I absolutely devoured this debut. The witty banter between Dani and Wyatt gives me life. There's a full-bodied cast of supporting characters, a grumpy-sunshine workplace romance, a bunch of steamy hookup moments, and relationship conflicts so relatable they're ordinary (in the best way).
Dani is building on the lot next door to her ex-fiance: her very own "spite house," peppered with garish gnomes and architectural eyesores. She enlists Wyatt, her Bellevue firm's architect, to work on the project with some major caveats. Namely, he can never find out why she's building it and she signs off on all labor and design choices no matter how small. Obviously, her plans don't work out as expected, which makes for a fun read from start to finish.
Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful, breezy romcom about an interior designer who teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door
"Filled with sizzling chemistry and delicious revenge, Love at First Spite had me smiling from start to finish. This is one debut you don't want to miss " --Kate Bromley, author of Talk Bookish to Me
They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That's interior designer Dani Porter's justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fianc 's house...the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.
That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter...
"Rollickingly, fast-paced... Fans of Emily Henry's tales will enjoy Collins' imaginative rom-com." --Booklist
"Wyatt is the perfect grumpy romance hero with a heart of gold. An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story that's sure to delight rom-com fans." --Kirkus Reviews