Book Review: If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher


Title: If You Ask Me

By: Libby Hubscher

Genre: Romance

Pages: 368

Release Date: March 8th, 2022

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

When an advice columnist’s picture-perfect life implodes, she opts to go rogue in this hilarious, heartwarming romance from the author of Meet Me in Paradise.

Violet Covington pens Dear Sweetie, the most popular advice column in the state of North Carolina. She has an answer for how to politely handle any difficult situation…until she discovers her husband, Sam, has been cheating on her. Furious and out of sensible solutions, Violet leaves her filter at the door and turns to her column to air her own frustrations. The new, brutally honest Dear Sweetie goes viral, sending more shock waves through Violet’s life. When she burns Sam’s belongings in a front-yard, late-night bonfire, a smoking-hot firefighter named Dez shows up to douse the flames, and an unexpected fling quickly shows potential to become something longer lasting.

A lot of people want to see the old polished Violet return—including her boss, who finds her unpredictability hard to manage, and Sam, who’s begging for another chance. But Dez appreciates Violet just the way she is—in fact, he can’t get enough of her. The right answers don’t come easily when Violet finds herself at her own personal crossroads. But maybe, by getting real, Violet can write her own happy ending.


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From the moment I read the synopsis of this book, I had to have it. The way Libby Hubscher weaves a story is reminiscent of another beloved author of mine, Katheryn Center. Hubscher will definitely give Center a run for her money.

Violet's life seems to be in perfect running order, but how quickly it falls apart. After she finds her husband cheating on her with the neighbor, she starts to slowly lose her mind. Can you blame her though? This seems to be a classic case of cheating and its super fun to watch from a distance. Hubscher makes her characters so adorably relatable. They say the things that you could only wish to say, and the snark factor is through the roof. 

Even though stuff goes down, the ending is wonderfully satisfying when all the characters find closure. I even found closure in this story, and that's saying a lot since most the time I'm left wanting more from the characters. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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