Tuesday 31 March 2020

❤ DEAR ENEMY ❤ Kristen Callihan ❤

© Bianca ✰ 

• 31 March 2020
• standalone enemies-to-lovers romance

4.9 Stars
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a smart romantic comedy about finding love with the most unlikely of people.

As kids, they hated each other. Macon Saint was beautiful, but despite his name, Delilah knew he was the devil. That he dated her slightly evil sister, Samantha, was no picnic either. When they broke up, it was a dream come true: Delilah never had to see him again.

Ten years later, her old enemy sends a text.

Delilah’s sister has stolen a valuable heirloom from Macon, now a rising Hollywood star, and he intends to collect his due. One problem: Sam has skipped town.

Sparks still sizzle between Macon and Delilah, only this heat feels alarmingly like unwanted attraction. But Delilah is desperate to keep her weak-hearted mother from learning of her sister’s theft. So she proposes a deal: she’ll pay off the debt by being Macon’s personal chef and assistant.

It’s a recipe for disaster, but Macon can’t stop himself from accepting. Even though Delilah clearly hates him, there’s something about her that feels like home. Besides, they’re no longer kids, and what once was a bitter rivalry has the potential to be something sweeter. Something like forever.

Delilah and Macon.
They met when they were eleven years old.
Delilah wanted to be friends. Macon did the verbal 'pulling-the-little-girls-hair' thing and they've been enemies ever since. But they're still always in each other's presence, because Macon and Deliah's sister Sam have been a 'thing' since that very first day. On and off again all through school.
Now, ten years after highschool, Delilah is a busy catering chef in Los Angeles. Sister Sam is still a flighty good-for-not-much party & con girl. And Macon. He's a Hollywood Star.
Delilah and Macon haven't spoken (read: fought) since prom.
But now Delilah has to work for Macon as his personal chef and assistant, to pay for the expensive watch Sam stole from him.
Let the fun times begin ....
Because we all know that those years of hate were not really hate ...

What will happen with Delilah & Macon??
Will there be a Happy End??

Aww - that was adorable!!
But first, I have to complain about the cover - and the title!
I'm not in love with either! When you look at the cover - quickly - you don't even see the people on it. You just see ENEMY and think, okay - Kristin wrote a thriller - or a romantic suspense thingy maybe if we're lucky. Which would totally be okay - I love reading thrillers and suspense romances .... But it's none of those things!!! It's a beautiful and fun and adorable and slightly heartbreaking enemies to lovers romance! The cover should be changed! And the title - I know it used to be different - Kristen said something about it on FB, but it got changed. Dear Enemy sounds as if a stalker or killer writes letters to the hero or heroine. As a potential reader in a bookstore? I would not buy this book. I'm afraid people will buy it as a thriller and then rate it only 1-Star on amazon because they're mad that it was just a sweet romance!
There are letters in here - not until the very end really, but still - we have letters. But still the Dear Enemy beginning doesn't happen. I like the paper background of the cover and the couple is perfect. But the colors and title make it so sinister and scary.
I wish I could say DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER ... but I'm really afraid that people will do so.

OK - rant over!
The story was beautiful!
Funny, sweet, a little sad and moving.
Macon and Delilah are just amazing!
They fought and argued and insulted each other ever since they met.
And nothing much has changed - even though he's her boss now. Soo adorable!
Both are a bit or a lot broken inside for various reasons from their past. They are soo perfect for each other really, but they think they have to hate each other. I loved seeing them slowly fall for each other. Fighting for their happily ever after. I even cried a little here and there.

I loved security guy North. I loved Macon's amazing house in Malibu - I want to move in asap! And I want to eat all the amazing things Delilah was cooking and baking!

It was a really beautiful enemies to lovers romance with some Hollywoody and some other interesting things thrown in. I loved it.
I could've maybe been a tiny little bit shorter. And I felt that the tiny 'fight'/ 'lie thing' towards the end wasn't really needed ... But I still loved every word of this story!

I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day soon!

DEAR ENEMY was such a beautiful and adorable and funny enemies to lovers Hollywood romance. Run to your nearest amazon for your own Macon - he'll be sold out in no time!

P.S. for all you non-Southerners out there. I googled it before it was mentioned in the book. It's Macon like Bacon. Not like Mason - the way I was saying that name for years! ☺


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Co-Written with Samantha Young

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.