An Enemies to Lovers Romance
by Lainey Davis
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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
He hates her for some reason. She will not rest until she changes his mind.
People always like Samantha Vine. It's kind of her thing. All the employees at her tech startup think she's the best boss, and the community partners and investors she woos not only trust, but adore her.
Everyone likes her, except him.
Sam may have been caught off guard when she accidentally insulted science teacher AJ Trachtenberg, but she's pulling out all the stops trying to make it up to him…and it’s not working. Offering his students a swanky field trip doesn't win him over—it only seems to make him grumpier.
Unfortunately, grumpy looks very good on him. AJ is tall, dark, and annoyingly handsome and he’s got a giant chip on his shoulder. Honestly, his smoldering is distracting.
Sam can’t afford any distractions right now, not with the media hounding her as she tries to take her company public. Maybe she can swing a one-time naked distraction, though. That doesn’t have to mean anything, right? She’s not looking for a happily-ever-after here. She’s just trying to get him out of her head.
Alas, when it comes to business and bossy men, Samantha Vine has trouble letting go.
Fireball is the laugh-out-loud first stand-alone installment of the Bridges and Bitters series. If you love found family, hilarious antics, and off-the-charts heat, you'll devour these sexy romantic comedies.
Hooked from the very first page, Fireball has the romance, the humor and the story depth that keeps me turning pages.
USA Today bestselling author - Danika Bloom
"I adored this book. It felt like a mix of The Love Hypothesis with the nerd talk and Fix Her Up with the Foof friends while feeling like its own thing at the same time." ~Bookish Bai, Goodreads
This book is scheduled for a release blitz and boost via Give Me Books PR. There is a Bookbub Feature Deal in late May for books from a related series as well as stacked promotions from the major newsletters (Robin Reads, Freebooksy, Fussy Librarian, etc.)
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I adored all the characters and the atmosphere so much and I hope the author continues putting out more books like this!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All the opinions in this review are entirely my own.
This is a really fun read from start to finish, pure enemies-to-lovers with unfortunate circumstances leading to a not-so-cute-meet.
I really loved the way the relationship between Samantha and AJ builds from a powerful attraction, almost against their will. They each have their challenges and past issues, which causes the requisite amount of tension and provides some context to their actions.
I liked AJ a lot. He is flawed but very relatable. Sam also has vulnerabilities, but I did find her less easy to relate to. How many super intelligent, kind and generous CEO's that look like models does one see walking around the place? Not many. I also felt a bit duped that she didn't really find a backbone when it came to her family.
I love the idea of FOOF and I do look forward to reading more about these amazing, inspiring women - I just hope they are not all too perfect.
Love this book. Lots of humour, witty banter, many LOL moments. This book will make you laugh even if you are a machine, I swear. :)
Grumpy and Sunshine/Enemies to lovers are some of my favorite trope so it's not surprising that I love it so much. The main heroine Sam is especially adorable. The romance is funny and sweet. A fun and enjoyable read.
Thanks to the publisher for the arc.
This was a really really good super quite easy read that I read in about four hours. Grumpy/sunshine is one of my all time favorite tropes so this book had me from the second I read the description I loved the way it explained how being non binary works and kind of normalized it to the children that AJ was teaching(it was awesome). 5 stars and I would 100% read it again!
I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Fireball by Lainey Davis through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
Thank you @NetGalley and Lainey Davis for the ARC of Fireball in exchange for my honest review.
Well I devoured this book! It was a delicious read! An "enemies to lovers' trope well done. The plot was great, the spice was even better! I enjoyed that both MCs went through the paces to find their individual needs and work through difficulties. I thought it nice to read that the male MC's family accepted the female MC who is outside of their religion. The group of friends had good voice but wasn't overdone. My only criticism is that it was too short! Also, I have a feeling it was titled Fireball because it's part of a same settings series, but I think the title Piece of Cake would have been better. :)
If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced, spicy, rom-com...then look no further!
Can't wait to read more from the Bridges and Bitters series.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a really fun, short romcom read. It hits all the checkboxes. Enemies-to-lovers and grumpy and sunshine. Our FMC, Sam is an amazing hardworking woman. The MMC, AJ is great too but I have some issues with him though I understand where he’s coming from. Honestly, I really love the vibes in it and I can’t wait for future books in this series.
This is a delightful, sizzling, quick read (just over 200 pages). Samantha Vine is brilliantly smart and has created a company that helps scientists share data. It is preparing for its IPO and wanting to look good for future investors. AJ Trachtenberg is a grumpy middle school science teacher who challenges her to let his middle school students come and see her company. It’s a much funnier start than that but that is the gist. These two are a delight. I love that Sam is a strong leader, wants the best for her employees and is genuinely concerned about everyone she encounters. Because of his past horrible relationship AJ can’t see it. But he is attracted to her and their back and for is great.
I can’t remember a book that ever promoted the sexiness of hairy men. But ever time Sam adored AJ’s pelt, I melted into giggles. And I love her FOOF friends and I really hope several of them are going to get their own stories because I will be waiting to read them. Thank you to NetGalley and Lainey Davis for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. At the end of the book is an offer for an additional epilogue. I don’t think it added a whole lot but I still enjoyed reading it.
Samantha is a super successful CEO for a tech company she accidentally created in college. Her friend group (FOOF, you’re gonna have to read it to figure that out🤣) is exactly what I imagine I would have if all of my friends lived in the same city. (Id be happy with same state at this point🤣) & sweet, grumpy Aj is a moody middle school teacher, who loves his students and had major trust issues. Oh and he growls, a lot. (It’s a good thing in this case 😉) There is drama and tears and I laughed out loud enough times I had to explain the entire book to my partner who was sitting in the same room 😅
Enemies to lovers, non-binary representation, conversation about gender/reproductive health/mental health, ✨steamy scenes ✨and the main character just so happens to be named Samantha? Goodness gracious I loved this book. This one gets 4.7/5 stars for me here on Instagram, but totally 5 stars everywhere else because I round up and I’m not ashamed to admit it 💜 Thank you @netgalley and @authorlaineydavis for allowing me to read this 💜
Wow I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was very cute and nicely developed in my opinion, I personally finished it in one sitting. Sam was just excepcional to me, very driven and passionate despite her family. The romance aspect was pretty good, it never felt forced or too fast. I’m really impressed by how entertaining this book was.
Also thank you Netgalley for providing me with this copy!!!
I really, really enjoyed this book! It was super cute and light, and so romantic! It hooked me from chapter one.
I've previously read the Stag Brothers series by Lainey Davis, and was intrigued to see her works in a different genre. I picked this particular book as I'm usually drawn to books set in STEM areas, especially when strong females are included.
The author beautifully mixes different upbringings, social classes, religions and also provides a nod to the LGBTQI+ community with the inclusion of the non-binary character Shane; let's hope this becomes mainstream so I don't even feel the need to mention it in a review!
I thoroughly enjoyed the way Sam and AJ were portrayed as well as the other characters, especially Sam's diverse group of FOOF* friends. AJ's friends were more in the background in this story, but I'm hoping they'll all get their own books going forward. A great first book in the series!
The second book in the Bridges and Bitter series, Liquid Courage, is already available and I'm guessing there're a few more to come covering Sam's and AJ's friends.
* you'll have to read the book to learn what this abbreviation stands for
I adored the book. Loved all the characters int the book. If you are looking for an enemies to lovers rom-com this is definitely one of the books you need to read. I also tend to enjoy grumpy/sunshine so knew just from the description that the book would be great. And i was right the book was absolutely amazing. I also love how inclusive this book was with the LGBTQ+ community. I also love the fact that Aj's family accepted Samantha into the family despite her not being Jewish. It just shows the pure true heart of some people.
Over all i loved the book due to the amazing plot and the great spicy scenes that were included. I totally recommend this book.
I finished this whole book in six hours straight. I just couldn't get enough of the serotonin , it was like lainey davis laced the pages of her book with steam.
But to be honest , i just loved the characters , the character representation . The novel was very accessible to read and the writing style wasn't unclear or confusing. The pace was a little bit fast but other than that everything was perfect.
Waiting to read the entire series.
Thank you netgalley for the arc.
Wish you all the best lainey for the book.
A great read, enemies to lovers.
Sam and AJ don't get on when they first meet, but then they keep bumping in to each other. Can she convince him that he is wrong about her and give them a chance?
I loved the nod to characters in the other Lainey Davies series of books too.
Can't wait for the rest of the series.
I have recently discovered Lainey Davis's books, and I absolutely LOVE them! This latest one, Fireball, is no exception - it actually might be my favourite! It seems quite a number of her characters from previous series overlap, so I will definitely be going back and checking out more of her back catalogue as well (mentions of other series, besides ones I have read so far, gave me this clue).
AJ (Adriel) and Sam meet when he's sent by his school to attend her company's community day (she's the CEO of a tech company she started in college, which allows the sharing of scientific research and similar, so that people don't have to continually do the work over again). Their initial interaction does not go well, when he tries to find out about a field trip for the students and she suggests it isn't really something that she figures would be the right fit between the company and the school. The attempts to apologize and make-up lead to worsening interactions between the pair, but eventually the field trip happens, they end up having to spend more time together and of course, their very initial attraction becomes a lot more.
Many other characters make appearances that have had their own stories already (or may in future), which is great, Sam has her girls in "Foof" (fresh out of f's), and they have a lot of meetings to discuss the status of her budding relationship (while AJ discusses with his teacher pals), and there's just a whole lot of "big tech energy" going on!
Fireball is very quick read at 200ish pages, so if you are looking for a really quick, low (relatively low) angst, opposites attract, sort of a grumpy sunshine storyline, good amount of steam, and romcom, then this is it! Look no further - you have found the one. Lainey really knows how to bring everything together in a short amount of pages, but really packs it in with a great impact. I'm going to be remembering this one for quite some time to come. I recommend this one for everybody, but especially those that enjoy the above.
I received an advance review copy from NetGalley, and this is my full and honest feedback.
(My review is being posted to Goodreads, Bookbub, Bookstagram and Amazon on May 22)
Samantha and AJ come together in Fireball in a fun enemies to lovers book with lots of spice!
This was a fun and quick read that was simply un-put-downable. From the unique twist that the FMC is the high powered business exec while the MMC is the opposite to the lovely way the characters were able to work through past traumas to create a love story.
It was overall fun, flirty, and a book I would absolutely recommend and read again!
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