Happy Monday y’all! I have three books to review this week since they all come out on 1/4, so let’s see if I can get them all done (I’ve also only read two of the three, so we’ll see how this turns out). The first of the three is, you guessed it, Love at First Spite by Anna E Collins! Thank you so much to Graydon House and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book!
Love at First Spite 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful, breezy romcom about an interior designer who teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door
“Filled with sizzling chemistry and delicious revenge, Love at First Spite had me smiling from start to finish. This is one debut you don’t want to miss!” —Kate Bromley, author of Talk Bookish to Me
They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.
That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…
Love at First Spite was such a cute book! I really enjoyed reading about both Dani and Wyatt- I wasn’t sure I would like them at the beginning- Wyatt kinda just seemed like an asshole and Dani seemed too hellbent on getting revenge to be someone I wanted to read about, but the more we read about them, the more we learned and the better/more well rounded they became as characters. Wyatt was still kinda asshole-y, but that’s because that’s how he protects himself. Dani was super hellbent on getting revenge, but you can’t really blame her, plus it evolved into a way for her to spend time with Wyatt rather than a way to get back at Sam. And Sam, ah what a terrible character. I know there are guys like him in the world, but man, he’s the worst. Who cheats on their fiancée with their real estate agent and then keeps saying it wasn’t a big teal, please take me back! Plus Sam’s mom calling Dani and asking her to take Sam back even though it had been months and Dani’s parents’ inability to accept the fact that her relationship with Sam was over was annoying. Thankfully she had great family in Mia and I loved how Mia had her own love story within this book too. And Iris! I loved how strong Iris was and how much of a guiding light she became for Dani- almost like an aunt or something. Overall, Love at First Spite was a fun book that while not incredible, had some great parts in it and some great characters, which is why I think y’all should definitely put it on your lists to check out!