Enemies to Lovers: The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

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Blurb

What happens when an out-of-control werewolf is hired to guard his immortal enemy?

Simon Caley barely survived an assassin’s strike. The reclusive vampire trusts no one, but he’s still in danger, and the attack left him too weak to defend himself. He needs protection while he hunts for the mastermind behind the attack.

Cody Weston’s werewolf instincts make him a good bodyguard—but only if he can control his wolf. After an accidental shift on the job, he’s on probation, until his boss calls about a very unusual client.

Instincts and tempers flare when they meet, along with something unexpected: desire. Simon’s not just Cody’s fated enemy, he’s his fated mate too. Can the vampire and his werewolf bodyguard work past their differences and save each other, or will Cody lose control—and hurt the man he’s sworn to protect?

The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard is a standalone M/M paranormal vampire/wolf shifter romance with no cliffhangers.(less)

Review

I thought this was really good! We get animosity, super-charged sexual chemistry, a mysterious and powerful “ex”, great villains, and some interesting world building.

These vampires are “old school” and are both powerful but have some exploitable weaknesses. The juxtaposition with modern “bodyguards” and security was well done. Mix in the age old enemy of werewolf vs vampire and mix in some fated mate and – viola! Great story.

I’d have given it perfect marks but I wanted to see more of the “mate/mine” dynamic.

Highly recommended to fans of shifter/vampire romance. I’ll be looking for more from this author.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Enemies to Lovers: Wild City Life by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33780897-wild-city-life?from_search=true

Blurb

Elliot Novak and Dominik Askov—heirs to the Leopard and Tiger packs—have been clashing for years. But when the Leopard pack is brutally attacked, it’s time to put their rivalry aside.

Elliot knows that taking Dominik with him to confront the threat might be the only way to ensure their alliance holds. But even in the middle of terrible danger, he’s not sure he can keep someone with Dominik’s keen senses from noticing the attraction he’s long hidden.

Dominik doesn’t mess around when the safety of his pack is at stake–even if it’s the first time he’s had a chance to spend time with the man he secretly admires. He’s determined to keep his long-concealed feelings for Elliot under wraps and his tiger’s instincts under control.

But when they embark on a journey to find the attackers, they forget the power of the rising moon. Under its influence, they might reveal everything their human selves would rather hide. Can they fight both the animal instincts pulling them together and the enemies bent on destroying them?

Review

This was a nice story that gives us a different perspective on shifters and the world they live in.

Humans don’t factor into this story, it is strictly shifters trying to survive after the world has combusted. It is also about tigers and leopards instead of wolves or bears.

The tiger and leopards have pack lines that overlap and two shifters bump up against these as they grow up. Both are intrigued by the other, yet keep their distance. When one pack is brutally attached Elliot and Dominik must work together to find out who and why.

I liked that the roles were somewhat reversed as the bigger of the two was actually the more passive. The pull of the moon just brought out what wasn’t wanted to be acknowledged. I also liked how even after the hot sex scene it took a while for everything to settle into place.

The author did a nice job of creating a different world and didn’t settle for an easy predictable ending.

Rating 4 of 5 stars

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Enemies to Lovers: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.


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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33411971-rough-edges?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Review

I really liked this story. It follows the old adage of “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Kyle knows what he wants out of life and is willing to work hard to get it. Brent doesn’t have a job and doesn’t need one because he grew up with money and then inherited more than enough to live on. All Kyle can see is someone spoiled and entitled.

The author takes us on the journey of the 2 getting to know each other after Brent opens his home to a homeless Kyle. Misconceptions are corrected and the real people are discovered and it all leads to a HEA ending. One of the things I loved most about this story was Brent knew exactly what Kyle thought of him, yet he never changed, or bragged or boasted of who he was or what he did with his time to correct it. He just kept being himself and let Kyle see him for who he was.

Rating 4 of 5 stars

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Enemies to Lovers: Poke Check (Harrisburg Railers #4) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey

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Blurb

One scorching summer in each other’s arms could never be enough.

Stanislav “Stan” Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way. He’d given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan’s heart as before. This time it’s not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there’s a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby. Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he’s now finding it harder and harder to turn away.

Erik Gunnarsson’s dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he’d land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he’d callously broken?

Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan’s life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him. Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance?

 

Review

 I thought this was adorable!

Stan is one of my favorite characters – not just in this series – but in general! He’s so sweet, and funny, and sincere!

I kinda wanted Erik to have to work harder for Stan’s forgiveness but I think that’s just Stan, too.

There is a lot of internal dithering in this that probably doesn’t need to be there, but I appreciated the insight into Stan’s mind.

This was really funny as well as super sweet and the smexy times were great, too!

I wanted a bit more hockey and a bit less angst, but it was still a great addition to the series and is probably tied with first for me as my favorite so far!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Enemies to Lovers: Perfect Fit (Book 4 of the Fated Hearts Series) by Aimee Nicole Walker

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28500149-perfect-fit?from_search=true

Blurb: Two incurable bachelors, one incredible journey…

Jagger Jackson hides behind a sexy playboy veneer. He’d rather people see him as a man who doesn’t believe in love, rather than one who doesn’t deserve it. No matter how hard he works, he still sees himself as the unlovable boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Miller Brexler doesn’t believe he’ll ever meet a man who could make him want to settle down. He’s perfectly happy with his hit it and quit it lifestyle. Behind his easygoing nature is a man who’s passionately devoted to his career, family, and friends.
JJ and Miller are brought together when their best friends meet and fall in love. Sparks fly from the very beginning and no matter how much they try to fight it, their attraction is unavoidable. What starts out as “just sex” has the potential to become so much more if JJ can come to terms with his painful past, and Miller is willing to admit that love may be the missing piece in his seemingly perfect life.

Will these two stubborn hearts admit that they might’ve been wrong about love or will they allow the chance at true happiness to slip away? This is the tale of two imperfect men that together make a perfect fit.

Review

The way these two men fought their attraction, they might as well have been frenemies! This is the 4th book in the Fated Hearts series, but this is the one I started with. It can definitely be read as a standalone.
JJ and Miller, both confirmed bachelors, both with a backstory that keeps them from believing in their own HEA. However, they didn’t count on their powerful attraction to each other.
The fun of the story is how they fought against their attraction meaning anything and the feels start when they open up to each other and when they are tested after tragedy strikes.
This is one of my favourite books to reread.

4.5 stars out of 5

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Enemies to Lovers: Pressure Head, Plumbers Mate #1 by JK Merrow

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Blurb
Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights

Review
I absolutely loved this story. It reminded me of a modern day Miss Marple, but could have been more to do with the quaint English country village setting (rather than any similarity Tom Paretski has to her). Just like the good old murder mysteries there are red herrings to mislead you from the clues but still kept a good pace leading you to the conclusion. All done with humour. This story certainly kept me smiling.
Tom has a unique gift of finding things. Mostly it’s things people want to keep hidden, which is useful to some and an annoyance to others. One person who finds it useful is Tom’s old school bully who turns up again back home. Phil is now a private detective. Tom is still attracted to Phil but is wary of getting too close especially as Phil had made Tom’s life hell. The way these two circle each other, work together and eventually get intimately acquainted is very well written. Phil is so prickly and Tom is a bit too trusting for his own good.
This book is a great start to the series and I look forward re-reading the remaining ones and the new one coming out next month.

4 of stars out of 5

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Enemies to Lovers: Sixty Five Hours by NR Walker

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16145400-sixty-five-hours?from_search=true

Blurb
Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.

Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love

 

 

 

 

Review
For me this is a perfect example of an enemies to lovers story and it’s free. The animosity is one sided and Lucas mulls over why Cameron feels that way about him. It is only after they have to work together for sixty five hours that it becomes clear the animosity derives from envy. How could Lucas be so out and proud when Cameron feels he has to hide in the closet. I love that this is a no angst fun story. The way Lucas draws Cameron out so that they find they are so much more compatible than just work colleagues is great. The product behind the add campaign is a prefect foil for getting them together. Not to mention the socks, Cameron has a thing for cartoon socks and this shows Lucas Cameron’s fun side. It also helps that Lucas has a thing for feet! As the perceived barriers between them begin to break down the attraction grows. Both Cameron and Lucas are lovable characters each in their own way and together they are wonderful. Such an enjoyable book.

This is definitely not a book to be missed. It’s hot and steamy, light and funny and shows what a talent NR Walker has. If you don’t already have this book I highly recommend getting it.

4 of stars out of 5

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Enemies to Lovers: A Different Light by Morningstar Ashley

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37553326-a-different-light?from_search=true

Blurb
Bennett Cole had lived next door to Mitchell “Mac” Campbell, III for eighteen years of his life, in the small town of White Acre. They’d never gotten along, never seen eye to eye, and never understood one another…not that they’d ever cared to try.

But when Bennett’s so-called buddies ditched him at a party in the woods where he was assaulted and left for dead, Bennett pulled through. The emotional scars rendered him too terrified to go back to school and face his “friends” or his attackers. With little choice, his family packed up and left town.

Ten years later—at the request of his mother—Bennett returned to the place he’d grown up and the home he’d once felt safe, to oversee the repairs before his childhood house was sold. The contractor? None other than Mac, the once annoying boy next door, who still lives there in the home his parents gifted him.

Being in such close proximity—working together every day, to repair the Coles’ family home—Bennett and Mac’s contentious relationship goes from bad to worse as their personalities continue to clash. But their heated exchanges may not be as antagonistic as they seem. And when new information is revealed, can the men begin to see each other in a different light?

Review
We were asked to pick 4 or 5 books in the enemies to lovers genre for the month of February in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is not a genre I actively search for so I browsed several sights and this was the first story I found that caught my interest. All I can say is it drew me in and held my interest all the way through.

This book has MC’s falling into the rut of judging a person on how they look and the job they hold. Morningstar Ashley has incorporated this whole concept into the whole storyline. Bennett is the geek, Mac is the “bad” boy. Misconceptions start as kids, and continue into their adult life. Add in parents who also compare and push their son to be more like the neighbor boy and you can see why these to MC’s grate on each other.

Morningstar Ashley has created multi dimensional characters. While Bennett is truly a geek he is also survivor. As well as brave for returning to the town where he was so viciously attacked. Mac is a tattooed, motorcycling owner of a construction company and a good friend to those closest to him.

Morningstar Ashley takes us through Bennett and Mac meeting after 10 years. The two of them butting heads with their misconceptions, to them suddenly realizing the there are 2 sides to every story. Many of the secondary characters of this book play big parts in this story and make for a well rounded storyline.

Truly a sweet boy next door story, which is well written.

5 of 5 stars
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Enemies to Lovers: Into the Lyons Den (Assassin/Shifter #16) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17313739-into-the-lyons-den?from_search=true

Blurb

FBI Special Agent Devin Lyons and Russian mob boss/FBI ally Andrei Panchenko have been at each others’ throats for years. Literally. They’ve had their hands around the other’s throat lots of times. When Andrei barely escapes a bold attempt on his life, government big shot James Jacobs decides to put Devin in charge of Andrei’s safety. After all, who better to keep the Russian alive than the man who wants to do the killing himself?

Andrei Panchenko knows two things as fact: Devin Lyons hates him. And the FBI agent is the sexiest man he’s ever seen. Forced into cohabitation, Andrei tries to figure out why the agent wants him dead. He has been nothing but honest in owning up to his crimes and kills only the vilest men who manage to escape justice. But still Lyons (who has his own violent record) treats him with contempt. In the meantime, Andrei notices a touching side to the man that he’s never seen before. And THAT scares him more than any gun.

Devin Lyons hates Andrei Panchenko. It’s one of the things in his life that he can count on. Until he’s forced to spend time with the ridiculously beautiful and sexy man. Seeing the “real” Andrei turns Devin’s world upside down until he’s not sure whether he wants to kill Andrei or make love to him.

A common enemy of both men is determined that neither will have the chance to do anything except die. When a life-changing secret is revealed, will the resulting fallout bring the two men together or separate them forever?

Review

This is one of my favorite books in the Assasin/Shifter series – which is saying a lot because I love the series and I frequently re-read them. ( I was devastated when I found out of Sandrine’s death. I sincerely hope that we will get to see all of these books made into audiobooks and that maybe somebody will pick up the thread of her many series and continue where she left off. Undoubtedly it won’t be the same but I feel as though these are real people and I will miss not learning more about them.)

As for this, we have the classic enemies to lovers trope, mixed with some excitement and intrigue and amnesia! We have two men who are mortal enemies but who find out that there is more to one another than meets the eye. Since Devon Lyons ends up being a bodyguard for Andrei, he learns that Andrei is not the cold-blooded killer he portrays.

 

When you add in the sub-plot about Devon’s background you get a fully enthralling romance with loads of chemistry, humor and excitement.

 

Highly Recommended!

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Enemies to Lovers: Swann’s Revenge by Shira Anthony

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/swanns-revenge-by-shira-anthony-9268-b

Blurb

Can a swan make peace with his ugly duckling past?
Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten—until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work.
Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.
Graham wants to believe his childhood dream can come true, but he can’t bring himself to tell Dan who he really is—and their pasts might ruin any chance for a happily ever after….

Review

We have a big case of “if these two guys would talk to each other all their problems could be fixed”. This is one of my huge pet peeves as a writing tool and it made me kinda crazy here.

I loved the components – geeky guy goes chic, boss/employee dynamics, fighting for the underdogs in the real world, single fatherhood, sizzling chemistry… but the main drive for the story was a Big Misunderstanding and those aren’t my favorite. At all.

Shira Anthony is a great writer, so her characters are well-developed, the style is fluid and easily engaging and the sexy times are really hot. But… why wouldn’t the two just talk?!

So… if you don’t mind that hurdle, you’ll love this!

3.5 of 5 stars

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