Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Entangled Embrace on October 28th, 2013
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Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle.
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 über-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.
A modern-day spin on Pride and Prejudice, Definitely Maybe in Love by Ophelia London tells the story of polar opposites Spring Honeycutt and Henry Knightly. Of course I chose this book because Pride and Prejudice happens to be one of my favorite books, which means Definitely Maybe in Love had a lot to live up to in my opinion. Ophelia London does manage to successfully put her own spin on a classic, so it became less about comparing Spring and Henry to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and more about acknowledging that Spring and Henry were characters in their own right.
We’re introduced to Spring who for the most part is a very complex character. She’s extremely judgmental, smart, strong and opinionated, is not a pushover, and is loyal to her friends. She also hides behind a façade, with her braids and beads, her vegetarian diet, her manner of dress, and her over the top participation in environmental protests; she uses this façade as a way to stand out on a campus where every student is just as smart as the next student. Fortunately, Spring has friends like Julia and Mel who challenge and question her when needed, thereby keeping her grounded. I did like that Spring experienced character growth, and I think meeting Henry had a lot to do with her growth.
What I loved about this book: Henry Knightly. He’s arrogant, prideful, and like Spring, has a few prejudices of his own. He could be a jerk at times, but the more we got to know him, the more we could see that he was loyal, protective, a good brother and friend. Since the story is told from Spring’s point of view, our view of Henry is distorted; although we do see glimpses that there might be more to Henry. We also see that he’s clearly attracted to Spring; he flirts with her, teases her, and pushes her buttons as often as he can. I loved all the teasing and flirting; it brought out different sides to both characters, and provided readers a break from all the angst.
Spring and Henry argued about everything from politics to fuel and economy efficient cars, but once they got past the bickering and pre-conceived notions, there was much to discover about each other. So while the misconceptions, miscommunication and arguments became a little tiresome after a while, there’s still plenty to like about these characters and their story. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)