Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥 Flaming
I think I just fell in love with Stone Reeves.
Stone is a driven, dedicated alpha athlete. In that way he reminded me a lot of Mason Kade from Tijan’s Fallen Crest Series.
Dusty is an equally driven (but by very different motives), hardworking college student who finds herself completely vulnerable to the circumstances that become her life.
Dusty finds herself trapped by those circumstances in having to turn to Stone for help which she is seriously loath to do.
These two supposed enemies are forced into close quarters and pushed into facing emotional confrontations that lead them first to steamy hate sex and then to a truly roller coaster relationship.
There were ups and downs and flutters and futures. By the end I was voting on couples names for these two in my head – StoneDust won out!
It was quixotic and yet perfect for its genre as a tribute to the traditional enemies to lovers trope as so well-defined within the pages of Pride and Prejudice. Except Mr. Darcy wishes he was as hot and virile as Stone Reeves.
I think the first Tijan novel I ever read was Anti-Stepbrother and I have been hooked on her books ever since. And “Enemies” was just of the quality of what I have come to expect from her – intelligent but emotionally flawed characters, tug-at-the-heart-strings stories and the triumph of love in the face of life’s trials.