Book Review: The Roughest Draft By Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka


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 books 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.


A romance between two writers. Nothing can go wrong, right? So many complications between the two and their lack of communication towards each other.

There is several flashbacks throughout it. They were put in quite randomly at different points. Usually this should blend well and coincide with what is going on in the present therefore this was not the case in this one.

In this case it was difficult to follow as their past is so similar to their present. The man cannot say his feelings and he becomes very hypocritical wondering why she, the single woman would not tell him, a married man her feelings.

Hoping she would get the hint via his writing bits for the book their working on together. A woman wants to be told how the guy feels she needs action not just a fairy-tale written in a story when the guy is married and doesn’t have the guts to come out and say it. It puts Kat, the main character in a very awkward position as she has good morals and would not say anything due to this.

Then, Nathan has the cheek to say she was horrendous to work with when he really liked her. That is SO childish. And he is supposed to be a grown man, really? And he wonders why she wouldn’t speak to him or want to be around him all this time, again, really?

As for Kat, why would she purposely go out with her publishing agent who is an ass and clearly only sees her as an income? It’s been clear since the beginning so I do not know what was with that choice either.

I usually love books if the characters are logical or has developed a lot throughout. I didn’t particularly feel that with this novel whole-heartedly.

3/5 Stars


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