The Animosity Equation (Love Equations #2) by J.R. Gray

The Animosity Equation is a steamy college romance with so much chemistry that the characters think they hate each other...

From the blurb:

Have you ever loathed a person so intensely the sight of them made you contemplate homicide?

First day of college, everyone is settling into their rooms, and in walks Jeff Woods—the blond bastard. He's arrogant and smart and an elite swimmer and worst of all everyone loves him. Only he's insufferable and flirty, and a sex god. He pushes every button I never knew I had, all with an air of indifference, like he doesn't know the affect it has on me.

Did I mention he's the hottest guy I've ever laid eyes on?

I'm just some closeted red-neck from the south who's more comfortable on a horse and in a pair of boots than trying to figure out this Ivy League stuff.

There's no way a guy like him would ever look at me twice.

Hate is the only equation.

The Animosity Equation is a standalone enemies to lovers, roommates, forced proximity, wild ride of teasing, lust, and so much more.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

An explosive enemies-to-lovers story! And, they knew just how to fight with their playful and snarky banter! The constant bickering, arguing, f**king, and miscommunications were the build up that continued their animosity with perfection. 

“𝕀 𝕕𝕠 π•π•šπ•œπ•– π•₯𝕠 π•₯π•™π•šπ•Ÿπ•œ 𝕀 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒 π•₯π•’π•π•–π•Ÿπ•₯ 𝕗𝕠𝕣 π•‘π•šπ•€π•€π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕠𝕗𝕗 π•¦π•Ÿπ•₯π•šπ• π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•—π•¦π•”π•œ π•žπ•–.”

Once Mason and Jeff finally decided to let go of their past and present hang ups, their chemistry was a frenzied storm! Not to mention their connection grew overtime into an unbreakable bond that they both were in dire need of obtaining. 

“𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒 𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕒𝕔𝕙𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕀𝕖 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕀π•₯π•¦π•‘π•šπ••?”

I absolutely loved the snide remarks and total honesty of Mason’s family, specifically Grans. The bittersweet time with her amusing and entertaining, never knowing what was going to come out of her mouth. 

“𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕀𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕓𝕖 π•€π•”π•£π•–π•¨π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•šπ•Ÿ π•₯𝕙𝕖 π•“π•’π•£π•Ÿ π•π•šπ•œπ•– π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕀π•₯ 𝕠𝕗 π•₯𝕙𝕖 π•¦π•Ÿπ•žπ•’π•£π•£π•šπ•–π•• 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕑𝕝𝕖𝕀 ‘π•£π• π•¦π•Ÿπ•• 𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖,”
JR single-handedly hit the nail on the head with a southern family’s demeanor as a whole! Not sure why’d I expect anything less! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Amy_tbs' Review:

“𝑾𝒆 π’…π’Šπ’…π’’𝒕 π’Œπ’π’π’˜ π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒍 π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’π’“π’”π’• 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 π’”π’π’„π’Šπ’†π’•π’š. 𝑡𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔 π’…π’Šπ’…. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 π’ˆπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’•π’‰π’“π’π’–π’ˆπ’‰ π’Šπ’•, 𝑰 π’˜π’‚π’” π’”π’•π’Šπ’π’ π’–π’π’„π’π’Žπ’‡π’π’“π’•π’‚π’ƒπ’π’† 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 π’Žπ’š π’π’Šπ’‡π’†. 𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒔 π’‰π’–π’Žπ’‚π’π’” 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆπ’” 𝒃𝒖𝒕 π’˜π’‚π’π’•π’†π’… π’•π’‰π’†π’Ž π’”π’˜π’†π’‘π’• 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’“π’–π’ˆ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’Šπ’ˆπ’π’π’“π’† π’˜π’‰π’š π’”π’π’„π’Šπ’†π’•π’š 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 π’‡π’“π’π’Ž 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’†π’‚π’Žπ’”.”

The Animosity Equation was one of the best books of 2022 for me! I absolutely adored everything about it. J.R. Gray has fast become a One-Click author for me and I literally couldn't contain my excitement for another installment of the Love Equations series!

Animosity Equation bucket load of all my favourite tropes. A steamy Enemies-To-Lovers that was drenched with tension and sexual loathing/longing. The very best type of tension there is! This well crafted forced proximity, Roommates-to-Lovers and sports romance. Jeff and Mason had me glued to each chapter i couldn't get enough of their back and forth games. I just wanted all their pent up animosity it was absolutely thrilling and I wanted to drawn in their hate.

As with many of J.R. Gray's book there was plenty of thought provoking moments and I loved the journey these two went on. This was a lovely story of found families, coming out, loss, self-preservation, first loves and breaking down the walls we build around ourselves.

“π‘»π’‰π’†π’š π’“π’†π’‚π’π’π’š 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 π’Šπ’• π’˜π’‚π’” π’˜π’“π’π’π’ˆ, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅𝒏’𝒕 π’ƒπ’π’‚π’Žπ’† π’•π’‰π’†π’Ž 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’Šπ’ˆπ’π’π’“π’‚π’π’„π’†. 𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒕 π’†π’—π’†π’“π’šπ’π’π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’‚π’Žπ’†. 𝑻𝒐𝒐 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒅 π’ƒπ’š 𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’“π’†π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’Šπ’π’ 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒆 π’π’–π’•π’”π’Šπ’…π’† 𝒐𝒇 π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’‡π’‚π’Šπ’•π’‰.”

Rating: 5 Stars

Jacqueleen's Review:

I love me some enemies to lovers and this title says it all.

I read The Friendship Equation back in August 2021 so it took me until partway through this book for me to realize that Jeff was the asshole competitive swimmer in book 1. Turns out there's a lot more to Jeff than meets the eye. He uses words as a weapon and rarely lets his mask slip. He has his reasons for why he is the way he is and honestly I don't blame him. Life hasn't been the kindest to Jeff so far, but all that changes with Mason.

Mason is the quintessential closeted southern rancher. He plans to spend his life that way, until he meets a snarky swimmer named Jeff his freshman year of college. Something about Jeff just gets under Mason's skin. There's plenty of back and forth sniping at one another and the UST was off the charts. I couldn't wait until the two finally gave in because I knew they'd be explosive. I was right.

This book has lots of steam and I would say medium to lower angst. I loved Mason's cousin and I really hope he gets his own book. He was certainly a character. The ending was absolutely adorable. The next book is The Forbidden Equation and features Harden's brother whom we met in book 1. I can't wait to see what he gets up to based on the blurb. He's going to shake things up for sure.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

This book started off with a bang, drew me in and held my attention from the first page to the last!  Not having read the first book in the series, I had no idea what I was in for, but it was a roller coaster ride featuring instant attraction, miscommunication, enemy vibes and so much chemistry!

This book portrayed the classic college characters - one out and proud, the other queer and closeted and exploring for the first time away from home... the first part was a little like watching a ping pong match - both characters bouncing off each other and learning a little but not ready to admit what they wanted...

I loved watching the characters grow and my only wish is that we'd see more of their second summer together...

Rating: 4.5 Stars