First Love, Take Two

Forever: Grand Central. Sept. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781538733363. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Preeti Patel needs a job, a husband, and a new apartment. The problem? Her residency is giving her anxiety, she doesn’t love her boyfriend (let alone want to marry him), and her only viable roommate is Daniel Thompson, a close friend’s gorgeous brother who also happens to be her ex. Patel peppers the novel with thoughtful instances of anxiety, racism, and conflict between traditional and modern values, but the lack of chemistry between the two love interests and some unneeded drama dominate the reading experience.
VERDICT Patel’s formulaic companion to The Trouble with Hating You leans too hard on tropes, though it’s recommended for readers who enjoyed the first book and want an HEA that wraps up conflict.
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