Author: Sandhya Menon
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Ashish Patel has never considered himself a hopeless romantic. But now that he’s found his other half, Sweetie Nair, there’s nothing he wants more than to celebrate love in all its forms. So when Valentine’s Day rolls around and he hears about a romance-themed escape room, he knows it’s the perfect opportunity to bring together Sweetie along with his newly engaged brother and sister-in-law-to-be, Rishi Patel and Dimple Shah.
On their way to the escape room, the group runs into Pinky Kumar and Samir Jha—both friends to Ashish but nemeses to each other. Despite Pinky’s kneejerk reaction to the cheesy theme (which gets her a high-five from Dimple), the two of them agree to join the group.
The escape room is as insufferably saccharine as Pinky feared, but even she is surprised when she and Samir actually…work well together. Samir embodies everything Pinky despises—following rules, having no fun, consuming single-use plastics. Getting along with someone like him—a shiny Volvo when she’s so used to junkers—sends Pinky into a tailspin.
Sparks are definitely flying, but it’s unclear if that’s a good thing. Could this be love at first fight?
Love At First Fight is a smooshy novella by the author of When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon. Her cute romantic comedy books have easily become some of my favorite YA romance books.
This book was definitely a cute, smooshy read just like the other books in the Dimpleverse. It was a very quick read (it took me a bout an hour to get through) and was honestly the perfect thing to read on a lazy afternoon.
This book takes place in an escape room that two couples and their friends go to as a date night. Samir and Pinky object to it being called a date, of course, because in this book they are still not dating EVEN THOUGH THEY SHOULD BE!
Love At First Fight is full of Menon's trademark witty humor and sweet moments. The characters play off each other well, and the story flows nicely from beginning to end.
Because this was a book that took place over the span of like two hours, there really wasn't the chance for character development or inflection. However, you could tell that the two established couples, Dimple and Rishi and Ashish and Sweetie, really played well off each other. Reading the book was a reminder of what great couples they both are and how good they are for each other. We also got a chance to see that Pinky and Samir are definitely attracted to each other, and watching them try to hide it is just hilarious.
If you want a lighthearted, quick, funny read, you need to get your hands on this delightful ebook.
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