To Not Marry My Enemy (The Simple Rules #3) - Gianni Holmes

Trapped into marriage, River has strong feelings for his new husband - hate and lust are at the forefront. Ford is committed to keeping River for a year, but he soon realizes that he doesn't want to let River go - ever. All their plans go out the window when Ford and River can't get enough of each other, how can such a terrible start end up with a happily every after?

From the To Not Marry My Enemy blurb:

He’ll rue the day we say “I do”.


Being jilted once was bad enough, and it won’t happen again. This time I’m marrying for business. When my current fiancee dupes me a few days before the wedding, luckily she leaves behind someone who can take her place. It’s the right thing for him to do, since he convinced her our wedding was a sham. If he doesn’t agree, I know just how to get him down the aisle.


The first time I met Ford, I knew instantly we were bound to be enemies. I loathe every gorgeous, pretentious inch of the man, even after the I dos. If it’s a marriage he wants, then a marriage he’ll get…starting with our honeymoon. I’ll make our marriage such an unbearable hell that he’ll ask for an annulment. When my plan backfires and I accidentally sleep with my new husband on our honeymoon, things take a turn I least expected. Now I need a divorce…or maybe not?

To Not Marry My Enemy is an enemies-to-lovers short novel with marriage-of-convenience and bi-awakening.

SNik's Review:

Third in series (The Simple Rules), but can be read as a standalone. Marriage of convenience/forced. Enemies to lovers. Found family. Dual POV. 

Blackmailed into marriage, River never expected to get caught trying to steal from wealthy and handsome rancher Ford, but now he is caught for sure in a year-long marriage. 

Ford needs to marry in order to inherit his family’s land, and trapping the sexy River is just a bonus. River brings out all kinds of lust and protectiveness out of workaholic Ford, and River can’t resist annoying and taunting Ford as a way to hide his attraction. 

As expected with a Holmes story, these men have all the banter and push and pull, but are sweet and caring with some super steamy interactions which cause the lust to slowly grow into affection. 

An entertaining read where Ford and River don’t truly hate each other and find that once they commit to their feelings after much miscommunication they have found someone that truly loves them no matter what. Lovely HEA, I could have kept reading more with these two.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I've loved all The Simple Rules books, but I have to say that I think this one is my favourite... it definitely has the true enemies to lovers trope in spades with all the snark, steam and miscommunication you can take. If you like a sweet, fluffy, poetic romance, you'll be sorely disappointed... 

That's not to say that you don't eventually find the sweet, it's just buried under hate sex and make-up sex and a few bets and dares... and there is a great found family element to explore as well!  

To Not Marry My Enemy sucked me in and kept me up until I finished it!  I loved the characters, their backstories and the way that Ford's family embraced River!

Rating: 5 Stars

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