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The enemies to lovers trope is one that I adore because the snarky back and forth between the hero and heroine as well as their internal musings of frustration and annoyance mixed with undeniable chemistry between the two make for one hell of a reading experience, and in Lorelei James’ newest release, All You Need, the overwhelming feelings of hate and lust that Annika Lund and Axl Hammerquist have for one another makes it a must-read story.
There’s never a dull moment with the way Annika and Axl torture one another, not only with their snide nicknames for each other, but also with their inability to keep things just about positive PR for Axl’s hockey career, because regardless of how much they want to loathe one another, there’s no denying that the “Iron Princess” and the “Hammer” intrigue one another and wouldn’t mind working out the frustrations of their situation as well as their complicated feelings between the sheets.
The “girlfriend angle” that Axl’s agent wants Annika and Axl to take in order to clean up Axl’s image and get the focus on his hockey abilities rather than his off ice antics puts Annika and Axl in a daunting position because even if Axl is not Annika’s usual type and the attraction she feels towards him is unwanted, they are now coconspirators in a very public way, and if the double life they’re leading gets exposed in any way but a positive one, there’s more than just Axl’s hockey career at risk, which means Annika needs to wield her PR Superpowers while placing her trust in a man who doesn’t have a very good track record, even if there’s more misperceptions of Axl than there is truth to his manwhoring ways.
Lorelei James does a fantastic job of illustrating both Annika and Axl’s multifaceted personalities. There is so much more to them than what they allow others to see, and because readers are privy to every one of their thoughts and characteristics, it’s easy to see why these two are actually quite perfect for each other. Annika and Axl push each other to do and be better, and while the PR couple and the real couple seem to be separate entities, one allows Annika and Axl to truly get to know one another while the other is just between the two of them, making it all the more precious when the media as well as Axl’s agent want very different things than what the two want themselves.
There’s never a dull moment when Annika and Axl are together, and while they may drive one another crazy just as much as they make each other better, it’s clear that their feelings are real and so far beyond what they would have thought possible when Annika was hired to revamp Axl’s image to help his career. And being a part of their journey, witnessing all the highs and lows that they experience, makes All You Need one heck of a wild, steamy, and intriguing journey.
A complimentary copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Poison Apples