Tuesday, November 5, 2013

[Review: Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London]

"Definitely, Maybe In Love"
Author: Ophelia London
Series: None
Pages: 260
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Retellings
Date Published: October 28th, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher for honest review


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.

My Thoughts:

I love a good Jane Austen retelling and "Definitely, Maybe In Love" was a  definitely a good one.  London takes the main themes of the classic "Pride and Prejudice" and makes them modern.  She gives the story fresh eyes and still remains faithful to the original!  I liked how the main characters transferred over, but at the same time I have to admit that I wasn't stoked on all of the secondary characters in London's modern day retelling.  That being said, it was still a cute, enjoyable read!

Hot, holy, sexual tension.  London knows how to write it.  But she also knew when to hold back.  That's right folks, this one was a clean New Adult novel that still brought the swoony moments!  I couldn't be more pleased with this fact.  The love story, just like original, relied on the chemistry between the leads and not sexytimes.  Yes there are still moments and adult themes, but London chose to stick to the secretive innocents of Pride and Prejudice and she pulls it off perfectly!

Spring is the girl who forces herself into a box of unconventionality.  Which let's face it, doesn't make her all that unconventional, at least not from the bottom of her core.  It was cool to see her come to terms with the fact that who she was presenting herself as and who she really was, were close to, but not actually the same person.  London really understood marching to the beat of your own drum and learning who you are at the same time.  It made Spring interesting.

And Henry was the perfect male lead.  It was kind of funny that his last name was Knightly, which we all know was actually the last name of Emma's love in Emma.  It was cool twist on things, even though we know without a doubt that Knightly is Darcy.  And like I said.  The chemistry was amazing!

But then when it came to the secondary characters, I didn't love what I was reading.  I understood why London wrote them the way she did.  It made sense, but at the same time it turned some of the funnier moments really heavy ones.  Julia was so deeply depressed that it was a bit off putting and Dart was just kind of there.  I wish that their plot line would have been more pronounced. Alex came off as super creepy and the way that whole thing went down didn't settle well with me.  (I'm trying to be none spoilery here)

Overall I felt like this book was just a lot of fun!  You have a hippie chick with braids and guy who goes from argyle to cowboy hats, what more do you need?  I would suggest this to fans of Jane Austen or people who just want a delightful little New Adult title to bite into!    

Actual Rating: 3.5
Close to perfect, but it had it's issues! 

1 comment:

Nicole said...

So I haven't read any Jane Austen retellings (or much Jane Austen herself really) but I see them everywhere and readers really seem to love the good ones. I have to squeeze one in to the TBR!