Friday, November 22, 2013

Review - Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London


Goodreads description: Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.  “Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.  Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.  Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review an ARC of this novel.

Technically, there's nothing really wrong with "Definitely, Maybe in Love", and yeah, I bet you can see where I'm going with this one.  It's one of those, "It's not you, it's me" type of stories.  As it says in the synopsis, this is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, but I think maybe it was a little overdone, to the point where it was too unbelievable, and, in my honest opinion, a bit silly.  

First of all, Spring.  Did I like her?  I don't really know.  I admire her passion - she thinks she's all about sustainability.  Every time she drank out of a water bottle, however, my mind rewound to this past summer, where my son watched a documentary on the evils of the bottled water companies.  He preached to anyone within hearing about everything he had learned, and it was kind of funny at the time, but like I said, every time Spring drank water out of a bottle, I would think, "She's a hypocrite."  Maybe she just hasn't watched that same documentary, ha!  

And Henry?  I'm sorry, but I did NOT like Henry.  I know he's supposed to be all Mr. Darcy reincarnated, but he is not my type at all.  I liked him a bit better towards the end of the book, but whereas Darcy's personality kind of fit with the times of Pride and Prejudice, Henry's personality didn't seem to fit with the twenty first century, and so his transformation seemed a little cheesy to me.  

There were other things that didn't seem to fit in this day and age.  For example, when Henry and Dart just moved without a word and didn't tell anyone - does that ever happen?  And, I don't care how good of a friend he is, if a guy tells you your girlfriend doesn't love you, you don't disappear without a trace - you tell him to eat shit, and then you go talk to your girlfriend and figure stuff out for yourself!

Anyway, call me a total cynic, but this book just wasn't for me at this time.  I do, however, think that Ophelia London's writing is promising - I would like to see more from her in the future!

My Rating: 2.5 stars


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