Title: Love Between Enemies
Author: Molly E. Lee
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Page Count: 166
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.
Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.
Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance Grad Night series. Each book in the series features a new couple and can be read as a standalone. The idea of the series is at the end of high school there is a big party setting up a last chance at romance between two graduates.
In this book Zoey and Gordon are the top two overachievers at their school and have been battling out each milestone in their academic careers for years. It’s always been a friendly sort of competition between the pair pushing them to each do that much better and work that much harder but they have never become friends due to the rivalry.
Right before graduation Gordon finds that Zoey won the scholarship that he had been desperately counting on for college even though he thought that just this once Zoey wasn’t competing against him. This starts a back and forth between the pair that heats up over the course of graduation night and the party after.
Now when deciding to rate this one I was on the fence yet again with my feelings about this book. On one hand it was a quick, light read that I flew right through reading and liked the ease of the writing and the idea behind two “enemies” becoming something more. On the other hand however I found it to be a bit too over the top to be believable.
The story is told by changing the point of view between the characters which lets a reader know what each is thinking all throughout. The pair had some wires crossed which leads to the night in question and revenge plot that is in play. My problem really was it all seemed to be too high of stakes to one minute be hating one another and the next morning in love. The rushed insta-love can be overlooked since that’s the idea of the series but when we’re talking the rich girl taking money from the poor boy because she can and all forgiven by morning I can’t say I believe it which I’d like to by the end of a romance.
I’m going to stay a bit neutral with my rating on this one because it wasn’t necessarily one I disliked but I did wish the author had given the pair a set up that was a bit less of a life changing situation to resolve in a night. Simply something like losing out as valedictorian at the last minute to the girl you’d competed against would have me believing the one night tale a bit more. And I’d also give a warning that this should probably be more for older teens with the partying and drinking involved in the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.