I honestly don’t want this series to end.
If you haven’t seen the reviews for the first five books, you can access them through these links:
- (Love Cliches, #1) Falling For Your Best Friend’s Twin: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/02/falling-for-my-best-friends-twin-love-cliches-1-by-emma-st-clair/
- (Love Cliches, #2) Falling For Your Boss: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/04/falling-for-your-boss-love-cliches-2-by-emma-st-clair/
- (Love Cliches, #3) Falling For Your Fake Fiancé: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/06/falling-for-your-fake-fiance-love-cliches-3-by-emma-st-clair/
- (Love Cliches, #4) The Twelve Holidates: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/06/the-twelve-holidates-love-cliches-4-by-emma-st-clair/
- (Love Cliches, #5) Falling For Your Best Friend: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/10/08/falling-for-your-best-friend-love-cliches-5-by-emma-st-clair/
For the past week, I enjoyed the company of author Emma St. Clair’s amazing characters: from Abby & Zane, Zoey & Gavin, Delilah & Thayden, Taylor & Weston, Harper & Chase, to now Sam & Rhys. Even if only for a short amount of time, I was invested in these stories. It’s a comfort knowing that every story will eventually have its happy ending, but also a thrill slowly learning about the intriguing personalities, life struggles, and personal growth these characters had to offer. I have my favorites (definitely Harper & Chase), but on the overall, I would consider this series a sweet, delightful success.
I am actually thinking of writing this review for another time, prolonging the end of this book review series. But I don’t want to keep you and also myself hanging. It’s always difficult getting over characters we’ve come to know and love, but I’d like to think that I’ll always have them. That whatever comes next, these characters will always have a special place in my heart (and more importantly, in my bookshelf haha). So here we go with book six, Falling For Your Enemy.
Sam’s story begins with chaos. Her cheating, manipulative ex Matt just revealed to the nation her identity as the infamous Dr. Love. We see in the previous book how Sam’s popularity is taking social media by storm because of the viral meme of Rhys (aka Grandpa Gosling). Apparently, Matt refuses to be humiliated by Sam’s refusal, so he used the Grandpa Gosling sensation to get back to Sam and ruin her life. Which, unfortunately, he succeeded.
As Dr. Love, Sam provided useful, sensible relationship advice to anyone who wrote in for help, but over the years, the advice column once known for helping build relationships ventured more on entertainment fodder–becoming insensitive to both those who sought advice and are the subject of it, eventually leading to messy breakups and heartaches. Clearly, Sam has gotten swayed by the fame and the opportunities it provided. Now that her safe space and cloak of anonymity is gone, people negatively affected by Dr. Love’s persona are now turning on Sam–humiliating her and accosting her whenever they have the chance. Even Sam’s optimistic, vibrant nature is no match to the public’s hatred and aggression.
In one of these public displays of hatred is where Sam meets Rhys in person. Rhys witnesses Sam being confronted and held roughly by the arm by a man almost twice her size. Without knowing it’s Sam–his nemesis, the one whose social media presence has made him an internet joke and humiliation, Rhys goes to her rescue. Only after this incident does he realize it’s Sam, and a few moments later, confirms that the two of them will be spending time together doing a no-book book tour across the country.
Well, that’s how their story starts, at least. Sworn enemies forced to work together in close proximity for a considerable amount of time. There are humorous twists as they go through their tour, and a steady development of feelings which was alternately narrated. I’m not going to discuss the events of the tour in detail, so you just have to read it. What I can say is we get a glimpse of Harper & Chase’s beautiful engagement/wedding before Sam & Rhys went on their road trip. I loved that part because of how incredible the scene played out–happy, happy ending for Harper & Chase. Abby & Zane’s wedding was also detailed near the end, but there are other surprises around that part which I cannot mention here.
It also melts my heart to see the change in Sam & Rhys as they go from hating each other to liking each other, and eventually loving each other. It’s what gets me every time I read an enemies to lovers plot. I’m always excited to see how the author will show the transformation of the characters and the transition required for a romantic relationship. In Sam & Rhys’ case, it’s a lot of push and pull in the beginning, and then somewhere in the middle a full brake was made, only to be followed by a lot of falling. Of course, there is the raging internal feelings, which happened to both characters–signaling a clear change in one’s perception of the other.
I give this book 4.5 stars. Everything about this series has come full circle. It’s even bittersweet reading the epiclogue at the end of the novel. I almost didn’t finish it, just because I cannot imagine these characters growing old, going through good times and bad times. But if I am being honest, that glimpse almost forty years into the future is just what I need to solidify these characters to heart. That their happy ending did not happen abruptly, rather they worked hard to achieve it year after year as individual couples and as one big family. That despite their lives slowly diverging, settling into different places, their friendship remains the same. Each one equally a part of the other. Emma St. Clair really created an enviable world of characters.
One thing I hope to have closure though is Dr. Love’s persona. I know Sam’s character found acceptance and resolution for what she’s lost, but I don’t think it’s fair, not at all. How that part of her character ended didn’t give me a sense of satisfaction because we’ve basically run with Dr. Love’s series of advice from books one to six. It’s one of the things I look forward to reading. To have that just slowly disintegrate, with a final side note of annoyingly sneaky publishing personalities, I just hoped for more. Apart from this small thing, I loved every scene and hang on to every word.
Thank you, author Emma St. Clair! I cannot wait to read more of your work 🙂 I actually subscribed to your social media pages, haha. I have a burning question I need answered. Hoping you’ll notice my query and reply.
Wish me luck, guys! And please read this series! ❤
- Title: Falling For Your Enemy
- Author: Emma St. Clair
- Year published: 2021
- Publisher: Independent Publisher
- Total number of pages: 438
- ISBN-13: 979-8-540-00722-1