Love and Agita - Grayson Avery


3.75 Stars


"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:

1. Attend Sunday family dinner. It’s at 2:00. Nobody knows why.

2. Love your mother.

3. Never tell Nonna you're full. Unless you have a death wish.

4. Marry Italian.

5. 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.

Love & Agita is a laugh-out loud, romantic comedy that has it all: twists, turns, emotional depth, sparkling chemistry and hilarious banter that flies off the page.


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Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30s and 40s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Love & Agita.

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This is my 6th book by Grayson Avery. You might say I kinda like her. So why the 3.75??? And, really, .75?? LOL I know, I know! Well this wasn't my favorite by her, and I actually started out not really liking it much at all. But, it did redeem itself. I liked the second half much better. So I thought it deserved more than a 3.5, but not quite a 4. 

A lot of laugh out loud funny parts in her as usual Grayson Avery style. I just didn't like the male character, Leo's constant sexual humor. And I think it is because he was a "he". I think I will stick to books with a female main character, just my preference. 

This was still a good book. And like I said the second half was much better and I was really getting into it more. I did love the comparison/arguments about the differences between Italian and Jewish cultures and traditions. That was fun and I did learn a few things. #1 - Agita means anxiety. 

This book got some great reviews on Amazon. I am so glad not everyone felt the same way about Leo that I did. :-)

I will keep on reading Grayson Avery's books because I love her snarky humor!

Pick up this one and give it a chance! 

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


  1. Great reason for the .75 and I totally agree

  2. Just for future reference, Grayson is a dude...

    1. :-O Oh my gosh, you are right! How could I have missed that? Thanks for bringing that to my attention!


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