It’s exceedingly rare that I rate a book as 2 stars, but I had to go there with this one because it didn’t work for me on any level. And that’s really disappointing, because I usually love this author’s work. Granted, second chance romances are often difficult for me, so I’m betting this will work better for some readers. But, for me, the circumstances surrounding this “relationship” – and the ridiculous speed at which it moves – were all kinds of problematic. I also didn’t like either main character, so it was a lose-lose situation all around. Any hesitancy I had after reading the blurb was just amplified once I got deeper into the book.
The story follows Coy and Bellamy, two people who have been a part of each other’s lives for what feels like forever. They’ve danced around their attraction for each other a few times, even sleeping together more than once, but it’s never turned into anything more. Coy is a musician who has found fame in the last few years, and staying in his hometown was never really on the table. So when he makes a temporary return home and runs into Bellamy, that old spark and banter between them is still there. But Bellamy seems to be genuinely hateful towards Coy, and he’s not sure what changed. Bellamy’s coldness is the catalyst for them digging deeper, and clearing up the obvious miscommunication between them.
This still has the banter and tension that I love about Locke’s writing, but when you don’t like either character, a frenemies to lovers romance just feels mean. Coy goes from a clueless playboy who shrugs off Bellamy’s hate to a man who has seemingly been in love for a long time. I didn’t believe a second of it. The pacing felt all wrong, and these two have both become pretty promiscuous in their time apart, so I had a LOT of trouble believing the love. Bellamy even makes a few jokes – to Coy’s face – about the guy she hooked up with VERY recently, and it was incredibly cringeworthy to me. You’re telling me that she would’ve handled a joke about one of Coy’s recent hookups with a laugh? I don’t think so. The obstacles between them also seemed to have been glossed over, so there was just so much wrong here. I’m sorry to say that this really, really just wasn’t for me. It won’t stop me from reading more of the author’s work, but I did not fall for these two. I appreciated receiving an early copy (and am voluntarily leaving a review), but this wasn’t a win for me.
Coy Mason is a jerk.
If there is one truth that Bellamy Davenport knows, it’s that. Well, that and the fact she didn’t mean to hurt him. Physically. Coy can’t be hurt emotionally because he doesn’t have a heart.
Coy is not just the small-town, literal boy next door. He’s a heartbreaking, womanizing, mischief-making (and delicious) man and was all of those things well before he became a hot-shot country music sensation.
He’s a dream standing in her doorway with no shirt, messy hair, and a “Do you wanna?” grin. But he’s also a nightmare for her heart, and she knows it.
Their enemies-to-lovers relationship always ends the same way—heavy on the enemies, light on the lovers.
So why is she still standing there?
About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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