- File Size: 2350 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Montlake (March 31, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07Y82VC6P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270 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 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.
Top international reviews
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!
Highly recommend it. Great characters, great developpement and all and all a 5 out of 5 book.