The Takeover: A Novel (Paperback)

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Sometimes, when you ask the universe for your soulmate, you wind up with your hate mate instead.

On Nami's 30th birthday, she’s reminded at every turn that her life isn’t what she planned. She’s always excelled at everything – until now. Her fiancé blew up their engagement. Her pride and joy, the tech company she helped to found, is about to lose funding. And her sister, Sora, is getting married to the man of her dreams, Jack, and instead of being happy for her, as she knows she ought to be, she’s fighting off jealousy.

Frustrated with her life, she makes a wish on a birthday candle to find her soulmate. Instead, the universe delivers her hate mate, Nami’s old high school nemesis, Jae Lee, the most popular kid from high school, who also narrowly beat her out for valedictorian. More than a decade later, Jae is still as effortlessly cool, charming, and stylish as ever, and, to make matters worse, is planning a hostile take-over of her start-up. Cue: sharp elbows and even sharper banter as the two go head-to-head to see who’ll win this time. But when their rivalry ignites a different kind of passion, Nami starts to realize that it's not just her company that's in danger of being taken over, but her heart as well.

"Readers will cheer on this pair of sparring hearts." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

Cara Tanamachi lives near Chicago with her husband and five children (two by biology and three by marriage), and their 85-pound Goldendoodle, Theodore. Raised near Dallas, Texas by her Japanese-American dad and her English-Scottish American mom, she was the oldest of two children (the debate still rages whether she or her brother are currently the family favorite). The University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!) grad worked as a newspaper reporter, and then published many novels such as Dater's Handbook and The Love Cure under the name Cara Lockwood. A former single mom, she spent eight years dating (hilariously and awkwardly) before finding the love of her life on Bumble (yes, Bumble!). She believes we all could use a little more happily ever after.

Praise For…

"With witty insults, drunk dancing, and pranks, Tanamachi's extra-fun follow-up to The Second You're Single is positively enjoyable and should be suggested reading for those who love books by Sally Thorne and Suzanne Park." - Library Journal

"Nami and Jae's love story is set against the backdrop of relatable and charming family dynamics, [and] their good chemistry will keep readers engaged." - Booklist

"If you loved the rivals-to-lovers and workplace romance of Book Lovers, then you need to read The Takeover." - The Everygirl

"Enemies-to-lovers fans, throw this one in your beach bag immediately." - Bookriot

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250842282
ISBN-10: 125084228X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English