How is it possible that in a city as big as New York, you keep bumping into the person you hate most? Amalia and Ryan met at Yale where they were both law students, but they never got along, especially after Ryan rejected Amalia and took her place as editor of the university’s newspaper. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but ten years later they meet again in a New York court where Amalia is a defence lawyer and Ryan is the new assistant district attorney. The tension between them causes quite a scene. They can’t seem to be able to avoid each other, especially after a judge forces them to do community service together for their bad behaviour in court. As they spend their Saturdays cleaning parks, Amalia and Ryan realise that maybe it’s not hate that they feel for one another.
Ryan’s dislike of Amalia’s wealth is quite irrational and becomes tiring throughout the novel. Despite this, the characters are in general likeable and entertaining and, along with witty dialogues and the bright lights of the Big Apple, create an amusing romantic novel. (NP)
Merchant bank colleagues Jenny and Ian are completely different: Jenny was raised by hippy parents, Ian is the grandson of a duke. Jenny can’t commit to any of her relationships, Ian is always in the tabloids for dating the model of the moment. One thing they agree on though: they hate each other. But they are forced to work together on a project and have no choice but try to get along. I simply loved and laughed aloud at the entertaining exchanges between Jenny and Ian (and also between Jenny and her activist family) as their relationship changes and they try to fight their attraction to one another. This is a hilarious romantic comedy that kept me captivated throughout. (NP)