Review: Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins


Release date: January 4, 2022

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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-fiancé’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…


I normally love a revenge storyline but typically I find them in a thriller so I was definitely curious about a revenge plot in a rom com. It was definitely a unique angle but I think it just went a little too far for me, I mean building a whole ass house seems extreme to me. But still, I went with it and I mostly enjoyed this one in the end. I liked Dani’s friendship with her cousin and her landlady, but I also thought it was kinda weird that they would support her efforts for revenge at such lengths. I mean don’t we all need friends to stop us from going too far? But their dynamic was still funny and cute. Wyatt and Dani had decent chemistry as well, he’s a total grump but he has his reasons and of course he’s a softie deep down. So there was definitely things I liked but overall I was just left wanting more, I think it lacked maturity in the end just making this ok for me.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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