cover image The Takeover

The Takeover

Cara Tanamachi. Griffin, $18 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-84228-2

Tanamachi (The Second You’re Single) shines in this enemies-to-lovers rom-com. On Nami’s 30th birthday, reeling from the broken engagement that derailed her carefully planned life, she makes a wish to find her soul mate—and unexpectedly receives a text from her high school nemesis, Jae Lee. As teens, Nami and Jae competed in everything from academics to tennis; she has never forgiven him for beating her by 0.245 points to become class valedictorian. Now they’re pulled back into each other’s orbits as the ruthless tech giant Jae works for sets out to buy Nami’s struggling startup. Despite the timing of their reunion, Nami refuses to believe that Jae could be her soul mate, labeling him her “hate mate” instead. The old competition between them heats up once more, this time in the boardroom—and then in the bedroom. Nami and Jae are more alike than either would care to admit, making it easy to see that, underneath their animosity, lies genuine compatibility. Readers will cheer on this pair of sparring hearts. Agent: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency. (Jan.)