Publisher: Embrace on October 28, 2013
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Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.
“My hands were sweaty-cold again as my fists clenched in my pockets. ‘I think you are like Sir Percy,’ I said.
He looked up. ‘In what way?’
“How about by wearing a mask half of the time?’ I suggested. ‘Playing a deliberate and studied part?’ I could hear my voice becoming accusatory, remembering the past…how he’d disappeared from my life without a word, and exactly how much that hurt me. ‘Never, ever showing your true character until the final chapter.’
‘I’m not playing any part,’ he started, a bit indignantly. ‘When will you see that?’
‘When you show me, Henry.’ My words came out too loud, and we both turned towards the dark tent. ‘Sometimes,’ I continued in a whisper, when no one stirred inside, ‘I feel lke I don’t know you at all, and other times…I feel…’ I trailed off and pressed my fingers to my forehead. ‘I don’t know what to believe anymore.'”
Favorite Character: …Henry…I have a thing for smart guys.
“‘Spring Honeycutt, nice of you to finally join us.'”
My Musings: Definitely, Maybe in Love is a retelling of the classical Pride and Prejudice. I, personally, have never read P&P, but this novel sort of makes me want to.
Definitely, Maybe in Love follows Spring Honeycutt, a girl with a love for sustainability. Actually, her thesis is about it. However, her mentor/professor believes that it is lacking something. And that something is the other side. He believes that she needs to see the side of the developers, or she’ll be setting herself up to fail. Enter Henry Knightly. He and his friend move in across the street and he becomes Spring’s only chance at publication. But they’re complete opposites and never see eye to eye.
“Weeks had passed since I’d allowed my thoughts to remember him as that stunningly beautiful guy outside Julia’s window. To me, he’d become like a faceless and bodiless Unix. Tonight, however, any blockhead could see that Henry Knightly was chiseled from the very stones of Mount Olympus. Bedeck him in chain mail and fleece and he was Adonis, Hector, Odysseus…with just a touch of Fifth Avenue.”
I really adored this novel. It was really well written, realistic, and kept me entertained. The contrast between Spring and Henry’s characters made for a lot of humor over the novel between their fighting and sarcastic remarks. Spring was a pretty independent character. She was a bit extreme at times, due to wanting to be unique and wanting to stand out. She was a green freak and had blond dreads, and was convinced that she didn’t need a male in her like. Henry, on the other hand, was one of those smart alpha male types. So you’d have to guess that the two of them butt heads a lot. But it was entertaining for the reader! Especially because the tension between the two was palpable. I was waiting anxiously for them to just get together!
“‘Well, Spring, since you obviously won’t let me ravish you now, I’ll have to wait till we stop.’ Without moving his gaze from me, he nodded out the window. ‘Once there, I will peel you from this car, drag you behind the building, and properly devour you in private for five minutes. Deal?'”
This novel focuses a lot on letting go and discovering, both of one’s self and of each other. Once Henry and Spring finally let their defenses down, they learned that they worked together pretty well. This became evident when Henry and his friend left Stanford. They figured out that they had come to rely on each other more than they could have imagined. So when they were finally reunited, they were more apt to admit their feelings for each other. And that made for a pretty awesome romance.
Definitely, Maybe in Love was a marvelous love story about two opposites attracting, seemingly against their own will. It was incredible sweet and funny, and a novel that I’m definitely, maybe in love with. It’s a novel I would recommend to any and all contemporary lovers!