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Dear Enemy

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This book was an absolute hit for me. I literally love anything enemies to lovers related, so when I saw that this trope was going to be included, I knew I had to read it. I read this within a day, and when I finished, I felt so sad because I just wanted more aGH. 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 like flowers in a well-tended garden. But among a bouquet of perfect roses, Delilah is much like her namesake flower—unexpectedly vivid and complex—making you realize that roses are boring in comparison.

I could've maybe been a tiny little bit shorter. And I felt that the tiny 'fight'/ 'lie thing' towards the end wasn't really needed ... But I still loved every word of this story! 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. 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.

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In the beginning of the book we’re introduced to Macon Saint, Delilah Baker and Samantha Baker, whilst they’re still in high school. Delilah and Macon absolutely despise each other and have never quite got along. Delilah’s sister, Samantha, dates Macon all throughout their childhood years. Delilah often found herself acting as a third wheel in their relationship, especially since Macon was over at their house all the time. 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 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? But, regardless of the things I enjoyed, there were two particular things that made me enjoy this much less than I anticipated. I suspected that was the true mark of the devil: turning people into starry-eyed fools when they ought to know better.”

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 like 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 really didn't like 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. H (Hero) rating: 4 stars. Macon. I liked him. I thought he made up for his past behavior with the h. I felt like 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+. Dear Enemy is hate to love story that starts when our protagonist were children and expanded into their adulthood. Delilah and Macon hated each other pretty much from the moment they meet.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. 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.” 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. 😅 There was absolutely NOTHING about him that really stood out. 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. 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.

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. 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. I definitely liked 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 like, but Kristen Callihan found a good way to implement it in the story without it being too "disturbing". Childhood enemies to lovers? I'm in. Unfortunately, everything went downhill when I hit the 88% mark.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.

There was just enough resisting that it wasn’t considered “miscommunication” and the first kiss scene made me scream out loud. Besides,” she says, walking toward the bedroom door. “There are things that I need to discuss with my sister.” 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. Denn ab der Hälfte war es für mich ein richtiges 5-Sterne-Buch. Die Emotionen, sowohl Hass als auch Leidenschaft und Liebe kamen so gut rüber und vor allem mit Delilah konnte ich so gut mitfühlen. Es tat stellenweise richtig weh. So muss so eine Geschichte erzählt werden!Both hiding from the world, they seem to push each other’s buttons and not in a good way. However, they finally manage to form a friendship with Emma discovering Lucian’s hidden baking talent. Something that comes to the rescue at a wedding, they attend together. Where they explore their growing attraction to each other. But the road ahead of them isn’t plain sailing, can they make this work beyond their time in hiding? When Macon looks at me, it’s as if I’m the only thought in his mind. It’s always been that way, only now, instead of seeing resentment and irritation in his eyes, I see genuine pleasure. Das Buch wird abwechselnd aus Delilah´s und Macon´s Sicht erzählt, was ich bei New Adult Romanen immer gerne mag, da man die Handlungen und Gedanken unserer Protagonisten so besser verstehen und nachvollziehen kann. Trotz des Tropes "Enemies to Lovers" mochte ich unsere beiden Protagonisten gleich gern, da Macon nicht unbedingt der typische Badboy bzw. das stereotypische Arschloch ist, was man bei einer solchen Geschichte vielleicht erwarten würde. Absolut gehasst habe ich allerdings Delilah´s Schwester Sam. Selten einen so unsympathischen Charakter gelesen. Safety: This one should be either Safe or Safe with exception for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences. This is a sad day. I was so excited for this book, cause I loved Managed and Outmatched by Samantha Young and Miss Callihan.

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