by Sarah Smith
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Source: PublisherDebut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last...
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she's tough as nails--the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.
One thing she doesn't have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie's friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can't stop staring at his Thor-like biceps...
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get...heated. Emmie's beginning to see that beneath Tate's chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.
I am such a huge fan of enemies to lovers romances, so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement. I went into this one with some pretty high expectations and was sadly disappointed.
Working at an office full of men, Emmie is used to faking confidence to make it as a professional. She doesn't let anyone walk all over her and she speaks her mind, even though she's really not that confident on the inside. Especially when it comes to her infuriatingly annoying coworker, Tate. When Emmie is forced to work with Tate on a project, she doesn't know how she'll survive. Until they are forced together in ways they force them to confront their feelings for one other and see beneath their animosity for each other.
When this book started, I was loving it. I loved how much Emmie and Tate bickered and how you could just tell there was more to Tate that Emmie had to discover yet. What was distracting, though, was how obsessed Emmie was with Tate's pale skin. She mentioned it at least 20 times in just the first half of the book. WE GOT IT. He's pale. Cool. I was not a fan of that infatuation.
As the story progressed, Emmie and Tate pretty much got over their hate to love halfway through, and the story just went downhill from there. Some things were thrown in as conflict and the rest was just them dating. I feel horrible saying it, but I'm not a fan of just reading about a happy couple. I love the angst of them trying to get together and not being able to be together. I was just not as interested after they stopped hating each other so soon.
While I really enjoyed this book as it started and thought Tate was a super adorable love interest, the rest of the book didn't really hold my interest. I wasn't a fan of Emmie as much as I thought I would be and I wish the enemies lasted just a little bit longer. In the end, my expectations of this were high and were just not met.