R.S. Grey is back with a brand new enemies-to-lovers romance!
What is “Enemies Abroad” by R.S. Grey about?
It’s simple: Noah Peterson and I are enemies. Our fellow teachers know it, our friends know it—even the Starbucks drive-through lady knows it since every Monday she scrawls the name A. Hole for meon Noah’s cappuccino when I pick up the weekly group order.
The shrill whine of the school bell announces the start of each day’s no-holds-barred grudge match. Since neither of us is looking to get fired or thrown in prison, we war with our words and our wits. We prefer banter that bites. All day, I’m on edge, looking around every corner, expecting him to do his worst. Just when I think I can’t take the sight of his (regretfully) handsome face for one more minute, the school day is done.
Summer usually offers the sweetest relief—a two-month Noah detox—but not this year.
“We need two volunteers to chaperone a group of eighth graders in Rome” becomes a game of chicken neither one of us is willing to lose. We both want that bonus check.
“Back out,” I tell him.
“Scared?” he taunts.
No one thinks it’s a good idea for us to go to Rome together, least of all me. Taking this battle abroad will only lead to mayhem and misery.
DING. Ladies and gentlemen of flight UA447 with service to Rome, fasten your seatbelts.
We’re bound to have a bumpy ride.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of Rachel’s books, and I forgot how much I’ve missed her writing! Nobody writes enemies-to-lovers quite like she does, and I’m happy to say that “Enemies Abroad” did not disappoint.
I guess you could call this one a workplace romance, if the workplace suddenly moved to picturesque Italy. Those who are fans of forced proximity and only one bed tropes will definitely fall in love with Audrey and Noah. As is a staple in the majority of Rachel’s books, especially those that feature enemies-to-lovers, the witty banter is off the charts! The way the two of them go back-and-forth with each other is so much fun, and it’s interesting to see how their coworkers react to their ongoing feud.
The main supporting (adult) characters, Gabriella, Ashley, and Lorenzo, were great additions to Noah and Audrey’s chemistry. Whether they were unintentionally providing roadblocks or just offering commentary, it was interesting to see an outside perspective on Noah and Audrey’s relationship. The Lindale middle schoolers added extra levity, and it was cute seeing how much both of them cared about the kids, and how much the kids cared about them.
I kept looking for references to characters in Rachel’s other book set in Italy, “A Place in the Sun,” but couldn’t find any! It’s possible I missed any clues she dropped though, since it’s been a few years since I’ve read that one.
Overall, this was a great read, and I highly recommend it! It’d an adult book, so I recommend it for 18+, but the sexual content isn’t all that graphic, at least not compared to some of Rachel’s other books. If you’re looking for a fun, banter-filled summer read, you’ve found it!
Huge thanks to Rachel for allowing me to read an early copy! It took me seven hours to read, and is told from Audrey’s POV, with the exception of the epilogue to the epilogue at the end.
The book is out now!
Reviews of R.S. Grey Books:
King of the Court (ARC)
Enemies Abroad (ARC)
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