Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone, Idol, Managed, The Hot Shot, Make It Sweet
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.
Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan drew me right away because I love Kristen Callihan. I was a little leery about premise because I don’t really like movie stars or rock stars, but if anyone can make it work for me, its Kristen Callihan.
Dear Enemy starts with a flashback to childhood days when Macon fell in love with Samantha, Delilah’s sister. He also began a bitter rivalry with Delilah that continued throughout high school. Now, all are older and have moved on, but Delilah never forgets. Macon and Delilah are forced together to deal with Sam’s reckless behavior, and Delilah is still sure Macon Saint is the devil.
I wanted to love this. I didn’t. First, Sam and Macon dated all through high school, so the idea of her sister Delilah being with Macon was just weird to me. Had that not been an issue, I probably would have given this 3 stars. Years ago there was a Lauren Layne book where a sister married her sibling’s ex husband. I didn’t think that would work for me, but in the end, I gave it 3 stars because Layne swayed me.
My next issue in Dear Enemy was the stagnant story. Everything felt so predictable and none of it really GRABBED me. It was just a march toward the very predictable end. Now, I am the first one to say sometimes stories like that are great. But, for me, when combined with the “he dated her sister” and “movie star” trope, I was just not feeling it.
I skimmed most of it because I just kept thinking, “Something is going to happen and surprise me!” but it just never happened. I think other readers will still enjoy Dear Enemy-it has the great characters that Callihan is known for, and its a great enemies to lovers trope for fans of that!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: enemies to lovers
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »