Synopsis

Childhood enemies discover the fine line between love and loathing in this heartfelt reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio shared backyards as kids, but as adults they won’t even share the same hemisphere. That is, until Kate makes a rare visit home, and their fiery animosity rekindles into a raging inferno.

Despite their friends’ and families’ pleas for peace, Christopher is unconvinced Kate would willingly douse the flames of their enmity. But when a drunken Kate confesses she’s only been hostile because she thought he hated her, Christopher vows to make peace with Kate once and for all. Tempting as it is to be swept away by her nemesis-turned-gentleman, Kate isn’t sure she can trust his charming good-guy act.

When Christopher’s persistence and Kate’s curiosity lead to an impassioned kiss, they realize “peace” is the last thing that will ever be possible between them. As desire gives way to deeper feelings, Kate and Christopher must decide if it’s truly better to hate than to never risk their hearts—or if they already gave them away long ago.

Review

3 stars

Thank you PRH International for the free book!

I had never read one of Chloe Liese’s books but had heard great things about her. When I read the author’s note telling that the female character was neurodivergent (ADHD), that the male character had migraines I had great hopes! Add to it that she also is demisexual and you are in for great representation in the story.

The blurb in a nutshell: Kate is a photographer focused on reporting all the world’s injustice. After she suffered from a damaged shoulder, she is coming home to her family but not able to find her place, feeling like an outsider as she always has.

She will bicker violently and repeatedly with Christopher, her neighbor who became like extended family to her parents and sister after he lost his parents.

The whole story will center around their “enemies to lovers” relationship with a side of self-growth for Kate.

Sadly, it took me a long time to fall into the story and the beginning felt like “another” enemies to lovers story.

I couldn’t understand why these two seemed to hate each other so much. There was no major event that started everything and instead of a relatively light banter, Kate went for the jugular every time.  Add to it that Kate was also very prickly and held many people at arm’s length and I had a hard time connecting with her.
BUT
The more Kate opened up to others and found her place in that new life, getting a job, going to paintball events with friends and family the more I warmed to her.


The last 30% really highlighted the character “flaws”: chronic migraines for Christopher and ADHD with demi sexuality for Kate. That made the characters vulnerable, true and much more approachable.
That’s when Chloe Liese finally won me over yet it was a bit late hence the 3 stars rating today.

If you love an enemies to lovers/age gap romance with neurodivergent this might work better for you than it did for me. 😊

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Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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12 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work all that well for you, Sophie. I enjoyed it more than you did but I understand where you’re coming from on the enemies to lovers aspect having a clear beginning.

  2. I am sorry to hear that your first experience with this author wasn’t the best. I haven’t read her but I know many on booktube and instagram really enjoy her stuff. It sounds like the book was too revolved around just using the tropes as the conflict instead of truly evolving the story with tropes. I do think unless it makes sense why they are enemies to lovers, its not needed. I like to see that explained in depth and explored more deeply.

    Great review!

  3. I read a few of the Bergman Brothers books, but not these. There are things I appreciate about Liese’s stories, and things I don’t. Sorry your first experience was not better. Slow starts are tough for me. I am sure I would have DNFed.