This one’s got a little of everything, with a light, sexy feel at times, and a more serious, deeper tone at others. I loved the depth of the relationship as we get to know this couple through a mix of flashbacks and present day, learning more about their feelings as the story progresses. Our hero is definitely a little abrasive and quick to show a flash of temper, but his feelings are obvious from the start. It’s not as light or funny as I expected it to be – that’s what I associate with Stewart’s writing – but it really kind of worked for this. There’s some great conversation and a slow build from enemies to lovers that juxtaposes nicely with the snippets of the past. This is the kind of book that took a little while to get under my skin, but I was definitely loving it by the end.
The story follows Milo and Jill, two people who haven’t seen each other for the last 12 years. Back when they were teenagers, they spent a little time together, going from strangers to friends to the spark of something more… until it all fell apart. Twelve years later, they see each other again, and it’s obvious that a lot of old resentment still lingers. They argue over everything and can’t seem to get along, but Milo is there for Jill when she needs a place to stay. As they settle into a different kind of relationship, Milo and Jill get to know each other all over again and deal with all of their old issues.
I love a good enemies to lovers romance, and this has all of that tension that I love. It’s clear that these two have feelings for each other that run deep – if the opposite of love is indifference, then that’s definitely not what these two are feeling. It’s an opposites attract romance – Milo’s a broody, tempermental kind of guy, and Jill is the sunshine to his storm. They make a great team and I loved seeing the buildup of intimacy. The flashbacks work well to give the full story, as the reader is left with a little bit of mystery about how they went from friends to enemies until it’s all laid out in the open. This one sits solidly between 4 and 5 stars for me – it didn’t grab me immediately and was understated throughout, but ultimately I was completely invested in the love story and loving the slow burn. Some readers might miss that little bit of spark between the characters, but I really enjoyed how subtle it was at times. I received an ARC via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review of this opposites attract romance.
Surly, rude, selfish, and inconveniently attractive. Meet Milo Papatonis, the king of all jerks.
I’m not normally one to judge, but I’ve been down this particular road before and I can unequivocally say he’s earned his title. It’s not enough that Milo crushed my dreams when we were kids, but now I’m somehow being forced to dwell under the same roof with his ill-mannered ass. If he thinks his sexy shower noises and ovary-imploding smile can tempt me into forgetting, he’s nuts.
This situation is strictly business and blessedly temporary. Because my dreams are still out there waiting for me, and they won’t be found anywhere near this town—or this guy.
Jerks do nothing but break hearts, of that I’m certain. But I’ve been known to be wrong a time or two…
If you’ve read Then Again by Sylvie Stewart, you’ve met Jill, the hopeless flirt and younger sister to Jenna. Catch up with Jill as well as your friends from The Nerd Next Door in this fun, sexy, irresistible new addition to the Carolina Kisses series.