Monday, February 12, 2024

Enemies Don't by Leah Dobrinska: Book Review

  *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

A heartfelt romantic comedy, loosely inspired by The Proposal.

Lost and guarded after getting out of a toxic relationship, Noli Kasper follows her older sisters to idyllic Cashmere Cove to get her life back on track. But when she’s pulled over on the way into town by a police officer who turns out to be her insufferable new boss, her dreams of an uncomplicated fresh start feel dead on arrival.

Collin Rattler has spent his whole life trying to live up to his cop dad’s expectations and reputation. Now, Collin has his sights set on earning the title of county sheriff—something even his father never accomplished. When early polls show Collin’s playboy habits are hurting his chances, his team makes a suggestion: settle down with a nice, respectable woman for the year leading up to the election to prove he can commit. The problem? Collin doesn’t do relationships.

Yet when he lets slip his team’s preposterous plan to Noli, a woman he finds as self-righteous and enigmatic as she is beautiful, he’s not sure what’s more shocking—that she offers to help him or that he finds himself falling for her in the process.

Noli has her own reasons for saying yes to Collin’s fake-dating proposal. And when her past won’t leave her alone, she finds herself relying on Collin, a man she thought she despised, to see her through. But it’s all just a temporary, mutually beneficial arrangement, right?

Because enemies don’t fall in love…do they?

(Enemies Don't is the second book in the Fall In Love series, which follows three sisters as they find love after moving across the country to the small town of Cashmere Cove, Wisconsin. This is a closed door romcom with plenty of sizzling chemistry and romantic tension, but no spice. Enemies Don't is a standalone book, but it's best enjoyed after reading Friends Don't.)

Leah Dobrinska is the author of the Fall In Love romcom series, the Larkspur Library Mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in the Wisconsin Northwoods, and the Mapleton novels, a series of award-winning standalone small town romances. She earned her degree in English Literature from UW-Madison where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize and served as a Writing Fellow. She has since worked as a freelance writer, editor, and content marketer. As a kid, she hoped to grow up to be either Nancy Drew or Elizabeth Bennet. Now, she fulfills that dream by writing mysteries and love stories.

A sucker for a good sentence, a happy ending, and the smell of books—both old and new—Leah lives out her very own happily ever after in a small Wisconsin town with her husband and their gaggle of kids. When she's not writing, handing out snacks, or visiting the local library, Leah enjoys reading and running. Find out more about Leah, join her newsletter community, and connect with her through her website,

Enemies Don't is the second book in the Fall in Love series but can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone just fine as well. 

Friends Don't was one of my absolute favorite books last year, so naturally I was really excited to get Collin and Noli's story in this one... and my goodness, it does not disappoint! First of all, that meet cute!? I loved it. It definitely set the tone for this enemies to love story. The banter was absolutely fantastic... and the chemistry was even better. And of course, I am always here for a marriage of convenience story. These two very quickly won me over and I just couldn't help but adore them together. 

While there are definitely plenty of laugh out loud moments to keep it from feeling too heavy, this book does take on some weightier topics like abuse as well. I felt it was balanced very well and made me love these characters and their story all that much more. 

Friends Don't
is a closed-door romance with kisses only. 

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