There are a few guarantees in life – death, taxes, and if a book has “Enemies to Lovers” anywhere in the title or description, IMMA READ IT. This my first book from Faye and while I like the overall story, I feel like the writing and fluidity left a little to be desired.
Now, again, let me preface this and tell you that this is all MY opinion and I have never written a damn book in my LIFE. Judging by the writing of this blog, for instance, I should shy far away from it. So please keep all of this in mind as I review this book.
The tale as old as time… Well, not really, but kinda. Robert Hardy is a ruthless criminal attorney who goes through assistants like tissue paper. He’s demanding, a dick, and sets almost unattainable expectations for all of this assistants. When he gets fed up with the temp agency’s supply of assistants, he decides to go back to his old stomping grounds and attend a college party. That’s right, a guy who is well out of college goes to a college party to try to find a new assistant.. Yeah.. hang in there.
Amelia Brooks is a dedicated law student who decides to leave the books behind for a night and attend a party with her best-friend and roommate (eye roll). At the party, her so-called best friend leaves Amelia on her own in an environment where she’s super uncomfortable so she can go hook up with one of the infamous “Smith” twins – hence the eye-roll.
After an encounter with the “other” Smith, Hardy comes to Amelia’s rescue and saves her from a very scary situation. Hardy takes her back to her room and after her encounter with the “other” Smith, and almost does the thing he tried to protect her from. It’s headscratcher. But that’s besides the point. Get back to the story, Erin.
So after this encounter, Hardy decides to take it upon himself to hire Amelia as his assitant but his intentions aren’t exactly pure. While he’s sexually attracted to her, he also brings her on because she can be a tool in one of his upcoming cases. As the book continues, these two fight the push-pull of their attraction.
Robert Hardy: Hardy is a hard-ass (ha!) and does everything in his power to push Amelia to quitting. He wants to keep her around, so where he would have fired his other assistants for making the same errors, he looks past Amelia’s fire-able offenses to keep her on the team until the end of the trial.
Amelia Brooks: She’s one tough cookie. Hardy treats her like shit basically throughout the entire book, until right before they are f*cking, then proceeds to treat her like shit mostly afterward. She knows that a job with Hardy will open doors for her future, so much so she does some compromising things to help him win a case.
This version of her is closest to the woman I met on campus a lifetime ago. Bold. Playful. Adorable as f*ck.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sexy, Baby!
Hear me out. The sex scenes were really hot, but I feel like I was constantly getting whiplash. I get the push and pull thing, trust me, I do, but when it’s to the point the anti-hero is just being a f*cking dick, its not cute. Amelia says it best in the first few chapters of the book:
I keep trying to reassure myself that Robert would never go as far as to scar someone mentally, but it’s a bit difficult to convince myself having just decided a few hours ago that the man is a total asshole, a regular Jekyll and Hyde. He swings wildly, unpredictably, from charming and almost human, to unpleasant, rude, and cold.
Again, I think the scenes overall were well written, but sometimes they just kinda like came out nowhere. It’s one of those books you read, then go back few pages because you feel like you may have missed something that would have placed the scene better. But then you go back and realize there was no setup, at all, and you’re just supposed to go along for the ride.
I kind of touched on this above but I really felt lost a lot of the time. Here’s an example. There’s no time relativity to the book so you really don’t know how long Amelia has been working with Hardy. So in one chapter she’s basically a book nerd who is freaking the f*ck out about exams and finals, but then the next chapter she’s already graduated? I just felt a little lost.
No one book would deter me away from one author so I am going to give Faye more chances, but if you’re in the market for an enemies-to-lovers office romance that leaves you feeling spent and hungover at the end, this is not that book. But it’s a good, quick, sexy read.