I hope you're all having a nice start to the new year! Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins was on my Most Anticipated of 2022 list, so massive thanks to the publisher for having me on the blog tour!
|Pub Date: 1-4-22|
Adult - Contemporary
Dani Porter is out for revenge. She was supposed to get married and live happily ever after in a beautiful house, but now she's sleeping on her cousin's couch after her fiancé cheated on her with the realtor who sold them said beautiful house. Dani knows she should be the bigger person, but where's the fun in that? She decides the best way to get back at her ex is to make his life miserable, and she knows just the way to do it. Dani's going to buy the vacant lot next to her ex and put up the most obnoxious rental home.
As an interior designer, Dani already has plans laid out, but she needs an architect who won't mind working on her project she's aptly named the Spite House. But her plans hit a little bump when the only person at her firm available to take on the job is Wyatt Montego, who's as handsome as he is stuck-up. Wyatt is known for taking charge of his projects, but Dani refuses to let anyone come between her and her sweet revenge. As the pair spend time together both on- and off-site, Dani starts to realize there's more to Wyatt than his grumpy façade, but will her petty quest ruin her chances to build something real?
I thought the premise of this sounded hilarious, but I didn't love it as much as I was hoping to. It was a fun ride, and I liked the girl gang vibe Dani had with her cousin Mia and her landlady Iris, but I think Dani's revenge plot was a little too extreme. Dani is so laser-focused on annoying her ex and there's so much time placed on this house, only for it to wrap up in such an underwhelming way. I did like seeing the relationship between her and Wyatt grow, and thought they were cute together, but there was never any part that had me particularly rooting for them. Everything about this, from the plot to the characters, just felt a bit average. If you're into workplace romances and are looking for a quick read, then I still think this would be a good one to pick up. I just don't think it's going to be that memorable for me.