LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH

by Emily Giffin |

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REVIEWED BY BETH PERRY

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Taking a stroll through Manhattan barely three months after getting married, the pretty, successful and generally fabulous Ellen Dempsey bumps into Leo—the One Who Broke Her Heart. In an instant, she is transported back to the insecure twentysomething she was when they dated, stunned by the “tightness in my throat as I saw his face again.” The mischievously alluring Leo follows her to a coffee shop, her heart “twists in knots,” and in a thinly veiled seduction maneuver he proposes that they try to be friends.

Sure, we’ve been here before: a newly confident heroine struggling to stay away from an ex isn’t surprising. But—as she proved with Baby Proof (’06) and Something Blue (’05)—Giffin’s talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh. The cat-and-mouse game between Ellen and Leo lights up these pages, their flirtation as dangerously addictive as a high-speed car chase. The ending isn’t explosive, but what Ellen learns is quietly thrilling: Sometimes, you have to do whatever it takes to be with the one you love.

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