Never has a book been more aptly named, because it took awhile for me to fall out of hate with it. I’m not saying that it’s not well written – it is – but there were definite impediments to my enjoyment in the beginning. For starters, the first 20% or so includes a LOT of characters from past books. If this was my first time reading something by this author, I have no doubt that I would’ve abandoned ship early on, because there are just too many people to keep track of. That’s not the case later on, so I’m glad I stuck around. The other issue is that this relationship is…. messed up. lol, I don’t think I can describe it a different way, other than to say that it’s highly volatile. These are two people who are attracted to crazy, thrive on sexual tension, and act in ways that are self-destructive. That’s a huge part of what ultimately makes this an addictive read, but it took awhile before I saw anything healthy in the dynamic. But I’m starting to love it now. I’ve fallen out of hate with this couple, and I have high hopes that I’ll fall in love with them in the second installment, because… WOW, what a cliffhanger!
The story follows Savage and Laila, two musicians who feel a gigantic ZAP of attraction when they meet. Savage is a former playboy who now knows what it’s like to get burned, and he’s not quite the man he used to be. Laila has a penchant for bad boys that she can’t seem to shake, and Savage is just her kind of trouble. But when their initial meeting leads to conflict and misunderstanding, their relationship gets off on the wrong foot. Laila believes she knows why Savage hates her, and Savage doesn’t know what to do with his jealousy. It’s push/pull, fight/flirt, provoke/passion until their relationship begins to evolve.
It speaks to the quality of the writing that I continued reading even when I wasn’t sure that I liked either character. I do now, but it definitely didn’t start out that way. Savage and Laila are more similar than either of them realizes, and this installment was focused on their worst traits. I absolutely HATE how much miscommunication there is between them, and I really don’t love how they’ve lead each other to believe that they’ve both hooked up with other people (they haven’t). The reader knows a lot more about their feelings and actions than either one would be willing to admit, and this installment was primarily focused on the cat and mouse game they’re playing. I have to believe that things are going to turn a corner VERY soon, and it’s time to get everything out into the open. That’s why I’m looking forward to the second half; it’s time to get real, be open, and actually advance the relationship in a meaningful way. Though I have no idea how that’s going to play out – which is all part of the fun. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this enemies to lovers romance.
I’ve tried to like Adrian Savage, the mercurial frontman for Fugitive Summer, while serving as his band’s opening act on tour. We’re stuck together for three months, after all. And I’m well aware I’m lucky to be here.
But it’s proved impossible. He’s far too rude and dismissive a guy to get along with. And way too good at getting under my skin. In fact, at this point, I think it’s fair to say I downright hate his guts.
Global thirst trap that he is, though, I’m finding it extremely difficult not to want to jump Savage’s bones, despite how much he infuriates me. I hate myself for it. But my body is going rogue on me. It doesn’t matter, though. I’m determined to resist him.
In fact, what I’ve decided is that, as long as I’m here and stuck with him, I’m not only going to give Savage the sound tongue lashing nobody else around here has the balls to deliver, I’m going to bring that bad boy to his knees.
Book #2 Releases on April 19th
I’m obsessed with Laila Fitzgerald. There, I finally admitted it. I’ve tried not to want her. I tried to step aside when my best friend said he wanted her. But it’s proved impossible. She’s too gorgeous and talented, too charismatic and badass, for me not to want her for myself.
Unfortunately, though, karma’s a bitch. In trying to do the right thing by my best friend, I’ve done the wrong thing by myself. I’ve pushed her away every chance I’ve had. Dug way too deep a hole to crawl out of . . . And now, Laila downright hates my guts. And rightly so.
But since we’re stuck together, yet again—and, this time, even more closely—I’ve decided nothing will stop me from getting what I want. This time, I’m going to figure out a way to coax Laila into falling out of hate with me . . .
About the Author:
Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.
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