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I love Kristen Callihan's style of writing and am glad to see she has a new publication out. 'Dear Enemy', as the title suggests, has a hate-to-love storyline and is also a slow-burn. (The bath scene is one of the best I've read.) Love a SB!
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!
I had been waiting for this book for quite a while and it didn’t disappoint! I love this author’s writing and the way she draws you into the story. I enjoyed the characters of Delilah and Macon and think it was well done/authentic how they went from enemies to recognising something deeper between them.
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 :)
What an amazing read. The chemistry between the hero and the heroine were off the charts. Loved their backstory and I loved seeing a different vulnerable side to a hero’s story since they are usually expected to be the “alpha male dominant” type. I loved the flaws and strengths the main characters showcased. This story shows the impact of bullying, loneliness, love, loyalty and how far you would go to protect the people you love. It’s beautiful and real. 🌟👍🏾
This is one of the best enemies to lovers book I have read in a long time! All too often the heroes never redeem themselves properly before the heroine forgives them. This had the perfect blend. Also helpful: Kristen is an awesome writer. This story makes me want to revisit all her work!
I read oh-so-many romance novels, most of them fluff and drivel, rarely becoming deep enough to leave an impression. This one started that way and I was preparing for a skim read again but then, somewhere early on, it proved itself to be a cut above a simple romance novel and simply a very GOOD, thought-provoking story. Such a lovely surprise!
This was such a great leave. I really enjoyed the development of these characters and the story line. I loved the main female lead - she was fun and sassy and i loved that she stood up for herself with her sister and others. A really great read.