Release Date: June 3rd, 2021
Simple, right? It would be, if my betrothed were anyone else.
But it turns out America’s sweetheart is arrogant, selfish, and a guy I have no intentions of letting break my heart again.
It was never supposed to happen.
But then one night changes everything.
Now, he’s not only my pretend fiancé but my very real baby daddy.
How can two people who hate each other pull off the lie of a lifetime while figuring out how to raise a child together?
Everything between us was supposed to be fake, but I’m not pretending anymore
The minute someone says ‘enemies to lovers’, I’m there. And The Enemy Trap by Maren Moore is a fun addition to romance novels fitting that trope. I mean, the word ‘enemy’ is in the title itself, so you know you’re in for a treat. This was a quick read, filled with loathing and longing, a surprise baby, a fake relationship, a delicious slow burn and hot and satisfying steam.
“No one should be that perfect on the outside and so ugly on the inside. Life can be so unfair sometimes.”
Sophia and Hayes have history, let’s start there. Their dislike for each other stems from school and it has just gotten worse over time. And if that’s not enough, their best friends are married to each other and Sophia and Hayes are godparents to their children. I love that she appreciates how hot and attractive he is, but just doesn’t give a hoot beyond that. In Sophia’s mind, Hayes is an a-hole and nothing can undo that thought. Hayes might dislike Sophia a little less, but it’s still the kind of dislike that makes them both snappy and irritable around each other. When their friends strand them on a yacht in the middle of, Sophia and Hayes are forced to get along just to survive. But they don’t, not really. Instead, something else comes from that grand plan and nothing that either of them were planning for. And their dislike continues on pretty much through half the book, which really helps me appreciate the enemies to lovers trope.
I loved these characters so much. Hayes is a hockey star and a playboy with a reputation. He’s been making headlines and causing panties to drop everywhere, as one does when a hot hockey player is in your vicinity. Sophia hates everything about what Hayes stands for, but she’s such a feisty and fun character. She’s all sass and sex appeal, she’s not going to just stand by and let the world move on past her. Sure, she’s still coming to terms with being dumped for another woman, but she’s a tough nut and she’s not going to let something small get in the way of her living her best life. Separately, they are entertaining, but put them in the same room and it’s fireworks, of all kinds.
Once Sophia discovers she’s pregnant and shows up on Hayes’ front stoop, their relationship changes. Not instantly, she’s still at his throat, but the combination of hormones and being so close to him sets her on edge. Their sexual tension and chemistry is amazing. I kept reading and whispering “NOW KISS” whenever they got too close to each other. Their fake relationship starts to get too close for comfort and boom, things change.
I really enjoyed these two and their story, it was filled with laugh out loud moments, some steamy scenes and all the makings of a great first book in a series. I predicted how things would go south and I was a little upset by the lack of trust and communication. After everything they’ve been through, for the trust to be crushed so easily felt a little unrealistic. But still, a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I’ll be on the look out for The Newspaper Nanny and everything else that comes from Maren Moore’s wonderful mind!
Thanks to Maren Moore and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.