3 Star Review: Bitter Rival by J. Sterling

Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Bitter Rival: an enemies to lovers romanceBitter Rival: an enemies to lovers romance by J. Sterling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sadly, for me, this story left me wanting more, for all the wrong reasons. I loved the premise and the characters but the story seemed detached on an emotional level and felt more like a short story than a full-length novel. 

I wanted more depth from the story and given it was an enemies-to-lovers tale, there were very few hurdles for the protagonists to overcome - one point of clarification by James and all of the years of hate and mistrust were swept under the mat in the blink of an eye!

Personally, I would have liked to have seen James or Julia fight harder before becoming lovers. The book was easy to read though and was a relatively enjoyable quick, over in an evening, read. 

Blurb

New York Times bestselling author J. Sterling, brings you an enemies to lovers romance story you won't be able to put down! 

James Russo is enemy #1. 
Hating him is in my blood. 

Our families have been at war for generations; a bitter rivalry with no end in sight. All I've ever wanted to do was make wine, but one night with James will cost me everything. 

I shouldn't be attracted to him... but I am. 
I definitely shouldn't want to sleep with him... but I do. 

Is following my heart worth the risk of losing my vineyard and my legacy? Because in my family, there could be no greater betrayal than sleeping with the enemy.

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