Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.
Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more...if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.
Each book in the Grad Night series is STANDALONE:
* Love in the Friend Zone
* Love Between Enemies
* Love Beyond Opposites
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The sound of clanking pans and the occasional sizzle drew me to the kitchen. I glanced at my watch, noting I was right on schedule for the day — 5:15 a.m. I cherished this early morning time where the house was usually silent and I was able to enjoy it for ten blissful minutes before having to rush off to my dad's restaurant to help prep before school.
I couldn't wait to get to school today because I'd find out if I got the scholarship my entire future depended on. Dad insisted he'd somehow help pay for whatever I couldn't cover, but if I got this? He wouldn't have to spend a dime.
"Why aren't you at the restaurant?" I asked as I rounded the corner.
My dad froze at the stove, the spatula in his hand stuck in midair as if he was vying for the best mannequin pose award. The non-movement was a rarity — normally you put my dad in front of a burner and it looked like an electric choreographed dance that ended with the best food in a fifty-mile radius.
I sat my bag on the table, the lightness of it throwing me. Today was graduation and I'd handed in all my books before leaving school yesterday.
"Dad?" I urged when the smell of bacon turned this side of burned.
His back was to me so I couldn't see his face, but he jolted and went back to work flipping the bacon and eggs that filled the cast iron skillet. "Morning."
I walked farther into the kitchen, rolling up my sleeves to wash my hands. "You need some help?" I eyed the prep bowls filled with cheese, sliced ham, and green onion beside him.
"No," he said, sliding the over-easy eggs onto one plate and the greasy bacon onto another covered in paper towels.
"Something going on at the shop today? Another pipe leak?" My stomach twisted. The last thing we needed was another plumbing problem. I kept pushing Dad to move into a more modern space, but his partner, Hank, always quashed the idea. And of course he would. He was the most silent of silent partners unless he was voicing his distaste for any kind of change I pressed for at the shop.
Why change something when it's working? he'd say whenever I tried to emphasize the importance of keeping the menu fresh as the seasons changed. We were two years overdue for an updated gas range, but again, Hank hadn't found a thing wrong with the old stove, so we didn't get a new one. I had thought about busting the thing on more than one occasion just so he'd have to give us the funds for updates, but I knew my dad wouldn't approve.
"No, nothing like that." Dad moved slower than usual, as if there was an extra twenty pounds sitting on his shoulders. He pushed past me without making eye contact and set the plate of food on our small kitchen table before taking a seat across from it. "Eat." He pointed to it.
I sank into my designated chair, my heart in my throat. My fingers trembled slightly as I reached for the fork. "Dad, I can't remember a day in the last eight years that you were here when I woke up."
He rubbed his palms back and forth as he chewed on his lip.
Scooping up a bite of egg, I gave him time to sort out whatever was on his mind. As I munched the perfection that was his cooking, I half prayed he wasn't about to launch into some sentimental speech about graduation that would leave us both in tears. Neither of us needed that shit today. Or any day.
After I'd cleaned half the plate, I dropped my fork. "What is it?"
Dad jerked his head up from where it had hung between his shoulders like a scolded dog, his eyes finally locking with mine. Something in the look made me push the plate away, a cold dread filling my gut and threatening to expel the goodness I'd just consumed.
"I wanted to wait until after graduation to tell you this," he said, sucking in a deep breath. "But I can't put it off any longer."
I shifted in my seat, swallowing the acid that bubbled in my throat.
"Son, I ..." He raked his fingers through the hair that was as brown as mine. "I have to close the shop."
I slit my eyes at him, my heart thudding in my chest like I'd just kept pace with Fynn at one of his track meets. "For renovations?" I asked, but I could tell by the twisted way he shaped his face that the idea was a distant dream.
"No. I have to sell it."
The floor dropped beneath my seat. "What?" I asked, sure I'd heard him wrong.
He laid his hands flat on the table, leaning back in his chair as he sighed. "There was a complication with the books and now ... we're out of funding."
A vacuum sucked damn near all the air out of the room. "That doesn't make sense. Our revenue was up twenty percent for the year the last time I ran the figures," I said, rolling my eyes up to my head to pull the date out of my brain. "Four months ago."
"I know," he said. "But that was before Hank ..."
The longer he didn't finish the sentence, the lower my mouth dropped as I stared at him. "What?" I asked again, sharper this time.
"He made some bad calls. Took money from the accounts without me noticing. And I don't have any extra to keep us afloat after what he did." He pinched the bridge of his nose. "I don't have time to find another partner to help with the transition to make up for what Hank took. I either have to sell the restaurant or win the lottery in the next three days." He laughed, but it was too forced.
"Who are you going to sell it to?" I asked, unblinking, unbelieving.
"Look, I don't want to go into all the details with you. This isn't for you to worry about."
I scoffed at him. "Are you joking?" I slammed my fist on the table, unable to contain the building rage roaring in my chest. "I've worked my ass off at that shop since I was ten!"
"I know. I know." He raised his hands, trying to calm me. I took a deep breath, but it wasn't enough to stop the adrenaline from shaking my limbs. "Mr. Handler has been asking me to sell for years. Flipping prime business spaces is a hobby of his. I've already spoken to him. We just have to have a face-to-face."
"What does he want to turn it into?" I growled, thinking of him bulldozing it to make way for a pompous gold member's only club or some shit like that.
"A coffee shop," Dad said. "I think."
"Tell him we'll invest in a damn espresso machine."
"It's not that simple, son. Like I said, Mr. Handler isn't looking for a partner."
No, he was looking for another way to add to his already insanely large bank account. Zoey Handler — the one girl who was capable of beating me in any given academic competition, and did so any chance she got — would likely be able to get through to her father. Maybe if I spoke to her about it ... but we weren't exactly friends.
Sure, we'd had civil conversations after competitions, regardless of who won or lost, but she wasn't exactly a favorite in the contacts on my cell. Besides, I wasn't sure if I wanted the heiress to the Handler fortune to know about my family's financial desperation.
"You're on your way out, anyway," Dad continued, forcing a smile. "Stanford, remember? There is no way you're not getting the scholarship. Right?"
My shoulders sank, my stomach dropping as if the floor had disappeared beneath me. The way he emphasized the word right told me everything I never wanted to know. If I hadn't earned that scholarship, then I wouldn't be attending Stanford. The college I had spent my life working for — studying more than partying, taking all advanced courses, clocking in countless extracurriculars, right alongside plugging in hours at my dad's restaurant to help him.
I blinked, shaking my head. "Right," I finally answered.
"Good. You find out officially this morning?"
I nodded, a shiver running deep from the ice in my veins. I'd done everything and more to earn the full ride. Perfect GPA, high SAT scores, stellar volunteer sheet. I'd even written an essay that fully illustrated a mobile system I'd implemented at my father's shop. It increased productivity in the ordering process, which directly resulted in a higher profit margin.
There is no way they could turn me down, right?
"And the internship?" he asked.
I'd made it to the final stage of the interview process for a summer internship at A&J — one of the city's top market research analyst companies. It was a coveted spot, but if I landed it, the experience would be invaluable because I'd be dealing with economics on a daily basis, which was my chosen major at Stanford.
"A week," I said. "They've narrowed it down to two candidates."
"Any idea who the other one is?"
I shook my head.
"Doesn't matter," he said. "You've earned both. Call me when you get the good news about the scholarship today." He held my bag out in front of me. I hadn't even heard him get up from the table. "I wish I could be there for your speech, kid. I'm sorry I can't make the ceremony."
"Don't be," I said. Dad pushed himself harder than anyone I knew, and I would never fault him for the work ethic he passed down to me. "It's not a big deal."
"Graduation." He grinned at me, pride beaming through his eyes despite the devastating blow he'd delivered. "When did you become a man?"
I forced out a laugh. "The day you taught me that bacon makes everything taste better."
He wagged his finger at me. "Damn straight."
I slung my bag over my shoulder and walked out of the house on autopilot. The sky was still dark as I sunk behind the wheel of my car and turned the ignition. School wouldn't start for another hour and a half, but I couldn't sit in the kitchen with my dad a second longer. He must've felt it, too. The complete unknown of the situation was suffocating.
I popped the top button of my collared shirt and reversed out of the driveway, not knowing where the hell to go other than school.
Somehow I ended up on the path toward the shop, and before I knew it, I was pulling into the lot outside. Maybe it was because my routine revolved around the place, or maybe it was because a hole opened up in my heart when Dad said we were going to lose it. Either way, I got out of my car, slowly walking toward the front door like it was the first — or last — time I ever would.
I stood at the door, frozen. The breath in my lungs was thin, my chest clenching like someone had cinched a chain around it. This wasn't fair. Dad worked his ass off for this place. It was what he lived for, what Mom and he had strived for back when she was alive. It had been their dream, and after we lost her, it became ours and reminded us of everything that had been her. I hated that my brain even went there, but losing this place would be like losing her all over again, and I simply couldn't comprehend it.
"Yo," a familiar voice said behind me, jolting me out of myself. "You okay, cous?"
Jay, my younger cousin by a year, stopped to lean against the brickwork next to the door I couldn't open.
"What are you doing up so early?" I asked him, taking a regular breath for the first time since Dad dropped the bomb. Jay was a junior, a known wildcard on the party circuit, and today was supposed to be a free pass for underclassmen, since the seniors' grad ceremony was later in the day.
"I'm heading home from Julie's," he said. He'd been with Julie — a senior who ran with Zoey's crowd — for over a year, and loved to bring it up anytime someone gave him a bit of attention.
I glanced at my watch, noting it was just now half past six a.m. "Little late, isn't it?"
"Maybe for you, Dad." He faux-punched my shoulder. "I swing by here most days, wait for your dad to show up and open the kitchen."
I laughed, shaking my head as I dug my keys out of my back pocket. "More like clean it out," I said, slipping the key in the lock. Dad had given me the only other set a few years ago so I could open up or close on days he wasn't able to. "Come on," I said, ushering him inside. "I'll feed you."
"Nice!" He followed me, sticking close as I rushed over to the alarm on the wall. I quickly punched in the code, noting Jay's eyes darting everywhere but the keypad.
"Jay?" I eyed him.
His shoulders dropped, and he bit his lip. "Sorry, man. I've seen your dad enter it a hundred times."
"And you're sorry because?"
"The date?" He glanced downward, avoiding looking me in the eye.
The alarm code was my mother's birthday. Even though it'd been six years, people still treated Dad and me like glass whenever she was mentioned. The pain never went away — her loss was one I constantly wore inside my heart — but it had lessened. Dad and I had learned how to live together in a way that we hoped she'd approve of, but that wasn't always easy for people to understand. Even family.
"No worries," I said, jerking my head toward the kitchen. "I have to be at school in an hour, so don't order anything too elaborate."
He snorted, the pity in his eyes disappearing. "Like I would. No offense, dude, but you're not your father. He's twenty times the chef you are."
I cocked an eyebrow at him. "So you want oatmeal instead of pancakes?"
"Nah, man. You're great. I'm just messing." He waved me off as I slipped into the kitchen. "And sausage!" he yelled as the door closed. "The maple kind!"
I laughed, tying an apron around my waist, and set to work. Any other day, I might warm up a thick bowl of oatmeal just to mess with him, but I needed the distraction today, and with the prospect of losing the place, suddenly it was more precious to me than ever before.
I allowed the sounds of butter sizzling on the griddle to fill the cracking voids that continued to open up in my chest the longer I thought about what would happen if I wasn't awarded the scholarship.
A small sliver of relief pooled through the tight coils of my muscles. At least I know Zoey isn't going out for the same one. Our awkward conversation on the first day of school had told me that much.
I mixed the batter and let the motions of making pancakes ease my frayed nerves. Everything would work out. Because it had to.
I stacked a third pancake on the plate. In a little under an hour, I would be awarded that scholarship and then I'd take a look at our savings. Maybe I could move some things around and find enough money to buy us time to figure out how to save this shop.
Resolved for the moment, I took Jay his plate of food. His eyes lit up and I swear a tiny drop of drool dribbled from the corner of his mouth.
"You are the best," he said, instantly digging in.
"Remember that." I laughed.
Jay jerked his thumb toward the door. "Shouldn't you flip the sign?"
I eyed the open/closed sign that hung on the glass door. The tension returned to my chest and I sighed. "Not now. For lunch."
"Whoa," he said. "Is your dad sick? He's always open."
"He's fine," I said, leaning my elbows against the bar opposite of where Jay sat engulfing his breakfast — or dinner. I wasn't sure what he counted it as.
"Busy morning?" he asked, his cheeks bursting.
"Yeah," I lied. I didn't like to make a habit of it, but now was not the time to break it to the other side of the family we might be going down.
There was a solution to this problem. Some way I could work my dad out of the hole Hank had shoved him into. I needed more details, though, and Dad wouldn't spill until after graduation. So, it'd have to wait. I just had to get through today.
Once Jay's plate was clean and stored in the kitchen sink, I locked up the shop. He headed home for the blissful nap that follows overstuffing yourself, and I drove to school.
Students — mostly seniors — filed into the building as I parked. Apprehension shook my gut as I walked toward the building with only one thing on my mind. I bolted straight to the guidance counselor's office. Sweat popped from my brow as I knocked on her door.
I pushed the door open and closed it quickly behind me. I moved my lips to make some sort of greeting but I couldn't breathe. No words came. I could only gape at Mrs. Rollins as she shuffled papers around on her desk.
Finally, she looked up at me.
"Oh, Mr. Meyers," she said, instantly sinking deeper into her leather chair. "How are you this morning?" Her glasses-rimmed eyes fell back to the paperwork in front of her.
"I've had better days," I answered honestly, thankful to have found my voice again.
She took her glasses off and sighed.
I fell backward a step as if she'd kicked me in the gut. She hadn't said a word, but I could read it in the way she pinned me with a look that screamed, Oh, honey I'm so sorry.
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At this point, it’s definitely safe to say that I have a weakness for Entangled Teen Crush books. They’re incredibly cute, satisfyingly sweet, and so much fun. Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee was no exception and surely made me swoon. In the span of about two days, a long-lasting rivalry between ambitious and highly competitive teens –Gordon and Zoey, will finally come to an end… But not without some shenanigans, mixed signals, swoony flirting, and sexy kisses. Gordon had my heart from the very beginning. He was such a great lead character and I loved reading his POV. He did make some mistakes, but more than makes up for it throughout the story. He’s genuine, sweet, passionate and very caring. Oh and his relationship with his father, so heartwarming. That was definitely my favorite part of this book. I loved all their scenes together — you could just see how much they both cared about each other and how they were willing to do anything for what they love. Zoey was a little bit more difficult to like. She just seemed so cold, unforgiving, and even heartless at times. But, once I got to know her more, I realized that she’s not as tough as she appears to be. She’s just any other normal teenager who just wants to be able to make her own choices and be seen as an independent and intelligent person. I have to admit, it took me quite a while to warm up to this story and there were a few things I didn’t like. With that being said, I still really enjoyed the book. There were plenty of moments that made me laugh and smile and swoony scenes that definitely made my heart flutter. I even teared up a bit at one point. I do wish there had been more romance and build up — Absolutely wanted more steamy scenes with Gordon and Zoey. This book was a quick and adorable read that you could enjoy in one sitting. I may have had a few issues and the ending did feel a bit rushed, but overall, the story was filled with fun, drama, and swoon — all the things I enjoy and love in a YA romance. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Love Between Enemies is one of those reads that practically turns the pages for you--it's that readable. The whole book (with the exception of a tiny prologue) takes place in a single day--the bulk of it during the evening, at their graduation party--hence the title. It occurs simultaneously with books one and three in the series ( Love in the Friend Zone and the as-yet unnamed book featuring Lennon and Jade) and though you get tiny glimpses into the drama that is going on with the other couples at the party, each works fine as a standalone and the order you read them in shouldn't really matter. Though the aforementioned glimpses pretty much ensure you want to read them all... To be honest, for most of the book I liked Gordon more than I liked Zoey (though his misunderstanding of their mini-almost-non-conversation in the prologue felt a bit forced, it was necessary for the plot) because her need for revenge for what he does on the morning of graduation felt way, way out of proportion given their different situations, especially since she admits herself that a whole lot of people didn't "get" that he'd even dissed her. Her plan and its possible implications could have had real and lasting effect on years of his life, not just embarrassed him and made him cry once. She manages to make it okay in the end, but can you say overreact much? Knowing the potential disaster that the two of them were barreling toward gave reading this a train-wreck-is-going-to-happen-any-minute-and-I-can't-look-away-from-it-just-in-case feel. The climax is truly horrifying, and Zoey fortunately pulls out all the stops in trying to make amends (as she should!). Though the fixes seem a bit too easy, they're what probably should have happened all along, so it's hard to be too nitpicky. The two of them really are cute together, which kind of makes everyone involved a bit sorry they've wasted most of the book not being cute together--but hey, those last few pages are adorable! How soon until book three? Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Zoey and Gordon were two characters that I was rooting for from the very beginning. Always competing against each other in school, they still seemed to keep a distant friendship in tact. When Gordon gets some earth shattering news right before graduation, he believes that everything will still work out because he well win a scholarship. He knows he will win because Zoey didn't put her hat in the ring. When he finds out that she won the scholarship, he gets revenge by making it seem like she only got that, along with valedictorian, because of her last name. He immediately feels guilty, but will she let him apologize? If he does, will she accept it and move on? Zoey is hurt because she always believed they made each other better, and now he has ruined everything. She devises a revenge plan of her own. She knows it is fool proof and she will get everything she wants. Out from under her family's name, the internship/scholarship, and revenge. The whole book takes place over one night, but it feels like longer because of all the twists and turns. Throughout the night, they get to know each other better than ever before and a true friendship starts to grow. She has always kind of liked him, because she thought he saw her for who she was, not her last name. He also liked her, and was upset when he thought she intentionally lied to him about the internship/scholarship. Just when you think that they will realize they want to be more than friends, he realizes she was planning revenge and it all goes up in smoke. Will Gordon be able to stop total ruination of his life, or will it be too late? Will Zoey be able to stop the revenge plan in time? When Zoey makes the ultimate grand gesture (I really liked that it was her and nut him), will he be able to forgive her or will it be a little too little to late? Everything about this book was great. The characters were believable and well developed. The reasons why each character did what they did are compelling and true to high school ages children. I can't wait to read more. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest, voluntary review.
YA Enemies to more... I didn't know the backstory to this one as it's my first read of this author and this series, but it wasn't necessary, This is a different type of premise. Zoey and Gordon are highly competitive and seem to constantly be competing with each other. This doesn't lend itself to romance. After a misunderstanding leads to hurt feelings and public humiliation - their friendly competition turns into something more. The book basically focuses on Grad Night (the night after HS graduation). There is more drama than was probably necessary, but overall I enjoyed the story and really rooted for these two to get their heads out of "space" and figure out they have something special. There is a little bit of sizzling romance, but it's mostly about their competitive spirits. It's a lighthearted and enjoyable read. I submitted a request to the publisher to read and voluntarily review an uncorrected advance copy of this book via Net Galley.
The EntangledTeen Crush line is like a box of chocolates, in my opinion. Each books is temptingly sweet and incredibly hard to resist. Thankfully, Molly E. Lee's Love Between Enemies follows this trend perfectly. Taking place over twenty-four hours, Love Between Enemies deliciously blends together revenge, romance, and a series of mixed signals. Love Between Enemies introduces Gordon and Zoey, two graduating seniors hoping to finally put their complicated, long-lasting rivalry to bed. Gordon and Zoey are vastly similar. They're ambitious, fearless, and smart. They know what they want and they'll do anything to achieve it. I appreciated how hardworking they were, as it was nice to see two characters who put their futures first. Out of the two, I liked Gordon the most. He was sweet, caring, and family orientated. His relationship with his dad always brought a smile to my face, and I especially loved how he'd do anything to save his father's beloved restaurant. I don't think many teens would step up as much as Gordon did. Zoey, on the other hand, was likable once you got past her hard exterior. At first she seemed cold and heartless, but as more was revealed about her life, the more I realized that nothing was as perfect as it seemed. She struggled to be independent from her parents - free to make her own decisions. I could understand why she'd want that, and I rooted for it to prove herself to her parents, to show them that she should make her own choices and do a fantastic job at it. The plot in this was nothing new or groundbreaking. It's the typical enemies-to-lovers romance with some revenge mixed in, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Even with the twenty-four hour timeline, Molly packed in a lot of fun events and drama. I also liked how she brought other Grad Night books into this - you see portions of the first book as well as the third occurring on the sidelines. There were a few aspects I didn't like. For one, the ending seemed a bit too perfect. Yes, it was exciting and happy, but I couldn't believe that all of that was so easily achievable in twenty four hours. Second of all, I wanted more romance! Most of the book plays on the "will-or-won't-they?" angle, and while I always love that kind of thing, I wanted more swoon. Overall, Love Between Enemies is a cute, happy-go-lucky kind of read.
Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite types of stories. The chemistry is beyond explosive and the phrase 'there's a thin line between love and hate' is always taken to another level. This book absolutely defined enemies and I loved how thin that line was for Gordon and Zoey. Gordon and Zoey have known each other since kindergarten and have been competing in virtually everything for almost just as long. The competition has always been healthy between them but at their graduation that changes and revenge becomes the name of the game for both of them. The amazing thing about this book is that all of it takes place over a 24 hour period but there was so much packed into that day. I couldn't stop reading once I started. While Zoey seems to have everything and Gordon seems to be losing it all, at the foundation, they are exactly the same. It takes bad decisions from both of them for them to learn that they are absolutely perfect for each other and that they could have had so much more if they had ever bothered to look past the constant battle to be first. Love in the Friend Zone, book one in this series, has been on my TBR forever and this book has pushed it to the top. I can't wait for the final book in this series. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
3.5 stars — This one started off fantastically and ended leaving me super duper happy… It was just the middle that stretched a bit more than I’d like. Basically the book suffered from some similar pitfalls, or rather things that bothered me, as the first book in this series; I think I just had slightly less patience than I did for the first one. But quite a few of the things I loved about the first book were also present in this one. The funny thing is the concept of having the book take place in a 24 hour period was both a great strength because it made the book very unique, but also a source of trouble, as it makes the conflict in the book drag out a lot of the time. I’m not sure if I’m making sense. But it was another case of “will they, won’t they” and “I made a mistake, no I should stick to my guns.” Which is OK for a bit, but when it goes on too long I lose interest and just want to get to the next thing. This one was close, but…just a bit too much. But getting back to the beginning…while you definitely don’t need to read the first book in the series, I did and so I was already curious about what had happened to make Gordon snap, and what Zoey’s revenge plan was. I was worried that I wouldn’t end up liking either character actually, b/c they both didn’t leave a great impression in the previous book. And quite frankly, I don’t tend to seek out enemies to lovers stories b/c hate can make me uncomfortable…but Zoey and Gordon weren’t really enemies so much as adversaries…competitors. So it definitely wasn’t a normal enemies to lovers story, and I appreciated that personally. So all that to say that right from the prologue and first chapter I was relieved to connect with both Gordon and Zoey. And I didn’t have to wait very long to have my curiosity satisfied and to understand what would make Gordon and Zoey make such poor choices. And I did understand them. Both of them, though I will admit I sympathized more with Gordon’s situation than Zoey’s, but they were both struggling with challenges. I liked Zoey well enough, but I can’t honestly say I really fell in love with her. She was bright and fun and determined, but always it was overshadowed by her narrow minded focus on revenge. She was so tunneled in to her own problems, I feel like she forgot that if she didn’t confide in anyone, then they might not realize what her home life was like. One thing I did appreciate about her side of the story is that while her parents weren’t the best, they were also not monsters…basically they were flawed as well, and 3 dimensional. I liked how that resolved in the end, though part of me is not entirely sure if she learned a bigger lesson with all that happened… Obviously she regretted her revenge plan, but did she understand that perhaps not everyone’s motivations are the same? Hmmm…. My heart broke for Gordon, and I can honestly say that I *did* fall in love with him. He was smart, hardworking, kind, loyal to his family, and just kind of adorable in his cluelessness. I feel like he learned more lessons than Zoey did…though I suppose I wish it would have been more obvious if he learned not to judge other people based on things he sees on the outside. The only thing that disappointed me a bit with his side of the story was how often he would almost tell Zoey the full story, but then choose not to. I understood why; he didn’t want that to be the excuse for his behavior, b/c it was wrong no matter what. But it was
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee! Gordon and his father have lived alone since Gordon’s mother passed away from cancer years ago. The two of them run a restaurant together while Gordon finishes high school. All is going well until their business partner makes bad decisions and they have to sell the restaurant to the rich businessman in the community, Zoey’s father. Zoey and Gordon have been competitive classmates since they were very young. They’re both trying for a Stanford full ride scholarship and an internship. Zoey receives the scholarship and Gordon is disgusted, especially since his dad broke the news about the restaurant the same morning he found out he didn’t get the scholarship. While introducing Zoey for her valedictorian speech during their high school graduation, Gordon loses his temper and spouts angry accusations about Zoey for the entire audience of classmates and family members to hear. Zoey is hurt, becomes angry and wants revenge on Gordon so she makes a plan to get a picture of him hosting a party at his family restaurant and posting it on social media to ruin his chance at the internship. Little does she know how much her plan will backfire as she sees how much she really cares for Gordon. Cute, romantic, stressful and funny story worth 4 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
I think I loved this even more than Love In The Friend Zone! Zoey and Gordon have been competing against each other for everything for as long as they can both remember, and everything comes to a head the day of high school graduation. They connect at the Grad Night party, Gordon looking to apologize, and Zoey intent on getting revenge. What follows is an awesome night of them getting to know each other better and realizing that the rival they thought they knew has lots more beneath the surface. This book kept me very interested the whole way through, because there are multiple circumstances you want to see get resolved. I found it to have a very satisfying ending, and I am looking forward to the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Gordon and Zoey have been in competition with each other since they were young kids. They both make judgment and assessments of each other without knowing the full story or background. Gordon is a hard working student with a heart of gold!! I loved him and his hard work ethic. Zoey surprised me as well as she wasn’t your typical rich kid and worked twice as hard to prove everyone wrong. I’ve never read anything by this author and this was a cute read. At first I thought it was going to be your typical YA read but it taught a very important lesson about judging others, mending fences and acceptance. I liked how the author was able to convey this message with her story telling! I also purchased “Love In The Friend Zone” and I can’t wait for the next book about Lennon and Jade!
This was a sweet young adult enemies to lovers story about Zoey and Gordon. These two had competed for everything for the years they've been in school together. They are down to their last competition and it could make or break it for Gordon. When both he and Zoey make mistakes on their graduation day, will they be able to find a future together? The writing was good and the story was a good high school romance. Zoey and Gordon were both good characters and this one night changed everything for them. I enjoyed the read.
Oh YES!! Another cracker from Molly E Lee!! Love Between Enemies is the second book in the series of Grad Night books. The main characters (Zoey and Gordon), feature in the first book – Love in the Friend Zone – but they can both be read as standalones. What I especially liked about Love Between Enemies, was that the events that take place happen at the exact same time as the events in book one, just from Zoey and Gordon's perspectives. Very clever!! Zoey Handler and Gordon Meyers have been rivals, competing for one thing or another, since kindergarten. Now they've hit senior year the stakes are much higher – a full scholarship and summer internship are up for grabs – and the likelihood is, out of everyone who’s applied, they're the two that will be shortlisted. It also turns out that one of them in particular (as an act of revenge), will do anything they can to be the successful candidate! I found Love Between Enemies a little slow going at first (only because I was impatient and wanted to know the outcome asap, lol), but I loved it, and I’m looking forward to reading Lennon and Jade’s story in the final book of this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.