I love enemies to lovers, I love fake relationships, and I’ve loved several of Flynn’s books in the past, so this should’ve been a home run for me… and it just wasn’t. I kinda blame that on the hero; he is a judgmental jerk for most of the book and got his girl way too easily. I also blame the lack of an emotional connection, because these two are either feuding or fighting their attraction. It’s still a fun rom com with some great family moments and there was nothing major holding me back from enjoying it, but it won’t go down as one of my favorites from the author.
The story follows Will, a man who has come to expect that people are using him for his money. His last relationship left him jaded, so he’s convinced that his brother’s new bestie is up to no good. Will and Hadley feud whenever they run into each other; she thinks he’s the evil twin, while he thinks she’s a gold digger. But sparks fly between them in a big way. When Will has the opportunity to step in for his brother as Hadley’s date to a family wedding, he thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to expose her motives once and for all.
Let’s start with the good – because there is a lot. It’s playful and fun, low angst and easy to read in one sitting. This one felt like a Hallmark movie come to life (though infinitely steamier), and the family moments enhanced that feel. I just wish that I liked Will better. He assumes the absolute worst about Hadley but is still attracted to her, and those beliefs stick around for WAY longer than I would’ve hoped. His turnaround is so sudden (and conditional), that I found it really difficult to believe that they were in love at the end of a week. This one could’ve used a little more fleshing out; it’s not a long book to begin with, and the family moments (while nice) take away from time that could’ve been spent on the emotional connection. It’s certainly not a bad way to spend the afternoon, but probably won’t be a book that I’ll revisit. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this enemies to lovers romance.
Release Date: August 25th
I can’t believe I have to go home to Nebraska for my sister’s wedding. I’m gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least my bestie agreed he’d man up and help. Too bad he had to catch a different flight than me. Then his plane got delayed. And finally—because bad things always happen in threes—instead of my best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.
If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst—even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.
Ten times worse? My buffer was supposed to be there to keep me away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs us up for every. Single. Thing.
Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? I’m in. I can’t wait to take this guy down a notch.
But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, our bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…