- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2350 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Montlake (31 March 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07Y82VC6P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 65 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The premise allows Callihan to deliver a trope she has mastered: coldly furious enemies morphing into lovers." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Kristen Callihan is an author because there's nothing else she'd rather be. She has written New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT magazine's Seal of Excellence and was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of spring 2012 by Publishers Weekly, and best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she's not writing, she's reading.
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The timeline goes from childhood to adulthood for neighbours, Delilah Baker and Macon Saint, with a decade gap, after Delilah's family move away. In time, Delilah goes on to train as a chef and Macon becomes a rising Hollywood star. The two hated each other as kids/teens and the loathing continues when they meet again, after Macon sends her a text, out of the blue. (Delilah didn't make a play on his surname for nothing, Saint/Devil.) Circumstances force Delilah to make a deal with Macon - she proposes to be his PA-come-chef and he agrees.
Personality wise, they're both stubborn, strong-minded and fiery, so you can imagine how they clash and match their wits against one another - bully meets sarcasm. But, there's also personal challenges and vulnerabilities along with great banter and humour. Then there's that sizzling chemistry, high energy levels and rawness that goes along with the 'hate-to-love' thing. We are reminded that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference and these two are certainly not indifferent to each other! Both Macon and Delilah are fabulous characters, but I particularly loved Delilah and want her as my new 'book friend'. She's a shero - honest, punchy and real! (The waiting room scene on the leather chair is hilarious.) Macon's metamorphosis and deeper self transforms him from a major jerk to a hero and it shows the author's ability to create an outstanding character-based narrative.
Kristen writes with a clever, but natural, conversational feel. There are a couple of unexpected moments, plenty of laughs and emotions. Has the whole enemy-to-lover scenario been done before? Yes. But, DE is written so well, and in times like the present, hooray for a fun read that entertains and allows us to escape, even for a short time. Loved, loved it!
The only reason it lost a star for me was the seemingly random side storyline (you’ll know when you read it) and I would have loved a little more angst. Regardless, this author will continue to be at the top of my list and I really enjoyed this story :)
Top international reviews
Highly recommend it. Great characters, great developpement and all and all a 5 out of 5 book.
The story follows Macon and Delilah, two people who grew up together and whose hate for each other strongly mirrors love. Macon wasn’t the nicest person back in high school, and his cruelty left permanent marks on Delilah… and that’s not even taking into account his relationship with her sister. When Delilah’s sister unknowingly reunites them years later, it’s obvious that there are still plenty of feelings between them, good and bad.
Callihan is a skilled writer, so there is a LOT that I loved about this, from the great dialogue to the chemistry that ignites between these two later on. It’s definitely a tension-filled read, and that made the back half so engrossing. I could feel the emotion and was pulled back into a story that I had, sadly, become disconnected from. My problem is just how long it took for things to turn a corner. This borders on a bully romance, with a very messy history involving Macon dating Delilah’s sister for years. Though there’s no love lost between Macon and Delilah’s sister, she remains a huge presence in their relationship throughout the course of the book. I could MAYBE get over a hero having dated the heroine’s sister (and have, plenty of times), but this time it just came up so frequently that it got in the way. I also LOVE enemies to lovers but don’t tolerate bully romances well, so I wish we had seen some of the good times sooner. I’ve got extremely complicated feelings about this book, and I think that if I reread it knowing how much I would love Delilah and Macon as a couple later on, it would be a completely different experience. But I’m not sure that my rating would change. I’ll be buying whatever Callihan writes next - that was never in question - but I’m going to have to stew on this one a while longer to see how I truly feel about it.
When I started Dear Enemy I didn’t see much hope for Delilah and Macon. Their obstacles seemed insurmountable. The devastation and hurt I felt for Delilah and the teenage bullying she was put through just didn’t seem like it could be forgivable. I had my target, or should I say targets, for the baddies but I knew that Delilah and her perpetrators were teenagers and I knew a lot could change from teenage angst to adulthood. The hardest part for me to come to terms with though, was that one of her perpetrators was the one person she kept forgiving…her sister.
Now, I can tell you straight, that if my sisters did what that selfish, egotistical spoilt brat, Sam did, I would not hesitate in seeing her get her just deserts. There is NO WAY I would be covering for her or making up for her bad deeds. Yes, I get that Delilah was trying to protect her Mama BUT her Mama must take a little bit of the blame for enabling such an absolute COW!!
If you haven’t got the message yet…I HATE SAM!! I will never understand why families enable their loved ones to keep them being inconsiderate, selfish, and even CRIMINALS!! I just didn't understand why Delilah covered for her and made excuses for her bad behaviour. SHE STOLE!! Then, we find out that that wasn't even the worst of it. I HATE SAM!!!
There was a little part of me that hoped that Macon wasn’t as bad as what he seemed. I did not like the way he treated Delilah when they were kids. It’s just that, as a parent, I know that there are sometimes underlying reasons for kids to act out. Macon had a lot of reasons to act out. Geez, my gut was swirling, and my heart was breaking for the poor kid. To go his whole life unprotected from the monster who was supposed to be his protector, is just something I struggle with. Some days I wish that every parent had to go through a five year check-in to prove they are good parents.
So, Dear Enemy had a lot of emotional ups and downs. Overall, I really enjoyed the journey and didn’t mind pushing through some of the downs because the ups were so good. I did have a problem with the Epilogue, though. First, we have Delilah again putting her dreams on hold to follow Macon for his work. Yes, I do believe that a relationship is all about 'give and take' but Delilah has given a lot. But, then again, I like that they didn’t want to be apart. (You just can't please me sometimes. 😉) Secondly, I had moved past all of the hurt Delilah dealt with and was ready to move on to their happy ever after together. Why would I want to revisit her memories again? I didn’t get closure knowing more of what Macon put her through. I WANTED TO MOVE ON and forget that he was ever her… Dear Enemy. I want my Epilogues to be all hearts and flowers, I was just a little disappointed.
Kristen Callihan has treated us to an emotional, sexy and at times humorous story. I love the way the author describes her characters warts and all, then gives you the reasons why they have some of those warts. The characters were original, and I loved getting to know them better. The storyline kept my attention from start to finish and I was sad when it came to an end. I want more from these characters and I would love to read stories about Macon’s friends, North and Ronan.
I highly recommend giving Dear Enemy a try.