At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.
I’m tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I’m tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.
After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it’s me. I’m the problem. I’m shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.
So I’ve decided two things.
The first? I’m giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.
The second? I’m going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.
If I couldn’t hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can’t swim in his deep end. He’s too successful. Too intense. He’s all man when I’m used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He’s everything I’m afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.
So he’ll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He’ll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.
It can’t be me.
We’re too different.
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My phone buzzed with an incoming email and I resisted the urge to check it during the middle of spin class. I could wait to open it. I didn’t need to know what it said just this second.
Really, it would be fine.
It could wait.
I could wait.
The sender could wait until after I’d sweated off the three pounds of pasta I’d gained this week from my favorite Italian takeout spot to hear back from me.
I couldn’t help the small smile of anticipation that lifted the corners of my mouth though or the way I suddenly didn’t notice the pain from pushing up the hill climb at five-forty-five a.m. Resisting the urge to pick up my phone, I opted for my water bottle instead.
But even after a big, refreshing gulp, I still didn’t manage to lose the smile.
“Why do you look happy?” Vera panted next to me, her legs moving approximately one thousand miles per hour. “You should be miserable right now. At the very least you should be contemplating puking. No smiling.”
“I think I see Jesus,” I wheezed said serenely. “I’ve pedaled myself to death. He’s coming to get me.”
Vann chuckled on my other side. “This is only the warmup.”
“Stop showing off, Vann.” My smile disappeared. “We get it. You’re a super cyclist. The bike seat up your ass isn’t bothering you at all. Stop bragging.” To Vera, I said, “Why did you invite him again?”
“Hey!” Vann protested.
She rolled her eyes. “I didn’t invite him. I tried very hard to keep this a secret from him. But when he heard we were doing something bicycle related, he invited himself.”
“I’m here to motivate you,” he said seriously. “This is good for you girls. You both are in serious need of some cardio.”
“Your face is in serious need of some cardio,” Vera snarled back. At my look of not-the-best-insult-you’ve-ever-come-up-with, she shrugged. “My brain is still sleepy.”
Vann leaned forward on his bike, lifting his bum off the seat and adjusting his bike to make it harder for himself. Because he was crazy and liked weird things- like exercise. This was the end of our friendship forever. I officially hated him. His overachieving did nothing to motivate me to work harder. This was it. This was as hard as I spinned. Spun? My brain was sleepy too.
I first fell in love with this author’s writing in reading The 5 Stages of Falling in Love. Her writing was so beautiful and the story truly touched my heart. I then picked up Every Wrong reason next and loved that one as well. Both were very emotional and touching stories. So I must say when I saw that her newest release with a enemies to lovers story, I was intrigued to see what her writing would be like with a bit of a different style from the other two. Well she did not disappoint, she totally knocked it out of the park with The Opposite of You. So needless to say I was so happy when I saw that we would be getting Molly and Ezra’s story next while still getting a bit more of Vera and Killan.
Molly is a designer at a graphic design company trying to focus on her career and has given up on men and dating. But seeing how happy her best friend Vera is now that she has found her Happily ever after, makes her want to find it too. Ezra is the friend of Vera and Killan and the owner of several high end restaurants, including the former restaurant Killan worked at. No matter how much she tries to avoid him it seems that her path keeps crossing his and he is determined to get her to work for him with redesigning his logo and his restaurants social media image. Killian is sexy and she is attracted to him but his stubborn and hard headed just like her but something keeps drawing her to him and she can’t stop herself.
We first meet both Molly and Ezra in the first book in this series, The Opposite of You. We got to get to know these characters and see the first few initial meetings that didn’t go so well so I was definitely intrigued with the new Enemies to lovers story and how it would all play out. I must say, like the first book I loved the dynamic the author built up between these two. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter happening between Molly and Ezra both in person and via email. It was so fun and flirty with a big side of sarcasm and truly had me smiling ear to ear and odd time chuckling of the antics happening between them.
Ezra was a workaholic who was stubborn and driven and went after what he wanted. He was a bit rough and gruff but I must say, when he let Molly really get to know him and see the real Ezra, he was so kind and caring and such a gentleman. I really enjoyed Molly’s strong character. I loved how independent and strong she was. I loved her sassiness, especially when it came to Ezra.
I really enjoyed the storyline of this one and loved the dynamic, the only issue I had with this one is I felt the pace to be a little too slow and found the storyline to be falling flat at times. I loved the whole enemies to friends plot and like a good slow build but found this one to be too much of a slow build and the storyline of these to changing the dynamic of the relationship to drag on a bit and I just found at times it had me disengaging with the story.
Overall this was an enjoyable fun and flirty read with some really great cast of characters. If you have not read The Opposite of you, you can definitely read this one without reading it, but I wouldn’t recommend as you will be missing out on one fabulous book. I must say I am excited to get Wyatt’s story next and can’t wait to see what happens for him to get his HEA.
She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.