Down with Love: A Laws of Attraction Novel

Down with Love: A Laws of Attraction Novel

by Kate Meader

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Down with Love: A Laws of Attraction Novel by Kate Meader

Sparks fly when the hot-shot divorce lawyer meets the high-powered wedding planner. The only question is, what kind?

If you ever get married, remember my name: Max Henderson. In my line of work, you acquire a certain perspective on supposedly everlasting unions. . . .

1. Pre-nups are your friend. 
2. The person you married is not the person you’re divorcing. 
3. And I hope you didn’t spend much on the wedding because that was one helluva waste of hard-earned cash, wasn’t it? 

But some guys are willing to take a chance. Like my brother, who thinks he’s going to ride off into the sunset with the woman of his dreams in a haze of glitter on unicorns. And the wedding planner—the green-eyed beauty who makes a living convincing suckers to shell out thousands of dollars on centerpieces—is raking it in on this matrimonial monstrosity. 

The thing is, Charlie Love is not unlike me. We’re both cogs in the wedding-industrial complex. As the best man, I know her game—and I can play it better than her. But after one scorching, unexpected kiss, I’m thinking I might just want to get played.

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Praise for Down with Love


“Charlie is adamant that it’s just a fling, while Max is surprised to find he’s interested in romance. . . . [Their] repartee, vivid sex scenes, and tongue-in-cheek approach to romance tropes make Max and Charlie’s journey worth following.”Publishers Weekly

“Fresh and funny, sexy and witty, Down with Love is everything I look for in a can’t-put-it-down read.”New York Times bestselling author Julie Ann Walker

“I love Kate Meader’s books! Witty banter, sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters—Down with Love has it all!”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

“Hilarious, hot, and heartfelt! I was captivated by this fast-paced, funny, sexy book from the first page. Everything about this book was fantastic, and I’m already panting to get my hands on the next one!”USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth

“Charlie's sassy determination met Max's undeniable sex appeal and charm to create the most spectacular fireworks. Down with Love is the kind of story that gives all the feels and leaves you wanting more.”—Aliza Mann, author of Breaking His Rules

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524799137
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Laws of Attraction , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 16,153
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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Chapter 1

“Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.”
—Helen Rowland

Max

“Ramen. Freakin’. Noodles.”

In case the word choice doesn’t quite convey my point, I infuse into that statement as much disdain as possible. My brother, James, is already chortling.

“Hold on, Max. I’m gonna need the top-shelf shit for this.” He flags down a server at the Gilt Bar on Kinzie, where we’ve been meeting every Thursday night for the last six years, snowpocalypse or heat wave.

The blond server is one I haven’t seen before, and she simpers over James’s coal-black hair and cool blue eyes, features we both inherited from our dad. Baby bro gets hit on constantly because he’s the Grinner-in-Chief, and that smile guarantees him more action than a boy bunny rabbit in a den full of girl bunny rabbits. But he doesn’t follow up anymore because he’s currently off the market.

I, on the other hand, also receive my fair share of female attention, and—you’ve guessed it—have no problem following up. I’m a more seasoned, rugged version of James (we argue about this but I’m older and a lawyer so I win). I know I’ll have no problem snagging the focus of our server and yep, there it is. She blinks because I’ve brought out the grande gun—a bigger, brighter, better-for-its-rarity grin—and she realizes she’s wasted fifteen seconds of her life on a pale imitation.

As it’s my turn to pay, James orders a Glenlivet 18 Year Old, though he doesn’t have a clue about scotch. I order a Laphroaig Quarter Cask because I do.

“Okay,” our server says, not sounding okay at all. But I get it. I’m wearing a Ted Baker suit, and I scream wealth, confidence, and the promise of a good time. She stumbles off in a daze.

“Dick,” James mutters at me, making me laugh. “So. Noodles.”

“Ramen noodles,” I clarify because that’s the point of the story. “Three months I’ve been going around in circles with these two and finally he produces the statement of property.”

“Statement of property?”

“Yeah, if they can’t agree on the big stuff or well, anything, we have them do an inventory of the assets in their homes. Who wants what, that kind of thing. And this asshole”—not my client, thankyouverymuch—“lists ramen noodles on the statement. And you know what else?”

James is starting to lose it, not because of the ramen noodles but because of my delivery. As a divorce attorney, I have witnessed pretty much every shitty stunt there is, so when I devote the first part of our weekly meet-up to an office story, he knows it’s going to be good.

“What else?”

“Right beside it in the estimated value column, he puts nineteen cents. Nineteen damn cents! There’s only one package of ramen on the list, and one of the staff must have left it in the pantry for shits and giggles because these people are not eating instant ramen.” I can’t reveal their identities, but these people are two of the wealthiest philanthropists in Chicago. Two years ago, they married in a glitzy society wedding, the cost of which could have inoculated the entire West African population against yellow fever. Charity is supposed to start at home, but tell that to the asshole listing out a package of ramen noodles as an asset.

James is holding his side, practically doubled over in the booth. “How do you do it, man?”

It’s not the first time he’s asked, and despite the laughter, I hear it. The thread of worry that witnessing the disintegration of love has somehow changed me. It hasn’t. I’ve always been the guy who doesn’t see the glass as half-empty or half-full. Instead I ask if there’s enough liquid to quench my thirst. Of the two of us, I’m the realist.

My people (as in my legal brethren, not my British-German-Swedish ancestors) have a saying: in criminal law, people are on their best behavior. In family law, they’re on their worst. I’ve had clients who once claimed undying love spit and claw at each other across a conference room table. One guy served his wife with divorce papers while she was on her hospital deathbed with cancer. Another wanted the judge to order his wife’s dog be cremated so they could split the ashes fifty-fifty. I told him His Honor was an animal lover, so he needed to figure out another way to stick it to his former lady love.

By all accounts, these were once normal, productive, sane citizens. To say people change when they get married is an understatement.

“Everyone deserves a fair shake,” I say, my stock answer. In truth, I enjoy it. I enjoy winning, especially when it’s a wife who’s been screwed over by her ex. With an eighty percent female client list, my specialty is the empty-nester demographic, women who’ve just sent their kids to college and got divorce papers as their reward. These loyal wives changed stinky diapers, hosted sparkling dinner parties, and ran the hub’s life like clockwork only to discover he had been planning his exit strategy since Kid One hit puberty.

Where the exit strategy involves a twenty-two-year-old personal trainer and an account in the Caymans.

The first thing I tell them is this is not the end, it’s their new beginning, and then I get to work ensuring they receive every last penny coming their way.

The server returns with our drinks. “Let me know if I can get you boys anything else,” she says, all come-hither, where “anything else” is open to interpretation.

As she walks away, my gaze tracks her because I don’t want to be rude. She’s made the effort so it’s incumbent on me to return the favor. The servers here dress in black, and she’s wearing a tight skirt that makes her ass look like a couple of cantaloupes fighting for supremacy. Nice hip swivel, good legs tapering to heels that must kill her arches while she’s running around all night. I’d be happy to help put her feet up later—over my shoulders.

I’m about to tear my gaze away when she walks by the end of the cherry-wood bar, her slender frame a sliver of black contrasting against a riot of bright pink in the background. Like someone slashed a knife through an oil painting. For a moment, I’m blinded, not by the pink, though that’s plenty for my eyeballs to adjust to, but by who’s wearing it: a woman.

Astounding deduction, Henderson. But . . . this woman is simply stunning.

She’s sitting at the bar, one leg crossed over the other, a black high heel locked on the foot rail of the barstool. Average height, I think, but that’s where the average ends. Honey-gold skin gleams in the semi-dusk of the bar where the daylight can’t penetrate. It’s late April, baseball season has started, and Chicago is in fine fettle, along with its female denizens. Ladies are digging out their summer wardrobes and unleashing sexy arms and killer legs on a male populace that hasn’t seen skin in months. The woman’s dress has a flirty ruffle at the hem, and it probably falls to knee-length when she’s standing, but sitting, there’s a decent flash of thigh.

Indecent, really.

I’m working my way up when I hear a cough. Sighing, I return to dickus interruptus—my brother. “Yes?”

“Jesus, Max, get the server’s number, then please grace me with your undivided attention.”

As I moved on from the server within ten seconds, following up is probably a little low class. My skin prickles with awareness because I’m dying, dying, to turn back to the bar and the woman in pink.

“So how’s Gina?” I ask instead. James falls in lust every other month but he’s stuck with Gina Torres for the last three. I like her because she’s one of the guys. She goes to Blackhawks games with us and knocks back beer like she doesn’t have a job teaching kids in a fancy prep school in Lincoln Park. Come to think of it, this is possibly why she drinks on school nights.

Another thing I like about Gina? She’s not in a hurry to tie my brother down. By now, most women would be clamoring for a spare key to the condo, a move-in date, and the dreaded “where is this going?” conversation. My brother’s still only twenty-eight, two years younger than me, and I want him to enjoy the hell out of his life before he thinks about all that.

Better he not think about it at all, my divorce lawyer brain chimes in.

A dreamy smile creases James’s face, which could be the scotch warming his belly but is more likely down to the mention of his girl. If I ever look like that when a woman’s name enters the conversation, load up the freakin’ gun.

“She’s awesome.” He twitches his lips and picks up the scotch. I’m about to press him on this odd little quirk when a movement at the bar draws my gaze.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
“I thought I was in the mood for a quick, dirty encounter. It would better suit my state of mind but Max is sending my brain in a different direction, one where quick and dirty is replaced by slow and sensual. Romantic. Max Henderson is courting me.” Oh swoon! Max Henderson starts off as a cynical divorce lawyer & self proclaimed bachelor for life. Wedding planner Charlie Love is his exact opposite- a true believer in love who suppresses her temper & passion under a cool, confident exterior. Their chosen careers make them natural enemies and sparks fly as they’re thrown together while she plans his brother’s wedding. Max finds himself falling for the passionate fire he sees in Charlie and for the first time in his life wants to slow things down & enjoy the romance. Too bad she she can’t see his potential & only wants to enjoy their super sexy fling before moving on to find her ideal mate. I was immediately drawn in by this fun & flirty enemies to lovers book. From the entertaining brotherly riffs in the first chapter to subsequent encounters with nemesis/soulmate Charlie, I was captivated by the smart & sexy banter. Icing on the cake were the plentiful pop culture references- Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars- and classic movie nods which called out to my inner nerd girl. The supporting cast of family, co-workers and a fuzz ball dog are all engaging and I can’t wait to read the next book about Brit friend Lucas.
Anonymous 28 days ago
This author is a great writer and so funny. Funny observations and other times, just sad. Loved all the characters but mostly loved the writing. Well done.
sheilamiss56 3 months ago
Wow! Kate Meader delivers a knockout punch with Down With Love. It has romance with some steam, comedic interludes and thoughtful insight into relationships, both newly forming and long term marriages. At the heart of this story are Max, a divorce attorney, and Charlie, a wedding planner. Not just polar opposites, but living on different planets. One is a cynic while the other helps couples plan the beginning of HEA. The author made me laugh at the banter between Max and Charlie (as well as the baseball game insults to the umpire), stamp my feet (figuratively) at their hardheadedness and grow mushy when each confront their real feelings. Kate Meader delivers a superb book worthy of 5 stars!
EileenAW 5 months ago
I loved reading Down with Love by Kate Meader, book one of her Laws of Attraction series, which is about sexy divorce lawyers and the women who can't decide if they should kiss them or kill them. This story focuses on what happens when a hot-shot divorce lawyer, Max, tries to work with a high-powered wedding planner, Charlie. Max has a jaded view about marriage since he assists and advises people through their divorce and life after. Charlie is helping Max’s brother and his fiancée plan their wedding, which will occur in short time period. Plus Charlie believes in the fairy story of happiness, at least for the couples she works with. I enjoyed how Max and Charlie were more alike than different, despite their jobs being at opposite ends of the marriage spectrum. Charlie wanted to find love but has yet to find the one for her. When she shares a kiss with Max, both are shocked at the sparks that occur. She is determined that whatever this is between her and Max can only be a fling. Max is surprised to find he’s interested in romance with Charlie. Now how can he convince her? Ms. Meader wrote a wonderful and emotional story that is not to be missed. She drew me into the lives of her characters, making me forget the world around me. Down with Love is filled with witty banter, sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
LynnB888 5 months ago
Opposites attract and chemistry explodes! With the latest series from Kate Meader, she gives a quirky twist on rom-com a try ... and doesn't disappoint! Her characters are fresh and entertaining, the story line was attention grabbing enough to entrench us quickly and keep us entertained throughout. I will admit to loving the drama of her sexy firefighters and hockey players slightly more, but I can dig the rom-com on occasion. Max Henderson makes his living based on the ugly side of love. As a prestigious divorce attorney, he's seen just how bad it can get between two people who swore to be each other's everything just a short time ago. He's cynical enough about the institution of marriage that you'll never see him anywhere near it! Wedding planner Charlie Love just happens to be planning a wedding that he is going to want to be involved in. He might not agree with it all for himself, but he's going to have to bite his tongue and agree to the things she and the bride and groom plan. Along the way, an attraction flares between the two of them and he just might find himself looking forward a forever after all when it's all said and done.
blonde_betty 5 months ago
Down with Love is the first book in Kate Meader’s new Laws of Attraction series. I loved, loved, Kate’s chefs, firefighters, and hockey players, but they have nothing on her divorce lawyers. Written in first person, this romcon is classic Meader voice with a much lighter tone. This story drags you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go: it is just like being in Cubs jail. If you’ve read Meader’s other books: give this a try. If you love a good romcon: give this a try. If you want a great afternoon read, you guessed it: give this a try. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
sbart84 5 months ago
Loved, loved this romcom!! Opposites that find their HEA with a few bumps in the way. Max Henderson, divorce attorney meets Charlie the wedding planner of his brother's wedding. There is a sexual chemistry that they can not deny. This is a fun romcom that is told in the first person POV with plenty of witty banter between the two that will have you laughing out loud. Their sexual chemistry is hot. Plus, how could I resist true Cub fans!! I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Jolie 6 months ago
I feel bad saying this but I judged this book before I even read it. I thought it was going to be a fluff book. A book that had zero plot and was heavy on the sex. Well, yeah, about that. Not what I thought it was going to be.  Max Henderson is a cynic about marriage. A successful divorce attorney, he has seen what breaking up a marriage can do. It has jaded him against anything wedding related. So, he can't help but bait his brother's wedding planner, Charlie Love. She is opposite in everything. Or so he thinks. It isn't until he kisses her that Max realizes he's wrong about love. Will Max find his happily ever after with Charlie or will he blow it? I thought Max was a jerk when Down with Love started. I understand that he was cynical. 100% understand that but to rain on his brother's parade is something else. I wanted to smack him upside his head, hard. I didn't understand why he felt the way he did. His parents were still married and in love with each other. But the more I read his story, the more I understood what drove him to that place. All his clients are upper-middle-class women who were pushed aside when their husbands wanted a younger model. Max saw what a divorce could do to someone who wasn't expecting it. I understood then. But it didn't excuse his attitude towards Charlie the first part of the book. Another instance where I wanted to smack him upside his head. I knew he liked her but he acted like a jerk to her. His attitude changed after the kiss. He went from needling her to helping her with family issues.  I loved Charlie. She was one of the more real characters that I have read to date. I did get a chuckle out of the thought of a wedding planner with an anger issue. But, when it was explained why she had an anger problem, my amusement turned to sadness. She also knew how to handle Max. Which was great because he needed to be put in his place every once in a while. The romance between Charlie and Max did start off slow because of Max's attitude. But once they kissed, it gathered momentum. When they had sex, it was hot. The other sex scenes were hot but they didn't reach the levels of hotness that they had the first time. The secondary storylines made this book. The one that made me laugh was the storyline involving Charlie's foster-father, the dog, and Charlie's foster-mother. I was giggling over it because of the assumptions that the foster-mother made.  The end of Down with Love was your typical romance novel ending. But the epilogue more than made up for it.
UpAllNightBB 6 months ago
4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Down with Love is book one in the Love Wars series by Kate Meader and I am "down" with this story. You know the old saying that "opposites attract", Kate Meader hits the nail on the head with this one. What is more opposite than a romantic wedding planner and a divorce attorney bumping into each other. The war on love and the struggle between these two characters jumps off the pages at you. I enjoy books like this because of the fun flirty connection. They are easy to read, the story just flows so smoothly. How we get to see the pieces/set-ups of who the next one in the series will be. All the little details that just make this story come to be. Max is the hot shot divorce lawyer that has developed a resentment if you will against marriage and love. But his brother is willing to take the chance and so he is now playing the "good" best man and meets the wedding planner. Things then get a little tricky. Charlie Love, just like her name, loves to give couples the best day to start their lives together. On a mission to give Max's brother and fiance the wedding of their dreams, can Charlie show Max that love is not as bad as he makes it out to be? But one kiss later, has Charlie and Max thinking differently. Some good thoughts and some bad. Can they pull off this wedding or drown in their own perspectives of love? Some say there are a lot of cliches with this story and there may be, but I enjoyed it anyway. It is well written, easy to read and very enjoyable.
whatsbetterthanbooks 6 months ago
Witty, seductive, and wickedly entertaining! Down with Love is an engaging, adorable, enemies-to-more romance set in the Windy City that introduces us to a whole slew of new characters, including the warm, sweet, charming Charlie who believes in fairy tales and happy endings, and the intelligent, confident, skeptical, divorce lawyer, Max who believes that saying “I do” is merely a waste of time and money. The writing is smooth and effortless. The characters are clever, fun-loving, and appealing. And the plot is an enchanting, exceptionally funny, perfect mix of tender moments, friendship antics, delicious tension, catchy dialogue, swoon-worthy chemistry, and true love. I have always been a fan of Kate Meader, and I think Down with Love has just become one of my favourites. I loved the characters, I loved the chemistry, and I loved the storyline. It’s a fantastic start to the new Laws of Attraction series, and in my opinion, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Jennann3 6 months ago
Max Henderson, partner in a successful Chicago law firm, has seen the worst of "happily ever after". Coming off a broken engagement himself, Max is all too aware of what happens when two people "fall" out of love for one reason or the other. Although he had good role models growing up, Max remains skeptical that true love will find him. So he devotes his days to helping women, not only get what they deserve in a settlement, but also helping to restore their self worth. Charlie Love's mom passed away when she was younger and she was bounced around in the foster system. Finally landing in a loving, supporting home Charlie sees what true love can be. Charlie works hard, using her party planning skills, to build a successful wedding planning business. She helps couples plan the beginning to their "happily ever afters". It's during one of these meetings, that she first lays eyes on Max... Max's little brother is getting married! Instead of being super supportive, Max encourages a prenup under the guise of looking out for his brother. He knows, he's been burned by a greedy ex. But the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see love in his future. Now he just has to convince Charlie. Charlie wants a one night stand and Max wants a future.... I absolutely LOVED this novel!!! It had all the feels. It was funny, witty, and heartfelt. Real life issues of love, health, divorce, self worth, and foster care were successfully woven throughout the story. I wish I could've had a room where I went to "work out" my anger on my ex! AND the cute little dog scenes were hilarious (puppy dog eyes). I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
PennieM 6 months ago
This was an absolutely FUN read. Max is a divorce lawyer who is opposed to change in any form but when his younger brother surprises him with the news he is getting married he reacts in the way expected at first but then settles into his cynic ways but what really throws him is the wedding planner. Charlie Love is a sassy and sexy counterpart to Max. She has been dating and looking for "the one" but failing on all levels but colliding with Max the first time sets off sparks and try as they may they keep igniting every time they are close. There is no mistaking these two are perfect together and those around them see it. How long will it take for them to figure it out? I definitely recommend this one and look forward to more in this series! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Momma_Becky 6 months ago
Down With Love is everything a good romantic comedy should be and then some! We have lovable characters, and engaging and witty story, and lots of reasons to smile, chuckle, and even laugh out loud. When you pair up a divorce lawyer and a wedding planner, sparks are bound to fly. In Max and Charlie's case, those sparks are not just of the fiery, you make me furious kind. They've both been burned by love in the past, and while those issues are addressed, that part isn't the focus here. We do get a bit of angst, but it's low key, keeping this romance lighthearted and sexy. To sum it up, this is a wonderfully written combo of sweet, sexy, and downright hilarious.
KSP91301 6 months ago
My heart may have skipped a beat or two when Kate Meader revealed the sexy cover and synopsis for book one in her new “A Love Wars” series. With that series title, passionate skirmishes—verbal and physical—were almost guaranteed to fill the pages. The banter and sexual tension live up to expectations. How could they not when pitting a wedding planner against a divorce lawyer? Both main characters are confident and strong willed, so don’t easily cede control. Charlie Love is the absolute perfect name for a wedding planner and specifically this heroine, although she is a bit of a contradiction. “Charlie” is her direct, a bit prickly, quick to call BS side looking for just a good time while “Love” is the romantic looking to settle down with her HEA. I quite liked her, but sometimes had trouble equating the two sides were the same person. Max Henderson definitely fits the part of the ruthless; marriage is a trap, divorce lawyer. He and I didn’t jive for most of the book. His brand of cockiness, need for control, and need to be the center of attention is a bit much for me. Although I must admit that by the time he finally owned up to his feelings, I had warmed up to him a little. Surprisingly, there is plenty of action throughout the story, just not of the steamy variety I’ve come to expect in a Kate Meader book. I missed that. A lot. I suppose the side story involving Charlie’s parents is necessary for the development of the storyline. For me it cast a negative, almost depressing pall that dimmed my enjoyment. Our age and status are eerily similar, which could explain its effect on me. Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope; Kate Meader is a favorite, auto-buy author; so I expected to love this story. I wanted to love this story. But it just didn’t gel for me or touch me like the author’s previous books. That’s likely my issue, not hers. I’m looking forward to book two, and fully expect it will contain that Meader magic I’m used to. 3.5 Stars
Nicolerko 6 months ago
4.5 Stars Kate Meader kicked off her new series with a bang! I gobbled this one right up. The characters were fantastic and they sucked me right into the book. I mean both Max and Charlie both love baseball so I knew these were my kind of people. Then Max goes and throws in a Harry Potter reference, I'm sold! This book had an easy flow to it that made it so enjoyable to read. I laughed quite often. I really enjoyed watching Max get ruffled and then fall in love. Max and Charlie are definitely opposites. Charlie believes in love and happily ever after. Max not so much, but hanging with wedding planner Charlie for his brother's wedding may just change this playboy's mind. I have to say one favorite things about this book is that Charlie can be her true self around Max. He sees the real Charlie and accepts her. That's truly beautiful which Max wins major points for. This book is definitely one you hate to see end. I'm going to be eagerly awaiting more from this series.
Marlene976 6 months ago
Loved this book, the characters were so fun, I highlighted so many LOL passages. I have more highlights that bookmarks because I flew through this book! Loved Charlie, Max and the whole cast of characters. My only complaint is that I want more.
Donatelli 6 months ago
**Received and ARC of Down with Love from the publisher, Loveswept, via NetGalley, for an honest review, no compensation was given. Down with Love by Kate Meader is the first book in the new series Love Wars, and what an amazing start it is. This book was witty, hilarious, sexy and just pure joy to read. I really adored all the pop culture references both old and new, that this author incorporated into this book. The writing was spot on and the character development was thorough. Some could say this is an enemies to friends love story, but I don't really see it that way. I never got the feeling that Charlie and Max hated or even disliked each other. I felt an immediate attraction between the two, they may have fought the attraction but it was definitely there.For me this made the book much more interesting. Charlie, a wedding planner, meets Max, a divorce attorney, while she is planning Max's younger brother's wedding. Charlie Love comes from humble beginnings and has worked for everything she has ever gotten. She is a delightfully strong, independent woman who speaks her mind. Max, "King of the Kiss" Henderson come from a wealthy family, but there is more than meets the eye on that count. The author takes the reader on a wonderfully journey starting with one steamy kiss, lots of hot arguing, some unexpected surprises, all combine to make one very hot romance. Ms. Meader did a great job with development of the secondary characters. I would love to read more about that sexy Brit, Lucus Wright and the shy, soft spoken Grant Lincoln, who are both friends and fellow lawyers with Max. Down with Love is fun sexy read well worth your time. Enjoy!
Robindpdx 6 months ago
This was such a great book! Charlie Love is a wedding planner who, like her name, believes in true love, though she hasn't found hers yet. Max Henderson is a divorce lawyer who has a very different perspective on love and is determined to look out for his brother, who has proposed and is planning to marry his fiance. I really enjoyed reading the banter between Charlie and Max and the development of their relationship. I would recommend this book to others and look forward to reading more books by this author.
Lorizen 6 months ago
Absolutely loved this book. Max the self professed forever bachelor, happy with this life of one nighters when he chooses and his career as a divorce lawyer gets a huge surprise when his weekly meet with his younger brother announces that he's getting married... to his girlfriend of only 3 months. In James favor is that Max likes her, it's when Max hears they hired a wedding planner that sends Max a little over the edge and it turns out the great looking woman Max has been staring at and then cornered in the bathroom hallway using his best come on lines is none other than Charlie, the wedding planner. Max just sees money flying out the window. Because that's what planners do in his opinion. Nevermind what on the backend of the relationship deal when things end in divorce, Max ensures that his clients are well cared for. Max is a great attorney and he was well written in that regard, taking care of his clients in a personal way, to ensure their well being. He was a great transitional person. Max and James both come from money, their parents are absolutely charming and lovely as are the rest of the characters... wait... I take that back. The Brit. One of Max's partners. He was obnoxious as heck to a point where I wanted to throttle him. You have to read the book to fully appreciate what he does and it made me want to toss my kindle. The three together balanced each other out. Nicely done. Charlie had her own story and I loved her. She didn't come from money and thankfully she was taken it by a couple who brought her out of the loss of her mother at 13 and the wicked temper issues she had. A temper that still makes an appearance now and then. Max was attracted to that part of Charlie. Oh lets face it Max was attracted to all of Charlie. Despite their differences on love which ne'er the twain shall meet, they were a great match in so many ways. I don't want to give too much of the story away, this simply has to be read. I loved that Kate shifted gears a little bit with this series. This story is funny, warm and sexy. I love her books, she writes a fantastic story and throws in plenty of steam, but her characters are always relatable and I think that's what I like the most. She brings them to life off the pages and you get to know them as people. Not one dimensional characters we often see. Kate Meader never disappoints. I'd give this more than 5 stars if I could. **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
beckyb0416 6 months ago
I’ve always enjoyed Ms Meader’s stories, strong female characters who succeed on their own terms...having alpha males along for the ride doesn’t hurt either. But in this story I had a really difficult time connecting with Charlie. I’m not sure why I was unable to imagine her as nothing more than a two dimensional character on the page because she’s successful, intelligent, independent, has a wry wit and can talk circles around Max, yet in some way she didn’t resonate with me...as do this author’s typical characters who pop off the page larger than life...as did Max. The story itself was smart, fast paced and engaging, the secondary characters were written in such a entertaining way as to make for a nice segue for future stories in the series. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Adultbooksrmyjam 6 months ago
I loved the witty banter between Max and Charlie, it was so entertaining. Those two went toe-to-toe all the time and it made for some seriously hot sexual chemistry. I was digging it thought out the whole book. I even enjoyed all the secondary characters too. I really want to check out the next one because I was loving Lucas, he seems fun. My favorite quote in the book-“ When a couple learns how to fight properly—how to argue effectively and work through problems productively—well, that’s the recipe for everlasting love.” I 150 million % concur!
micharch 6 months ago
Charlie and Max are polar opposites in their world views and professions. Max is a divorce attorney and Charlie is a wedding planner. They are oil and water. Charlie makes some pretty unfair assumptions about Max right from the beginning. Max is having a hard time with his brother's impending nuptials and has been kept in the dark about several things. To say he doesn't take it well is an understatement. Charlie doesn't just sit back and let Max deal, she compounds the problem by giving Max more grief. I had a hard time liking Charlie at points and didn't really get how she "changed" during this book. Max did change a lot in this book and it was nice to see his growth. Charlie was more of a take me as I am girl but wanted Max to change for her. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that and, therefore, couldn't give the book 5 stars. It was well written, had a good plot and kept me interested the entire time. I would recommend to someone looking for a romance where the hero realizes that love does exist and can change everything. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
moonfox1234 6 months ago
This is a truly fantastic read. Filled with heat, heart and humor, this fun romance will sweep you off your feet. The chemistry and banter between Max and Charlie is sizzling and sharp. This opposites attract story offers a cute plot and lovable characters. Both of these characters had been hurt before and both dealt with the scars very differently. I loved the sparks that these two created together and the sweet emotions that they brought out in each other. This is an amazing book that is poignant and passionate. I adored it and am already impatiently waiting for book two.
nelriv 6 months ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This book was ok for me, I think I was expecting to laugh a little more but I didn't. We meet Max who is a commitment phobe player and a hater of all things weddings. He ends up meeting the wedding planner who is going to plan his brothers wedding Charlie. They are instantly attracted but they are total opposites in their beliefs, him having been burned before and also being a divorce attorney doesn't believe it can last. Charlie is looking for the one, since her last relationship bombed she is wary of the next guy. Max is intrigued so he goes after her, this is the part that kind of bugged me, I understood a little why Charlie was wary but she needed to get over it.
SherriBabb 6 months ago
This is the first book that I have read by Kate Meader. The only word that I can think of to describe this book is WOW !! I was hooked at the very first sentence of this book. I absolutely loved Max and Charlie. From the moment they meant the sparks were flying between the two of them. They both were very stubborn and refused to give in to what each of them wanted. What they both wanted was each other forever !! It took some doing and some meddling friends and family. It took a lot of wrong turns and hurtful words. I loved every second of it. This book had it all and I really hoping that Lucas's and Grant get there own books. Let me tell you I am 100 percent certain that their books would be just as amazing as this one. Thanks so much NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.