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Dear Enemy de Kristen Callihan

de Kristen Callihan - Género: English
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Sinopsis


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.


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i think ive found a new favourite romance author because i really, really enjoyed this. this has two things i love when setting up a romance story - characters who have known each other since childhood and a good ol’ enemies to lovers plot. i mean, theres not much more i could ask for. all the hilarious banter and steamy chemistry is just icing on the cake.

what confused me, however, was the super common use of british slang and phrases. the characters are american and the story is set in the states (i believe the author is american too?), so i have no idea why things most americans have never even heard of before were used. just a very bizarre writing choice that kind of took me out of the story during some moments.

regardless, the story is very cute. i said, it uses two of my favourite romance tropes, so there really wasnt any surprise that i would enjoy this so much.

4 stars178 s len ❀371 4,082

“I suspected that was the true mark of the devil: turning people into starry-eyed fools when they ought to know better.”

Childhood enemies to lovers? I'm in. Unfortunately, everything went downhill when I hit the 88% mark.

Dear Enemy follows a childhood enemies to lovers story between Delilah Baker and Macon Saint. As kids, they were rivals. Delilah and Macon couldn't go one day without bickering and calling each other out, and the fact that Macon dated Delilah's sister, Sam, as children didn't make it better. On prom night, Macon and Sam break up, and for once, Delilah feels she can finally breathe. She doesn't have to worry about seeing Macon every day anymore. But 10 years later, that changes when Sam has stolen Macon's watch (which he values), runs away, and disappears, not leaving a single trace of contact and turning her phone off. With a mother who's been hospitalized due to blood pressure and panic attacks, Delilah doesn't want to worry her mother more about her sister's behavior, so to convince Macon not to call the cops, she decides to replace her sister's role, which was Macon's assistant, to pay off the debt. And as time passes, both realize that love is found in the people you least expect to.

Admittedly, I d both characters, Delilah and Macon. I loved how they were both passionate about what they did and what they wanted to do. Delilah, specifically, reminded me a little about myself. Not in her passion for food, but in how she handles other people's problems. At first, I was annoyed by it, but then I could sympathize more with her reasoning. I found her to be strong-willed, and I loved how determined she was about chasing her dreams. I also understood how she dropped out of college because she knew that it wasn't for her. She loved cooking and wanted to pursue a career with it, and her passion for it was clear and vivid in her descriptions of the food and how she visualizes food. I found these imageries a strong point in the story, which I highly appreciated because it showed how passionate Delilah was and how far she was willing to achieve her dreams. I love reading and hearing about people accomplishing what they want and finding nothing but love and joy in it.

I also really enjoyed reading about Macon's part in his passion. His tendency to be fake around others because it was the attitude he got used to was also something I understood at first. It got to the point where he decided he wanted to pursue a career in acting because of how good he was at faking the situations, and while this can definitely tick some off, I found it to be easily sympathizing. I felt bad for him, if I'm honest, especially after finding out more about his relationship with his parents.

My mother once told me that if you have something truly important to say, write it in a letter. Not an email or text or typed out. But to put pen to paper. A person’s handwriting, the places they press harder on the page, the blots and errors in the ink, show their soul. Put your thoughts in a letter, and the receiver has a record of it forever, not just a memory but something they can pull out and touch when they need a reminder.

The romance was okay. It was incredibly slow-burn, which I did not expect. Seriously, it wasn't until around 60% when the two finally kissed, and I couldn't complain about it. I found the romance to be more fluff than smut as well, and this is something else that, in a way, bothered me. However, I still found it cute. I d all the small development gestures Macon made with Delilah and how approachable he became with her. He was flirty and cocky, and he knew it. Sometimes I laughed at the jokes that I understood, but I realized I found myself smiling widely with every moment they were together. The sex scenes weren't the best for sure. There was much more telling than showing, but I was fine with it.

“I was okay with all of that. And then you came back . . . Delilah, you are the only person alive who truly knows me for me. That used to piss me off. But now? It feels a lifeline.”

And happiness aside, I understood some of Delilah's reasoning for wanting to take care of her sister's problem because of her mother. I constantly find myself trying to fix other people's issues while putting mine aside, only to forget about them. While she made me mad a few times here and there, I found her reasonings to be realistic, especially how she wanted to protect her mom and take care of her. Considering her mother was hospitalized, had lost her husband, and could easily get another panic attack that can cause her death, I thought Delilah was strong for what she did. Still, it also showed how weak and vulnerable she was on those occasions. It made me pity her more than sympathize with her, especially because of how grown she was taking care of such issues that didn't concern her.

But, regardless of the things I enjoyed, there were two particular things that made me enjoy this much less than I anticipated.

First, the childhood enemies to lover's business. I was really excited to read a love story about two people who unexpectedly found love even though they hated each other as kids. The problem? It wasn't that. After thinking, I don’t even know how to describe their relationship after reuniting. They know each other but never contacted each other. They also knew each other slightly well, although not too well. They were also never friends. And after the reunion, the hate never even felt it was there. Delilah called Macon her nemesis, but that hate was still missing.

While Delilah and Macon were enemies when they were children, their reunion and debt agreement felt they were reuniting after 10 years. Which, yes, they were, but it's as if the enemies were never even there. For starters, the two were already commenting and how attractive the other was from the start. And also, Macon was never mean to Delilah. He implied he could make her a life a living hell, and while I was actually hoping for that NOT to happen, I honestly expected him to be mean. Most of it is because Macon never wanted to be mean to Delilah in the first place, so I guess it changed the story for me.

Personally, I've noticed I don’t bully romances. I can't stand them. I can't stand anyone who is an asshole to someone else just for the sake of it or just because they want to. However, I don't think it's the same as being an asshole or a jerk. An example of this that comes to mind is River Wild by Samantha Towle. River was an asshole, a complete jerk, but he never bullied Carrie, and it was one reason I loved the character development of River. In this case, that's what I expected from Dear Enemy. I expected Macon to hate Delilah. No, I didn't want him to bully her and make her life a living hell, but I wanted more . . . meanness? He was nice right from the start because he wanted to make things better between them, which I thoroughly loved and appreciated, but that is why I didn’t see the enemies in this. It was as if the two were only enemies as children, and after seeing each other again as adults, the two became friends very quickly.

I didn't entirely mind the whole sibling double-dipping, but I can see why many don't it. Considering that Macon only dated one girl in his life before Delilah, said girl being her sister, doesn't really make it better. How they had an on-and-off relationship didn't surprise me. It's high school, what do you expect? But also, dating Sam while actually always having a thing for Delilah didn't help. Take that as you will.

“Mama used to say the brain can lie to you, but the heart always knows the truth.” I shrug. “Problem is, most of us would rather believe the lie than face the truth.”

And second, this didn't entirely work for me because of the stubbornness of Delilah. For starters, Sam has got to be not only one of the worst characters I've met but one of the worst siblings I've met. I have an older brother, and I don't think I'd ever put a stupid act the one Sam did. When she got back, I found her "claiming" statement of Macon ridiculous, especially because everyone was much older now. I also rolled my eyes every time she spoke. Every page she was in got on my nerves, especially when she would say "Well, I brought it back now." when Delilah would call her out on leaving and taking the watch. She was overall annoying and immature. I'm surprised Delilah acted the way she did with her since they were children. As far as I can tell, Sam was also rude, and her immaturity seemed never to disappear. But it wasn't Sam that made the story drag for me. It was how stubborn Delilah was after everything.

Being her sister, I understand how she was taking her side, but also, how and why could you after everything? Delilah kept saying how difficult it could be to take her side after finding out the truth, but she continued doing it when she got the chance. She gave her a month to come back, and if she didn't, she would tell him that she called. I couldn't understand why Delilah was so worked upon not telling Macon that she called. Wasn't it about her since the start?



Not much of how she felt towards her sister changed until the very end, and it was upsetting to see this because a change before would have shown her strong character development. But there Delilah was, tracing her steps and covering up for them since she was little, even when she called herself out for it.

Not only that, but her stubbornness grew page after page, if I'm honest. It wasn't until the story ended that I had enough of her character and grew very annoyed, especially when Sam came back and saw Delilah and Macon together. Specifically, this:

I let out a long breath. “This is getting us nowhere. I need to clear my head. I can’t do that with you around.”
“All right. I’ll just get my things. I can stay with my mother.”
Get her things? “You’re leaving?”
A little wrinkle forms between her brows. “You said you need space. I’m giving it to you. What did you expect me to do?”
I expected her to leave me alone for a while until I calmed down, not move out. I expected her to fight, not walk away. To pick me—us.
“Besides,” she says, walking toward the bedroom door. “There are things that I need to discuss with my sister.”
I see red. Admittedly, Sam has become a trigger for me. “You’re going with her?”
Delilah pauses long enough to catch sight of my expression. “[...] I lied for her and caused you pain. You want space. Yes, Macon, I’m going to talk to my sister.”


Of course, Macon, being mad as he is about what happened that led to this conversation, tells her to go. Does he want her to go? Of course not.

But of course, that's how Delilah takes it.



Tears blur my vision. He kicked me out. That hurt most of all. I’d gotten out of his room as fast as I could so he wouldn’t see me fall apart.

Girl, no, he fucking didn't. He needed space! SPAAAAACE!!!!!! You're the one who told him you're leaving. What bothers me more about this is how when Delilah needed space, Macon would gladly give it to her. Such as after Sam told Delilah the truth, he wanted to go up to her because she knew she would be crying and upset, but he knew she needed space too, so he gave it to her as he spoke with Sam. But Delilah assumed that Macon, being in love as he is with Delilah, thought he needed to leave the house because he needed space. Space. SPACE. S P A C E. HE NEEDED A MOMENT TO THINK. Goodness gracious, girly got on my nerves after this.


Not only that, but after Delilah realized she basically fucked up, she, of course, had a talk with her sister and finally called her immature and told her to grow up. She went back to Macon's house, and of course, the two made up. This was literally 97% in the book, so it was rushing at this point.


And that epilogue? After all of that fucking drama? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It didn't make it better. It made it worse for me, to be honest. I would have expected a cute and happy moment between the two characters, a "months later" sort of epilogue. But nah, it was an epilogue with the letters Delilah wrote in her diary when she was young. Sure, it allowed us a glimpse of what happened in the past in Delilah's pov, but it still didn't make the story better because of how rushed it felt. There could have been more incorporated.



Overall, Dear Enemy had potential, but I clearly missed it. I still want to read this author's other work, and I hope they make up for this one.

“You ever come to a crossroads in your life? When you think you have everything figured out, and then you realize you know nothing? And you have no clue which way to go from there?” 165 s mel ☽369 11k

3.5 stars ✧

did i read this instead of writing my 20-page paper? yes. yes i did. pls don't judge.

i couldn't help it ok?? there were just so many cute moments here that i couldn't stop reading ugh. and the fact that the MCs have known each other since childhood and were always enemies, and 10 years later the H is now a famous actor and the h has to work for him as an assistant/chef to repay her sister's debts to the H?

... hell YES

and you know what, after reading a few books from the hangmen series, i really needed this lighthearted book.

↠ characters
i loved both Delilah (h) and Macon (H) but i loved Macon waaay more. i never really connected with Delilah and i have no idea why that is. i don't know how to explain it but Macon just had that oomph that Delilah didn't have. and, im always gonna praise this but MACON AIN'T A MAN HO. thank you jesus.

the MCs were both cute and i loved the bickering, HOWEVER, and this is really weird, i just wish Macon was a tiny bit more mean? his present self was charming and cute but not gonna lie here, his past self was way more interesting than his present self and i guess i was in the mood for more angst cuz everything was a little too easy here. i just needed to see more of the enemies to lovers but the "enemies" part here seemed too light and it was just foreplay.

↠ OW drama (spoilers)
i was a bit weirded out from the beginning when i found out Sam (h's sister) and Macon were childhood "bf/gf" where they dated for years.
"...Sam was safe, Delilah. She didn't ask questions, and she didn't really want to get to know me. I was a loner stuck in the role of town charmer. Sam suited my purposes because she played the part of devoted girlfriend and kept people from getting too close. That's all."
im so tired of sibling double-dipping OK? it gives me after forever or something in the way vibes and i fucking hated those books with a passion. but apparently these two were only faking their relationship and he only used her because he was bored. to be honest, i don't even know if these two were even intimate when they were dating in high school because there were barely any details but it was inferred they were more friends or partners in crime.

i feel ms. Callihan deliberately made Sam and Macon's "relationship" vague cuz she KNOWS there would be a riot if there were details about their sexual relationship in the past (if they were even sexual in the first place).

there's also a scene where H goes on a date with OW but it was for PR. he thought about sleeping with her because he thought the h would never him and he had to get over her but he couldn't stop thinking about Delilah. i didn't really care about this cuz, again, he aint a ho and it literally lasted just a few pages just to create a drama. nothing major.

* * *

i loved the beginning of this BEFORE the MCs got together cuz the slow burn, sexual tension, and banter was just *chef's kiss* but all in all this was just meh but in a good way. the drama at the end was kind of weird and unnecessary tho but i guess it was just there to solve the whole Sam situaion and to add a little angst.

but if i had a sibling Sam? well let's just say im ready to hand out my bitch slaps.2020-favorites enemies-to-lovers ex-drama ...more146 s aniryllis892 156

Before:

He dated her sister.* UGH.

If (I'm hopeless that) it's another sibling double dipping, this gets 1 star. I'm really tired of them.
It's not freaking romance when your "forever" has been with your sister. Okay? Okay.


After:

It's far worse than I thought. They were childhood sweethearts. “An on-again, off-again couple throughout middle school and high school.”

“He was Samantha’s beau.” I hate the term beau. It sounds so old fashioned, but there’s also something so much more to it than boyfriend—a solidity, a sense of time and history. It makes me cringe.
Her sister was also his only girlfriend. That makes the heroine his second girlfriend. He dated twice in his life and he went from one sister to another. I'm dying of romance here. Too many feels, send help. #sarcasm

But for one second there, I thought I was getting what I wanted: “Why do you think I found you so annoying?” Macon quips. “Because you damn well knew we were fakers.”
I smile, showing teeth. “I thought you two were plastic. Not faking a relationship.”
FAKE. Now I just needed a confirmation that they never had sex. Easy, right? THE PERFECT SOLUTION.

Then there was his “closest friend” that lived with him and slept with Sam. I was sure that meant nothing happened between those two. I was hoping for some limits at least between them, but then the hero started thinking about how Sam was his "type" and how he used to be attracted to her: The women I hook up with are happy to take attention away from me and keep the spotlight on themselves. Hell, my “type” started with Sam. But the truth is, I haven’t been attracted to her in a long time. And even then, it’d been a mild interest at best.
Then the heroine with all her thoughts: But Sam is right; she hung out with him all the time. Despite what Macon said about them not truly liking each other, they were partners in crime for their entire childhoods. The first and only time she thought this (and it only happened after she gave him a hand job): He was Sam’s boyfriend for so long. What am I doing even thinking of taking up with Macon? It violates sister code. Ex-boyfriends are definitely off limits. Especially Macon. I was the third wheel in their relationship; most of the time, I was their enemy, the outlier in their united front of all things anti-Delilah.

Meanwhile, the worst part: “I don’t even know what this”—I wave my hand between us—“is.”
His lips pinch. “About fifteen years in the making by my count.”
“Fifteen years? Are you saying you d me back then? Because I won’t believe that.”
A scowl darkens his features, and he sets his hands low on his lean hips. “I wasn’t mooning over you, if that’s what you’re asking. But there was always something, Delilah. I don’t know what to name it. Not love. Not hate. But something. an itch that wouldn’t abate. You were always there, under my skin.”
And then again: Whether I wanted to admit it or not, I have wanted to know how it would feel to be kissed by Delilah Baker for as long as I can remember. And again: “Loving you was inevitable. You got under my skin at age eleven and never left.” This is the scenario I hate the most. He always had a "thing" for the heroine, but dated her sister. He started dating her the night he kissed the heroine FFS! He wanted to kiss her, but then went on and got himself a girlfriend.


Anyway, I still needed the actual words until, almost at the very end, her sister came back and crushed all my hopes: “He was mine. For years! My first man. Mine. That makes him off limits.” “My first man” can only mean one thing.


I really didn't how the author played around this for the whole freaking book. Was Sam his first too? We'll never know. The ambiguity makes me hate this book even more.

Oh.
Ohhh.
Wait for it.
The heroine was adopted. What was the freaking point? No blood, all good? It changes absolutely nothing especially because the hero didn't know.

I guess, the fact that Sam was an a-hole should have helped? With a sister that everything is legit?
Well, the heroine still loves her sister, so this means only fun family dinners ahead.

I'm disgusted.

In my defence, that's not the only problem I had with this book, but it's enough.




*Adding the blurb in case it changes:

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 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 home. Besides, they’re no longer kids, and what once was a bitter rivalry has the potential to be something sweeter. Something forever.
ebooks in-english not-for-me134 s Dilek VT1,545 1,554 Shelved as 'blurb-not-appealing'

The heroine sounds TSTL even in the blurb. Why would you offer to pay off the debt of your evil sister? Why? Let her deal with it and its consequences. I hate heroines that put themselves into the position of a victim so willingly for people who do not deserve their sacrifice.103 s Maditales612 31.3k

3.5 stars

In the beginning I was super excited and thought “wow this is going to be one of my new favorites”.
I felt this till I reached the 80-90% mark. Up into that point, the quotes, the emotions, the relationship and the overall chemistry that was built up was A+.
I fell in love with Macon and Delilah and was rooting for them. They shared so many things about their past, apologized and in my opinion got together and the exactly correct moment.
There was just enough resisting that it wasn’t considered “miscommunication” and the first kiss scene made me scream out loud.
After that it all went a little downhill in my opinion. I really disd how the book ended, not just bc the plot went bad but also because it was unnecessary and because it felt some things were just thrown in there because they had to be solved somehow.
I thought it was a bit too quick and a very abrupt ending to a really really good book and I was disappointed.

I still overall thought that this book is good and has a great amount of serious issues mentioned but I just wish that the ending could have been better. 83 s Christy4,172 34.9k

4 stars

This was such a great enemies to lovers story. The banter was fantastic and I adored this couple.

Delilah and Macon grew up together and they were each others nemesis. Now they're adults and it's been over ten years since they've seen each other. Now they're back in each others lives, much to Delilah's contempt. Delilah is working for Macon. And the more time they spend with one another, the more Delilah realizes they may not hate each other at all.

There was so much I loved about this book. I could have done without the sister drama at the end, but overall it was a fun, fast-paced romance! On a side note, the female narrator for this one was incredible.

Audio book source: Audible (purchased)
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrators: Sebastian York and Maxine Mitchell
Narration Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 11 hours and 52 minutes
2020-audio72 s Isabella. R966 1,827

4 Penance for My Misdeeds Stars ⭐

I’m the reader that avoids bully romances. Because who in their right mind would fall in love with an asshole that has tormented them enough to leave scars? Therefore, it was always going to be hit or miss with Dear Enemy. However, it’s safe to say that this was light enough not to send me over, and realistic enough for me to understand forgiveness.

The second she walked back into my life, I became aware of two uncomfortable but undeniable facts: I am lonely as hell, and Delilah Baker feels home.

Delilah is a girl that was relieved to put adolescence behind her. Now a successful chef, and finally comfortable in her own skin; the past is now the past. Yet it takes one call for all her insecurities to rise to the surface. A deadbeat sister that’s put her into a compromising position, right into her tormentors’ path.

Among a bouquet of perfect roses, Delilah is much her namesake flower—unexpectedly vivid and complex—making you realize that roses are boring in comparison.

Macon Saint has many regrets. The biggest being Delilah. Although she was never aware of his childhood situation, he used her as a target for all his animosity and frustration. Fast forward 10 years and she is now in his home. What starts as a power move, has him well and truly back in his place. Groveling for forgiveness.

Her blatant disdain and attitude is such a relief. It is fresh air. I need to breathe it in deep or suffocate. Or maybe it’s just the devil you know.

I felt that this book was so much more than a bully romance. There were enough confrontations for their issues not to be glossed over but also tender moments when they laid themselves bare. The slow build made it realistic as these two had serious trust issues that needed to be resolved. Yet their fantastic banter gave you hope through it all. I’m glad I put my reservations aside and read this.
angsty-af celebrities contemporary-romance ...more70 s Samantha YoungAuthor 106 books27k

This is pure enemies-to-lover magic. A sexy and compelling romance that explores the fine line between love and hate. Utterly addictive. I couldn’t put it down! 69 s Larissa Cambusano512

This was a fun, fluffy read but add a lil spice. Nothing too special but cute! 73 s Ida129 235

⭐3.5 - 4 stars ⭐
If you're looking for a cute, entertaining quarantine read, look no further!

I think I waited too long to write a proper review for this book, so this will probably be a messy one..

Dear Enemy is a sweet, fast paced contemporary romance novel, with an enemy to lovers trope (one of my favourites). The characters are in their twenties (which is always a plus for me), and the book alternates between present time and flashbacks, as well as point of views.

“A lady friend once told me that when a woman wears red lipstick to meet a man, it’s for two possible reasons. Either she wants him to fuck her, or she wants to tell him to fuck off.”
I definitely d the slow burn romance, and that none of the characters just "rolled over" for the other. The whole "my sisters ex-boyfriend" trope is one I definitely though I wouldn't , but Kristen Callihan found a good way to implement it in the story without it being too "disturbing".

“Too bad emotions don’t listen to orders.”
I did have some problems with the book, the first being that the final half of the book felt unfinished, and the story felt quite inconsistent. All in all it's a well written book, but since this is one of my favourite romance authors, I really expected more.
romance63 s Pavlina Read more sleep less blog 2,434 5,106

4 - 4,5 STARS

Such a lovely story, I enjoyed it so much!It was addictive and I couldn't put it down, one of the things that I d the most was the banter between the characters!



Dear Enemy was a fantastic read, it has the best enemies to lovers set up!I was captivating , the writing was so good that you will fall in love immediately with the characters and you will not put it down until you finish it!

Delilah and Macon has a great chemistry there is angst, intensity, desire and love hate.I love their moments together they make me ach and swoon so many times.I also has a smile in my face mostly, these two were kids sometimes and I loved it!

“Delilah. We react to each other the vinegar-and-baking-soda experiments we used to do in science class as kids. Even now she brings out the immature ass in me. But the second she walked back into my life, I became aware of two uncomfortable but undeniable facts: I am lonely as hell, and Delilah Baker feels home.”

I highly recommend it, I love this author and I missed her writing, I cannot wait for more books by her, I would love to see another book in this world with a specific character .<3


 


  arc best-cover favorite-boys ...more59 s Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog1,260 10.2k

*****FIVE STARS*****


I'm a Kristen Callihan fan to the end!
Loved this enemies-to-lovers romance.
Macon and Delilah had explosive chemistry, it made this story such a winner!adult-contemporary angsty-read enemies-to-lovers ...more48 s Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth795 893



TITLE: DEAR ENEMY
AUTHOR: Kristen Callihan
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Enemies-to-Lovers, Forced Proximity, Hollywood
RATING: 4.5 STARS
CLIFFHANGER: No

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THIS! This is why I love reading and this is what has been missing for me lately. The feeling of excitement, being unable to put the book down just to go pee. Yeah, I'm going there people. DEAR ENEMY is a flawlessly executed enemies-to-lovers romance that follows a sassy heroine and a brooding hero with lots of humor, emotions and a pinch of angst to keep it interesting.

Macon was the perfect hero - growing up he was a real jerk to Delilah but there are just enough hints to give the reader an inkling that this isn't just pure malice, that there is something cooking we aren't privy to yet. Over the course of the story I fell in love with Macon's kindness, his thoughts about Delilah and how he opened up to her about his childhood and youth.
Delilah is pretty. Quietly pretty. She will never be the first person everyone looks at when entering a room. Especially not in LA, where beautiful women bloom flowers in a well-tended garden. But among a bouquet of perfect roses, Delilah is much her namesake flower—unexpectedly vivid and complex—making you realize that roses are boring in comparison.
He seemed so self-confident, so larger-than-life on the outside that no one bothered to look what's behind the facade.

With Delilah I got one of my favorite heroines - sassy, snarky, smart, deeply loyal and adaptive. A person who keeps the hero on his toes, who listens and learns, who makes mistakes and knows how to say sorry and how to forgive. And there was a lot to forgive when it came to Macon - he really was the worst and total punk as a teenager. For Delilah it wasn't the grudge that was hard to get over though but her insecurities that Macon caused and they would flare up frequently. Macon's openness and his true remorse helped her to get over it though and earned him her absolute trust. He didn't let up when he realized that it was his childhood enemy he wanted and went after her with every tool in his repertoire.
"Did I take advantage? Yeah, I did. But it was never about control or payback. It was the only way I knew I could be close to you. We parted with so much hate and hurt between us. I wanted a chance to get to know who you are now. For me to show you who I am.”
I also loved Delilah for her steadfastness, her loyalty, her unshakable love for her sister although she wasn't blind to Sam's many flaws (boy, did I hate her). Both of the main characters experienced immense growth that left me completely satisfied in the end.
"You're killing me, Tot. I don't know whether I'm coming or going with you."
The stalker aspect of the story was a prominent part of the story and I expected a showdown which I was deprived of. It wasn't a big deal and didn't take away from my enjoyment but I thought this could have been handled a liiittle bit better. I loved the food references, the way Delilah expressed herself with food, how she told stories and experiences through it. This was so well done.

I'm a huge fan of Kristen Callihan's writing - I loved every single book I read by her in the past. She writes with heart and humor, her heroines and heroes are always strong, people who seem real with all their flaws but still so darn likable. DEAR ENEMY falls right into this category. I'm now looking forward to what she has next in store for us. Maybe we get a book about North, Macon's awesome bodyguard? I think he deserves a HEA.
"I'm going to love you, Macon Saint. So long and so hard you're not going to remember what it feels to be without love."

arc favorite-authors favorite-couples ...more44 s h o l l i s 2,594 2,206 Shelved as 'did-not-finish'

I'm not rating this one, because generally my DNF rule of thumb is, unless the read is heinous, I will only rate if I made it more than halfway into the book. And I tapped out of this one just shy of 40%. But it's worth noting this is a favourite author and I wanted out after 20%, and had concerns after the first few flashback/past event chapters, so. Be aware of that.

My issue with DEAR ENEMY is more than just in the continuity or inconsistencies (which, fair, could be corrected between now, March third, and the release, March thirty-first). The origin of this pairing begins when they are young, pre-teen or so, and how they meet again ten years after highschool. It's one of those hate-to-love romances where the premise is setting things up one way at the get-go and we seem to be finding things are maybe not as they may seem later on. Someone has secrets, I imagine we'll find there were reasons why certain people behaved in certain ways and they will be forgiven for it, and oh hey, there was always this big connection between them, despite the fact that he dated her sister for other reasons, and blah blah.

I honestly didn't have time for this.

Delilah enters into some BatB-esque servitude to work off her shady sister's debt with Macon and the homage to the fairytale was pretty loose in some sense and also it felt one entire scene was lifted from the movie. I'm not against retellings, in fact JT Geissinger's BURN FOR YOU followed along those lines and worked really well for me, amongst other retellings, but between everything else..? I just can't get on with the characters. Things seem to be moving along fairly predictably, too, with certain interactions between the main protags and I'm just bored.

I'm used to a lot of complexity from his author, or at least a lot of fun, and this feels very surface level and, if I'm being honest, a little tired. Maybe it would've improved along the way, I've seen some positive early , but at this point I don't have the energy to invest in hoping it would turn around.

Based on the first 40%? This would've been a 1.5 for me.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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I'm crying tears of joy rn

That this book is finally fucking over



Amen. Hallelujah. God Bless. Praise be. Have I ever been so bored in my life?44 s NMmomof41,628 4,444

3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was cute! The last book I read was rather heavy, so this was a fun one to jump into. I d their banter, I d their chemistry, and I d the overall premise. I did, however, want a glimpse into their future and an actual HEA! I know I am picky when it comes to what I consider a HEA and what is not, but I definitely was left frustrated at the end of this one!

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Delilah and Macon’s story. They grew up together and Delilah was always a third wheel along with Macon and her sister. They butted heads all through their childhood and fought all the time. When after ten years of not seeing each other, Delilah is shocked when she receives a text message from Macon about something her sister did to him. Delilah rushes to fix whatever mess her sister has made and ends up agreeing to be Macon’s new assistant and chef. The more time they spend together, the more the sparks fly and truths are revealed...and they get a HFN ending.

Point Of View (POV): This alternated between Delilah and Macon’s POV.

Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.

Instalove: No, definitely a hate-to-love type situation.

H (Hero) rating: 4 stars. Macon. I d him. I thought he made up for his past behavior with the h.

h (heroine) rating: 4 stars. Delilah. I d her. I appreciated her loyalty and sass.

Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed

Push/Pull: Yes They both fight their attraction because of their past.

Heat level: Hot. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.

Descriptive sex: Yes

OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: Yes, but mild The h’s sister calls and then shows up towards the end and causes some drama for the couple.

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: No

Separation: No, once they get together they pretty much stay together.

Possible Triggers: Yes The H was dating the h’s sister when they were growing up, loss of a loved on (off page), stalker/violence (off page), and the H’s dad was abusive (off page)

Closure: This didn’t have nearly enough closure for me! While it did have a cute epilogue, I wanted much, much more! I would call this a HFN ending they’ve only shared “ILYs” right before

Safety: This one should be either Safe or Safe with exception for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences.

- Does Not have cheating
- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM
- Does have the h pushing the H away
- Does Not have a separation between the h and H
- Does Not have abuse by mcs
- Does Not have a HEA ending3-5-star famous-wealthy-popular kindle-unlimited ...more43 s Lacey (laceybooklovers)2,133 11.8k

I am so sad I didn’t love this one more, since I adore Kristen Callihan and her books. The hero got on my nerves too much, and while he did grow on me by the end, I was still thinking of the awful things he did to the heroine growing up. (It doesn’t help that the epilogue literally reminds us of what he did... which did not endear him to me.) I thought his reasons for bullying her and being with her sister were so weak. A couple of the interesting plot points ( the heroine’s runaway sister, the stalkers, and the hero’s dad) became anticlimactic and didn’t wrap up in a satisfying way. I did love the foodie aspect of this romance though, which we surprisingly got a lot more of than the hero’s Hollywood background. I think Kristen Callihan is publishing another book with Montlake and I’m hoping I’ll enjoy that one more!adult arc celebs-royalty ...more42 s Bookgasms Book Blog2,852 1,463

Ahhhh! Anyone who knows me knows that enemies to lovers is my form of kindle crack. I legit die for the animosity, the banter and the hate. YES. The Hate. There is something about the intense and edgy emotions in a love-hate relationship that I die for. And Dear Enemy has alllll of this and more!!! Kristen Callihan delivered something amazing y'all and she is taking allll the names! Lord, I loved Dear Enemy! Macon and Delilah were #BanterGoals!! I was so here for all of the fiery sexual tension, the spitfire back and forth and the witty comebacks.

Gah!! I loved these two together so much. They were passionate and addicting and I was here for it! I might love Delilah's sass more than Macon. She was cutting and sarcastic and laugh out loud funny at times. Macon wise was the perfect combination of a bully and a vulnerable man who lost his way. But with Delilah back in his life, he found a sense of home that he always needed.

Overall, I loved this story! I loved their back and forth and how they needed to overcome their past in order to find a future with one another. It was amazing how they both realized how ingrained they were in one another since they were kids. I loved every minute of this fiery ride! 5 stars! ~Ratula 

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HO-LEE chemistry.

Holy sensual, sparky, scintillating chemistry.

The chemistry between Delilah and Macon was so strong, I could feel it even when they were firmly in enemy camps. Their relationship is so skillfully written that the inner longing was evident even as the "banter" was decidedly antagonistic. As Ms. Callihan began peeling the layers back on these two, my heart started skipping beats, my breath started coming in excited little bursts, and I was lost to them completely.

So. much. delicious. chemistry.

All that said, it took me a bit to warm up to the story. Enemies to lovers is hit-or-miss for me - but that wasn't really the issue here. I struggled with the whole set-up. It seemed a little...unrealistic to me. It unfolded very quickly and I had to tell my mind to settle down and go with the flow when it kept wanting to raise an eyebrow over how things were playing out. I'm so glad I stuck with it because the payoff was incredible. The second half of the book was stronger than the first half for me, but the whole package was some kind of incredible emotional experience.

There were little twists I didn't see coming. There were emotional punches that left me feeling raw and aching. There were steamy scenes that literally set my heart to racing. There was a sweetness that I did not expect, and romantic, emotional depth that filled my heart to bursting. I expect nothing less than this sort of smartly written, masterfully told story from this author, and by the time I turned the last page, I wasn't even close to letting Delilah and Macon go. Loved them. Loved this. And now I am left hoping that there may be more stories to be told in this world because I am all in! ~ Shelly, 4.5 Starsratula shelly41 s Heather Adores Books1,190 1,190

4.5⭐
Genre ~ contemporary romance
Setting ~ Los Angeles, California now, grew up in North Carolina
Publication date ~ March 31, 2020
Page Count ~ 393 (32 chapter s+ p&e)
Audio length ~11 hours 52 minutes
Narrators ~ Maxine Mitchell, Sebastian York
POV ~ dual 1st
Featuring ~ celebrity, chef, childhood enemies due to bullying, enemies to lovers, slow burn, some steamage

*older read mini review*

Delilah & Macon went to school together and didn't get along. Now it's 10 years later and they see each other again when Delilah's sister, Samantha, has stolen something from him. BTW ~ he and Samantha dated in HS.

I'm not always a fan of enemies to lovers, but I loved it with these two. Flashbacks paint the childhood bullying picture. Top notch banter. Slow build up to the steamage. So happy there was dual POV.

Narration notes:
I did not listen to this one, but am just giving the info above for reference.

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This is a sad day. I was so excited for this book, cause I loved Managed and Outmatched by Samantha Young and Miss Callihan.

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Dear Enemy as well as Vicious by L.J. Shen, so read with caution.

Objectively this book is not bad, but it was so bad for me. As some might know, Vicious is one of my favorite enemies to lovers stories. Unfortunately, Dear Enemy for some parts read a watered-down Vicious 2.0 rip off. Both of them bullied their love interest, the girl leaves the town for one reason or another, 10 years later the pair reunited and the girl works for the guy.
“All those years, from the very first, you always seemed to know exactly what made me tick, and I swore you could see my every weakness. I assumed that somehow you knew I’d been beaten. It was so humiliating that I’d lashed out. I hated you because I thought you saw my shame. I thought you saw it every time you looked at me.” Macon bullied Delilah for that reason. For anyone who has read Vicious.. does that ring any bell?
“He knew better. You know the sad thing? She was divorcing him when she died. I found the papers. He hadn’t yet signed.” We’re both silent for a moment. My throat is thick and sore, the need to give him a big hug fairly strong. But I stay still. “I’m sorry, Macon. I’m sorry the wrong parent left you and the shitty one keeps finding ways to hurt you.”
Abusive father and dead mother??? Hello again... I am reading the wrong book or what?
This pretty, happy girl on her bike had everything I wanted: a sister, parents who loved her. She belonged in the world, and I didn’t. Rage choked me, thick as grits sliding off a hot spoon. Stupid boy. Lazy, disrespectful little shit. I hated that you were the only one who could ever scratch the scabs that cover me. You made me bleed when I didn’t want to. I got so many flashbacks reading this book. Instead of concentrating on Macon and Deliah's story, I just wanted to reread Vicious because I missed Vicious and Emilia. I'm not saying that you can't write a book reusing different tropes again because of course you can tropes tend to get recycled. Maybe I should have d this because bc of the similarities to one of my fav books, but sadly not at all. I couldn't give a fuck about these characters. I didn't hate Macon and Delilah, but if they'd get in an accident and die, it's not as if I would shed tears for them either. They were just super bland and boring characters.

Macon is mean, but not really mean. Maybe he is funny, I don't know, I didn't find anything he says particularly funny but who knows, maybe it's not my type of humour.
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