The Takeover

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jan. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250842282. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When corporate negotiations reconnect two former academic rivals, fiery hate invigorates their tedious lifestyles. Nami Reid is the “World’s Best Boss.” It says so on the coffee mug she was gifted by the tech-company employees she considers family and will do everything in her power to keep, despite funding problems. Jae Lee, who beat her to valedictorian in high school, is now the VP of acquisitions at the affluent but evil company looking to buy Nami’s enterprise. Jae and Nami reignite their feud, only to realize their similar competitive drives might make them the perfect match. Nami is a relatable main character as she yearns for a soulmate and worries she’s neglected her personal life. Jae, despite his success and ego, struggles with expectations as an eldest son. Together, they challenge each other’s beliefs about past heartbreaks and present heartless work, all while having great romantic chemistry.
VERDICT With witty insults, drunk dancing, and pranks, Tanamachi’s extra fun follow-up to The Second You’re Single is positively enjoyable and should be suggested reading for those who loved books by Sally Thorne and Suzanne Park.
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