24 October 2013

ARC Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

What they say: 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.

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  • Expected publication is 28th Oct 2013 by Entangled Embrace

I received a copy from Entangled in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): Definitely, Maybe in Love is the second reimagining of Pride and Prejudice I have read this year and thankfully both version were good. Ophelia London has created a funny and modern version of Austen's classic love story.
Like with Pride and Prejudice, Definitely, Maybe in Love is set over a longer time period than we are often used to in contemporary fiction. The plot is divided into seasons starting from when the two leads Spring (epic name, I know) and Henry meet at Stanford University.

Spring is something of a green gal; she's all for protecting the environment and likes to practise what she preaches. Spring is passionate and opinionated, but she makes an early judgement on Henry and it takes a long time for her to move past this. Spring often treads a fine line between passionate and narrow-minded. Even though I've been a vegetarian most of my life I would never consider preaching about it.

Henry is rich, sort of stuffy (at least at first), but he is also dedicated and more open to expanding his horizons to a certain extent than Spring. As with Elizabeth and Darcy, Spring and Henry really bounce off each other and their banter/foreplay is brilliant. The camping and kitchen scenes were my favourite.
The secondary characters were fun, Mel was my favourite. I wasn't entirely convinced by Julia and Dart because Julia's reaction seemed extreme. She did however, manage to avoid doing a Jane and thankfully didn't stalk Dart/Bingley to London. The Alex situation was more disturbing than that of Mr Wickham. It was handled in a very modern way but wasn't all that big a leap from Austen's interpretation. 
Ophelia London doesn't dwell on the sections of Austen's story which wouldn't necessarily work in a contemporary setting, but she adapts those which do very well. Definitely, Maybe in Love is a good adaptation of Austen's novel, managing to keep the stubbornness and charm of the original in tact. 

4 Stars in my Sky!


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