and no I didn't cringe at the mention. But I wasn't comfortable with someone working for a senator thinking that people should own them or that it's a 'safety matter' or any of that. And reading everyone's reviews made me wonder if all the things I truly enjoyed and the others I thought were so weird and out of character were written like that for a reason. To make a point that one side is better. I wish I weren't thinking about this. It's horrifying and I NEVER want it confirmed. Fiction is an escape, and thinking it could've been done to sway someone's opinion is too horrible to think about. This really shouldn't have been in the real world for so many reasons. Especially during our current times and its release date. Thank you Berkley and Edelweiss for the ARC!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xan West

    I've decided not to read based on this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I've decided not to read based on this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Carter

    DNF at 50%. I really tried, but this book is not for me. The writing is cringeworthy. I hate the main character. I am bored to tears. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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