Synopsis from Goodreads
Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?
That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.
When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense.
It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.
The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.
Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.
We have already encountered the notion of the ‘love curse’ with Levi and Joss’ story in Stud Muffin. However, the ‘curse’ gets a little twisted when it comes to the women in the Buchanan family, instead of love, at first sight, they get an intense sense of hate, which has some very interesting consequences when Grace first meets Tucker while stranded on the side of the road heading back to Green Valley after living on the West Coast for most of her life.
That is until they touch and then it is a whole different ball game for Tucker and Grace. While Tucker doesn’t have a curse there is some serious attraction and intrigue where Grace is concerned. Sadly, Tucker already has a girlfriend, Magnolia, they have been together since high school.
The thing with Batter of Wits is the insight into taking control of your own life when you are aware that you are not happy with your current situation. Both Grace and Tucker were living and working in places/jobs which were draining the vitality out of them. Although it is only through meeting Grace that Tucker begins to realise just how much of his life he is living for other people and not for himself. The biggest thing to take away from Batter of Wits is that it is never too late to make a change in order to be happy, whatever that looks like to you.
Grace and Tucker complete each other perfectly although their path to happily ever after is not a smooth one. Least of all is Magnolia, although I will happily say there is no cheating involved in Batter of Wits.
Although this is a Donner Bakery novel there isn’t much interaction with the bakery apart from a funny interlude with Grace’s baking skills. I did love the way in which other characters are included in passing maintaining the strong connection we readers have with Green Valley. I also adored the way in which Karla has set a path for Grace’s twin brother, Grady, to have his own story!!!!