I’m so excited to be partaking in the blog tour for Love & Agita by Grayson Avery and I can’t wait to share my review with you. Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for my honest review. Before we get to my review here is a little bit of info about the book.
Title: Love & Agita
Author: Grayson Avery
Publication Date: October 1, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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“The Hating Game meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding!”
You think you have a crazy family? Meet Leo Donati, a great guy from a wacky NY Italian family, who is expected to live his life a certain way. There are a few family rules etched in stone that he has done his best to follow:
- Attend Sunday family dinner. It’s at 2:00. Nobody knows why.
- Love your mother.
- Never tell Nonna you’re full. Unless you have a death wish.
- Marry Italian.
- Family comes first. Always. Friends come and go, but family is forever.
The only problem? He’s not living his best life. Not even close. Single, lonely, and spending way too much time at the gym burning sexual energy and ungodly amounts of pasta, Leo hopes his life will change when his father hands over the family business. If only things were that simple. A takeover offer on the business puts Leo on the war path against a strikingly sexy, but overly competitive Jewish woman who is seemingly intent on ruining his life. At least that’s how Leo sees it.
As tension rises and Italian tempers flare, Leo wonders if perhaps hate isn’t the most accurate word for how he feels about his new nemesis. But it could never work. Yeah, the pizza bagel exists, but real-life cultural divides are more complicated than that, aren’t they?
Humor abounds as corporations and cultures collide. Leo tries to thwart the takeover, find love and happiness, while also trying to avoid being bludgeoned to death by his Nonna’s wooden spoon.
I loved how right off the bat Leo compares his family to lasagna. I thought that was such a unique way to describe people and it made so much sense. Also, while we are on the subject of food the book made me so hungry and made me want to eat all the pasta.
I loved the banter between Leo and Rae and the romance was so cute. I loved getting to learn about the Italian and Jewish culture a little bit as well. I’ve learned some new words while reading this although I can almost guarantee I was pronouncing them wrong in my head.
I am so glad I agreed to read this book because I really enjoyed it. It definitely could have used a little more editing, but it wasn’t so bad that it took away from my enjoyment of the book. Leo comes across a little conceited at times, but he also has a sensitive side and I loved that. I love how it ended but I wanted more. Luckily in the author’s note he says he plans on making this a series so there will be more to come and I will get what I want because I definitely plan on reading them.
If you love romantic comedy, I definitely recommend giving this a go just be prepared to constantly be hungry while reading it.
My Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30’s and 40’s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.