I’m on a NA kick so when I got an opportunity to read a new New Adult novel….
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.
I love PaP, okay? I read the novel a couple of times, but I’m hooked on the BBC mini series with Colin Firth and I even enjoy watching the movie from 2005. MacFadyen as Darcy? *grabby hands*
This novel, as written in the synopsis, is a variation of PaP. The characters hold different familial and social circumstances, but the general storyline is quite the same. For this reason I wasn’t the least bit surprised at the various turn of events.
I was quite taken with Henry Knightly, I must say. It was pretty obvious he’s not the hoity toity upperclass snob he seems at the beginning. His character didn’t quite evolve with the story, but more revealed bit by bit. And that complemented Spring’s character’s not quite transformation, but more evolving.
Spring (love that name, btw – fits the character to a T) is obsessed with sustainability and everything related. She even turned vegetarian as a statement to her current beliefs. She’s also in a bit of a jam with her thesis and needs a counter opinion to make a stronger case. Which forces her to ask Henry for help.
Spring’s character really grows with this story. She matures somehow and becomes more mellow with her opinions and ability to accept the positives in opposing stands. Also, falling in love (while ignoring the presence of those particular feelings) isn’t hurting that process.
Spring’s best friends and roommates pretty much carried the story forward, being the ones to actually take action in different situations. I almost felt that at times things happened with Spring and Henry just because they were forced into things by their friends.
While I enjoyed reading the book, the writing is beautiful and the story flows, I felt like the characters belong in high-school, not 3rd year in college or even graduate school. They were mostly, at least for the better of the first half of the book, rather immature. It’s almost as if the story shouldn’t be classified as NA, but YA/Juvenile Adult.
I think anyone who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice will enjoy reading this book. It’s light and fun and well written.
I’d like to thank Entangled Publishing for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About Ophelia London
Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of ABBY ROAD, the Perfect Kisses series including: PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and “untitled #3” (coming Jan 2014). Her first new adult novel, DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE, will launch on Oct 28th. Visit her at www.ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries is on.