Title: Loathe at First Sight
Author: Suzanne Park
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 368 Pages
Rating: 2 Stars
Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with its share of challenges. Namely, an insufferable CEO and a team that consists of mostly male co-workers who make the term “misogyny” pale in comparison to their obnoxious comments. Then there’s the infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—MBA intern Nolan MacKenzie, a.k.a. “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss”.
Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes on a dime. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly, Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.
When Nolan is appointed a key member of her team, Melody’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she sees he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man. But she’s here to work—and nothing more. All she has to do is resist the wild thoughts coursing through her mind whenever Nolan is near. Easy . . . or so she thinks.
With her pet project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a social media trolling scandal that could end her career. She suspects one of her co-workers is behind the sabotage and is determined to find out who betrayed her. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win—in work and love?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I hate trolls. Heck, nobody like trolls. The idea of the story appealed to me in a strange way, though. If only I could loved the lead character. Yes, the majority of MC’s colleges were A-holes and it’s fair to say this book told a realistic portrayal of working environment for a minority – a WOC to be exact – and that alone could affect one’s reading experience. Melody Joo is a hard heroine to like too, unfortunately. She’s full of negativity and pretty judgey herself; just going all out to create friction, really.
So between hating Mel’s colleges AND the trolls, Mel’s weird relationship with her supposed best friends, and passive/aggressive relationship with her parents, LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT exhausted me. And the romance between Mel and Nolan was too stilted then scrambled close to the closing chapters. Given I wasn’t too fond of her nor keen on her way of handling people who were not horrible to her, it was a wonder for me to actually finish reading the book (admittedly, I put it aside a few times and picking up other titles before continuing (reading) just to keep the negative feelings at bay).
This is only my first book of Suzanne Park’s so I can’t really say if her writing totally put me off. It underscored the point how cruel real world can be, so if you look for a fluff romance this book might not be for you. At least this first (experience) clued me in on what to expect the next time I pick up her other titles.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.