Title: Love at First Spite
Author: Anna E. Collins
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication date: January 4th, 2022
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 starts with a scene where Dani, our FMC, goes paintballing in her wedding dress to assuage the fact that her ex-fiance cheated on her before the wedding – and with that I was hooked on this book. Dani is an interior designer and decides to buy the space next to her ex-fiance’s house and build a Spite House for Airbnb to impinge on the view of his house. Wyatt is a coworker who agrees to work on the project as the architect, and he is constantly getting on Dani’s nerves before she starts to see another side to him while they work together…
I love these tropes: workplace romance, enemies to lovers, and a bit of grumpy/sunshine and it’s almost like this book was perfectly created for me. The tension and angst between these two characters was prime and there was a good level of steam. I wish we had gotten Wyatt’s POV which is always my wish with romance novels – but I didn’t fault the book for that lack. I really appreciated the disability rep with Wyatt as well.
Thank you to Graydon House and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!