Title: Until Love Do Us Part
Author: Anna Premoli
Genre/Themes: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Blurb from Goodreads
Amalia and Ryan met at Yale Law School, from which their mutual dislike for one another was born. Amalia Berger is a successful, high society New York lawyer. Chicago based lawyer Ryan O’Moore is the eldest of four sons whose chaotic family run a pub in the heart of the Big Apple.
New York beckons after Ryan is offered a promotion. But when the defence lawyer of his first case is the one and only Amalia Berger, things become complicated. The courtroom clash escalates between them to the point that the judge sentences them both to a punishment of community service, forcing them to spend time together…
What happens when two people who hate each other are forced to cooperate by law?
I was so ready to love this book because I was completely in the mood for a light-fiction romantic comedy. So Until Love Do Us Part looked like it was going to be right up my street: two hot shot lawyers battling cases in the court room and away from from the law battling with their burgeoning feelings for each other.
Basically outwardly they hate each other but love each other really…
I LOVE THAT ROMANCE TROPE!
But the hate between the two characters… It was simply over the top, basically overkill.
Ryan, our male hottie, was faaaaaar too irrational with his hate. I know that books in this genre don’t necessarily have to be all-the-way plausible, but this was much too excessive. He couldn’t get past the fact that our leading lady Amalia came from a trust fund…
Okay yes. That can colour your view of someone initially but to last the WHOLE book just didn’t work in my opinion.
Whereas Amalia gave her heart so much more freely to Ryan, and made so many more compromises and *big gestures* that I really wondered what she ever saw in Ryan …..bar his devastating green eyes!
But I was struggling to understand what truly was in this relationship for her? Was she getting anything remotely positive out because of it?
Typically in this genre I 100% get behind the romantic couple and have such fun cheering them on from the sidelines so to speak. The anticipation of them finally realising their love for each other and getting together… I LOVE THAT SO MUCH!
However in this book I felt so utterly cold and ambivalent when it came to Ryan’s character. I didn’t see him as being worthy of Amalia. The book was crying out for it to focus a little more on his point of view so that I could connect with his feelings, his emotions. And then I would have been able to warm to him a little more. The author just needed to make him seem more human.
If you compare Ryan’s characterisation to that of his brother Niel’s…oof! Niel was written with so much more likability that I kept thinking that Amalia was falling for the wrong brother.
In fact all of Ryan’s family were so likeable, and all of them seemingly had little to no problem with Amalia’s own family history that it just added to my confusion about Ryan’s doggedness. It just didn’t make sense how he was so irrationally unable to cope with the concept of wealth; his continued animosity towards anyone with money to the was borderline detrimental to both his personal and professional life without any coherent reason.
The story was definitely fun and lighthearted, but to me it suffered from a glaring lack of flirty and sassy banter between the two leads. I adore flirty banter!! It is what makes these types of books worthwhile because it’s when the chemistry between the two leafs typically sizzles off the page! I was so devastated by how this book let me down in that regard because here the banter the lead characters engaged in always had too much of an uneasy undercurrent to it. Or you could describe it as having a knife edge. Instead of the banter being fun and playful, it was too sharp and caustic, and in my opinion it didn’t leave enough room for love to blossom naturally… Instead the love story felt forced and shoe horned into the plot.
Until Love Do Us Part had lots of promise but sadly its potential was never realised. It just missed that spark that would have lifted it up into the realms of memorable romantic comedies in an already saturated market.