I loved him. I lost him. And now he’s back.
August Monreaux was a stormy sea of a man, the dark between the stars, an electric chill cutting through a crowded room—all wrapped into one wicked, beautiful package.
He was also off-limits.
My entire life, I was kept a safe distance from the notoriously virulent Monreauxs, banned from so much as breathing the same air. And like the good daughter I was, I obeyed those rules.
Until the one time I didn’t …
Only while I sampled him, he devoured me like the forbidden fruit that I was. And in the blink of an eye, my worst enemy became my first love. His poison became my antidote. His touch, my addiction.
After we severed our ill-fated ties, I thought I’d never see him again.
Until he crashed back into my life at the worst possible moment—and asked me to marry him.
But it wasn’t that simple.
It never is.
Turns out marrying a wealthy powerhouse of a man comes with a price.
My Review 💻
Who doesn’t love a good forbidden romance. I really liked this book, I loved Sheridan and August and they were just fire together. They had a connection from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the fact that Sheridan didn’t give in to August easily. I really felt proud because I feel like we see the heroines in most romance giving in easily to the Bad Boy heroes . Sheridan’s hesitance made their love story really realistic and believable.
Another thing I really liked was how August grew as a character and a person. It was a slow gradual process that was really enjoyable to read. His character growth didn’t feel rushed. Winter Renshaw is really skilled at writing heroes like August. I’m a sucker for broken and emotionally detached. Though in the real world I’ll definitely not give any guy who is emotionally detached the light of day because that’s just a recipe for heartbreak 💔. I did see August plan to use Sheridan in his revenge plans as stupid. Sheridan’s bright personality balances out August slightly dark one. I really did expect August to have a darker personality from what I got from the blurb but I wasn’t disappointed because I really liked him.
The only reason this book is not getting a 5 star or a 4.5 Star Rating is because the main theme of the book felt rushed. I felt like the author got the characters and their individual stories right but she failed to deliver on the forbidden love trope. As the reader we see why the characters love is forbidden which is the simple reason that the families hate each other. But the history and drama between the two families is underdeveloped, which made the drama and the climax of the book seem a bit flat. There are some things that should have been elaborated on and not given like a short clips note explanation that took a lot from the drama and the ending. The ending also felt really rushed too, nothing was left hanging but the way things ended lacked some emotion and left me thinking “ is that all that’s going to happen or is there something else”.
That being said, Enemy dearest was still an enjoyable romance that pulled me in from the very first page. I really love the dynamic of August and Sheridan’s relationship, it certainly is the selling point in this book and the reason I’m giving it a 4 star rating. It’s a story that remind us that children should not be judged by their parents actions but by theirs.
My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
P.S: I contemplated giving this book a 3.5 star but decided to give it 4 since I really loved the characters. Do you think I should have given it a 3.5 star rating?