Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Down With Love by Kate Meader

Title: Down with Love
Author: Kate Meader
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Laws of Attraction #1
Main Characters: Max and Charlie
Release Date: July 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase

Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sparks fly when the hot-shot divorce lawyer meets the high-powered wedding planner. The only question is, what kind?

If you ever get married, remember my name: Max Henderson. In my line of work, you acquire a certain perspective on supposedly everlasting unions. . . .

1. Pre-nups are your friend. 
2. The person you married is not the person you’re divorcing. 
3. And I hope you didn’t spend much on the wedding because that was one helluva waste of hard-earned cash, wasn’t it? 

But some guys are willing to take a chance. Like my brother, who thinks he’s going to ride off into the sunset with the woman of his dreams in a haze of glitter on unicorns. And the wedding planner—the green-eyed beauty who makes a living convincing suckers to shell out thousands of dollars on centerpieces—is raking it in on this matrimonial monstrosity. 

The thing is, Charlie Love is not unlike me. We’re both cogs in the wedding-industrial complex. As the best man, I know her game—and I can play it better than her. But after one scorching, unexpected kiss, I’m thinking I might just want to get played.

My Review:
I think I can honestly say that this is my favorite Kate Meader book to date. While I've truly loved all the books from this author I've read, this one had a different feel to the voice. It was more snarky, more fun and as a reader, I feel that it definitely included the reader in the journey since the characters speak in 1st person, but also talk to the reader throughout the story. It was really super-fun and an immersive way to read this story. 

So, a wedding planner and a divorce attorney walk into a bar...it sounds like the start of a joke, doesn't it? But no, this is about two people who really don't like one another very much and how that changes over time. 

The story is filled with so much romance, it made my heart pound with the need to melt into a puddle. Seriously, this is easily one of the most romantic books I've read, while at the same time, also being one of the absolute funniest. I loved the wit and humor in this book and the irreverent prose and voice. It made me fall in love with the story and these two broken, hurt people.

But it wasn't just about these two people. There was a brilliant cast of characters each in their own relationships, but at very different levels. James and Gina who are about to get married. Sully and Donna who are trying to navigate really rough waters after a lifetime together. There's another couple who Max works with who have just gone through their divorce although it's quite obvious from their interactions that the emotions aren't gone. All relationships at different levels of failure and success. 

Then there's Charlie who believes in HEA's although not necessarily for herself, although she's looking. And Max, the Cynic, who has seen the absolute worst in humanity and doesn't see marriage as a viable choice for anyone anymore. 

The book was so, so good. I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest and voluntary review.

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