Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.
Guinevere 'Gwen' Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…
But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other...
That moment in movies and TV shows someone interrupts a wedding to proclaim their undying for the bride or the groom are always the most swoon worthy moments. We as the audience tend to be swept up in the moment and never think about the person left behind
That Thing Between Eli and Gwen actually focuses on two people that get left behind and we get to see their journey through that. Eli and Gwen couldn't be more different and it's so interesting to see how such different people could have dated people that would then cheat together.
Even though Eli and Gwen are victims of their fiances leaving them, McAvoy never makes them feel like victims. Both characters are willing to move on from their public embarrassment and continue to live their lives in a way that fulfills them... eventually. However, the one thing that they absolutely refuse to enjoy is each other's company. Their conversation was so funny, it was fully of banter and witty and really helped us to connect to the characters, especially as they started to realise that maybe they weren't each other's enemies.
I LOVED Melody Giovanni from Ruthless People, but I think we all know she's a tiiiiiny bit over the top so I think that Gwen is officially jointly my favourite female character as written by J.J. McAvoy. Gwen was confident in herself, dedicated to her career and has a good relationship with her parents, she's pretty much perfect and I love it. It never feels like she's a Mary Sue or anything equally irritating, she's just Gwen and she happens to be near perfect.
Eli is a bit of a dick, but it works for him tbh. You can definitely see why his character would be well paired with Gwen as she allows him to be less of a Type A and relax a little.
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is adorable and it's great to see that J.J. McAvoy is so capable of writing multiple genres and make us fall in love.
Recommend to: fans of New Adult, fans of romance
Rating: 4 stars