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New Release Review! LOVE BETWEEN ENEMIES by Molly E. Lee (Grad Night #2)

Love Between Enemies
(Grad Night #2)
by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date:  January 8, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled: Crush

 

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.

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Review:

Love Between Enemies is one of those reads that practically turns the pages for you–it’s that readable. The whole book (with the exception of a tiny prologue) takes place in a single day–the bulk of it during the evening, at their graduation party–hence the title. It occurs simultaneously with books one and three in the series ( Love in the Friend Zone and the as-yet unnamed book featuring Lennon and Jade) and though you get tiny glimpses into the drama that is going on with the other couples at the party, each works fine as a standalone and the order you read them in shouldn’t really matter.

Though the aforementioned glimpses pretty much ensure you want to read them all…

To be honest, for most of the book I liked Gordon more than I liked Zoey (though his misunderstanding of their mini-almost-non-conversation in the prologue felt a bit forced, it was necessary for the plot) because her need for revenge for what he does on the morning of graduation felt way, way out of proportion given their different situations, especially since she admits herself that a whole lot of people didn’t “get” that he’d even dissed her. Her plan and its possible implications could have had real and lasting effect on years of his life, not just embarrassed him and made him cry once. She manages to make it okay in the end, but can you say overreact much?

Knowing the potential disaster that the two of them were barreling toward gave reading this a train-wreck-is-going-to-happen-any-minute-and-I-can’t-look-away-from-it-just-in-case feel. The climax is truly horrifying, and Zoey fortunately pulls out all the stops in trying to make amends (as she should!). Though the fixes seem a bit too easy, they’re what probably should have happened all along, so it’s hard to be too nitpicky. The two of them really are cute together, which kind of makes everyone involved a bit sorry they’ve wasted most of the book not being cute together–but hey, those last few pages are adorable!

How soon until book three?

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

 

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