Review: Love at First Spite

Love at First Spite


Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful, breezy romcom about an interior designer who teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door

“Filled with sizzling chemistry and delicious revenge, Love at First Spite had me smiling from start to finish. This is one debut you don’t want to miss!” —Kate Bromley, author of Talk Bookish to Me

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…

“Rollickingly, fast-paced… Fans of Emily Henry’s tales will enjoy Collins’ imaginative rom-com.” —Booklist

“Wyatt is the perfect grumpy romance hero with a heart of gold. An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story that’s sure to delight rom-com fans.” — Kirkus Reviews

Rating: 5-stars


Love at First Spite is my first read by this debut writer. Anna E. Collins has proven that she can write as well as any other bestselling romance author. If you are a huge fan of Lynsay Sands, Tessa Bailey, Samantha Chase, and Heather Graham than this is definitely the right novel for you! I fell in love hard and fast. There is plenty of humor, sexy vibes, and fast yet witty dialogue. I enjoyed following Dani Porter as she planned on getting revenge on her ex. The only thing was that she did not expect to find Wyatt as irresistible as does. Wyatt has the demeanor that puts one at a distance. But when one takes the time to peel his layers, there’s more to Wyatt than the eyes see. I loved how Anna Collins made this a deeper read than a sexy fun rom-com. It is all that but there’s more depth to the story. The characters were engaging, and I wanted to know every detail about them. Overall, this was a fantastic opening for a debut writer. I cannot wait to see what else Anna Collins brings next.

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