𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: 𝐄𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐌𝐜𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
Stars: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam level: 4/5 🥵🥵🥵🥵
Enemies to lovers? Yes please!
Emily McIntire has done it again. Her second novel Beneath the Stands, is a beautifully written, enemies-to-lovers/second chance experience.
Becca has grown up in an incredibly manipulative family who has destroyed her sense of normalcy and belonging. Her time away from her hometown to go to school is a reprieve from the life she knows she doesn’t want, but keeps calling her back. She insulates herself with a wall of sass and, at times, self destruction. Her best friend, Alina is all that connects her to her old life.
Eli is a former NBA superstar struggling for his place in the world after an injury takes him out of the game. Having never dealt with the tragedies in his past, he moves forward ignoring all the pain in his life. In doing so, he has alienated Alina, his younger sister, from his life. Something Becca can’t forgive.
When the two reconnect at the university where she is a student and he is a coach, sparks fly. Their romance is steamy and hot, but also shows the quieter sides of both these broken characters. They make each other better.
If you’ve read Beneath the Stars (and I suggest that you do), you’ll know that Becca and Eli’s romance deviates off course, breaking them both once again. It’s a heart wrenching example of how fallible these characters are.
Emily does a beautiful job of intertwining the story lines of both books. The first book left a trail of questions about Becca and Eli’s relationship which this one answers. Her prose, as always, is fiery and the chemistry between the lovers is electric. This is a highly recommended read.