September 28, 2018
Dating the Enemy is Nicole Williams’ newest masterpiece. I’m a huge fan of Nicole’s and she’s become a must read for me. I don’t even bother looking to see what it’s about, I just read it! Dating the Enemy is just what I needed this week! It’s an enemies to lovers story with a little twist. Hannah, Ms. Romance and Brooks, Mr. Reality have just been pitted against each other to win a promotion. They each write a column about romance and fate in her case and reality and love isn’t real in his. They are forced to date for three months in front of a camera and if he can get her to fall in love with him, he wins. Easy Peasy. Yeah, not so much. They are both smart and know a lot of big great words. They are writers after all. But they are also physically attracted to each other which adds the perfect amount of fun to this story. Their banter is witty and sarcastic. All the talking is foreplay. But the goal is to resist. Not fall in to the love trap or the realistic one. Easier said than done. What happens when it all becomes too real? Will declarations be made for real or just for show! I loved this story! I’m usually bothered only the female POV, but in this case, I loved not knowing what Brooks was thinking. It added another level of the story for me. You didn’t know if he was being sincere. You didn’t know if he was pretending. You saw it all from her eyes. Her very romantic colored eyes and I loved every second of it! Brooks is sexy, smart, rocks the suit and really does say sweet things. He’s not what he appears to be. Hannah is funny, hopeful, smart and sexy without knowing it. They each had insecurities and I enjoyed watching them open up and let each other in. Overall, I laughed, cried, swooned, smiled and laughed some more.
“You keep asking me that question.”
“I keep waiting for a different response.”
“I don’t want it digging into my stomach.”
“Then you shouldn’t have worn that dress.”
“And we’ll lump that in the category known as victim-blaming.”
“It’s not your fault my dick has a thing for your dress. It’s his fault, one hundred percent. Total case of dick-blaming right here.”
“Nine out of ten women polled claimed I left them speechless.”
“And the tenth?”
For eight years, their battles have been fought with words and ink. That changes when they apply for the same position at the World Times and find themselves face-to-face for the first time. Brooks isn’t the sour-faced, antiquity of a man Hannah pictured. And Hannah isn’t exactly the middle-aged shrew with cat hair on her housedress that Brooks imagined either.
In lieu of competing for the promotion traditional ways, the two writers are presented with playing the leading roles in a social experiment unlike any before. Can a person be tricked into falling in love? Can a relationship be crafted under the right string of circumstances? Hannah knows the answer. So does Brooks.
Agreeing to the terms, the two set out on a three-month dating experiment, live-streamed for the world to watch. All Hannah has to do to win is not fall in love with the narcissistic brute. All Brooks has to do is get the starry-eyed dreamer to fall in love with him. Both are so confident in their philosophies, they expect the challenge to be easy.
With the world watching, Brooks and Hannah will be forced to confront their beliefs and conclude, once and for all, who’s right. The answer is one neither of them saw coming.
“Where do you think you’re going?”
I jolted. Brooks had an annoying talent of being able to appear out of thin air. “As far away from this dance floor as I can get.”
“But we haven’t danced yet.” Brooks crept in front of my path, forcing me to stop or crash into him.
Braking to a stop, I shot him a look. “I’ll be sure to shed some tears for that later. When I’m asleep.”
“Someone’s notably grumpier now than they were earlier.” His eyes narrowed in an investigative kind of way. “Methinks you weren’t totally forthcoming about you minding if I danced with other women.”
The cameraman was leaning in, our ever-present third wheel, but I didn’t feel the need to lower my voice. “Methinks you were onto something when you expressed trepidation over your manhood’s functioning properties after tonight.”
Brooks let out a low whistle. “Under the right circumstances, those words, from that mouth, would be such a turn-on.”
“The right circumstances being what? Your standing appointment with a dungeon and a dominatrix?”
One dark brow lifted. “Bad kitty.”
“No. Grumpy cat.” I circled my face before going around him.
His arm whipped out, cinching around my waist to draw me back to him. “Let’s see if I can help with that.” His hand found mine, lifting it, while his other secured at my back, bringing me closer. And closer.
And . . .
“Brooks,” I hissed, remembering the camera before I put into words what I’d just felt.
He didn’t appear the slightest bit fazed. “What was that about my functioning manhood?”
“I don’t want to feel it digging into my stomach when I’m trying to focus on tangoing.”
“Then you shouldn’t have worn that dress.”
“And we’ll lump that in the category known as victim-blaming,” I muttered, trying to ignore the hard swell rubbing against my midsection.
“It’s not your fault my dick has a thing for your dress.” Brooks didn’t lower his voice at all. “It’s his fault, one hundred and ten percent. Total case of dick-blaming right here.”