Genres: Enemies to Lovers
I LOVED this enemies to lovers book.
It was a page-turner from the get-go.
(“Get-go” is such an odd phrase)
Don’t let this book cover fool you.
It makes it look more like a straight rom-com.
While it does have humor, the story is also a little angsty between the main characters with some secondary character drama, as well.
To me, these covers look like a middle school paperback my daughter would want to buy at the yearly Scholastic Book fair, but honestly, they have been some of my 4-5 star reads so I beg of you –
NEVER JUDGE A STORY BY IT’S BOOK COVER.
Ok, for my review.
One of the barometers, for lack of a better word, I use to rate a book 5 Stars is that it’s unputdownable.
I was reading on my flight to Boston (ironically where the majority of the book takes place) and when they announced, “At this time, please ensure that your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright and locked position …”, I wanted the flight to be longer because I had to see what was going to happen next.
I attended a beautiful wedding in Boston and have to confess that each time I went to the restroom during the reception, I tried to sneak in a page or two while either waiting in line or on my walk back to the ballroom.
The blurb describes how the main characters met so no need to rehash, but the fact that he was so grouchy to her and she gave as good as she got was fun to read.
Ava was a strong character and very relatable.
She had experience betrayal in her past and I like how the author let small details of it unfold.
Caleb was yummy. Between his accent, his honesty and his tenderness despite his broodiness and abrasive armor, I couldn’t help but crush on him right alongside Ava.
Fate seemed to put these two in each others paths, but it never seemed OTT unbelievable.
The entire story is told from Ava’s point of view.
This seems rare nowadays and “old school” (meaning 2008-2015), but Caleb was always so direct and honest so we pretty much knew where he stood at all times except near the end so it totally worked.
Anything else would be spoilers so I’ll conclude with saying it’s been a while since I’ve read a book where I was itching to get back to.
I loved their banter, their explosive chemistry, Ava’s best friend, the romance, Caleb’s broodiness, the heartache and raw emotions that I experienced alongside Ava and the unexpected swooniness that Caleb possessed even when he didn’t mean to be.
You need to read this book and I can’t wait to re-read it.
I will definitely buy the audiobook because on top of being an awesome read, I’m a sucker for accented narrators. 😍