Yall, pull up a chair and get cozy. I want to talk to you about my new OTP: Rowen and Neil. From the very beginning, this book had my heart and I knew it was going to destroy my feels. Did I care? Nope! I gave full consent for it to wreck me right proper. With a masterful enemies to lovers trope, this was the type of book that I finished in one afternoon and had a book hangover immediately after. I am sure I will not do the book justice with my review but I am going to try.
The premise of enemies to lovers trope did give me pause in the beginning because if those tropes are done incorrectly, it can destroy the entire story and cause me to DNF. That was not the cause here AT ALL. This was magic from the get go. Rowen and Neil battled it out for top spot in every single thing they did throughout their entire school career. Nothing like friendly competition, right? It all changes during their Senior year game night called Howl. Think of it as a GIANT scavenger hunt throughout their entire city. Awesome, right? HECK YES. These two are the most unlikely pair to team up but then there’s that old saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, right? These two had no idea just exactly how close they would become.
The character development of both Rowen and Neil was such a delight to read. I could tell so much time went into creating believably flawed characters that readers would be able to relate to. I believed and felt everything they had gone through and were going through. I felt as if I could have been friends with them in real life, they were just so well written. And their character arcs were divine! I always thought I knew where they were headed but just like in real life, curve balls were thrown and I was left shook.
The pacing was spot on and before I knew it the story was over. It was not too slow, not too fast, but just right. The story takes place over the course of one night but it was so detailed and vivid that I was so invested that I could not put the book down. I simply had to know what was going to happen because so much was happening.
Bottom line – pick. this. book. up. You need this book in your life. You need it in your hands when it releases this Summer. Read it and come gush to me about this new ship because I know you’re going to love them as much as I do.