Lemmon Recommends: Down With Love
You know when you read a book and it sticks with you and you love it and then you quote it and then you have to tell everyone you know about it?
That's this book.
When I first read Kate's work, I fell in love, and let me tell you: so will you. She writes in this poetic, beautiful way, hitting you with words you have to look up in your Kindle dictionary (thereby expanding your vocab), and then she sneaks in a left hook, walloping you with razor-sharp humor that will make you laugh out loud.
Down with Love is also Meader's first swing at first person POV, and I enjoyed the difference of how this book worked with her voice. There was a certain vulnerability in it that made this more than a rom-com, but a rom-com with a ton of heart. Which is unexpected since we open in The Cynic™ Max's head, who is a man who's seen it all and has decided not to like most of it. But where he's coming across like a complete, unlikeable arse later peels away to reveal a gooey, caramelly center.
Basically my favorite kind of hero ever. 😍
Charlie vies for first place as my favorite romance heroine, and I don't say that lightly. I'm trying to pinpoint what it was about her that made me fall so hard so fast. She's smart, savvy, knows who she is... all great hallmarks of a fantastic heroine. But she was also a dreamer, unashamed to admit she wants the fairy tale, and that's the part of her I related to the most.
The best theme in this book was that Max idealized being single as much as Charlie idealized being part of a couple, and their happiness required both of them to meet in the middle.
Ah, compromise. The foundation of every great relationship.
Three quick facts about Down with Love that make it the perfect Lemmon pick:
Divorce attorney meets wedding planner. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty of baseball references for you Cubs fans, and plenty of explanation if you have no idea what a baseball is.
Romance is hiding throughout the book. You don't expect it and then WHAM! there it is. Wait'll Max pulls out all the stops to woo Charlie. You'll melt like a snow cone in the summertime.
My Official Quote
From the Author
I asked Kate to share some insider facts with us and boy, did she deliver!
At first glance, this is a classic enemies-to-lovers setup: the hard-bitten divorce lawyer who sees the worst humanity has to offer versus the in-love-with-love wedding planner who specializes in crafting that perfect day. But the deeper I got, the more Max and Charlie surprised me. He's really a closet romantic, a lover of Hitchcock movies, who's more ready to fall than he cares to admit. She doesn't quite believe the fairy tale she's selling, too afraid of showing her real self because that kind of honesty has doomed her past relationships. Putting these so-called opposites together was so much fun--and turned deeply heartfelt when they finally dropped the masks. I hope you enjoy this great couple and their rocky road to happily-ever-after!
About the book:
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.
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