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Love At First Fight | Mary Jayne Baker | Book Review

Love At First Fight is a modern day retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. Now I’ll admit that I’m not completely familiar with the original but, I was drawn to the enemies to lovers storyline. The title just screamed banter and tension to me which this book did have. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it fully reached the potential that I thought it would.

The premise behind Love at Fight Fight is relatively simple. Ben broke Bridie’s heart 10 years ago when they were casually dating in high school. Ever since this she has felt that her love life was cursed and now as she finds everyone else around her finding the perfect man, she gives herself 20 dates in 20 days to find true love. Of course, in the middle of all this, her best friend gets engaged to the heartbreaker’s brother, and the two of them are assigned the duties of Maid of Honour and Best Man. This results in the two of them spending more time together than Bridie would like. Everyone else around them can see that the two have been hiding their feelings for each other for a long time and thus, the plot begins to get them together.

Like I said the premise was simple but, it was cute. I really felt like it had so much potential. Especially when it was compared to one of my favorite movies from the 90’s 10 Things I Hate About You. It just didn’t fully live up to that. There were plenty of great moments of banter between Bridie and Ben but, I never bought that the two of them were enemies. It really felt like they were two characters with unresolved feelings for each other which I guess was the basis for the story but, I felt kind of cheated that I didn’t get the full fledged enemies to lovers plot that I was hoping for. There were some definite laugh out loud moments (i.e., the camping trip) and there was a good cast of characters to support them but, I still felt like something was missing.

I think my biggest issue with Love at First Fight is that I was really looking forward to following the story of two individuals who were enemies to friends and eventually to lovers. I wanted to going on the journey with them and their journey felt incredibly rushed. There was almost no build up and for me that was disappointing. It was even more disappointing that I felt like this was being done so that they could be involved with the side plot of some random wedding drama. A kind of turn the tables on helping the ones who set them up get their own stuff straightened out. This really didn’t feel necessary and did nothing to add to the story except for making me shake my head.

Love at First Fight is filled with British humor which does lead to several laugh out loud moments. Unfortunately with this humor there is also some underlying sexism that I could have down without as the reader. I do wish that this story had been more balanced and had not fallen so flat for me. It had so much potential to get it right with its fun group of characters.

Rating: 3 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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