Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

Posted March 30, 2020 in review Tags: , ,

Dear Enemy by Kristen CallihanDear Enemy by Kristen Callihan
Pages: 386

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone, Idol, Managed, The Hot Shot, Make It Sweet
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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!


Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg, Make Me Lose by Ember Leigh, The Thing about Love by Julie James …then you will probably like Dear Enemy!


Dear Enemy



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. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

You can find her in the Facebook group, The Locker Room or on twitter @kris10callihan!

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2 responses to “Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

  1. I was really into this book when I saw the title but the synopsis ruined it for me and I didn’t pick it up. I don’t think I would enjoy it, dating her sister is a bit much to me. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it, I totally get it.

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