The Better Man by Barbie Bohrman features a fun take on the enemies-to-lover trope, and is a great read when you just want something light and entertaining!
About ‘The Better Man’ by Barbie Bohrman:
Meet Max Allen.
He’s ambitious, too smart for his own good, and very single.
Nicknamed “Max-A-Million” by society gossip types, he thinks he’s got it pretty damn good and he’s right…for the most part.
Meet Daphne Rodriguez.
She’s ambitious, too smart for her own good, and very single.
She works extra hard for everything she has and never complains about the crappy hand life has dealt her.
When Max is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, it comes with the condition that he must work with the one person he despises most…and wants the most: his sworn enemy, Daphne.
However, Max has no plans of giving Daphne the satisfaction of ever letting her know how he feels about her. Instead, he vows to make her life miserable at every turn.
Which works out perfectly, since Daphne has no intention of making it easy for Max either.
When all hell breaks loose and they’re on a collision course with disaster, these two stubborn people will have to overcome their mutual hatred of each other long enough to work together and get the job done.
For better or worse, they will have to rely on each other to save themselves…and the people they love most.
‘The Better Man’ by Barbie Bohrman review:
The Better Man was my first time reading anything by Barbie Bohrman, but the blurb had me intrigued enough to take a shot! I was pleasantly surprised at how the story pulled me in. I read the first half of the book one night, the second half of the book the next night, and was sad to see that it wasn’t longer!
Admittedly, the book does have a bit of a vulgar scene in the beginning. Some might not bat an eyelid at it, but for others I would say to stick it out because the hero isn’t that big of a jerk the entire time.
On the other hand, Daphne is a fun, smart, and sassy heroine. She’s able to hold her own in a male dominated world and isn’t afraid to stand up to Max’s bullshit when he needs to be taken down a peg. I also loved that she’s Cuban, as it’s always good to see diversity in romance.
The book had an interesting spin on a few tropes: enemies-to-lovers, co-workers, and a fake relationship. Daphne and Max start out hating each other, although Max does recognize his instant attraction to Daphne. Still, he thinks too highly of himself and has his ego bruised when his boss isn’t pleased with his show’s ratings.
That’s where Daphne comes in. She’d been working on her own show online and had gained a good following. Though, she still had to work two other jobs to bring in enough money to help support her grandmother and younger brother. If it wasn’t for the tight money situation, she probably never would have accepted the job offer to work with Max.
Once Daphne and Max start working in close quarters, The Better Man really gets interesting! Their back and forth kept me glued to the pages and I loved seeing sparks grow. When they start doing the fake relationship thing, their spark turns into fireworks.
From there the storyline in the book gets a little dicey for me. Some drama goes down with the family and it feels a bit rushed. I would have liked to see the couple’s honeymoon period last longer, and their separation done neater. But I still really enjoyed the book on the whole and plan to keep this series on my radar.