This is one of those books where I am so incredibly torn about my rating. It’s my first time reading a book by Lucy Parker, and initially I was loving it. Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope, so I loved the tension we feel between these two, and the potential in the writing itself was definitely there. But somewhere along the way, a combination of the involvement of characters from previous books in the series and the laidback, serious tone of the writing made my enjoyment of the story diminish significantly. That initial tension faded very quickly, leaving behind a subtler, more relaxed read that still has plenty of merit – it’s just not what I was looking for.
The story follows Sabrina and Nick, two nighttime TV hosts whose images have both become tarnished recently. Their careers are in jeopardy, and things have deteriorated so much that they’re being given one last chance as morning show hosts during the month leading up to Christmas. Though these two have never gotten along, things took a turn for the terrible when Nick threw Sabrina’s whole family into the public eye, so working together comes with its own set of challenges. When things start falling apart with the show, they find themselves leaning on each other and digging beneath the surface to find the potential beneath all the regret.
I will say that I really loved the intimacy that developed between these two. It’s one of the more realistic and adult relationships I’ve seen portrayed in books, with difficult conversations and a romance that develops along the way. The writing itself is so unique, and while I found it to be a little drawn out (and ultimately somewhat boring), I think there’s a whole lot of potential there. If you like a quieter, more serious romance then you’ll probably enjoy this more than I did – it just isn’t quite my style. I also think reading the books in order is somewhat important, because there were a lot of characters in play. So, while this didn’t work for me on all levels, I also think a lot of people will love it. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sparks fly when two feuding TV presenters are thrown together to host a live morning show in Lucy Parker’s latest enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance.
He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he definitely writes himself), but he’s also the most arrogant man she’s ever met.
She might have the longest legs he’s ever seen, but she also has the sharpest tongue.
For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together—but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.
With their reputations on the rocks, Sabrina and Nick have one last chance to save their careers. If they can resurrect a sinking morning show, they’ll still have a future in television. But with ratings at an all-time low and a Christmas Eve deadline to win back the nation’s favor, the clock is ticking—and someone on their staff doesn’t want them to succeed.
Small mishaps on set start adding up, and Sabrina and Nick find themselves—quelle horreur—working together to hunt down the saboteur…and discovering they might have more in common than they thought. When a fiery encounter is caught on camera, the public is convinced that the reluctant cohosts are secretly lusting after one another.
The public might not be wrong.
Their chemistry has always been explosive, but with hate turning to love, the stakes are rising and everything is on the line. Neither is sure if they can trust these new feelings…or if they’ll still have a job in the New Year.