ARC Review: Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins

Title: Love at First Spite
Author: Anna E. Collins
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★★


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 quick, quirky and cute romance read that really questioned just how far is too far when it comes to revenge?

Dani has watched her mother be steamrolled by her farther her entire life, so when her fiancé starts to do the same thing and also cheats she’s long gone. The lot next door to the new house that he owns but she never wanted is open and with the help of her cousin and new landlady the ultimate revenge is enacted; The Spite House.

This book was so much fun to read. We get a bit of that office romance that I love and the side of revenge Dani was also dishing made for an interesting story. Wyatt being the big bad architect that people feared was hilarious compared to the big cinnamon roll he actually was. They definitely had chemistry from the start and the spice was on point. There was a bit of the miscommunication, but considering they start as a fling with a deadline and are navigating hiding and office romance it was believable. Like Dani I was frustrated with Wyatt at times, but in the end he won me over.

My favorite part of the book wasn’t actually the romance though (although it was good and you should pick up this book just for that!) but instead was the camaraderie between Dani, her cousin Mia and her landlady Iris. They were the best supporting characters and Iris truly made every scene she was in and gave the best advice. We love women supporting women and we got a huge helping of that in this book.

I do think the revenge plot was fun but it did get a tad over the top at times. I wanted Dani to focus more on Wyatt and her life more than the house and the silly shenanigans that went with it. I understand why it was drawn out but I truly wanted more Wyatt and Dani spice scenes. It’s something I’m easily able to get over though. This was a unique romance plot and as someone who is currently having a house built it was fun to see the process in the book; It added a little something extra for me. I’ll definitely be recommending this book to my fellow romance lovers.

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