ARC Review: Aggie the Horrible vs. Max the Pompous Ass by Lisa Wells

Thank you so much to Entangled Amara and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book! It came out yesterday, so you can definitely go grab it now if you’re interested! It wasn’t my favorite book, but that doesn’t mean that y’all won’t love it!

Aggie the Horrible vs Max the Pompous Ass 3/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

One’s playing a game. The other’s keeping score.

When wild-child Aggie Johansson shows up for an interview with the last person she’d ever want to work for, golden-boy entrepreneur Max Treadwell, she has one goal—to not be offered the position. While she hates to disappoint the two matchmaking grandmothers who’d pressed Max to hire her, she wants nothing to do with a pity job. Besides, the guy could easily win Mr. Pompous Ass of the year.

The last thing Max wants is to offer Aggie a job. The woman, a mixture of bizarre and annoying, has gone through at least a half-dozen employers this year already. He might’ve promised Grandmother he’d hire her, but if Aggie doesn’t take it because he’s more than a little un-charming, that won’t be his fault. After all, his company is on the brink of a major land acquisition, and the last thing he needs is a screw-up as a personal assistant.

With neither of them willing to disappoint their grandmothers, the interview becomes the stuff of legends, and somehow, before either can blink, they’re suddenly stuck working together.

Aggie’s determined the only way out is to be the worst assistant ever and get fired…

Max knows his grandmother would kill him if he fired Aggie, so he’ll just have to be so awful she quits…

But what happens next, no one could have seen coming.

I didn’t think I’d want to read this book just based on the title, because it seemed really juvenile, but after reading the summary of the book, it looked cuter than I thought it would be, so I picked it up. The elements of cuteness were definitely there, but the execution was not done in a way that I was a fan of, so I had a really hard time staying engaged throughout my whole time reading. Let’s start out with some of the things that I liked: Max and Aggie had such great relationships with their grandmothers and I thought that was super cute! I also liked all of the trivia that Aggie knew and the fact that the two of them worked together really well. I didn’t really like a lot of the end (I’m trying not to spoil it for anyone who does decide they want to read it, so I won’t say exactly what it is I didn’t like), how it seemed like neither of them really knew how to communicate or was willing to communicate, and just the general childish feeling I got throughout the book. Neither of them really ever owned up to their mistakes, their grandmothers, who I really did like in general, were always trying to throw them together and even though they’re adults and could have just sat them down and said no, we’re not interested, instead decided to pretend they couldn’t stand each other or were dating other people to try and get grandmothers off of their backs. Like what the heck. Overall, not my cup of tea, but I’m sure there are other people out there who would love this book.

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