Opposites Attract – Camilla Isley

This book contains:

  • teen alcohol use
  • blackmail and bullying.

Vivian is our female lead. As a divorce attorney with a teenage daughter and the father isn’t in the picture. Thanks to the father’s actions she’s extremely tough on men and struggles to trust them.

On the other hand, Lucas is our male lead and he’s a couple’s therapist. Unfortunately, they don’t have the best of meetings when they end up with offices right next to each other.

We start with Lucas and discover that he’s a lovely guy who’s off to a bad start to his morning. The cause of his bad start?


When we swap to her side, we miss everything that Lucas has already experience and enter the mind of an extremely self-centred, strong, independent woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone.

Since they have offices next to each other we see their hate grow until it’s palpable. It finally reaches a head when it turns out Lucas poaches one of her clients and interferes with her daughter. Only, they have a bet about who can find love first, yet Lucas finds he’s not interested in the bet anymore as soon as he realises he might lose.

A hate to love trope done really well. Once Vivian calms down enough to be a normal human being rather than a semi-murderous psychopath I found myself starting to root for her. But it was a struggle getting through the first roughly third of the book with her because her personality really isn’t one you can take a liking to.

Lucas on the other hand was every woman’s dream man. How could she possibly hate him?!

He’s good looking, friendly, he can listen (why is this such a hard skill for men?) and he stand by his promises. He’s a lot of women’s dream man which is partly why it’s so much harder to like Vivian.

By about the halfway mark we start to really understand why Vivian is the way she is, which makes a lot of sense. But I also don’t think anyone should think it’s ok to behave that way (especially a mother of a teenager) and think blaming it on their past is an excuse. Sorry, no. You’re an adult, grow up and learn how to play nicely.

My only other concern (because the love story playing out was excellent and perfectly timed!) was how they tackled the daddy issue. I really wished both Vivian and her daughter had done that in person. But I also respect the restraint they displayed by doing it the way they did.

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Author Bio

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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