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.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are my own and in no way biased.*
Love Between Enemies follows the story of two graduating seniors – Zoey & Gordon. They’ve competed over everything right from kindergarten – from science fairs to debates to scholarships and exams. Everything. This deep rooted rivalry has never let them become friends, but they respect each other. Everything is going fine for them till their graduation day. Gordon was hoping to win the scholarship he’d tried hard to secure to pay for Stanford, but on graduation morning he finds out that Zoey was the one to win it. He’d received some upsetting news in the morning, add to that the fact that Zoey won the scholarship he so desperately needed when he thought she wasn’t even competing for it. It causes him to snap and he uses mean words to introduce her as the valedictorian in his salutatorian speech at the ceremony. He regrets it immediately and hunts Zoey down to apologize to her. But, Zoey is hell bent on getting revenge for what he did and plays him. Over the course of the night, she actually starts developing feelings for him, but by then, the damage is already done. Will they be able to trust each other after everything?
As far as stories go, it was an enjoyable read, though it was pretty predictable. Also, the insta love was a bummer. Granted, they didn’t profess their undying love for each other by the end of the night, but it seemed as if they just had these intense feelings about each other in a matter of hours. They’ve known each other since they were in kindergarten and they’ve never felt anything about each other. But, now, all of a sudden they’ve realized that they’re sort of perfect for each other. What is this sorcery? It wasn’t really believable.
Zoey, I liked. I loved that her father had a huge business and more money than he knew what to do with, but Zoey didn’t think of herself better because of it. In fact, it made her work harder because she didn’t want to ride on her father’s coattails. That is admirable. She worked hard year round to earn the scholarship and to apply for the internship (again, her and Gordon are the prime contenders for it) before she went to Stanford. She refused her parents’ help for anything school related because she wanted to do it on her own. But, what I felt was no other facet of her personality apart from this need to prove herself were showcased in the book. I would have like to know more about her other than that she wasn’t a glory hound and that she knew how to hold a grudge (hence the whole revenge against Gordon plan).
Then, there’s Gordon. He’s smart and hardworking and humble. I love how much he loves his father and how much he wants to help his father save their restaurant. It’s really endearing. We know he can be a little spiteful when vulnerable, but he has a good heart and he regrets stuff when he knows he’s wrong. He wants to be a good man – someone like his father. He’s selfless and understanding in light of his father’s troubles and is ready to give up on his dream of going to Stanford because of it. I thought that was really nice of him. He’s also wicked smart and has the knack of a good businessman as shown in the book. His was a really nice character.
I would have liked if both Zoey & Gordon’s parents would have had more screen space, especially Zoey’s, because they were such interesting and good characters and their relationship with their kids was great! I liked how they were involved in their kids’ lives despite being busy, even if I abhorred the fact that Zoey’s parents didn’t make it to her graduation to listen to her speech because of a business meeting. I mean, what parent misses their kid’s valedictorian speech with the excuse that “they’re heard it hundreds of times before and it’s really good” because they have business to attend to?
Overall, it was a good, enjoyable, lighthearted read.
“Help me out here,” Gordon whispered, his cheek brushing against mine as he spoke in my ear. “I’m blanking.”
The breath stalled in my lungs with how close he was, and how his soft words sent warm chills across my skin. The notion that he thought I was someone he could ask advice from both thrilled me and made my nerves twist. Or that could be because I could smell him again, which seemed to have a direct line to my crazy-button. Because only an insane girl would be wishing her enemy would keep whispering in her ear like that—he could recite the alphabet for all I cared, as long as he kept talking.
“Um,” I said, stumbling over my own words. New experience. Not exactly fun. My eyes darted over the faces in the room—completely oblivious to the battle raging inside me, the one that screamed to give in to what I was feeling for Gordon, and the other side reminding me how he’d slayed me this morning. I finally spotted the quarter on the table and remembered how to use my brain. “Any time someone says quarter, they have to drink.”
Gordon smiled and I felt it in my bones. “Thanks,” he said. “What she said.” He spoke a little louder as he sat up straight again, and I instantly craved the warmth of his nearness.
I’m in so much trouble.
I focused solely on the game and on the plan, but my body…my heart…wanted what I couldn’t have.
The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.
Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.
Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.
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.
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