5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Beth Jumper Book Bullying class difference Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Enemies to Lovers Gay Gay Geek/Jock Geek/nerd/techie/gamer Humor Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased

Enemies to Lovers: A Different Light by Morningstar Ashley

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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?

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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