Book Review: First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel

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?

First Love, Take Two is a heartwarming contemporary romance about second chances. Along with other themes that deal with mental health and racism, I found the love story at the core incredibly engaging! Preeti and Daniel had great on-the-page chemistry. Patel’s examination of the nuanced dynamic between exes was enjoyable and tantalizing. The small moments on the page of Daniel and Preeti bonding over breakfast and sharing a bed are very sweet. I was pleased with Daniel’s patience and respect toward Preeti rather than the sometimes juvenile antics romance novels can feature. Preeti continues to struggle throughout the novel due to her conflicting feelings about Daniel and the pain that engaging in a relationship with him could bring to her family. If Daniel really is the love of her life, is it worth the risk?

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