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Spending time with my nemesis never felt so good. 

Carson Brooks has been my enemy since the day he moved to Sweet Water and tried to drown me in a rogue wave. 

Not only are we enemies, but we're not quiet about it, either. We're polar opposites. Where I'm a perfectionist and methodical in all things, he is carefree and the life of the party. 

While Carson tries to trip me in the halls on a regular basis, I'm busy glaring holes through his disgustingly thick skull. 

Oh, and did I mention I'm best friends with his little brother? Talk about inconvenient.

But it's our senior year, and my life is unraveling. My parents are at each other's throats, I have yet to hear back about early admissions at the college of my choice, and I have no date to the Snowflake Ball. So, when Carson whacks me in the face with a basketball during gym class, I snap. I go for his throat - literally.

Now, Sweet Water's principal is giving us a choice: face suspension or find a way to work together on the holiday Angel Project. Great. As if living in a war zone weren't enough, now I have to spend time with the enemy.

But as tensions rise and we begin spending time together, I realize there's more to Carson Brooks than his cocky exterior. Maybe, I like him more than I thought. Maybe, a little too much.

©2019 Theresa M. Souders (P)2019 Theresa M. Souders

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  • Lenni Jones
  • 02-09-2020

The perfect light-hearted listen!

I loved listening to this book after reading it a few years ago and also loving it then. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and I wish Tia Souders had more books like this one. I can’t wait until she writes another sweet YA like this one! I don’t know what I’ll listen to until then.

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  • Katie
  • 03-07-2020

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I loved this charming and heartfelt story. The characters were so engaging and the narrator was great.

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  • Alicia
  • 09-06-2020

super cute!

This is a sweet, fun YA. Very enjoyable story with a great narrater to bring it to life!

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  • Kate McMurry
  • 06-05-2020

G-rated, YA, Christmas-themed, romantic comedy

Mia Randalls only has a few more months of her senior year to survive while living in the battle zone of her home with parents who are on the verge of divorce. Her best friend, Ethan Brooks, who is a year younger than her, has been her loyal supporter and comforter ever since his family moved in next door years ago. But as much as she adores Ethan, she cannot stand his brother, Carson, who is Mia’s age. Carson is the gorgeous, ripped captain of the school’s swim team, and he’s popular with everyone at school but Mia. He’s been the bane of her existence since soon after they met at age nine. Their homes share a private beach, and he callously laughed at her when she got terrifyingly knocked around by a big wave. In contrast, eight-year-old Ethan rushed to her aid, caring for her and comforting her that day. He’s been her BFF ever since, while Carson became her nemesis. All these years, up to the present moment, he has routinely teased and pranked her in juvenile ways, such as bumping into her, tripping her, or spilling drinks on her. And that cocky smirk of his drives her wild. Mia has always done her best to ignore Carson, but his most recent prank proves to be her breaking point. He throws a basketball at her in gym class, and it smashes into her face. When she stares over at him through her rapidly swelling eye, the jerk is laughing at her, and she snaps. She stomps over to him and chokes him until the gym teacher tears her off of Carson and orders the two of them to the principal’s office. The principal informs Mia and Carson that, technically, they both have assaulted each other, and that normally the penalty would be a two-week suspension. But to Mia’s relief, she offers them an alternative punishment. The two of them must work as a team to run the Angel Project, which provides food and presents to needy families at Christmastime. Feeling she has no choice in order to avoid a big, black mark on her school record that may harm her chances to get into her dream school, Mia concedes, and Carson agrees as well. As the two of them begin spending time together, Mia is surprised to realize that there is more to Carson than an obnoxious prankster, and her attitude toward him slowly begins to change. This G-rated, enemies-to-lovers, romantic comedy is a fun, fast read. It is told entirely from Mia’s first-person point of view, so we don’t get to know Carson as well as we might have done if this were dual point of view. But it is true that the mystery of his motivation for continually aggravating Mia over the years is enhanced by us never getting inside his head. Though this novel is part of a series of books all set at the same high school, it stands alone, and it is not necessary to read any of the other books to get the full benefit of this story. Like all the books in this series, this book has a satisfying conclusion with no cliffhanger. This is a classic, no-cheating, HEA romance. There is no sex, no drinking, no drugs, and no foul language, making this story suitable for all ages. I own this book both in a Kindle edition and as an audiobook. I have enjoyed both reading it and listening to it. Penelope Graham does a very good job narrating the book. I rate this book as follows: Heroine: 4 stars Hero: 4 stars Subcharacters: 4 stars Romance Plot: 4 stars Writing: 4 stars Audiobook Narration: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars

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  • Shauna
  • 25-01-2020

Enemies to love

A great book about finding love in unexpected ways. First time author for me and I’m definitely going to read more of her books. Narrator was awesome.

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  • JM
  • 20-01-2020

Loved It!

YA isn't my usual choice to read. I'm so glad that I listened to this though. I'm going to look for some more in this series. This was a good story and I really lines the narrator, too

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  • Vibliophile
  • 15-01-2020

Entertaining YA enemies-to-lovers romance

The enemies-to-lovers trope is one of the toughest ones for an author to pull off. Typically, one or both of the main characters ends up being too unlikeable to fully redeem for readers. This one is better than average. It does well enough to succeed with all the happy, warm fuzzy feels. The author does a good job of building their relationship over a relatively short period of time. And their encounters are amusing. Carson did do some fairly obnoxious stuff, though, and is too old for some of the crap he pulls on poor Mia, especially knowing she's going through hades. My heart really went out to her towards the end. When she finally starts speaking out for herself, I was so with her. The author writes it all so well, that it's really only after reflecting on it after finishing the book that those points kinda bugged me. So... not perfect, but I still liked it a lot and it still did well enough to be absolutely worth the read/listen. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses *Religion: secular, takes the Lord's Name in vain once, sadly & unnecessarily, but at least not as a curse [The narrator reads naturally, and does a great job with making the different characters' voices appropriate as well as distinguishable]

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  • fsloverly
  • 11-01-2020

Fun!

Mia and Carson have a sweet magnetism that is as flirty as it is antagonistic. When Carson pings Mia in the eye with a basketball, her throat-rushing response probably has more to do with the other stress factors in her life, than the stinging pain of a blooming black eye. When they are sentenced to work together on getting donations to provide Christmas presents to underprivileged families, they may find that there is more than meets the eye and the strained relationship between them.

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  • Moose girl
  • 31-12-2019

Great YA romance

I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers sweet YA romance. It’s book 6 in the Sweet Water High series, but is a stand-alone, and worth the listen! The characters were well-written with a lot of chemistry between Carson and Mia. Penelope Graham was the perfect voice for these teenagers. Well done.

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  • Naty
  • 16-09-2020

true feelings

Mia is been best friend with Ethan since they met nine years ago but she can’t stand his brother Carson. He is always picking at her and she avoids him whenever she can. But after a fight at school they need to team together. Can they realise that there is something between them? Can Carson help Mia in a very difficult situation and show her his true feelings? A sweet love story.

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  • Danii
  • 01-03-2020

Perfection. Loved it.

Falling for my nemesis was what I needed. I've been reading outside the YA genre of late and this book reminded me why it's my favourite. Mia is best friends with Ethan. He's a little younger than her but their friendship works perfectly. Except for one detail. His older brother, Carson. Carson and Mia have been enemies since he moved to Sweet water. When an incident at school throws the pair together, the reasons Mia hates him so much don't seem as obvious. He's actually being pretty decent. After a few confessions at a party, Mia is questioning everything she thought was true. I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was great. Mia's back story adds an extra level to the tale and Ethan was a great best friend. I won this in a competition with no obligation to review. It's also available on KU.

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