Sultry Steamy Reading's Reviews > Dear Enemy
bookshelves: 4-stars, movie-stars, enemies-to-lovers, sweet
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a smart, emotional contemporary romance 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.
This book is a sweet enemies-to-lovers story. It started out following a predictable formula. Characters were introduced. Conflict was laid out. Secondary characters were given a few moments to shine. But surprisingly, there are a few warm and emotion-inducing moments in this book that I actually really liked. This is not the first book I’ve read from Ms. Callihan. I know that she writes sexy characters but don’t engage in too much sex scenes, so this book is not going to be your racy, titillating read. However, it is a story that any romance reader will definitely enjoy. The hero, while he was an inexcusable bully when he was younger, there were still instances where you can see that he was a conflicted young boy who couldn’t understand his feelings. This, in no way, excuses bullying. This also doesn’t promote the belief that boys are mean to the girls they like. In fact, if there’s a takeaway here, it’s the fact that we should always be honest with our emotions because sometimes, the small things we ignore, may rob us years of happiness.
About Kristen Callihan
Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA 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.