The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka #bookreview #contemporary #romance #chicklit

Title: The Roughest Draft

Author: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Publisher:  Berkley

Publication Date: January 25, 2022

Page Count: 332

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

They were cowriting literary darlings until they hit a plot hole that turned their lives upside down.

Three years ago, Katrina Freeling and Nathan Van Huysen were the brightest literary stars on the horizon, their cowritten book topping bestseller lists. But on the heels of their greatest success, they ended their partnership on bad terms, for reasons neither would divulge to the public. They haven’t spoken since, and never planned to, except they have one final book due on contract.

Facing crossroads in their personal and professional lives, they’re forced to reunite. The last thing they ever thought they’d do again is hole up in the tiny Florida town where they wrote their previous book, trying to finish a new manuscript quickly and painlessly. Working through the reasons they’ve hated each other for the past three years isn’t easy, especially not while writing a romantic novel.

While passion and prose push them closer together in the Florida heat, Katrina and Nathan will learn that relationships, like writing, sometimes take a few rough drafts before they get it right.

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka is a standalone contemporary romance novel. The story in this one is told by changing the point of view between the characters and alternating the current timeline with one from the past.

Katrina Freeling and Nathan Van Huysen had found success together after they had cowritten a book together but their working relationship had ended abruptly leaving the world wondering what had happened. Katrina had given up writing and Nathan wasn’t having the sales he had when he’d written with Katrina. With both needing a success again they agree to return to the home they once wrote in and try to pen another novel together.

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka was a nice story of two authors trying to write together so being an avid reader I couldn’t help but be drawn in. However, my own complaint with this one was I often found the present and past blurring together with everything being so much the same, same location, same activity etc. I get the point of recreating the past but for a reader it would have been nice to have some variety to more distinguish the times leaving me rating this one at three and a half stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /   Amazon*

About the author:

Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Shortly after falling for her best friend, Austin Siegemund-Broka, she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. She and Austin now live and write YA contemporary together. Always Never Yours is their debut.

Visit her and Austin’s website at

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