Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#ARC Review || Claiming the Enemy by Lauren Hawkeye || *fans self*

Claiming the Enemy by Lauren Hawkeye 
Published: September 12, 2016
ARC via Publisher for review
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Piper Dawson has spent a lifetime living by other people’s rules.
She’s worked hard to get what she wants—a residency at her first choice hospital—and no one will ever tie her down again, not even her severe yet incredibly sexy supervisor, Dr. Alexander “Ace” Lennox.

Ace is done with love. He’s had his heart shattered, and he never wants to go there again. But when he’s inexplicably enticed by the sexy, tattooed woman with blue streaks in her hair and a perpetual smile on her lip, he figures that maybe he can keep it to just sex.

The problem? He thrives on control, and Piper dances just around the edges of it.

But when they're together, control is the first thing to go...

*clears throat*


To be completely honest, I’m never not in the mood for the book I described above. Like, literally, I can’t remember a time when I’m not in the mood for all the serious swoons. Y’all are very well awake by now that I’m a total mood reader. Rarely am I ever in a dystopian mood (albeit, THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE, as well as DELIRUIM) and I’m pretty much never not in the mood for a romance for the ages.

I’m talking epic love story, babes. Preferably with some social justice or dragons, but I’m also down for just a straight up contemporary.

CLAIMING THE ENEMY is a straight up contemporary.

A freaking fantastic one at that.

This book delves into the notion that opposites attract, the consequences of work place relationships, and outside relation dynamics. All of this, combined with the actual personalities of Piper and Ace. Having been nothing other than slightly attracted and super duper annoyed with each other before this, their not really but kind of chance encounter in a bar after work (his mother was there, y’all. Pause your thoughts.) sets their attraction on fire.

They help each other, they sleep with each other, and eventually, well, to put it incredibly eloquently like the Southern Belle I am: shit happens. Rapidly rising conflict is like adding gasoline to an already hyped fire.

This is the story of them, and it’s a dang good one.

I do, as you may have guessed, have a few things to complain about. This book felt really short and I’m not sure if I read even faster than I usually did or if the book is actually short? I finished it in an hour. I would have loved to see some of the more minor characters fleshed out more, along with having Ace’s and Piper’s backstories gone into depth a bit more as well. I may have loved them both, but I didn’t really feel like I knew them.

I was just amused by the two of them together.

That being said, I still think that CLAIMING THE ENEMY is a book worth of a spot on your to-read list.

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