Enemies to lovers
The old enemies to lovers trope is one of my all-time favorites. Max and Mia were arch nemesis back in their high school days at a prestigious school for performing arts. But as with most enemies to lovers stories, their hatred of each other masked deeper feelings, and the way the author revealed those feelings felt so...genuine that I couldn’t help but root for them as a couple.
Mia is no Bella Swan or Mary Sue. She isn’t the clueless “oh, I’m so plain and simple...I have no idea why every man wants me” kind of heroine. She’s bold and talented and smart, and she’s comfortable in her own skin, which charms everyone around her. Does she have some old insecurities? Sure. Who doesn’t? But nothing keeps her down. As far as heroines go, Mia is hilarious and all kinds of inspiring at the same time. When I eventually put together a Friday “best of” list featuring heroines I wouldn’t mind going out for a drink with after work, Mia will be right there at the top.
Max isn’t your typical arrogant billionaire manwhore hero. He has a public persona that he keeps in place to protect his real self. And his real self...sigh. He’s nice guy yummy goodness through and through (With a little dirty talker yummy goodness thrown in for good measure.)
Max also has a conversation with Mia’s friends towards the end of the book that gave me ALL the feels, too. I might have even teared up a little. (And y’all know I’m NOT a crier. My heart’s a little too cold and black for that.) I won’t give anything away, but that one scene is worth more than the book costs.
And, as usual with an Annika Martin book, the sex scenes are CRAZY hot. I’m not one of those readers who think that sex scenes in romance novels are “the good parts”, but...this book has some VERY sexy good parts.
Long-story-short, this is a 5-MEOW worthy read (you’ll understand that one when you read the book) that I can’t brag on enough. It’s highly, highly 1-clickable.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It kicks the crap out of the romance stigma! No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Read everything Annika Martin has written. Do not pass go, do not collect $200...
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