Make Up Break Up by 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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Annika has created the app that she believes will take the dating world by storm as rather than giving up when a relationship becomes hard it helps you find solutions to keep the relationship flourishing. The only problem is that she needs the cash to launch it and her biggest competitor is not only her neighbor but is also the man she was romantically involved with for a week in Vegas and she believes betrayed her professionally.
Hudson has created his own app which outlines that when a relationship hits a rough spot the best course of action is end things before they escalate. His creation has achieved success beyond what he expected however winning the contest will allow it to take off. The only thing standing in his way is Annika and their past.
The animosity between Annika and Hudson was a cover for their true feelings and I can only admire his patience at times when it comes to Annika. The interactions between them were entertaining whether they were flirting or fighting and there is a great cast of secondary characters which enhance the story.