Enemies to Lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes, so you can imagine my excitement when this anthology was announced. A diverse, well-rounded collection of steamy enemies to lovers with lots of secret pining?? Yes please!
So far January has delivered all sorts of tasty enemies/rivals to lovers, and The Ex Talk might just take the cake. And I love cake. A definite win for me!
I was super excited for this final installment in the Rogue Files series. I really enjoyed Nora in her sisters' books, The Duke's Stolen Bride and The Virgin and The Rogue, and was SO ready for some opposites attract/enemies to lovers romance. And while there was some of that, there was also a lot of strange pacing and a decided lack of connection between Nora and Constantine.
Simmer Down had its ups and downs for me; some things I really liked, others not so much. While I enjoyed the early banter and pranks Nikki and Callum pull on each other at the beginning, about a third of the way through I felt like the story started to drag.
I. LOVED. This. Book. The snark. The tension. The laughter. The steamy sex. The healing. Ugh, my heart. Bernie Nolan is taking back her life. The first step? Stopping at nothing to prevent her uncle and The Handymen crew from demolishing her family's summer home. Including, but not limited to, handcuffing herself to the house and resisting the very sexy middle Zorn brother as he tries his best to convince her to leave.
I'd heard great things about The Worst Best Man from Romancelandia before I started reading, so I went into it fully expecting to enjoy it. What I wasn't expecting was that I'd have a shit-eating grin plastered on my face the entire time! Mia Sosa had me laughing out loud and falling in love at the same time. It ended up being the perfect book to read during this time.
Big. Boss Lady. Energy. Sixteen years ago Beatrice Goodwin made the decision to follow her family and society's expectations and marry a Duke instead of following her heart and running away with Wes Dalton. Now divorced, Beatrice is back in New York with the family and business she loves - Goodwin's Department Store. But Goodwin's isn't the booming business it once was and her brother's decided to sell. And the man who's going to buy is none other than Wes Dalton himself. Beatrice isn't going to let go of Goodwin's without a fight, and soon Dalton realizes that the only thing he wants to win is her heart.
In Bed with the Earl features a bad-ass heroine who isn't afraid to fight for what she wants and a surly hero who'd rather brood and spend time in his sewers than face his past and "take his place" in society. They fight, they kiss, they fight some more...and then some more, and then they fall in love!
This was my first Nalini Singh and it definitely won't be my last! I loved the dynamic between Jake and Juliet - even as they sniped at each other, the underlying currents of attraction - and, yes, care - are there from the start.