A Rose girl by any other name is still a Rose, and if you are a Monreaux that might as well be the dirt below one’s feet. August Monreaux recognizes Sheridan Rose as the naked venus floating in his pool on a hot-as-hell summer night, but why she is there is anyone’s clue. He knows, and she apparently is aware of too, that Monreauxes and Roses don’t mingle. Enemy Dearest is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, and Meredith Hills plays the part of Verona.
I enjoyed this story! There is a fair amount of rawness to Winter Renshaw’s storytelling that feels like she’s giving her character’s open-heart surgery. They don’t get to love easily; they really have to work for it. I can appreciate any story where the characters are put through their paces.
But, there were a couple of pet peeves I have with this story. One of the phrases frequently used in the book is ‘getting ass’ and just skeeves me out. I read a book a while ago where the hero talked about ‘bagging girls’ and ‘getting ass’ is just as eww to me. I guess it wouldn’t bother me if this was a MM book and it was what the character was ‘getting,’ but it’s not, and that just makes it eww.
And then the other thing that bothers me is that I couldn’t connect with the best friend. I felt like she lacked appropriate synergy with Sheridan to convey the real bestie membership cardholder feel. Adri is a bust for me.
However, August is a win. Let’s stick with the winner. I liked the man from go to stop. I would like to say that even when he’s being a doo-doo face I wanted to pat him on the head and tell him it was okay. His man parts were what made him dumb. But when he shines, Winter Renshaw really makes this hero pure gold. Kudos, author!
I recommend this for Piper Lawson and Hazel Kelly Fans.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
About Winter Renshaw:
Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.
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