Never Have I Ever: Submitted to My Enemy (Never Have I Ever #2) by Willow Dixon - Review & Giveaway

Never Have I Ever: Submitted to My Enemy contains high steam and high emotions. Hating someone is easy, and when you find out they be just the person you need, falling in love may just be as easy. Two college guys finding their perfect match on a hookup app and then realizing that the person right in front of them could be their forever person.

From the blurb:

How could I not have realized the guy I’ve been chatting with online is the one person I hate?

Kai, the bad boy I broke my rules for. Who stomped all over my heart. Twice. He’s arrogant and
annoying, and worse, he doesn’t even remember what he did to me.

He’s also my new presentation partner. I want nothing to do with him, but the more time we spend together, the more I realize he’s not the monster I’ve made him out to be. I want to keep hating him, but it’s hard when he’s made it his mission to get me to like him.

As if things weren’t messed up enough, enter MrWrong, the bossy as f*ck guy I’ve been chatting with online. Using an anonymous app was supposed to be an uncomplicated way to explore my more extreme interests. I didn’t count on meeting the only person who’s ever been able to give me not only what I want, but what I need.

I spent years denying my attraction to men to protect a broken heart. Now I have two guys I can’t stop thinking about.

F*ck my life.

Alex and Kai’s story is an enemies-to-lovers romance between classmates who discover they have more in common than they think. Expect lots of steamy, kinky conversations, and even hotter encounters when these classmates realize who they’ve been chatting with. It is the second novel in the exciting Never Have I Ever series but can be read as a standalone.

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Never Have I Ever), but can be read as a standalone. Frenemies to lovers. Hurt/comfort. Light BDSM elements. High steam. Found family. Dual POV. 

Alex doesn’t pursue relationships with guys, it’s been his rule for years, but now he has a match that meets his needs on a kink app and also his attractive presentation partner, both guys and both pushing all his buttons in a good way. Kai is focused on getting his degree and getting his family out of his small hometown, but he doesn’t expect to find himself interested in his anonymous app match as well as his gorgeous classmate. 

This story hit all kinds of high notes for me, there were plenty of steamy times, while an unexpected but real relationship developed between Alex and Kai, they have a lot in common inside and outside the bedroom. Both men shared vulnerabilities and trust with each other. Both were smart and likable characters, Kai being mature and caretaking, while Alex was sweet, kind, and content to let Kai be a bossy companion. Alex and Kai support each other emotionally, are slightly possessive but not controlling, and their love grows easily the closer they become. 

Enjoyed every moment of this book, and absolutely love the epilogue far enough in the future to give a true HEA to these two deserving characters.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sarah C's Review:

Never Have I Ever related to a character more than Alex Ellis. Every single time we were in his POV, I felt like I was reading my own thoughts. And as someone who is very much a character-based reader, this was a good thing for my enjoyment of the novel. I would've still loved it even if Alex hadn't been the most relatable character I've ever encountered in any media, but Alex just ramped up that enjoyment, making it where I would give this book more than five stars if I possibly could.

Now, onto the actual review (aka, not just fawning over Alex until the end of time).

Never Have I Ever: Submitted to My Enemy is the story of Alex and Kai, two incredibly written characters who now permanently own my heart. Alex is, very obviously, from page one, neurodivergent. He's one of the best representations of ADHD that I've ever encountered. Kai is the perfect balance to him - without being overly perfect and having no flaws of his own. No, instead Kai is possessive, a bit of a control freak, and very stressed out because of life and the amount of weight it puts on his shoulders.

And at the beginning of the book, they do not like one another. More specifically, Alex doesn't like Kai for reasons we learn throughout the book - and reasons that are out of context in his brain, which makes me love the enemies to lovers arc of this plot even more. Also at the beginning of the book, they're sexting and don't know it's the other. I like how this part is handled. I've read a few of this trope where the characters take forever to realize who the other is - even while hanging out constantly and having almost identical conversations. This plot point is resolved pretty quickly as they start interacting in person and I loved the realism of their reactions given what they'd shared online.

The book is incredibly steamy, probably one of the hottest books I've read in a while. Like I'm surprised my kindle didn't melt. Please be aware of the content warnings at the beginning of the book though, because there are some kinks in this book that other people may not like to read about.

This book is also incredibly moving and touching and romantic and I just - I think it may have kicked Step Bully out of the #1 spot for my favorite Willow Dixon book. (Though keep your eyes peeled for Jules and Ash cameos, because they're in there!) I'm really loving the Never Have I Ever series and I cannot wait for Matt's book next. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I absolutely love dual track love stories where the characters interact anonymously and also IRL and learn completely different sides of each other and that's what you get in this steamy, emotional and sweet story by Willow Dixon!

Under the cloak of anonymity, Alex is able to let his desires run free and just be himself, opening himself up to experiences he said he never wanted... at the same time, IRL he starts to see a new side of Kai and learn about what makes him tick... 

This book is super steamy, exploring kink in an exploratory way, but still manages to be sweet and emotional.  It's great as a standalone, but I did also love the first book in the Never Have I Ever series and can't wait for the next book!

Rating: 5 Stars

Never Have I Ever: Submitted to My Enemy is available to buy as an ebook and paperback.

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About the Author

What can I say about myself? It’s kind of like being the new kid in school and being asked to tell everyone a bit about yourself. Anyone else forget everything they’ve ever liked, thought of, and even their name in those moments?

A few facts about me; I’m a veteran, I’m Canadian, and I love books! I’ve been writing my own stories since I was eight and wrote my first novel at sixteen. I’m the first to admit those attempts weren’t my best work, but they started me on a journey of creating stories that has led me to fulfilling my dream of becoming an author. I’ve written and published in several genres under different names, but MM is by far my favorite, and I’m so happy to be able to share my stories with people today.

I currently live on Canada’s east coast with my kiddo and my cats. I have a shoe collecting addiction, and I enjoy taking long walks, discussions with friends, and reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.

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