First Love, Take Two Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you Sajni Patel, Netgalley, and Forever Publishing for giving me this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This light – moderate rom-com features a blasian couple, which caught my attention since I haven’t come across any interracial romance novels featuring an Asian and Black couple as protagonists. Touching on heavy topics such as racism between people of color and mental illness stigmas, readers follow the main character as she grapples with her fallout between her boyfriend, his family, and her’s due to their racism and classism from her boyfriend’s dad). Though Sajni doesn’t delve into it too deeply she covers enough for us to understand the protagonist’s dilemma, especially between doing what’s right and letting go of toxic cultural traits. My only complaint is that some scenes, specifically the religious one’s, aren’t consistent or make sense. Dr. Patel, the protagonist, observes Hinduism but mentions God when she speaks of Hindu customs observed during Mandir, which is their version of the Sabbath, even though she’s 100% Hindu; not to mention they don’t believe in God. Daniel, her boyfriend, is Christian but refers to God with a common letter “g,” which is unheard of in Christianity. Also, I would’ve liked to see how they would’ve dealt with being in a relationship with incompatible religious differences, but other than that, and some of the cheesy sexual thoughts, I enjoyed this story.

Synopsis from Amazon:

On the verge of realizing her dream of being a doctor, Preeti Patel should be ecstatic. But between the stress of her residency, trying to find a job, and managing her traditional, no-boundaries family, Preeti’s anxiety is through the roof. Relationships and love aren’t even an option. Fortunately, Preeti’s finally found a new place to stay . . . only to discover that her new roommate is her ex.

Preeti never quite got over Daniel Thompson. Super-hot, plenty of swagger, amazing cook—the guy is practically perfect. And if it weren’t for their families, there might have been a happily ever after. But it’s hard to keep her sanity and libido in check when the man of her dreams is sleeping mere feet away. Can Preeti and Daniel find a way to stand up and fight for each other one last time . . . before they lose their second chance?

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