Title: Kiss to Conquer (Blairwood University #1)
Author: Anna B Doe
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐3/4
Genre: Contemporary Romance , Enemies to Lovers
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Callie & Hayden
Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher
Anna is a new author for me and I’m glad I picked this book. Totally liked the writing style. Book starts with Callie entering Blairwood university. She has a past with Hayden, who is now Blairwood’s star wide receiver. They don’t like each other; they want to move on but fate brings them face to face again and again.
Callie is scared physically and emotionally. She has made some bad decisions in past which is weighing her down. Callie has moved from being cheerleader to brooding reclusive girl and Hayden from lanky, clumsy to popular star receiver. Hayden is determined to not forgive her. Now 3 years later even with their hatred and anger they still cannot avoid the pull between them.
The reason for Hayden’s hatred was completely justifiable. We really see the growth of their relationship as the book goes along and their stories develop. I admired Callie for all that she has endured and staying strong giving back whenever necessary. What caused the rift between them? What new revelations do they face? Can they really forgive and move on?
This is a college “Enemies to Lovers” romance about a second chance to forgive, mend and move on. Secondary characters were awesome. Nixon, Jasmine, Chole, Emmett, Maddox and Zane they were epitome for friends. They knew when to push whom and how to make the other person open up when situation demands.
Story is a beautifully written with angst and emotion along with good twists which makes this a perfect onetime entertaining read.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
Blurb as per goodreads
The past tore them apart.
After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning.
Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way.
The present brings them together.
Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago.
One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past.
Note: Kiss To Conquer is an enemies-to-lovers sports romance and it can be read as a standalone novel.