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The Taste of an Enemy

(The Boys of Clermont Bay #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Rich. Vicious. Vengeful. Forbidden. The Boys of Clermont Bay had always been untouchable.

And Carson Hale was the worst of them all.

He was pretentious and a player, and he had hated me for so long I forgot that we were ever anything more than enemies.

Brutally beautiful and savagely heartless, his only plan was to ruin everything I loved.

But dares were made, and even tho
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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'THE TASTE OF AN ENEMY' Is 'PART #1 in a #2 PART SERIES in Holly Renee's 'THE BOYS OF CLERMONT BAY.' Spoken in 'Dual perspectives.'

This had all the angst, drama and heartache I love to chase in my books, the too and fro banter played ping pong on my battered heart and I was a long for the ride, this enemies to lovers was just what the Doctor ordered!!

“𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲."

It's hard to believe these two used to be f
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing

It is hard to articulate how beautiful Allie and Carson’s romance is, the artful way Holly Renee intertwined this friends to enemies to lovers romance, or the angst and heartbreak she left me in.

From the minute we met Allie and Carson as secondary characters, I was salivating for their romance. Their hate for each other had tension permeating the air, so delicious I could practically taste it and it didn’t disappoint.

What I wasn’t expecting was the tenderness between them? Th
Kate ☕

2.5 stars rounded down

I expected so much more. It was a plot written many times before:

✔️ Former BFF turned into enemies due to mutual misunderstanding
✔️ Bullying / Enemies to lovers trope - slut shaming and revolting comments by Hero
✔️ Manwhore Hero - scenes with OW in the beginning 🤢 He's been in love with h for years, but screwed almost all girls in town, anyway
✔️ Virgin heroine - who gives up her virginity easily, after years being tormented by the Hero
✔️ Stupid Bet - completely unne
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Ahhh!! I was looking forward to Carson and Allie's book since Beck and Josie's duet. This enemies to lovers/childhood best friends turned enemies story was so delicious. The Taste of an Enemy had chemistry and angst and a whole lot of drama. I enjoyed the push and pull and the crazy tension between Carson and Allie.

I especially loved the tidbits of information Renee provided giving us a glimpse into Allie and Carson's past. Overall, this was a solid read and I look forward to reading the second
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "CARSON + ALLIE = An explosive combination!!!" stars***


"I want you, but I can't have you."

Sorry, Holly, for saying this, but Beck and Josie don't hold a candle to Carson and Allie...
Yes, I loved Beck and Josie's story, but Carson and Allie's story was on another level!!!
I freakin' loved their story... I ached for them, I broke down for them, I smiled for them!!!
Their story was messy, but it was intense and breathtaking!!!
From the first page till the last one, I was f
The Romantic Rush Blog
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Boys of Clermont Bay series just keeps getting better and better! Rife with delicious drama, enchantingly addictive, and exploding with young love heartache and longing, The Taste of the Enemy is angsty second chance perfection. Holly Renee has yet again put us in the throes of the heated chemistry of two friends turned enemies, but Carson and Allie are her most complicated and angsty duo yet. And I can’t get enough of them!

From our first meeting of this mesmerizing duo, I wanted to swim ar
Karen Mc
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“I want you, but I can’t have you.”

Oh. My. Beating. Heart! Holly Renee slays again with her heart-pounding prose! Sinfully delicious and soulfully rich, Taste of an Enemy is an emotional explosion that will blow you away from beginning to end … it’s EVERYTHING!!! I. Can’t. Stop. Feeling. This. Romance.

A heart-pounding young adult saga of soulmates and second chances at love and life, the third installment of the Boys of Clermont Bay is simply bewitching. Carson and Allie are full of fire and de
Lilith  Seven  *DirtyBooksAndMessyHair*
𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


If bullying is this hot, then who is complaining?!
My God! This book was everything....from angst to deliciously hot chemistry, Carson and Allie h
Lauren ♡

This book was like a watered down version of Bully by Penelope Douglas mixed with After series by Anna Todd.

↘ Main heroine who happened to be a virgin was a bet for Carson with his "friends"
↘ Unlikeable hero who is very possessive
↘ childhood friends who stopped being friends and are enemies

😵 😒 😵

Keri Loves Books
Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Carson can bully me anytime!!!

Loved this story! They were friends until they weren’t. This enemies-to-lovers, bully romance is smokin’ HOT!!!

One decision and Carson decided they were done. No longer friends, he’d torment her instead. He went from being her best friend to being the bully she tried to avoid.

Allie’s a good girl. She just wants to be with her friends, have some fun and maybe find herself a boyfriend. When a popular jock shows her some interest, she’s ready to soak it up. However, Ca
✨ Lucy ✨
Aug 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“She was the thing I wanted most in this world, but she was also the one thing I couldn’t have."

Once again this series has blown my mind completely. I thought that Beck was it, but then Carson came along and now I want them all!

This story is fire!

It’s better than what I ever imagined for Carson and Allie’s story.

They just made sense together . But their journey surely wasn’t an easy one, not at all.

And we’re just at the beginning!

Carson and Allie story’s started a long time ago, they have a past
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided for an honest review*

The Taste of an Enemy is a second chance, childhood friends, hate to love story between Allie and Carson and I really enjoyed it! These two characters have so much chemistry between them that was enjoyable to read.

Allie and Carson both have a past together in which they were best friends but things happens that had them drift apart. Now in present time it’s push and pull between them. The moments in which you see Carson’s perspective on why he’s a certain way
Caroline F
Oh, Carson! He hated her, he wanted her, he didn’t want her, he didn’t want anyone else to have her.

"She was heaven and hell. Everything I wanted and everything I was dying to run from."

Carson Hale and Allie Taylor were once BFFs but, when they were 15, there was an incident that broke their friendship. Over the years, he’s never failed to show her how much he despised her, but Allie gave as good as she got, all the while disguising her hurt from him. Carson might not want to be friends with Al
Rhiannon King
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the Clermont Bay world, we're back with a new duet in the series and this time it's Carson and Allie's story. After being introduced to them in Beck and Josie's duet I couldn't wait to get their story. These pair were once friends but now are enemies, they pretty much hate each other. I was completely consumed by them and fell even more in love with Carson, I can't wait to read the next book.... ...more
The Smutbrarians
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Feels 3
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

We’re back in Clermont Bay with tons of drama, angst and an enemies to lovers second chance romance. I was dying to see where the author would take Carson and Allie’s story after we met them earlier in the series. You could tell right away there was something going on with these two, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Apparently once upon a time….a long time ago they were best friends, they were each othe
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I have been waiting for so long for Carson and Allie because I knew they would be the angstiest couple ever! There is nothing I love more than good childhood friends to enemies romance. I knew Holly would deliver the best and so she did.

Allie and Carson used to be friends until one day everything changed. The boy Allie loved changed to someone who loved to torment her and taunt her. His constant presence was a heartache itself and
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my the angst is real in this one ! Carson and Allie’s chemistry is so explosive their love hate relationship is so intense these two are just burning up the pages with chemistry! This book just might be my favorite of Holly Renes’s yet and that ending oh man I need the next book ASAP!
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Review – The Taste of an Enemy (The Boys of Clermont Bay #3) by Holly Renee

“𝘼𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝙄 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙄 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙄 𝙨𝙖𝙬 𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚. 𝙄𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙄 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙅𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙣𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙯𝙮.”

Holly’s writing is EVERYTHING. I love and adore this woman immensely! There is nothing she writes
Laura Horne
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I finished Josie & Beck’s duet and it did disappoint. I loved the love/hate dynamic of this book and all the back and forth between the 2 main characters.

Allie & Carson were best friends once upon a time until it all changed one evening and Carson cut Allie out of his life. He’s spent the following years being a dick to her as a defence mechanism for how she hurt him. They both harboured secret feelings towards each other but neither did anything a
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was a wild rollercoaster of emotions. This is my first time reading from this author and I loved it. I would absolutely read any of her books. I enjoyed her writing style, the flow, and the characters.

Carson is exactly how you suspect he would be. Vicious, gorgeous and clearly (after reading the first paragraph of the book) in denial. Which is always the most entertaining to read about. I will say that although I like Carson, I'm VERY much looking forward to the next book in this
Alexandria  Redmourn
3.5 ⭐
3.5 🌶

i'm going to rip my hair out in frustration from these two, i swear.

the heartache, the angst, the tension, the push and pull between these two is amazing. i dislike high school romances, but i have to hand it to holly that she has a way with words that keep me reading along.

allie and carson, childhood best friends who drifted apart over ONE night of immaturity. they were kids, i'll give them that. but that doesn't mean i don't want to slap them silly. the way their relationship progres
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
"She was heaven and hell. Everything I wanted and everything I was dying to run from."

What a great start to Allie and Carson's duet. These two were childhood best friends until a turning point in Carson's life turned them into enemies. They always had crushes on each other but danced around their feelings. When the boys make a bet on who Allie will fall for, it allows Carson to re-enter her life. Carson was definitely a complicated male lead- he had a softness for Allie but also let his temper f
Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog
All the angst that could possibly be thrown at me was given in this 1st installment of this duet. The Boys of Clermont Bay certainly are vicious, mean and downright cruel.

Enemies-to-lovers is certainly a trope I never want to miss out on and having read The Taste of an Enemy is certainly in my top reads in this trope!

She holds secrets, secrets that could either destroy them or bond them closer and he made bets but we don't know if the bets will eventually come back and bite him in the a$$ or if
Vanessa (When Vane Reads)
Aug 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Holly Renee gave us another amazing story with Carson and Allie, they caught my attention since I read the two previous books in the series and I did not understand why Carson treated Allie so badly.

The Taste of an Enemy is an addictive story full of steamy scenes and a tension that can be felt through the pages, and as the story unfolds I found answers to the questions I had, the author made us fall in love with the characters, and even if sometimes I wanted to go into the book and slap Carson,
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved Beck and Josie... but Carson and Allie wrecked me with all types of emotions. 😭

This book had me engaged from start to finish and I couldn't get enough of the banter and tension between these two former best friends. Their steamy scenes had me shocked and I couldn't get enough.

Carson and Allie's story will tear you apart and right when things seem to start heading in the right direction, truths are revealed and chaos ensues. I can't wait to see how Carson grovels in the next bo
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
Carson and Allie and all the feels!!! Once I picked this baby up there wasn’t a chance in h**l that I was putting it down. These two together are burning up the pages and I could not get enough. The angst holy moly the angst is high the chemistry is explosive and the spice!!! Hold onto your panties ladies!!! I feel like we have just scratched the surface of Carson and Allie’s relationship and I am really looking forward in seeing where our author takes his because I have a feeling she is coming ...more
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Taste of an Enemy is addictive and everything you crave in enemies to lovers.

Carson and Allie were once best friends. But that was years ago. Now, they can’t be in the same room without jabs thrown. That is until Carson walks in on his teammates at a party.

The banter between Carson and Allie was perfect. But I’m also pretty addicted to Carson’s softer side—hoping to get more of that in the next book.
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4.25 Stars!

Having read and loved both The Touch of A Villain and The Fall of A God I've been so excited for more of this series! As soon as this third installment was announced It instantly became one of my most anticipated reads! I loved how i was pulled back in! I really enjoyed this third installment!

Right from the beginning, i got back into the The Boys of Clermont Bay world! This first book in Carson and Allie's journey had me feeling so dang much! I wasn't quite sure how everything was goi
Michelle Krystel
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I am rating this book 4.5 stars. I knew Carson was going to br cruel, I mean nothing like Beck but close lol. He hides his true self. Like not even his best friends know how he's truly feeling. Allie is just innocent all-around. She's just a sweet girl. And I can see why she's drawn to Carson. I really thought Lucas would redeem himself I just don't think that will ever happen. ...more
Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! There are no words I have to express how much I loved this book. I have been dying to get my hands on Carson and Allies story since I was introduced to these two characters in Josie and Becks story.

Holly Renee has done an outstanding job on “The taste of the enemy” I was completely captivated right from the very first page. And I can not wait to get my hands on the concluding part of their journey.

This book had everything I adore in romance, and it’s one of my favourite troupes to
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