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The Trouble with Hating You #2

First Love, Take Two

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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?

336 pages, Paperback

First published September 21, 2021

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Sajni Patel

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Sajni Patel is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and young adult books. Her works have appeared on numerous Best of the Year and Must Read lists from Cosmo, Teen Vogue, Apple Books, Audiofile, Tribeza, Austin Woman, NBC, The Insider, and many others.

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Profile Image for Lacey (laceybooklovers).
2,063 reviews10.5k followers
October 12, 2021
I had the BEST time reading this one. It's emotional, angsty, and hello, it's got the roommates trope! Two exes have to live with each other, not just in the same apartment but the same ROOM, and share a bed. Preeti and Daniel's second chance romance is so sweet and full of pining. It does move at a fairly slow pace but it worked well for me and I loved their characters overall. The book also has some heavy topics too, like mental illness and racism, that are more at the forefront of the book but I really liked the way the author handled these topics. I think I love this book even more than book 1 and I can't wait to see what's next!
Profile Image for Lisa (Remarkablylisa).
2,289 reviews1,827 followers
November 20, 2021
I really loved sajni's first book the trouble with hating you. It was angsty and filled with really important issues like sexual assault and the stigma after voicing out about it. When I read that book, I struggled at first liking our characters but I eventually fell in love with our hero and heroine. So when I read first love, take two, I had the same feelings. I didn't like our heroine and our hero too much because there was nothing special about the hero and our heroine had very low self esteem that was understandable. however, the reason why they ended their relationship in the first place gave me the biggest eye roll ever. I understand interracial relationships can be super messy in certain cultures. But for our heroine to blame herself and the relationship for the problems in her life? Yeah that's a stretch for me. I also didn't find our hero charming at all. He was just kind of there. And the fact that they're forced to live under the same roof is a bit too perfect romantic comedy for me. Overall, this book was a bit of a let down compared to the beautiful and stunning first book in this series. I'll book looking forward to reading the next one though!
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2,317 reviews650 followers
December 20, 2021
Miscommunication trope with second chance romance needs to be stopped.
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2,986 reviews687 followers
January 7, 2023
First Love, Take Two is more than second chance romance. Miss Patel inserting a lot of serious topic in her book. Racism, family pressure and expectation, family culture and most of all love. Love yourself. Being yourself.

Most of the story takes Preeti's POV. I love how Miss Patel giving me insight knwoing the mental health issue that Preeti experiencing. It is not easy to be a woman in medical employement and have mental health issue.
The dynamic of Indian culture of forcing marriage of convinient instead of love is also highlighted here.

All conflict being resolved with a very nice and powerful quotes about self empowerment.

Overall a very good book.

4 stars
Profile Image for Renaissance Kate.
245 reviews128 followers
September 14, 2021
Preeti's book did not disappoint! Full RTC 😍.

Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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113 reviews1 follower
October 9, 2021
This book takes the miscommunication trope to another level: 6 years without giving Daniel a real reason for their breakup is as immature as breakups can be between two adults. Of course, there are many cases in which people don't receive closure at the end of a relationship (romantic or otherwise), but closure is still what people going through a breakup deserve. I'm the queen of nonconfrontation, but Preeti's inability to communicate with Daniel was borderline ridiculous. For Preeti to try to protect Daniel from his own father presumes that Daniel is not able to handle it, when Daniel proves at the end that he always has been able to. The miscommunication trope makes sense in some cases, but not for 6 years in the name of one party trying to protect the other, thereby causing more pain than actually be honest would.
While tackling very real issues, the handling of racism could have been done with more care. If the nature of a biracial relationship and inter-class relationship is the main source of conflict between the two main characters, the book needed more than one conversation tackling the issues. Racism is not something that Preeti and Daniel can address in one conversation, especially if Preeti's family members are racist towards Daniel to the extent that her aunts stress Preeti's mother to the point of hospitalization. Biracial relationships have much more to navigate than a couple of rude and prejudiced family members: the societal reactions to biracial relationships, and particularly the complexities surrounding raising biracial children. I don't mean to trivialize how Preeti reacted to her aunts' racism, but if Preeti did not have the backbone to stand up to her own family, how does Preeti expect to face the racism that will inevitably follow the relationship and especially their potential children?
Along the line of their relationship itself, we don't get to see much of it develop. Sure, it's a second-chance romance, but we really don't get to see them reacquaint themselves with each other. To assume that Daniel and Preeti would be the same people after 6 years apart is simplistic and unrealistic. The development of their relationship in the book is rather: Preeti dodges Daniel's inquiries about their breakup (despite their forced proximity), romantic tension, Daniel discovers the reasons Preeti broke it off, Daniel forgives her, and they live HEA. We don't get to hear much about what they experienced in the 6 years they were apart other than heartbreak. Daniel built up an impressive real estate portfolio, and Preeti finished most of her residency. There really isn't anything from them to talk about and catch up on after missing 6 years of each other's lives?
A lot of Daniel's gestures were beautiful, but some seemed more like wish fulfillment than the natural progression of someone's inability to move on from an ex. While it is clear that Preeti and Daniel never moved on from each other, the idea that Daniel would drop $1 million on the dream house they designed as college kids despite the fact that they haven't spoken in 6 years is borderline naive, deluded, and not the gesture he seems to think it should be. Daniel's gestures that actually prove his devotion are the little moments rather than the grand gestures: playing guitar through Preeti's anxiety attacks, sitting with her through therapy, or visiting Preeti's mother in the hospital while he knows he would not run into Preeti and ambush her.
What this book does well is a loving parent-child relationship (but with a ton of miscommunication). Preeti's parents clearly love her above all else and want the best for her. They will endure whatever comes from their community so long as Preeti is happy. Conflict arises via Preeti's desire to create the life that her parents wanted for her, regardless of whether her parents are pushing for it or not. Daniel creates the narrative that Preeti's parents are forcing her to marry Yuvan, but rather Preeti feels a sense of obligation from tradition and her parents' desire to settle down rather than an explicit obligation her parents place on her.
Preeti's character was definitely a prominent anxiety representation, and the book touched on the stigma of anxiety among doctors and the South Asian community, but it did not explore those very real issues to an extent beyond a mere acknowledgment that the stigma exists. I cannot speak to whether or not the representation of anxiety and depression themselves were accurate or necessarily good, but I'm happy to see mental health playing larger and normalized roles in contemporary fiction.
The character development Preeti undergoes is significant, and she finally grows a backbone by the end of the book. She stands up for her relationship to her aunts and Yuvan's family in a fiery fashion and begins to learn that she needs to communicate.
Overall, while I have many critiques of the book itself and how it tackles sensitive issues, I appreciated the strong family dynamic, deep-seated valuing of culture and heritage, and the prominent anxiety representation. Far from the best contemporary book I've read this year, and not even the best contemporary book I read this week.
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195 reviews456 followers
July 11, 2021
First Love Take Two is an adorable and heartwarming story about second chances. apart from the burning, exes-to-lovers tension between Preeti and Daniel that this book had, i appreciated that it also touched upon mental health, touch aversion, the problematic views of south asian communities, interracial relationship, and what it means to have a strong support system. a very easy and fun read!

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the arc!
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August 26, 2021
huge thank you to the publisher and netgalley for sending this to me <33
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149 reviews136 followers
September 21, 2021
✨Any hot men want to tell me they will always love me and insist on taking care of me when I am having a hard day?✨

This was a good book, and I am so glad that so many people are enjoying it. I would definetly recommend this to people. I just had a few issues I wanted to make sure I pointed out as well.

🥺 second chance romance
👀 forced proximity
🛌 there’s only one bed
👯‍♀️ strong female friendships
🔥 slow burn

CW: racism, anxiety, family tensions, mentions of s*xual assault

First things first, Daniel Thomspon. . . you can call me, massage my feet, play music in front of my door, or anything any time you want. That man had me swooning. He was so wonderful, loving, understanding, patient.

I really enjoyed reading Preeti’s struggles with being a doctor and with dealing with her family. It was so beautiful to read.

This book was filled with emotion and deep topics and dealt with wonderfully. I am so glad that Patel decided to tackle those topics.

The ending of this book was just *chef’s kiss* The way Preeti popped off at those Aunties and chose to be happy with Daniel? I couldn’t have asked for more.

Now my few issues.

1. While I think that the stereotype of bitching toxic aunties can definitely be prevalent for some people today, it not as common a thing as literature is making it seem. Especially in America. Times are changing and so is this community. I was so happy to see that at least Patel didn’t fall into the stereotype of strict parents who abhor just the mention of happiness and love. But I am still tired of seeing the toxic light the South Asian community is painted in. Neither my gazlion brown friends nor myself have ever encountered the “toxic, two-faced brown aunty group.” Even if you do encounter one or two, there are so many other people you can turn to. Not every Aunty is toxic, not every parent is trying to shove women into an arranged marriage, not every mandir is a toxic environment, not every practitioner of Hinduism is a hypocrite, etc. These are quite archaic stereotypes, really only seen in extremely conservative families or rural areas (just like it is for all cultures).

One thing that really enraged me is the scene where Preeti asks why Hinduism believes that women are unclean on their period and not allowed to touch anything. Please let me clarify. That is a social norm enforced by the patriarchy, it is NOT a part of Hinduism. The practice actually initially started to make sure women stayed at home and relaxed and don’t feel pressured to go to the temple when they are on their period. It is the patriarchy that years later turned it into a way to oppress women. Nowhere in any original scripture or practices is it said that women are to be treated that way. Women are supposed to be respected and revered in Hinduism. I was really upset how Patel casually mentioned it but made it seem like it’s a part of our religion.

2. Communication. There was zero communication in this book. Between Preeti and Daniel and between Preeti and her wonderful parents. I really don’t understand why. I hate when conflicts are caused because people didn’t communicate. I felt so bad too, because so many of Preeti’s problems could have been solved if she just talked about it with someone. Now I understand when you are in a toxic situation and can’t talk to anyone about it, but everyone who got hurt by her lack of communication were such kind and understanding people. They never gave the vibe that they would be angry when she told them the truth. I especially felt bad for Daniel when she kept pushing him away and didn’t talk to him when all it would take is a conversation. Communicating is hard, I know. But I wished I had seen at least a little.

3. The off page history. You guys know I am a wh8re for second chance romances. But the off page history needs to be done well and their development today needs to be done well. I felt both characters were already in love with each other so we didn’t get to see development in the present. And we didn’t see much of the past so we didn’t get that either. I was just told they have chemistry and history and went along with it. I was a little disappointed.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I had a few issues with it so I docked a few points. But I really do recommend it. If you guys can pick up the audiobook, definitely do! I really enjoyed it and the narrator was great. She definitely pronounced some words the “white washed” way but nothing too atrocious. It was just kind of funny. I had a great time with the audiobook.

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars
Steam: closed door

Thank you to ReadForever (Estelle and Dana ❤️), Sajni Patel, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion ❤️
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429 reviews526 followers
May 9, 2022
Oh boy. I wanted to love this book so much. Second chance romance, forced proximity, this had potential.. Unfortunately, it just didn’t hit that sweet spot for me. I'm not sure what it was with this book or it could have been me and the mood I was reading it in, but the book was just okay.

The characters were fine on their own but I didn't really believe their romance. There wasn't enough development between the two in the present and we didn't get to see them when they'd first got together so it was difficult for me to root for them. Also, I'm not a huge fan of how miscommunication being the only thing that caused their break down and constantly holding them back. I find it hard to believe that they can fall right back into their previous relationship after 6 years of no communication at all.

This probably isn't a book I will be hyping for everyone to read. Overall, this book is a fine, easy read, though.
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2,239 reviews391 followers
September 10, 2021
Just about from the very first page - in fact - even in the first book of this series, The Trouble With Hating You - Preeti Patel had my heart in a vice. She was wracked with anxiety. This did not make her weak. Not at all. However, her anxiety was almost too much to bear at times. Preeti is about to find love, but not without its challenges. In fact, in this second-chance romance, Daniel Thompson is the man who owns her heart.

Why the challenges? First, we will start with Preeti's current circumstances. She is completing her residency and her roommate has recently married and will soon be returning from her honeymoon. Preeti doesn't have to move, but she feels the couple need their privacy and their space and she doesn't want to be a third wheel. Meanwhile, Preeti hasn't found a permanent position in the hospital yet. Things are looking up, sort of. She just might have a place to live - and a roommate. However, the roommate is none other than Daniel Thompson. Significance? Indeed. The two were once a couple, but her traditional family and roots got in the way.

Thus far in this review, I mentioned Preeti's anxiety, so yes, this book deals with mental illness. But, Daniel's case? He is black, thus the story deals with racism. Of course, Preeti doesn't have issue with Daniel's race; she is infatuated with him. It is her family, her culture, that has gotten in the way. In any case, the two are now roommates. So, the question that begs to be answered is this: Will Preeti and Dianel find common ground and overcome the obstacles that might prevent them from having a second chance in love?

I don't want to include a spoiler, but I did want to mention touch aversion when it comes to the serious nature in this book. When Preeti's parents presented her with marital choices, it was clear to whom she could grow to like and be comfortable around and who she couldn't. Points in favor to Daniel when it came to Preeti coping with that aspect of her emotional issues.

What a wonderful, emotional and endearing story. I am now a Sajni Patel fan and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and any future books that she writes.

Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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265 reviews791 followers
September 22, 2021
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is my first time reading Sajni Patel and whewww did I love it! I think this also has solidified 2nd chance romances as one of my favorite tropes for a romance book. The tension between our two main characters was so good in this book and it really did a pretty good job tackling some of the stigmas surrounding mental health. I really recommend this to everyone! Looking forward to reading the other books in this series!
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272 reviews865 followers
September 9, 2021
At first look, First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel seems like a simple second chance romance. I mean, that's what the blurb makes you think - Preeti, a senior resident looking for a full time position ends up temporarily sharing a house with her ex Daniel. Naturally sparks fly and a lot from the past is unearthed. However, once you get into the core of the book, you realize it's so much more than a simple second chance love story with a miscommunication trope.

First Love, Take Two explores the complexities of interracial relationships and the challenges that arise from cultural differences, familial pressure and meddling relatives (as an Indian myself, let me tell you that we have WAY TOO MANY meddling relatives 🙄) It is a story about standing up for your loved ones even if it means going against societal norms. Sajni Patel flawlessly analyzes the many flaws of a classic south asian community, such as racism, obsession with fair skin, hatred for dark complexion, victim blaming, cultural shaming and several more. She's also completely spot on with the portrayal of how Desi families typically deal with anxiety, depression or any sort of mental health issue. The popular belief is that we're immune to any and every kind of illness of the mind, so imagine how taxing it can be for someone actually battling any sort of mental illness.

Okay, having said all that, don't expect it to be a sad and heavy book. It's not. Of course it tackles some serious social issues but it's also sweet and funny. There are plenty of laugh out loud situations, some of the banter is just hilarious and there is also no shortage of warm and tender moments. The characterization, both primary and supporting, are excellently done, and if you're a South Asian you'll find plenty in here that you can relate to.

I thoroughly enjoyed First Love, Take Two and am excited to read more books by Sajni Patel in the future. I'll be also be checking out The Trouble With Hating you soon. Make sure to get your copy of this wonderful book on September 21st 2021.

CW - racism, xenophobia, mental health illness, touch aversion, a very descriptive scene involving stillbirth.

** A free paperback ARC was provided by ReadForeverPub in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**
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3,466 reviews471 followers
September 30, 2021
Let me start with I am not a fan of illustrated covers, BUT this cover is gorgeous!!

I loved The Trouble with Hating You it was one of my favorite contemporary romances of 2020. So, I was so happy when I learned there will be more books in this world. And we meet our heroine in that book.

The reason why Preeti got on my nerves is that she is this martyr character that doesn't tell people around her things because she thinks they are better of, she feels like things are her fault and lack of communication is a huge part of this story. It is realistic. I know people who are like that. Still, it was exhausting at times. However, I love how we get to see the challenges doctors face and her anxiety representation.

This author can write a hero like nobody's business. Both here and in the already mentioned book The Trouble with Hating You she wrote a magnificent hero. She wrote everything that a partner should be; loyal, supportive, loving, uplifting, caring.

The romance part of the story has issues like many times is the case with the second chance trope.
There has been a six-year gap since they were in a relationship. So we are told about this great love and they should just resolve that miscommunication and move on. I don't know it was a bit weird. Again, nothing new as many times within this trope we are told they are soulmates.

It is an okay read. Still, heavy moments won and stopped me from loving it more. Not a book fault. As it is with reading it all comes to preferences. I am sure many readers will love this one.

I enjoy Sajni Patel's writing, and I am excited about other books hopefully more in this world.
The narrator of the book is marvelous Soneela Nankani. I recommend it in audio format.

CW: anxiety, racism, there is one heavy scene in the hospital with a stillbirth

Profile Image for Meagan (Meagansbookclub).
401 reviews1,974 followers
November 11, 2021
Enjoyed it! Didn’t love it as much as The Trouble with Hating You, but a solid second book and I’ll definitely read more from this author.
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200 reviews77 followers
August 5, 2021
A heartwarming second chance romance that deals with racism, mental health and the stigma around it in desi communities, First Love, Take Two is the story of Daniel and Preeti, two ex lovers who're seeing each other again for the first time in 6 years and find that the spark that existed between them is still there.

I loved the tension between the characters as they see each other again after so long and try to deal with all the emotions that it brings up. Their break up was quite abrupt and a lot was left unexplained and I enjoyed seeing how that played into their current relationship.
The romance was also pretty sweet. There was an obvious connection between the characters and I loved reading about them!

However, I would've wanted some more of the romance and to understand more about why Preeti couldn't move on even 6 years later? It was cute, yes! But I think a bit more would've helped me understand the characters more and in doing so, love the book even more!

I really loved the plot and the pacing of the book. There were a lot of important topics discussed in this book and I loved how they were handled. There was a justifiable reason for the break up which didn't make me hate one person and we can see how the characters have grown in the 6 years and are dealing with issues that had ended up separating them back then.

I love seeing character growth and this is no exception. Even in the duration of the book, we can see how Preeti learns to stand up for herself and those she loves and do what is best for her and get what she wants. She is the kind of desi role model I wish to have and reading about her journey was a great experience!

Overall, this was an enjoyable book which talks about some important topics and I recommend it!
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626 reviews
September 30, 2021
Preeti's story was really good and I felt like I could relate to her character at a lot of points. My main issue with this one was that since it was a second chance romance, it relied heavily on the lead's off-page history and that we were robbed of the opportunity to see their relationship. We only ever hear of Daniel and Preeti's relationship, we never see it.
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393 reviews165 followers
January 8, 2023
Finished it today and I’m in love… was so beautiful SECOND CHANCE TROPE I LOVE YOU🫶🏼
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568 reviews123 followers
March 22, 2023
Daniel got hella played. 1 ⭐️ for him and the anxiety representation, everything else was garbage. We follow Preeti, who is stuck rooming with her ex of six years for a couple of weeks as they fall in love… but do they really? Slight spoilers: there are two reasons they break up, one is that Daniel’s father doesn’t think Preeti is fit to wed his son because she comes from a poor family (but she’s legit becoming a doctor) and they’re super ultra rich (which idk if I’m buying bc I’m from California and a one million dollar home is just like not all that, have you seen this economy!?). The second and most prominent reason is that Preeti’s family is racist and don’t want her dating a Black man. And for a book that predominantly deals with racism and class issues, neither are addressed well. And not only is that lazy as hell writing, but it’s pretty problematic when the attempt is there but doesn’t push through. Racism isn’t a one-dimensional issue and that’s easily “solved” with ONE conversation.

Like, are we just gonna pretend that breaking up with someone because the color of their skin is too hard for the people around you to handle is justified??? Walking away when people have to live with that skin on the daily, in THIS society? And then Preeti eventually gets the balls to speak up to her family about it, but she never addressed the fact that she aided in their racism?? I’m happy Preeti acknowledges how messed up the aunties have been, but we never see any growth in her. What even happened in the six years that they were apart? Are we supposed to expect them to be the same exact people? Idk if it’s just me but if you’re going to bring racism up in a book I’d rather you address it properly and not with more racism. This is wild and I’m embarrassed for the author. 🥴

Not to mention that Preeti decides she wants to make it work with Daniel when she sees his rich boy mansion and NOT because of all the sweet gestures he does throughout the book. What tf did I read?
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518 reviews131 followers
August 2, 2021
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel is a delightful second chance at love, forced proximity love story. Preeti and Daniel are such loveable characters that I was rooting for them both throughout the entire book. Their love for each other is so powerful that I felt it through the pages of the book.

Preeti is just about to finish her residency and is about to become a real doctor, she should be ecstatic, yet her anxiety is high as she worries about finding a real job in medical practice. Her roommate is on her honeymoon, and Preeti knows she has to find another place to live as the newlyweds will move into her apartment when they return.

When her friend suggests she live in her apartment for a few months to give her time to search for a permanent place, Preeti is happy to put off apartment hunting for a few weeks, until she realizes she has to share the apartment with he ex-boyfriend Daniel.

First Love, Take Two is a story about love, family, loyalty, racism, second chances. Sajni Patel is a talented writer who is able to write about mental health, racism, and cultural issues, with compassion and insight. She balances these issues with a healthy dose of humor and heart. I was drawn into this story immediately and read it all in one sitting. The love between Preeti and Daniel was so real, strong, and palpable, I just couldn't wait until their HEA.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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500 reviews910 followers
July 4, 2021
Thank you so much to Forever at Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

First Love, Take Two proved yet again why Sajni Patel is one of my favorite South Asian authors and romance authors in general. She’s so good at encapsulating the experience of the sons and daughters of desi immigrant parents and combining this experience with the most heartfelt romances. I loved every minute of Preeti and Daniel’s story, especially being a fan of second-chance romances, and I’m so excited for everyone to read this book when it comes out this September--especially if you’re a fan of the Trouble With Hating You like I am!

As mentioned, second-chance romances is one of my favorite sub-genres of romance. There’s always so much tension between the two main characters after having not seen each other however long they’ve spent apart, and this was certainly the case between Preeti and Daniel. Every scene in which the two were in the same room as one another, you could feel the history between them--and the forced proximity trope in this book definitely added to that. I will say at some points towards the beginning of the story, it was hard to feel the connection that Daniel had to Preeti because we didn’t get to see his POV during this book. In The Trouble With Hating You, we had a dual-POV from both Liya and Jay, which is why their relationship felt more developed as a whole. However, because we only see Preeti and Daniel’s story from Preeti’s POV, their relationship naturally felt one-sided. I would have been interested to see some scenes from Daniel’s perspective as well, especially during Reema & Rohan’s wedding, when he first knew he could be running into Preeti. I do understand why this scene and transition from The Trouble With Hating You to First Love, Take Two wasn’t included in the book, since this scene's focus was on Liya’s confrontation with Mukesh and the aftermath, but considering this could have been the first moment where Preeti & Daniel got a glimpse of each other after being apart for so long, it did feel a little glossed over.

Speaking of Daniel, he’s probably the sweetest love interest that I’ve ever read about in an Adult Romance. He was there to support Preeti, even after six years of having his heart broken by her, every step of her journey in this book. I adored how he always put Preeti’s needs first when she was having an anxiety attack and never diminished her feelings when she was having an attack (I died during the scenes in which he played his guitar for her). I also really loved the anxiety rep in this book, and thought that the Alien face-hugger was a really great metaphor to describe the feelings people with anxiety have when they feel an attack coming.

I think my favorite aspect about this book is the demonstration of intergenerational conflict between Preeti and her friends and their parents & relatives within the desi community. Sajni Patel does a really good job in her books of highlighting the issues that older generations in the desi community bring and inflict on their children. I loved how one of the themes of this book and the series overall is how Preeti and her friends vow to make a positive difference as the younger generations of the desi community and ensure that no one ever is mistreated in any way in generations to come. I think that this reflects a lot of the sentiments and mentalities that many young Indian-Americans have as well. I loved the scenes in which Preeti stood up to her fois, her parents, and Yuvan whenever they said anything offensive--I feel like it gives a lot of courage to other Indian-Americans who didn’t have that courage when they were younger. It was also super refreshing to see Preeti’s parents be so supportive of her relationship with Daniel, especially after reading about Liya’s dad in The Trouble With Hating You.

Overall, First Love, Take Two is a super adorable and powerful second-chance romance with amazing rep! Be sure to pre-order this book or pick it up once it comes out this September!
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171 reviews29 followers
February 28, 2022
Want to know the reason why I don't date or even think of the possibility of Love marriage.. or why I'm terrified if I'll fall in love with a guy not chosen by parents.. ahh!! Read this Book. You'll. Know
It's not just me.. most Indians are the same.

It'll always come to a choice between parents and loved ones...Cast, community, relatives, elders what not!! - All of these will be objections
yess those aunts and uncles of ours - who want every info ABT us within a breath reach and have text message of 5G speed level are more than happy to spread it!
The ultimate blame will always be the woman & her parents for falling in love .. ridiculous I know ..but that's how it plays most of the times

This book shows the story of Preeti who's an Indian American who fell in love with a Black American during her college days and had the best thing in the world ..lived life to limits in their true love bubble but then when you're found dating a guy .. everyone's against them!! She doesn't know what to do so she sacrifices her oy true love
Now, 6 years later he's back and also wants to know the reason behind their break up
Forced to live under the same roof she doesn't exactly have a choice but, to tell the truth

This book also shows how so many myths and taboos are holding us back from living life truly.. it shows that speaking out is strength and it's okay to ask for help and stand for yourself

Well, portrayed all fears and decision-making problems with every Indian girl... it's a perfect read

✨ Humor attached to the book with the significance of depths into characters feelings and emotions
✨Myths tackled
✨Friends circle
✨ Value and worth of true love 💗
✨ Indian American culture, racism tackled
✨Clean romance( fade to black scenes nothing graphic I'd say fully clean)
✨ Originality and Accuracy of the storyline

So overall I do recommend this book
It's a great one-time read, I'm sure it'll be interesting for most of you who don't know what's it like to be in an Indian girl's shoes ..we are strong in a unique way!
Every Indian can attach deeply to the problems faced by Preethi.

🔊 Audiobook review: The Audiobook was great, it's lovely and so accurate ..and engaging ..the voice justified every character
For the audiobook, I'd say it's 5 stars
Loved listening to it!!

I definitely recommended the audiobook version if it's what you're looking for

*Thank you @netgally and saga audio for a audiobook version in exchange for an honest review
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241 reviews7 followers
August 12, 2021
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me this arc via Netgalley!
2.5 stars. This sounded amazing (the title and the cover are on point, and it's not very easy to get that in romance novels) but I was really disappointed.
The writing was extremely repetitive and the plot dragged unnecessarily. I think these 350 pages could have easily been diminished to 200.
The romance was well established and everything had a reason, and that was well explained, but even though it was told many times that there was a lot of chemistry between the couple, I didn't really feel that.
The book had too many indian words and no glossary. Even though the words didn't make it impossible to understand the meaning of the sentences, it still made me lose interest.
Besides all of this I liked the anxiety representation (I have it too, so I felt understood), and the race and racial problems representation (even though I'm white and can't actually say if it was well written or not).
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822 reviews385 followers
March 23, 2022
I loved that although this is a second chance romance, there was zero hatred between Preeti and Daniel. In order to protect her family from continual backlash, Preeti sacrificed her happiness and relationship with Daniel to make peace. And now six years later the two are forced to temporarily share an apartment for three weeks ... with only one bed.

As Daniel attempts to understand why Preeti left him six years ago, there's confusion and anger, yes, but he was willing to put aside their miscommunication to offer support when needed. Their ingrained bond was absolutely wonderful. With Preeti having anxiety, depression, and an aversion to touch, I really liked the mental health inclusion, especially with regards to the stigma surrounding doctors with a mental illness.

But there was definitely a lot going on. I truly love stories with family drama, but with conflicts coming in at all sides, I found it was too over-the-top at times, specifically towards the end when confrontations rise. And while the happily-ever-after was sweet, the missing six years and brief reconnection between Preeti and Daniel left me questioning its likelihood.
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82 reviews17 followers
September 29, 2022
Aw this was so cute! I wasnt expecting to like it as much as I did but omg Daniel was such a good love interest and Preeti grew so much as a person throughout this book. I also really liked reading about their different cultures and I thought it was well written.
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1,201 reviews36 followers
September 27, 2021
Tengo que decir que este libro en cuanto a trama a como fue el primer libro se quedo muy corto, y no me gusto tanto, pero si que me alegre de conocer la historia de Daniel y Preeti y ver el porque de todo por lo que pasaron en su relacion del pasado como de esta segunda oportunidad que se le dio y como se merecian estar juntos.
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1,887 reviews561 followers
July 21, 2021
First Love, Take Two. I loved this author’s debut last year, The Trouble with Hating You and couldn’t request this one fast enough when the ARCs dropped. Unfortunately though, this one fell flat for me and I didn’t find myself enjoying it as much as I had the first book. There were things I definitely liked in this story: heroine is a doctor, second chance romance, seeing a main character with diagnosed anxiety and a touch aversion, the delicious food descriptions, the stigma around doctors seeing therapists and even the character’s family/culture treating anxiety as taboo, racism (hero is Black, heroine is Indian).

We do see all the friend group from book 1 and events that happened in that book do play a part in this book’s setup/are referenced without a lot of background info (so might have a hard time if you haven’t read book 1). Preeti is a doctor and is currently struggling with what her Indian parents & community are expecting of her love life versus what she wants in life. She is basically engaged without wanting to be and him, his parents and her parents are planning their engagement and wedding events, but Preeti isn’t wanting to rock the boat and let everyone down by putting a stop to everything. She is also in need of a place to stay and ends up shacking up with her ex-boyfriend (and first love) Daniel at her best friend’s apartment (while said friend is away). There is lots of forced proximity and even sharing a bed (closed door steamy times).

I actually felt like the romance took a major backseat to other things happening in this book. Preeti feels overwhelmed by her parents expectations, her community, her aunties (who are awful), and her boyfriend/fiancé & his parents. While all this is going on she’s living and sharing a bed with her ex Daniel and they’re both realizing they never stopped loving one another. I wish we had flashbacks to her and Daniel’s previous relationship because I had a hard time feeling their connection. Daniel’s character I never felt like we know who he actually is and while sure he’s sweet to Preeti in the story, I just didn’t feel their romance at all. The story is very centered around the drama with their past breakup (she left and never told him why for 6 years) and both of their parents/families/communities not being accepting of each other because of their different culture, race, religion. I don’t feel like the ending really even gave a great resolution and I just found myself struggling with this story and all the characters.

Thank you to the publisher (Forever) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review. First Love, Take Two will be published September 21, 2021.
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