ARC Review: First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel

Happy Monday ya’ll and happy almost release day to First Love, Take Two (this book comes out tomorrow, so make sure y’all go and grab it then)! Thank you so much to Forever and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book! I loved the first book about this friend group so I was the most excited to have the opportunity to read Preeti and Daniel’s second chance at love!

First Love, Take Two 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

On the verge of realizing her dream of being a doctor, Preeti Patel should be ecstatic. But between the stress of her residency, trying to find a job, and managing her traditional, no-boundaries family, Preeti’s anxiety is through the roof. Relationships and love aren’t even an option. Fortunately, Preeti’s finally found a new place to stay . . . only to discover that her new roommate is her ex.

Preeti never quite got over Daniel Thompson. Super-hot, plenty of swagger, amazing cook—the guy is practically perfect. And if it weren’t for their families, there might have been a happily ever after. But it’s hard to keep her sanity and libido in check when the man of her dreams is sleeping mere feet away. Can Preeti and Daniel find a way to stand up and fight for each other one last time . . . before they lose their second chance?

Oh man y’all. This book was so incredibly amazing. I was already pulling for Preeti and Daniel while reading Liya and Jay’s book, so getting to read more about why they ended in the first place and seeing their incredible chemistry first hand was amazing. And of course, we saw the mandir and the fallout from book one and the revelation that Liya had dropped about one of the Uncles- and how people were either rallying around Liya or calling her a lying slut and saying that she was tarnishing a good man’s name. I’m sure it’s the same in a lot of cultures, but based on what I’ve seen, Indian people love making young women out to be the bad guy. And ugh everything with Yuvan and his parents- they didn’t want Preeti to marry their son, they just wanted a nice, Indian doctor of a certain age who was able to do all of these things around the house while also working- it didn’t matter who she was, as long as she looked good on paper. I know a lot of cousins who have had arranged marriages because they’ve looked good on paper and I mean they weren’t their choices, but it was what it was. And pushing for a communal engagement and marriage at the mandir when you could physically see that Preeti was uncomfortable? It made me so sad! I know there are probably people who would read this book and be like man she just needs to stand up for herself more, but she wanted to make sure that her parents were happy and she thought that this was making them happy. There’s so much tied in to being a good child and doing what needs to be done to make your parents proud/happy- I’m so happy with how this book ended though. Sajni Patel is such a masterful storyteller and I love how she’s able to show a small glimpse into what being Desi American is like. I highly recommend First Love, Take Two!

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