Book Reviews

ARC Review: ‘Dear Enemy’ by Kristen Callihan


3.5-4 ‘My little Hot Tater Tot’ Stars!

ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with Kristen Callihan’s writing ever since I read the first book in her Game On series. Imagine my excitement when I saw she was releasing a standalone novel with Montlake and I saw the ARC on my Kindle! I love how Kristen develops her characters and the relationships between them and the chemistry build between the couples. Dear Enemy is no exception to that!

So, Dear Enemy is Kristen’s new standalone romance and it’s an enemies to lovers story. Macon Saint and Delilah Baker are childhood enemies and that hatred started from the very first moment they laid eyes on each other. That got even worse when Macon started dating Delilah’s sister Sam. Things did not end well and ten years have passed. Macon is now a Hollywood star and Delilah a professional chef. Circumstances bring them back together and they have to spend a huge amount of time in the same space. Is it really hate what they feel or other hidden feelings are now in the mix?

“It’s killing you, isn’t it?” he says, way too pleased. “The thought of being subservient to me.”
“What was your first clue, Detective?”
His grin is all teeth and anticipation. “I’ll own you, Delilah. For one year, your ass will be mine.”

I am a massive fan of a good hate to love romance. I knew Kristen Callihan could write a good one and Dear Enemy was a good example of this romance trope. Is it not my favorite from this author but did I still enjoy it? Yes, of course! This novel also involves a good dose of slow burn and kind of second chance feels. I loved Macon and Delilah, their banter, the chemistry and the emotions. I loved how they become vulnerable after knowing the whole truth and how that is explained. When they leave the hate apart and the true nature of their relationship shows it’s so sweet and emotional and I really loved that.

I can’t let her go.
Something is waking up in me or settling back into place. I don’t know which, but everything in me wants to hold on to the sensation and soak it up.

The chemistry was mind-blowing when it finally burned and I just loved this couple together. I loved how Kristen took it to the next level with the whole truth about their past experiences and their true feelings. I do however know Kristen can develop that chemistry a whole lot more than she did here. In my opinion, the slow burn was a bit too long and I found myself disconnecting a bit from the story sometimes. Still, towards the end I was at the edge of my seat all over again and I really loved Macon and Delilah’s happy ending.

If there is one thing I know to be true, it’s that everything worth having in my life is worth fighting for.
And I will fight for Delilah.

Therefore, I am rating Dear Enemy with 3.5-4 STARS because it was a great standalone hate to love story and I am pretty sure people will like it if they have enjoyed Kristen’s work in the past. The couple was engaging, the banter too and I enjoyed how their relationship was taken to the next level. I would have loved to see a bit more of Macon and Delilah as a couple but I really loved this novel overall. I am so happy these two found their HEA together after all those years supposedly hating each other!

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