Title: Dating the Enemy
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Sept 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
Ms. Romance, Hannah Arden, writes one of the top read relationship advice columns in the nation. Mr. Reality, Brooks North, writes the top read relationship advice column.
Ms. Romance believes in true love and soul mates. Mr. Reality believes love is a term humanity has assigned to the primal instinct to procreate. She believes in fate—he in chance. She knows there’s one right person for everyone—he knows there are multiple ones. The two writers couldn’t be more polarized on relationships. They’re professional rivals, and philosophical antagonists.
For eight years, their battles have been fought with words and ink. That changes when they apply for the same position at the World Times and find themselves face-to-face for the first time. Brooks isn’t the sour-faced, antiquity of a man Hannah pictured. And Hannah isn’t exactly the middle-aged shrew with cat hair on her housedress that Brooks imagined either.
In lieu of competing for the promotion traditional ways, the two writers are presented with playing the leading roles in a social experiment unlike any before. Can a person be tricked into falling in love? Can a relationship be crafted under the right string of circumstances? Hannah knows the answer. So does Brooks.
Agreeing to the terms, the two set out on a three-month dating experiment, live-streamed for the world to watch. All Hannah has to do to win is not fall in love with the narcissistic brute. All Brooks has to do is get the starry-eyed dreamer to fall in love with him. Both are so confident in their philosophies, they expect the challenge to be easy.
With the world watching, Brooks and Hannah will be forced to confront their beliefs and conclude, once and for all, who’s right. The answer is one neither of them saw coming.
Dating the Enemy has just become one of my favorite Nicole Williams books, I completely fell in love with Hannah and Brooks 😍
Both Brooks and Hannah are competing for a coveted journalism position to further their careers. They are both popular in their own right with very different stand-points to their advice columns about relationships – Romance versus Reality. In order to boost ratings and pick the best person for the job, Brooks and Hannah embark on a social experiment to discover the truth once and for all – is there such a thing as soul-mates or is it all just chemistry!!!!
The thing is Brooks and Hannah already know each other and have experienced an incredible amount of chemistry when they were stuck in San Diego together during a snow storm!!!!
Dating the Enemy gives both perspectives on the romance viewpoint but it also shows that there is a definite blend where fate and reality combine; romance is the initial spark between two people while reality means that relationships require work no matter who is involved. The inclusion with societies obsession with reality shows was used to maximum effect within the narrative, including the way in which the participants are catapulted into fame whether they want it or not.
While the chemistry is still there between Brooks and Hannah, Hannah has a difficult time trusting her own emotions and believing Brooks is genuine in his affections. The promotion itself acts as a barrier to developing a lasting relationship.
Dating the Enemy also highlights how our beliefs, even those concerning relationships, are subjective and influenced by personal experience.
Brooks is utterly swoon-worthy even when he is being an ass, lol. Hannah is empathetic with a side of sass all wrapped up in pink sparkle. They balance each other beautifully 💖💕❤