Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

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Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia LondonDefinitely, Maybe in Love
Author: Ophelia London
Published by: Entangled
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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 knew that I had to read Definitely, Maybe in Love the first moment I saw it. The fact that it’s a modern twist on Pride and Prejudice played very little in my excitement because I read Pride and Prejudice over 15 years ago, so I don’t exactly remember details. As I read this book, certain characters and situations started refreshing my memory, and it was a lot of fun seeing the similarities. Don’t worry, though, there is no need to have read its predecessor to enjoy this book, because Definitely, Maybe in Love was a fabulous read all on its own!

Spring is a Stanford student majoring in environmental studies. The girl is fiercely passionate about her beliefs that include saving the environment, feminism, and veganism. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. So when she becomes dependent on extremely wealthy Henry – her opposite – to help get her paper published, the fireworks explode. And what beautiful, fun fireworks they were!

I absolutely adored Spring and Henry! The verbal sparring matches and head butting was so entertaining. It wasn’t just them fighting, though, they challenged each other and their views. There was so much more to them than what they initially perceive. And then the flirtatious banter … ah, I loved it. I enjoy it immensely when a couple starts off loathing each other, but you can still feel that heat and chemistry between them. I could definitely feel it with these two! The journey they went on had plenty of ups and downs – I laughed, I cried, I swooned. It was definitely a great ride.

The secondary characters? Oh yeah, they were fantastic. Mel is Spring’s best friend, and she was a hoot! Mel is exactly the type of friend I love in a story: Funny, witty, mischievous, yet insightful and supportive. Julia was a sweet friend/roommate, and I enjoyed her and Dart’s relationship – what little of it we saw. And then there is Tyler; this guy had me rolling with his flakiness! I certainly would not have opposed the inclusion of more Tyler in the book.

There were a couple of issues I had. I didn’t understand a certain decision Julia made towards the end. I mean, I get why it was in there for the story’s sake, but it was really odd given what she know about another certain character. I just think it could have been contrived a little better; more believable. Also, all of the miscommunication did start to wear on me after a while, which would usually dampen the story considerably for me. Thankfully my love for the characters and story saved it from irritating me too bad.

Honestly, those issues are a drop in the bucket compared to all of the goodness that is Definitely, Maybe in Love. I enjoyed it so much that I’d consider it a potential reread; something I rarely do. So if you haven’t read this, just do it already!

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37 responses to “Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

    • Christy

      I know that if I hadn’t loved so much about the story, the miscommunications would have been a much bigger deal to me.

  1. “I enjoy it immensely when a couple starts off loathing each other, but you can still feel that heat and chemistry between them.”

    YES! I live for antagonistic relationships Christy, they’re my very favorite type of romantic setup. I have a feeling all the miscommunications will drive me a little batty as well as that’s one of my pet peeves, but the strength of the characters clearly makes up for that a bit. Must read this!
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  2. Amir
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    It’s really weird how much I love the cover…I think it’s the colorful text with the black and white cover but I think it’s simple but really catchy.

    And I just realized that I 1-clicked it! LOL! But yeah, I remember that I did because it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling too. Big fan of the book…and Colin Firth. LOL.

    I’m so glad you loved this book, I have high expectations for P&P retellings so I’m really excited for this one now. Awesome review Christy!
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    • Christy

      No, I think the cover is really pretty too. There are quite a few in the NA genre that do this type of cover, but this one pops a little more.

  3. Faye
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    Hah, I know what you mean about your issue. Sometimes in the books I read I would see decisions done by the main characters that seem so out of place and maybe even unnecessary. I would scratch my head and go, “Why was this put here? What’s the use? It feels so forced!” ESPECIALLY when her personality isn’t likely to be doing something like that.

    But I’m glad that teeny bit factor didn’t destroy the book for you. I’ve had moments where it does! Realistic relationships are something to look forward to because even we readers would have a chance to relate to it whole heartedly.

    Great review, Christy!
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  4. Lindy
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    Great Review Christy! I love when characters have the whole intense and passionate love-hate thing going it! I can tell you really enjoyed this one! I loved Henry! He was such an amazing character, and the way that him and Spring challenged each others beliefs was part of what I enjoyed about this story! The miscommunications in this story frustrated me a bit too though.
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  5. Cyn

    Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I adored Henry, and I loved the banter between Spring & Henry, too. I know what you mean about dragging miscommunication, though!
    Oh, did you know Ophelia is writing a companion book? And Spring & Henry pop up in it for a bit apparently! Awesome review Christy!
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