BOOK REVIEW: Everything He Isn’t by Lauren Stewart

BOOK REVIEW: Everything He Isn’t by Lauren StewartEverything He Isn't by Lauren Stewart
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Opposites might attract, but they don't always get along.

After years of working at my father’s interior design firm, I’ve finally landed my first solo project.

I have no intention of letting anything screw it up. Now, more than ever, I need order and control.

So, of course, that’s when fate tosses a hot mess of temptation into my life.

Cooper Wahl is completely wrong for me. He’s everything on my “con” column and nothing from the “pro” side.

Unfortunately, he's also known as the ultimate fix-it guy, and I desperately need his help to prevent my project from falling apart.

The more time I spend with him and his pocket-sized dog, the more I question if the rules I live by were made to be broken.

Can I keep things strictly professional with Cooper and focus on furthering my career? Or will the wrong man—and a bit of disorder—be exactly what I need?

Laugh-out-loud rom-com meets engaging emotion in Everything He Isn’t, the latest must-read contemporary romance by Lauren Stewart!


Everything He Isn’t quickly pulled me in and was an instant favorite! With a grumpy and sunshine vibe, fabulous banter, heartwarming friendships and steamy scenes, this book swept me away. The characters stole my heart, the story line played out like a movie and I loved every single thing about this book! Romance lovers will fall hard for this story!

“If we’re not following each other, what should we call it?”
He squinted. “We could call it fate.”
he corner of his mouth lifted, and my heart clenched.

Sophie Dillon had been handed her largest project ever, with her dad’s interior design firm. After some hiccups along the way, she ended up needing Cooper Wahl’s help. His business was the perfect fit for what she needed, but Cooper himself was not the best fit for Sophie personally. Even if there were tons of sparks between them. But the more time they spent around each other, it was hard to deny what was there. Even if Sophie had a list three pages long for why Cooper wasn’t what she was looking for. Or was he?

Every second of every day for as long as I could remember I’d known what I wanted, and he wasn’t it. – Sophie

I loved Sophie right away, quirks and all. She had lots of preconceived notions for what she wanted in life, how her life was to go and she lived by her lists. She was also extremely driven and was dedicated to her father’s business. She wanted more than anything to prove to him that she could be trusted with his business someday. Underneath it all, she was the most fabulous friend, hilarious, quick witted, kind, and smart. But she could definitely be judgmental at times. And all of those times, her judgement was directed right at Cooper.

I didn’t know my neighbors, mostly because they were people, and being civil would only encourage them to talk to me again. – Cooper

Cooper was the ultimate book boyfriend! But my heart hurt for him since he was jaded from his past and damaged by his ex. It made him a little leery of beautiful women, like Sophie. So I loved that we got to alternate chapters between them and hear all that he had to say too! Because while Sophie would always try and be positive, Cooper was the polar opposite. He could be such a grump lol! His grumpy thoughts made me smile and laugh so much. But at the same time he could be kind, generous, loyal and protective. I loved all sides of Cooper!

We shouldn’t fit together, but we did. Better than I’d ever fit with anyone. – Cooper

When Sophie and Cooper were in the same room, it was electrifying. Not only was their banter smile inducing, but the tension between them was so steamy. And while they both judged each other, the sizzling chemistry was impossible to ignore! The way everything evolved was addictive and as the book progressed, oh goodness, it was so hot! Ohhh and I have to say that Lauren Stewart is the queen of meet cutes! Sophie and Cooper’s meet cute?! I was laughing so hard! It is one of my favorites, ever!

Seven days per week, twenty-four hours per day.
For eleven years.
No crying.
No indecision.
No doubts about what I wanted or the person I was meant to be with.
Every day.
Except today.
Today, he ruined everything.

Everything He Isn’t tricked me in the best of ways. I started the story out laughing at Sophie and her antics and I had so much fun watching everything unfold. But somehow along the way my feelings became intense. And before I knew it, my heart was in my throat and I cried three different times. This book snuck up on me and became my every thought. It was heartwarming yet powerful. Hilarious yet serious. And I loved every single minute of it!

“I need to be with you, Soph,” he whispered against my cheek. “I can’t give up on something I know is real. We’re right together.”

On top of Sophie and Cooper, there were the most fabulous of friends and family! I could easily write forever about them! Plus there was the most adorable dog ever! So if you love adult romance, you definitely need this book in your life! Everything He Isn’t consumed my every waking thought. With friendship, romance, banter, steam and tons of heart filling the pages, I loved this book with my whole heart!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Sophie

    I love a fix-it guy! And with a heroine called Sophie, I really should add this to my TBR 🙂
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    • Jen

      Right?! You definitely should! I have a feeling that you’ll love this story as much as me!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I wonder where I’ve been that I’ve not heard of Lauren Stewart? This sounds like such a good one, and I love a good grumpy-sunshine romance. And I’m already curious about that meet-cute. 🙂 I just love the sound of Cooper… swoon!
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    • Jen

      The grumpy-sunshine romance was so much fun and I fell so hard for Cooper sigh. The first book I ever read by Lauren Stewart was Darker Water and it was AMAZING! And the meet cute in that book?! Almost 3 years later and I still remember the details, it was sooooo good! I then went and bought all of her books on my kindle lol!

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