My sweet enemy by Jenny Hartwell is a entertaining story of not just love for another, but also self love. Both main characters are fighting issues of self doubt, and even deeper strain felt from their unique family situations. Needless to say, with each of their emotional baggage being brought to a job competition, their relationship starts as less than friendly.
Attraction is only a distraction…
Both Charlotte and Luke have important reason to win the completion. They both want the job, but they also both REALLY need the job. Each of them enter the internship with “Simone’s Chocolate,” jobless. If they don’t win this reality-tv-esque competition, they go home to nothing. That alone is obstacle enough, and neither has time or space to explore attraction for one another.
I was impressed with Hartwell’s telling of chocolate creation and processing. She tells not only a story of human love, but also love of chocolate. Many times I felt the need to reach for a Lindt truffle while reading My Sweet Enemy. She did a fabulous job of character diversity as well. Everyone had a different talent: social media, sales, science, design… etc. They were also at different life stages, from different backgrounds, and with different preferences. I felt it was very well rounded and realistic.
I think anyone who enjoys a fun and sometimes silly romance should read My Sweet Enemy. If you’re not in it for the love story, read it for the fascinating journey of chocolate.