Loathe at First Sight
by Suzanne Park
Rating: ★★ 1/2
Published by Harpercollins
Publication Date: 18th of August, 2020
Australian RRP: $22.99
Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”
My love for video games and romance novels is combined in this debut novel from Suzanne Park. This book has the right amount of video game tibbits, romantic tension and snarky one-liners but there was also a lot to get you riled up about and to feel injustice for the main character.
I was worried this book would overdo it with the pop culture references and try to be too “nerdy” to show the reader how much Melody fits into this world but I don’t think it was too much after the initial name dropping of several references. Overall, it makes it kind of fun like with Ready Player One to kind of see how many you can pick up on. I would have liked to have seen Melody talk more about the games she liked though or more of the game mechanics that went into her creation and her work.
Then on a less fun note, I also though the portrayal of how she was treated in her workplace coming in as a female was accurate to a degree. I wouldn’t say all workplaces would be like this, especially now, but there’s no doubt that women are still treated like this so it was definitely a strong case to be rooting for Melody to do well and show them up. I think the harassment and annoying phrases for girls online too is very tiring so it riled me up to read about Melody getting all of this stuff thrown at her.
We also have a romance plot, which actually turned out to be more much background plot than I expected it to be. I wanted more of a build-up and more obstacles for Melody and Nolan because their chemistry wasn’t apparent to me at the start. It’s actually a book where I wish there was more romance and more fluttery moments between the two love interests. Overall, this wasn’t what I thought it would be going into it just from the cover and blurb but it was still an enjoyable book that definitely played on your fiery emotions.
(Thank you to Books Forward for a copy of Loathe at First Sight for an honest review. Loathe at First Sight is out now online and in stores!)
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