Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London

Title: Definitely, Maybe in Love

Author: Ophelia London
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Entangled Embrace (October 28, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!!

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts and Review:
I am a huge, I mean HUGE Pride and Prejudice fan, as in, seen all the movies, read the books (multiple times!) and like retellings of the story fan. So of course I picked this one up, I mean how could I resist it and call myself a fan?

At any rate, I was expecting to fall immediately in love with this and you know what? I didn't. I have no idea why, maybe because I wasn't quite sure if I was going to love Spring. She wasn't quite as loveable as my beloved Lizzie or maybe it was the modernization, I am not sure but, at any rate, I had to push through this one for a few chapters and I was starting to wonder if this was going to be one of those reads that really let me down. One that didn't live up to its hype. But, I hung in there and it wasn't too much longer before I really was able to dig in and start to like it and relate to Spring a little better. 

I would love to say that I connected with her but the fact of the matter is, I just didn't even though she has a lot of great traits I normally love in a heroine, she was smart, witty, feisty and even humorous at times. But, you know what?  It didn't matter because I loved the love story nonetheless and really, that is all that mattered because, believe it or not, I loved Henry Knightly (how clever using another Austen character for a name!). There was just something about the arrogant (sometimes cocky) boy that I loved. Maybe because I knew he was at some point going to redeem him self like all good Mr. Darcy's eventually do. 

Either way I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this very modernized tale of two people from very different social classes with very different views on the world coming together and creating one heck of a beautiful love story. This was so well done and is right up there with being one of my favorite retellings.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. To be honest, I'm not such a big fan of Pride and Prejudice myself, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy this lovely story anyway. I'm sorry the heroine didn't meet your expectations, but the overall story is what matters most.
    Lovely review, Ali.

  2. I love P&P so much but for that sole reason I'm staying away from all kind of retellings. I have read one a while ago and burned my fingers. I'm glad you enjoyed this one over all, but it'll take time till my fingers heal. Great review, Ali :)

  3. Sorry to hear that Tanja!

    Thanks ladies for stopping by!

  4. I should have picked this one up for 99 cents. I am not sure if it is still on sale or not. I am ashamed to say that I never got through Pride and Prejudice - then again, that was back in school so I need to try again sometime. I have read several re-tellings that have been cute. I am glad you enjoyed it overall, despite the lack of connection with the heroine. Great review!

  5. Glad you liked this one Ali. I agree about Spring it was hard for me to like her at first two. Honestly in the end I started kinda disliking her a bit too. Now that I really think about her, i support her beliefs its just that she kinda went about them wrong, sometimes extreme and other times she gave up on what she stood for a little too quickly. But maybe that's just me.

  6. I'm glad that despite the slow start and your mixed feelings on Lizzie that you ended up still enjoying this one Ali! I'm always onboard for an arrogant boy, they just suck me in every time and I can't help but love them. Not sure what that says about me ;-)

  7. Thanks Lily!

    Ellen, it still might be on sale!

    @Jenny, I know, I KNOW, me too!!

  8. I love P&P and as you know I picked this up last week. I am a little worries you didn't connect with heroine but glad the romance didn't suffer.

  9. I have a feeling you will do just fine with it Kim!

  10. Even though it took you a while to get into this, I'm glad that you ended up enjoying it overall! I've read P&P only once, and can't think of many modern retellings that I've picked up. I'll be sure to check this one out when I can. Great review! :)

  11. I just downloaded this like 30 minutes ago! Haha - Well, the MC better be shape-up before I read it. ;)

  12. I grabbed this one, so I have it! I'm glad you like it! I don't really care about the Pride and Prejudice aspect of it all since I haven't ever read that whole book. But this has such an adorable cover!

  13. I hope you both really end up liking it!

  14. Okay I am not and never have been a Pride and Prejudice fan. I think it's because I didn't like reading until I was an adult and that was one I was "forced" (well that is what it felt like ;)) to read as a teenager. So, to be fair anything I was "forced" to read as a teenager I do not like. Having said that, this book sounds great! Thanks for the review!!!

  15. It's a shame you didn't connect with Spring more, because my favorite part of Pride & Prejudice (ok, besides the romance) is Lizzy's amazing personality. I usually snap any P&P updates right up, but I'm not totally sure I would love this one. I am encouraged that you still enjoyed it in spite of not feeling a strong connection to Spring. So maybe I'll give it a try and see if it works for me. Lovely honest review!

  16. I hope you like it Lauren if you give it a try. :)

  17. I think I am one of the only ones out there who ins't a huge P&P fan, and I can never understand why there are so many retellings. I had this scheduled for Fire and Ice and then I found out after the fact it was P&P. I m glad you ended up likin git!