Tides change, but some feelings can’t be washed away.
Lillian Lee doesn’t believe in love at first sight. Hate is a different story—and one she is intimately familiar with. Luckily, she hasn’t seen her arch-nemesis, Ivy Holden, since graduating from veterinary school five years ago. Since then, while her life isn’t going exactly according to plan, she’s happy. She has great friends, a job she loves, and the best pets in the world. Most importantly, her life is stable.
Seal Cove, Maine, is the last place Ivy Holden anticipated ending up. But when an unexpected medical condition forces her to relocate to be closer to family, she can’t turn down the opportunity. Her new job at Seal Cove Veterinary Clinic has everything she needs: flexibility, proximity to her family’s summer home, and the chance to do the work she loves. Unfortunately, it also has Lillian Lee.
Thrown back into each other’s orbits, Lillian and Ivy must find a way to work together, despite the treacherous emotions threatening to drown them both.
Published: 26th January 2021
Rep: bi mc, bi mc with MS, lesbian & bi side characters
CWs: internalised ableism
5 Reasons to Read this Book
ARC kindly provided by Bywater Books
One. Reason number one on this list has to be the hate sex. I’m not sure I’ve read an adult f/f romance that includes hate sex until now. And it’s hate sex where you can viscerally feel the attraction of the mcs to one another. Basically, the best kind of it.
Two. I don’t know about you, but I think that university rivals reunited style enemies to lovers is one of the best iterations of it. Add onto that the fact that they have to work together, despite hating one another, and you’ve got yourself pretty much the perfect trope.
Three. I mentioned this when reviewing Spindrift, but the best romance novels have amazing supporting casts too, and that’s where this series is up there as one of my favourites. The friendships in the series are given as much weight as the romances and every time I get a scene with everyone together, it makes me all the more desperate for the others’ books.
Four. I find that, sometimes, when you’re using a hate to love trope and a dual POV, it can come off as one character just being petty and holding a stupid grudge, but that’s clearly not the case here. The dual POV enhances it so you feel sympathy for both of them and want them to talk things through and finally get together.
Five. Honestly, with all these things, it’s just an excellent romance. You can feel the attraction each has for the other, you’re rooting for them to be together and, in the end, it leaves you desperately wanting even more.