“Sometimes the most obvious explanation is the only one that makes sense, however much we might want to deny it.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Aria in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
After really enjoying The Runaway Bride earlier this year I simply couldn’t resist returning to Mary Jayne Baker‘s writing; especially since her newest story promises to deliver the ‘enemy to lover‘ trope I tend to enjoy when done right. I’ve been looking forward to Love At First Fight ever since, and I’m still surprised myself I ended up struggling with this story instead of having a great time with it… But there were various reasons why this story and me simply weren’t ment to be.
First of all I do have to say that I did like the general idea behind Love At First Fight (or at least Bridie and Ben’s story), and the story started out well enough. I always love the banter that comes with the ‘enemy to lover’ trope, and there was definitely plenty of that in the beginning. The 20 dates Bridie forces herself to go on were fun to read about, and most of the characters were easy to like initially. BUT. I can’t say this story is actually properly an ‘enemy to lover‘ story as the two characters are not really enemies in the first place. Friends with a grudge maybe (and only in Bridie’s case), but fullblown enemies? Most definitely not. And the whole friends and family teaming up to show them they love each other all along was getting old fast too.
I also still don’t understand why the story lost focus on Bridie and Ben and introduced a major pet peeve with Hattie and Cal’s story instead. I hate stories with a cheating element and the way it was introduced and milked out in Love At First Fight was just cringeworthy. I also thought there was just way too much drama and insecurity going on especially in the second half, and the ending felt rushed after all that sudden cliche drama going on. Not credible, not entertaining to read, and it basically ruined the story for me. A sole focus on Bridie and Ben and more banter would probably have improved things considerably, but as it is the story turned out to be a dud for me. Such a shame, as it started out so well!