I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a smart romantic comedy about finding love with the most unlikely of people.
As kids, they hated each other. Macon Saint was beautiful, but despite his name, Delilah knew he was the devil. That he dated her slightly evil sister, Samantha, was no picnic either. When they broke up, it was a dream come true: Delilah never had to see him again.
Ten years later, her old enemy sends a text.
Delilah’s sister has stolen a valuable heirloom from Macon, now a rising Hollywood star, and he intends to collect his due. One problem: Sam has skipped town.
Sparks still sizzle between Macon and Delilah, only this heat feels alarmingly like unwanted attraction. But Delilah is desperate to keep her weak-hearted mother from learning of her sister’s theft. So she proposes a deal: she’ll pay off the debt by being Macon’s personal chef and assistant.
It’s a recipe for disaster, but Macon can’t stop himself from accepting. Even though Delilah clearly hates him, there’s something about her that feels like home. Besides, they’re no longer kids, and what once was a bitter rivalry has the potential to be something sweeter. Something like forever.
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This was a compelling and humorous enemies to lovers romance with intricate and complex characters and witty banter.
On its face this is a classic enemies to lovers romance between two childhood enemies but it was so much more; there was so much going beyond the surface. Macon had a painful past that I was not expecting that shined a light on who he was and why he acted the way he did. This was a story about letting old hurts go, personal growth, and realizing that perception is not reality and that you don’t always know what is going on in someone’s life. I don’t want to give any spoilers into the story, but I completely swooned over Mason, especially during one particular moment when he reveals something to Delilah about their past.
Let me just say that the one blight on this story is Sam, Delilah’s sister. She is absolutely horrible, to both Mason and Delilah. Her actions were kind of necessary because they were the catalyst to the storyline between our hero and heroine but it was a bit frustrating that Delilah repeatedly covered for her sister and wasn’t forcing her to face the consequences of her actions. I kind of expected there to be some sort of redemption for Sam in the long run that would make some of Delilah’s actions sort of worth it but that didn’t really happen.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was was a steamy, humorous, and heartwarming romance.
Read this if you enjoy:
- Dual POV
- Enemies to Lovers
- Witty Banter