by Elizabeth Hayley
There’s a fine line between love and hate. And these two can’t decide which side they’re really on. . . .
Poetry professor Naomi Price is loved by her students, happily works around the clock, and has credentials no one could deny. Except, it seems, for her arch-nemesis at Hainamor University. The man never has anything polite to say, and now the two of them are competing for a prestigious honor that just so happens to come with a cash award. With every move Naomi makes to impress her colleagues, her rival is right there beside her, elbow to elbow, making it impossible to ignore how devastatingly hot he is—even if he is a total bastard.
Sebastian Blake knows what Naomi thinks of him, and he’s trying hard not to care. Maybe he’s been grouchy with her in the past, but she isn’t making his life any easier with her crusade to win over the Personnel Committee and earn an honor that is rightfully his. Naomi just doesn’t quit, and though he’d never admit it, there’s something sexy about her. Something that has him tied up in knots. Something that makes him want to move beyond his painful past and take a chance—at least for as long as it takes to kiss her silly and see what happens next.
Naomi and Sebastian are both professors at a university. They share an office space, and they cannot stand each other. He is a "serious, bestselling novelist", and she is a poet. I loved the snarky-ness between the two characters, with their funny and cutting sarcasm.
However, what I enjoyed even more was the build up of their story. We're given an outlook on both their points of view (I love alternating POVs), and we slowly get to know each character's motivations, fears, and regrets. That's what I truly enjoyed from this book: the characters are flawed. They are flawed in a way that made me want to give them each a hug, and not in an annoying way (thank goodness).
I recommend this book for people who think they may not be into romance books. It has humor and heart. I cheered them on, and shared in their pain as well. It's a beautifully written book and definitely worth reading.