Cait’s ARC Review of “Playing the Enemy” by Maggie Dallen

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion.*

When Hannah’s boyfriend of five years breaks up with her via text, then kicks her off their intramural soccer team, she’s heartbroken. Caleb has been her next door neighbor and best friend her whole life, so it’s more than just a breakup–her entire life changes seemingly overnight.

To continue playing soccer, and to get back at him, Hannah tries out for the rival team. The captain of which has been enemy #1 of Caleb since middle school. Before that, River was friends with both of them, and he even had a crush on Hannah. Now, they strike up a deal to not only play together but to pretend to be dating as well.

Hannah quickly realizes that the feelings being stirred to life around River were never there with Caleb, and she faces the fact that what they had might not have been what either of them thought. To have a chance with the boy she actually likes, she needs to let go of the hurt and overcome her fear of change.

It’s no secret that I love Maggie Dallen. My currently reading list has had at least one of her books included since May, and I’m slowly making my way through them. I think I’ve read at least six or seven, and this is now one of my top favorites!

The characters are so real and well developed. I just adore River and Hannah. Even though he doesn’t want to trust her in the beginning, you can clearly see how much River cares. Not just because she’s Hannah, but because he’s a genuinely good person. I also love their friends, whom I wish to see more of. Especially River’s friend Tristan. I hope Maggie will consider returning to this group because I feel like there’s a lot more to him in particular that we didn’t see.

As usual, the book is well written and set at good pace. I wish the fake relationship had lasted a tiny bit longer, but it also made sense the way things happened. (I’m trying to be vague enough to not spoil!) I really enjoy Maggie’s style of writing. It’s easy to read and always keeps my attention.

It’s got a plethora of my favorite tropes all wrapped up in this sweet and amusing story. Full of heart and emotion, it shows these two characters grow together. If you like YA romance, definitely check it out!

Playing the Enemy is now available (and FREE on Kindle Unlimited)! Check it out here!

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