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The past tore them apart. After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning. Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way. The present brings them together. Their paths w The past tore them apart. After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning. Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way. The present brings them together. Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago. One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past. Note: Kiss To Conquer is an enemies-to-lovers sports romance and it can be read as a standalone novel.


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The past tore them apart. After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning. Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way. The present brings them together. Their paths w The past tore them apart. After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning. Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way. The present brings them together. Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago. One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past. Note: Kiss To Conquer is an enemies-to-lovers sports romance and it can be read as a standalone novel.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

    The thing I love most is well-developed, complex and flawed characters (because - come on... perfect is BORING!!! 😂) and Callie Stewart is just that. Once in high school, she was the popular cheerleader - but she begins her year at BWU broken and scarred - mentally and physically, carrying lots of pain and guilt. 💔 📚 "𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧." 📚 Callie and Hayden are enemies, but they haven't always been... The thing I love most is well-developed, complex and flawed characters (because - come on... perfect is BORING!!! 😂) and Callie Stewart is just that. Once in high school, she was the popular cheerleader - but she begins her year at BWU broken and scarred - mentally and physically, carrying lots of pain and guilt. 💔 📚 "𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧." 📚 Callie and Hayden are enemies, but they haven't always been... When they were in high school, Hayden Watson was a clumsy teenager with a big crush on the beautiful Callie - until something happen that affected their lives and their views on one another. 💣💥💣💥 Now, 3 years later, Hayden is a popular star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens and a playboy - until he bumps into the girl who ruined his life, only to find out that she is attending his university. And if that's not bad enough... they keep bumping into each other. 😱 In spite of all the hatred and anger, they cannot avoid the powerful pull between them- but will past mistakes ruin the hope for the future...? 💕 📚 "𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥? 𝐇𝐞’𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭." 📚 This is a college "Enemies to Lovers" romance about a second chance - to amend... to forgive... to move on... and love. 🙏 The author did a great job with the characters development. Callie and Hayden both evolved, as individual and as a couple. 💕 There was one thing that bothered me though - Hayden. I was so curious to know what caused this explosion between them and why he was so full of hatred and anger - and, frankly, I wasn't convinced... Perhaps because it was unclear how from the awkward, sweet and shy boy he used to be - he became this big cocky player - in and out of the football field (that's why it took me a long time to like him!) - but unfortunately, it wasn't explained at all... 😱 Apart from that, the story was great and the twist was crazy. I definitely didn't see that coming!!! 💥💥💥 This is my first book by Anna, but it certainly won't be the last. 💕 *** 𝕀 𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟 𝔸ℝℂ 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕟 𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 *** ▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️ 📖 ᖴOᒪᒪOᗯ ᗰE Oᑎ IᑎᔕTᗩGᖇᗩᗰ: https://www.instagram.com/the_romanti... 📖 ᐯIᔕIT ᗰY ᗷᒪOG ᖴOᖇ ᗰOᖇE ᖇEᐯIEᗯᔕ: https://books-romance.com/ 📖 GOOᗪᖇEᗩᗪᔕ: https://bit.ly/3acMRMP 💕 לקריאת הסקירה בעברית, כנסו לבלוג: https://books-romance.com/ 💕

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ilaria 81

    Nice worth reading classic troop AANDD She is not virgin She is not shy She is not a doormat wallflower librarian vibe girl She is a smathmouth super funny bad ass girl

  3. 5 out of 5

    ABookLover73

    FIVE EMOTIONAL STARS for Callie and Hayden 💖🖤💖🖤!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 WOW!!! I don't know where to start with writing this review because this book brought all emotions and left me speechless. In one simple sentence... Anna completely surprised me with this book! I love her writing style didn't change in this book much but I could felt on some parts that she wrote freely and that made the book more interesting... And also funny! Since I've read and loved her previous YA series "Greyford High", I can compare it to th FIVE EMOTIONAL STARS for Callie and Hayden 💖🖤💖🖤!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 WOW!!! I don't know where to start with writing this review because this book brought all emotions and left me speechless. In one simple sentence... Anna completely surprised me with this book! I love her writing style didn't change in this book much but I could felt on some parts that she wrote freely and that made the book more interesting... And also funny! Since I've read and loved her previous YA series "Greyford High", I can compare it to this book. I noticed how her transition from writing YA romance books to NA romance books has resulted in reaching a higher level in her writing career and I have no doubt she will continue in that way with other books in this series. "Kiss To Conquer" is the first book in the "Blairwood University" series. It's a NA sports college romance with enemies to lovers and second chance trope. Callie is an interesting female character. She is not a perfect character, but throughout the book, she was aware of her mistakes and tried to correct them even though it seemed impossible. What I liked most was how she grew throughout the book and eventually became the person she always should have been. Hayden is a male character that I didn't like at first because of his behavior toward Callie. But after I found out the real truth about what happened between them in the past I understood his behavior. Just like Cassie, he also changed a lot throughout the book and became the man that every woman would want next to her. Callie and Hayden's relationship was complicated from the start due to conscious but also those mistakes for which neither of them was responsible. After going through all the possible obstacles that life put in front of them throughout the whole book, they the end they finally got their well-deserved happily ever after. If you loved Anna's previous books or you're just looking for NA sports college romance, then this is the book for you!!! Highly recommended!!! P.S. Can't wait for Yasmin and Nix's book 💖!!! P.S.S. Nixon is mine 😍❤🔥!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    hooked_on_books

    image: (𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.) 𝑅𝐴𝑇𝐼𝑁𝐺: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Callie Stewart was once the popular girl everyone wanted to be friends with. She had everything anyone could dream of. Beauty, popularity, status, money, a sexy boyfriend and the perfect parents. and like all the popular girls, she always put herself first. Always. But life as she knew it abruptly ended due to a tragic accident. And all was lost. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆, 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒓𝒔. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 image: (𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.) 𝑅𝐴𝑇𝐼𝑁𝐺: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Callie Stewart was once the popular girl everyone wanted to be friends with. She had everything anyone could dream of. Beauty, popularity, status, money, a sexy boyfriend and the perfect parents. and like all the popular girls, she always put herself first. Always. But life as she knew it abruptly ended due to a tragic accident. And all was lost. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆, 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒓𝒔. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍. 𝑻𝒐𝒐 𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒐 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏. Hayden Watson was a clumsy teenager who had a crush on the beautiful Callie, until she did something that changed his life forever and now all that love was turned to pure hate. Three years later they both meet again only to find out that they are attending the same university. but they can't seem to stay away from each other. Callie is no longer the same person she was 3 years ago, she lost everyone and everything that mattered to her, but Hayden is not falling for her lies again. This was a college enemies to lovers romance about second chance, about forgiving oneself, about moving on and letting the past be where it belongs; in the past. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒂 𝒍𝒐𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑵𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑰𝒇 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍. This is my first book by Anna, but it certainly won't be the last. ❤

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    If you love the sports romance genre, especially a College/University sports romance, this one is for you. This story had everything from angst to passion and was a surprisingly emotional read, while also being a fun and enjoyable slow burn. For those that like a slow burn, this book will not disappoint. Man, do I love a good slow burn and this was a memorable one. All of the tropes that I love were used in this story and fit perfectly. I loved everything about this novel from the friendship and If you love the sports romance genre, especially a College/University sports romance, this one is for you. This story had everything from angst to passion and was a surprisingly emotional read, while also being a fun and enjoyable slow burn. For those that like a slow burn, this book will not disappoint. Man, do I love a good slow burn and this was a memorable one. All of the tropes that I love were used in this story and fit perfectly. I loved everything about this novel from the friendship and loyalty between teammates, to the chemistry between the two main characters. Also, this book was EMOTIONAL. Way more than I expected but it was poignant and it was powerful. There was a specific scene that I will be vague on because I don’t want to spoil anything, but it clearly showed the absolute loss and pain that Callie was going through. Even though there were multiple scenes that had the emotions running high, that specific scene BROKE me (…and broke Hayden as well—a hint for those that know the scene). This was an amazing read and one that kept me up late reading until the book was finished (which is a rarity and signifies a true win in books). Not only do I want to continue this series, but I want to check out the rest of the books that are written by this author. From the plot, to the characters, to the writing style—this book had everything that I look for in a novel. ***Thank you to the author Anna B. Doe for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review***

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Wilson

    'Kiss To Conquer' is the first full length college/sports romance book in the 'Blairwood University' series by the immensely talented author Anna B. Doe. It's told in dual perspectives and follows the lives of Callie Stewart and Hayden Watson. When in high school, Callie was a popular cheerleader with the world at her feet. But after a terrible tragedy, she starts college life feeling lost and broken, scarred on the outside as well as the inside. She feels tremendous pain and guilt over everythi 'Kiss To Conquer' is the first full length college/sports romance book in the 'Blairwood University' series by the immensely talented author Anna B. Doe. It's told in dual perspectives and follows the lives of Callie Stewart and Hayden Watson. When in high school, Callie was a popular cheerleader with the world at her feet. But after a terrible tragedy, she starts college life feeling lost and broken, scarred on the outside as well as the inside. She feels tremendous pain and guilt over everything that has happened. Callie and Hayden are enemies, but that wasn't always the case. Back in high school they were friends, and not only that, he had the biggest crush on her. But after one stupid and impulsive mistake was made, everything between them changed. Fast forward three years... Hayden is living the dream at Blairwood University. He is the star wide receiver for the football team and also popular with the ladies. Things are going well until he crosses paths with Callie, the girl who ruined his life. To make matters worse, the two of them keeping bumping into each other. But despite the ill will that they feel, there is still a strong magnetic pull between them. The question is... Will they let the past ruin a chance at happiness together? This book combined two of my favorite tropes... Enemies-to-lovers and second chance romance. I found it to be brilliantly written with a perfectly executed storyline and well developed characters that you couldn't help but feel for and love. Five stars for Callie, Hayden and Kiss To Conquer!

  7. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4,5 "Choose to be happy!!!" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW "They say time heals all wounds, but whoever they are, are fucking liars. Some wounds are too deep to heal. Too rugged to ever be patched together. Some people too damaged to ever made whole again. And some people, like me, don't deserve it at all." To be totally honest with you, I learned about Anna B. Doe through many of my friends on instagram and i decide to trust them and to take a chance on her... So when I saw that she was about to ***4,5 "Choose to be happy!!!" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW "They say time heals all wounds, but whoever they are, are fucking liars. Some wounds are too deep to heal. Too rugged to ever be patched together. Some people too damaged to ever made whole again. And some people, like me, don't deserve it at all." To be totally honest with you, I learned about Anna B. Doe through many of my friends on instagram and i decide to trust them and to take a chance on her... So when I saw that she was about to release a new book in a brand new series, i was right on board and I feel so lucky that i took a chance on her and one of her stories... Her writing is amazing and effortless, her storyline capturing and her heroes so lovable and charming even with their many flaws... I loved this story and i can not wait for the rest of the books in the series!!!! "Once you know the darkness, I'm not sure there is anything that can forever chase it away. Not completely anyway. You can tame the storm inside you, but every once in a while it'll come out raging." Callie used to be the popular girl who was dating the quarterback in her highschool... But then, tragedy striked her and everything changed for her... Three years later, she is trying to get her life back on track away from her past, on Blairwood University. What she doesn't know is that the past is following her and her life is about to change forever. "I needed a new beginning, away from everything from my past. Away from the memories haunting me of that night. But that's the thing about expectations. Whenever you think you're going in the right direction, life shows you how fucking wrong you are." Hayden is the star football player on Blairwood University. He is the wet dream of every girl and the guy that the rest of the men want to be. But he wasn't always like that!!! In highschool, he was the exact opposite, the one that the rest of the students were making fun of and the one who never got the girl of his dreams... A girl that changed his life forever and that he's never going to forgive. "Payback is a bitch. She might have known me before, but the boy whose heart she broke in high scholl? He's long gone. She made sure of it." So what is happening when these two are meeting each other again after all these years??? Hayden can't forget and forgive. He doesn't want Callie around him to taunt him with what he once had lost... But call it fate, these two are always on each other's face and the things are escalating really fast. Is there a chance for these two to become something more??? "I want to hate her. I should hate her. But a part of me refuses to get the memo." "It's like there is an invisible pull between us that's bringing us back together. Over and over again it makes our paths cross." Well, i loved very much both Callie and Hayden. The truth is that i didn't really liked what Callie did to Hayden in the past, but my heart was breaking for her. She needed a wake up call, but life gave her the lesson with a really cruel way... As for Hayden??? Yep, he was a little bit cruel with Callie in the beginning, but he had his reasons... The only sure thing was that his heart never stopped beating for this girl and everything that he was doing was showing it to us... What I really loved was that from the very first moment, he never looked Callie differently, even though she wasn't the same. That fact just showed me the level of his love. "Hayden... he makes me want to dream again. He makes me want to have a different future. Believe I can actually have it. That I deserve it." "She is different. She's the one who makes me want the things I never wanted before. She always did, only then I never thought it would be possible for me to actually have them." Honestly, i don't know what more to say about this story. It was an amazing book that got to me from the first page. I just wanted to devour it. I loved everything about the story. There were too many things that were connecting these two... They had a second chance to love. Will they be smart enough to grab this opportunity??? Or the past will always stand in their way??? Callie and Hayden were borned for each other. Their chemistry was electrifying!!! "I need you to fight. Fight for you, for me, for us. Can you do that? Or better yet, do you want to? Do you want to fight for us, Callie? I need you to choose me." And of course, the secondary characters were sooo intriguing. Can't wait for more of them!!! I'm super excited that the next book will be about Nixon and Yasmine!!! I'm so curious about their story and i have some theories that i would love to test!!! What are you hiding both of you, ugh??? "Wanting to forget and actually being able to forget are two different things, Callie." {Nixon} ********************************************* "You deserve to be free and happy, and the only way to do that is if you let go of the past." *I received an advanced copy for the exchange of an honest review. Thank you!*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    4.5/5 Stars Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. Kiss to Conquer is a book that will conquer your heart. This is a raw and emotional story that will take hold and won't let you go. I fell in love with Doe's writing with the Greyford High series. This book boasts the same easy reading experience. She has a writing style that is easy to latch onto. Her narration is warm and welcoming. She has a talent for bringing 4.5/5 Stars Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. Kiss to Conquer is a book that will conquer your heart. This is a raw and emotional story that will take hold and won't let you go. I fell in love with Doe's writing with the Greyford High series. This book boasts the same easy reading experience. She has a writing style that is easy to latch onto. Her narration is warm and welcoming. She has a talent for bringing you into the story. These characters were fantastic. I love that they were extremely realistic. They were not without flaws. They were so relatable and likable. It was easy to fall in love with them. I really loved their journeys in the book. They had some excellent depth and character development. The secondary characters in this book were intriguing and they added so much spark to the story. I enjoyed the romance in this book. It is an enemies-to-lovers story that gets under your skin. I love that Callie and Hayden knew each other and were friends in high school. Their convoluted past made their romance feel that much more convincing. These two definitely had a connection and their chemistry together was off the charts. Overall, this is a beautiful story about forgiveness and second chances. This story has realistic and flawed characters, an engaging plot, and lovely writing. I can't wait for the next book in this series! I am excited about Nixon and Yasmin's story. More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aundi-Musings of The Modern Belle

    4 Forgiveness Crowns I love College romance it’s one of my favorite troupes, so needless to say I was excited for this. Anna has created a wonderfully complex Enemies to Lovers romance that will have your heart aching. I love broken characters they bring so much more depth to stories for me and Anna has created a superb one in Callie. Callie sucks in sharply, the soft wheezing sound filling the silence. And it’s like she sucked in all the air that’s between us because suddenly, I can’t brea 4 Forgiveness Crowns I love College romance it’s one of my favorite troupes, so needless to say I was excited for this. Anna has created a wonderfully complex Enemies to Lovers romance that will have your heart aching. I love broken characters they bring so much more depth to stories for me and Anna has created a superb one in Callie. Callie sucks in sharply, the soft wheezing sound filling the silence. And it’s like she sucked in all the air that’s between us because suddenly, I can’t breathe either. I loved the journey that Callie had to take, this girl has gone through something so very terrible but she’s trying to get better. She has strength in spades but it’s hard for her to see that due to the type of person she was before. And after what happened to her, she very easily could have taken the easy way out, but she didn’t she chose her path because she knew she needed to and that in itself bleeds strength. I could only imagine how hard to was for her. I love characters that others would deem too broken and move on, these characters are my favorites because they have so much more to give if you just take the chance. Characters like Callie bring a refreshing view and dynamic to stories. She slays me to my very core. Every look. Every word. It’s my undoing. She is my undoing. Hayden (Hades) Watson is the star wide receiver with NFL goals on his mind. But what I like the most about him is the good guy you know he’s hiding underneath. You accept that something happened to make him this brooding jerk of a person. But each time he’s around Callie that other guy slowly gets pulled out to the surface. You want to see the guy that she knew back in high school because that guy is worth all the professional football players combined. They try to fight the connection that they have, each for their own reasons, but when your connection runs soul deep there is nowhere for you to go. “Being with you…it makes me feel alive. Like for the first time in so long, I can finally breathe.” I really enjoyed this story; Anna is a new author for me and I’m glad I took the chance. This story is complex and emotional with the ability to bring you to your knees. And even though at times it lagged a bit I was still enthralled with the story line and side characters. I can’t wait to see were she takes us next. Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nina Life of a Bookworm

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna Doe

    💋 NOW LIVE AND FREE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED!💋 Kiss To Conquer, a brand new enemies-to-lovers sports romance, is LIVE and FREE with #KindleUnlimited! ➜ https://books2read.com/u/3G20Vd ★★★★★"The heartbreak the heart healing the grief and ultimately overcoming the things holding her back make this story a must read!" - Samantha ★★★★★"This enemies-to-lovers is friggen phenomenal!! I loved every part of this and can’t wait for more." - @colelovesreading_nz ____________________________________ Cover Designe 💋 NOW LIVE AND FREE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED!💋 Kiss To Conquer, a brand new enemies-to-lovers sports romance, is LIVE and FREE with #KindleUnlimited! ➜ https://books2read.com/u/3G20Vd ★★★★★"The heartbreak the heart healing the grief and ultimately overcoming the things holding her back make this story a must read!" - Samantha ★★★★★"This enemies-to-lovers is friggen phenomenal!! I loved every part of this and can’t wait for more." - @colelovesreading_nz ____________________________________ Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs Cover Photo: Lindee Robinson Photography Add to your #TBR ➜ http://bit.ly/tbrBWU1 Vote for it now as June's most anticipated release: https://bit.ly/3dQmSNG ____________________________________ Blurb: The past tore them apart. After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning. Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way. The present brings them together. Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago. One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past. ____________________________________ Release Day #Giveaway ➜ https://bit.ly/36KYN7P Signed Papaerback Giveaway on Goodreads ➜ https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

  12. 4 out of 5

    thehotmesslibrary

    Kiss to conquer is book one in the new ‘Blairwood University’ series by the brilliant author Anna B. Doe. The story focuses on Callie and Hayden. Callie is new to the university, after suffering a terrible tragedy which has left her both scarred on the inside and the outside, she is trying to make a fresh start. Locking herself away at school seems to be the best choice for her, especially when she feels that she is unworthy and deserves to be punished for her past crimes. During her short time Kiss to conquer is book one in the new ‘Blairwood University’ series by the brilliant author Anna B. Doe. The story focuses on Callie and Hayden. Callie is new to the university, after suffering a terrible tragedy which has left her both scarred on the inside and the outside, she is trying to make a fresh start. Locking herself away at school seems to be the best choice for her, especially when she feels that she is unworthy and deserves to be punished for her past crimes. During her short time at school she runs into Hayden, a boy from her past who she did a mighty wrong to and boy is he not going to let her get away with being at his school! Hayden is the wide receiver at the university and is hoping to become an NFL star. Thinking that he has put the past behind him, he is shocked to see his nemesis but not how he remembers her, but that’s not going to make him go easy on her in the slightest. This is a beautifully written enemies to lovers book with a slow burn romance that grabs at you and doesn’t let you know, Both Callie and Hayden’s pasts are tragic, Callie’s more so as she seems to be reliving it day after day with a lot of guilt which she can’t seem to place anywhere else but on her shoulders. To make matters worse, she has always had a soft spot for Hayden but knows that he will never forgive her for what she did. There are times throughout the story that Hayden can be really cruel to Callie and you kind of get it as a reader, but boy does it punch you in the heart and after you find out why he is that way, your heart kind of breaks for both of them and their situations as well as the secrets that come to light through snippets of their past in various chapters. We really see the growth of these characters as the book goes along and their stories develop. There is a lot of angst within the story but also a lot of love, friendship and some fun times thrown in which lighten the story a little bit. The book is beautifully written and you want to know more about all of the characters that pop up in the book…I for one can’t wait to read the next book in this series! ARC received for a fair, honest and sometimes long review 😊 More of my reviews can be found on my blog: https://thehotmesslibrary.blogspot.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book was an intense and emotional read that I loved so much. It follows Callie and Hayden who know each other in high school, Callie was the popular cheerleader while Hayden was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Callie made a stupid impulse decision one day and it definitely had an negative effect on Hayden’s life, but Callie was just a naive and selfish teenager who didn’t understand actions have consequences and she suffers tremendous tragic that absolutely changes her outlook on This book was an intense and emotional read that I loved so much. It follows Callie and Hayden who know each other in high school, Callie was the popular cheerleader while Hayden was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Callie made a stupid impulse decision one day and it definitely had an negative effect on Hayden’s life, but Callie was just a naive and selfish teenager who didn’t understand actions have consequences and she suffers tremendous tragic that absolutely changes her outlook on life. My heart hurt for Callie and I understood why Hayden was so mad at her and didn’t want her around his college campus. Yes I said his campus because after high school Hayden transformed to the all American football god that ran the campus. Although I understood Hayden’s anger it still broke my heart when he lashed out at Callie because he has no clue what she had to endure, but once he does find out it changes everything. These two have suffered through so much in their lives and they don’t know how or if they can forgive themselves let alone each other to be together and if they can’t forgive can they even give the other their trust? This was intense but a beautiful read about learning to forgive not only others but sometimes one’s own self to be able to move forward.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin ◡̈

    Blairwood University 1. Kiss to Conquer - 2 stars 2. Kiss to Forget - coming soon 3. TBA - coming soon 4. TBA - coming soon 5. TBA - coming soon 6. TBA - coming soon I can't say I was bored while reading it but I do have issues maybe because it is enemies to lovers book. I can't seem to have peace with them, well only some but not all. So the overview Callie and Hayden were practically friends during high school. Hayden was the nerd weirdo who basically couldn't even catch a freaking ball yet he play Blairwood University 1. Kiss to Conquer - 2 stars 2. Kiss to Forget - coming soon 3. TBA - coming soon 4. TBA - coming soon 5. TBA - coming soon 6. TBA - coming soon I can't say I was bored while reading it but I do have issues maybe because it is enemies to lovers book. I can't seem to have peace with them, well only some but not all. So the overview Callie and Hayden were practically friends during high school. Hayden was the nerd weirdo who basically couldn't even catch a freaking ball yet he played football. Callie was this miss popular rich girl who used to be in cheers team. Hayden used to have feelings for Callie but Callie was in a relationship with a hot jock that always made fun of Hayden because he was so bad at football. Callie and Hayden develop things as friends. One day things happened that basically changed their life. They met again in college, Callie was a transfer in Blairwood and the first time she got there she met Hayden who was basically still not over what happened 3 years ago. Every time they had the chance to face each other, Hayden would throw mean words towards her which I think super duper mean... like I wanna punch him so hard for humiliating her in front of people. When Callie just couldn't stand it anymore she talked back and stood up for herself until she couldn't handle it anymore that she went off on slapping him. That's the time I love to see it 😌 So what happened to them in the past was basically Callie made Hayden expelled from school for something he didn't do and she used him to be friends with her because he was the smartest guy in class. Then a car crash happened after Hayden was expelled and moved out of town and it took away Callie's parents live and left Callie alone. She has scars after the accident and still blamed herself because at that time she was the one that drove the car. In the beginning, when Hayden couldn't stand seeing her he would throw something super mean to hurt her. “How did a California princess turn into a Beast? And why didn’t mommy and daddy pay for you to get all dolled up again?” I am calm. Just smile :) “Is she Nix’s girlfriend or something?” “No idea,” I grit through clenched teeth, the words chipped. “Then why…” she persists and I fucking lose it. “I don’t know, Tamara! It’s not like I give two shits about the Beast, so leave it alone already!” Nope, not angry at all :) Just want to beat the shit out of him. Does anyone have a baseball bat? Someone? Okay. There are things I like about this book. After they sorted the "misunderstanding" they had, Hayden would come and just be there for her and they did nothing though. He waited until she said yes to sex. Other than that I'm truly not a fan of how things are going with them. Also what I love about this book is of course: side characters. I'm super excited for Maddox and Alyssa story especially since they're a childhood best friends but what I LOVE about them is that Maddox was the first person to fall for Alyssa and he was described as the weirdo tech geek kinda guy, meanwhile Alyssa is the red-haired party girl and not the kind of girl next door. I truly enjoy seeing their moments together so im truly anticipating their story. I'm also curious about Yasmin and Nixon's story. I am really looking forward this ice princess (when it comes to guys) and friendly jokester trope 🤩 reading someone named Yasmin felt a little bit weird though I did laugh somehow because some aspects of her remind me of me and Callie described her as "annoying and pushy" in the beginning. Instead of getting mad for her being super judgemental, I can't actually blame her because she was actually pretty pushy 🤣 but Callie was still judgemental tho... not just to Yasmin but to almost everyone she saw and she would give them this RBF even though she didn't say it on her monologue. I also hope Zane would get a book! He's this someone loyal to a friend and mysterious at the same time so I hope he'll get someone that is super sunshine and smily smily. Anna B. Doe is a new author for me and this is the first book that I read from her. It is surely entertaining but also frustrating especially around 50% of the book. I like her writing. I didn't find myself getting bored or anything. My issues mostly is with the story. I would probably try reading her other books from her other series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Garner

    Such a great angst filled journey Hayden and Callie have taken me on. Having to deal with an ugly past, as they reconnect. The world the author creates is one in which you get immersed in and it doesn’t let up. There are no extra players in the book, it’s purely character and feeling driven. Told in dual POV you really feel as if you are part of the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Butterfly Reads

    Anna B.Doe wow's me yet again with this stunning enemies to lovers romance, sparks fly in this beautifully written sports romance chock full of heart and heat. I loved the characters and the storyline hooked me right from the first page. Enjoy the rollercoaster of emotion you'll feel with this one. Easy 5⭐

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crow L.

    Bringing you another MUST READ romance! 😍 This was an emtional read, you wondered what angst is about and the history both Callie and Hayden have that torn them apart. The painful suffering was heart wrenching on both sides'. Beautifully written with such powerful feelings into this story. It seems fate either wants them together or were they not meant to be together in the first place? (Read to find out) The luxury lifestyle seems to reverse from their to the present where one's carries alot of Bringing you another MUST READ romance! 😍 This was an emtional read, you wondered what angst is about and the history both Callie and Hayden have that torn them apart. The painful suffering was heart wrenching on both sides'. Beautifully written with such powerful feelings into this story. It seems fate either wants them together or were they not meant to be together in the first place? (Read to find out) The luxury lifestyle seems to reverse from their to the present where one's carries alot of burden than the other has but it was very deep reading Callie's side and then reading Hayden's side is equally endearingly painful. Both of them aren't perfect yet they fit together so perfectly in every way! Hayden is such a sweet and hot romantic! ❤ I love reading his parts alot; a football player and has it easy now than he had before. His hatred towards Callie is so strong when he saw her, yet he can't deny the fact he knew he felt something for her; first and long lost love from the beginning. He just makes you swoon over you can't help want this guy! (I know I do! 🙋🏻). Callie took abit of time to get used to...I didn't like her right away but overtime she grew on me. Eventually I just felt really bad for her (in an empathic way), she had so much baggage of guilt weighing on her, she put herself to the lowest thinking she didn't deserve anything but the price she paid up during the years after the incident. It was overwhelming that I'm having an emotional hangover thinking of these two iconic couple! This book touched my heart deeply that I had to buy this book even tho I already have it on my kindle 😂 I will also consider looking into other work of this author's work! Thank you to the author for this advance digital copy for an honest review! I really loved it so much!! 🥰💖

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)

    Kiss to Conquer is an absolute masterpiece and perhaps my favorite book by this author. I love her ability to create such well developed, complex characters that are perfectly flawed, but also admirably full of an inner strength that one cannot help but fall in love with them. This is a novel that will pull at your heartstrings. There were moments where my heart was shattered complete with ugly crying, but the author painstakingly pieced my heart back together and left me with feelings of hope, Kiss to Conquer is an absolute masterpiece and perhaps my favorite book by this author. I love her ability to create such well developed, complex characters that are perfectly flawed, but also admirably full of an inner strength that one cannot help but fall in love with them. This is a novel that will pull at your heartstrings. There were moments where my heart was shattered complete with ugly crying, but the author painstakingly pieced my heart back together and left me with feelings of hope, love, and healing. Callie and Hayden are the quintessential enemies. Certain events in high school from 3 years prior greatly affected their lives as well as their opinions of each other. Imagine their surprise and displeasure when they end up at the same university and they continually run into each other. I admired Callie for all that she has endured after experiencing a devastating event that left her broken in many ways. As pieces of her backstory were revealed, I reveled in how resilient she was and marveled at her growth as a character. Hayden is a popular football player at Blairwood University and boy does Callie get him all riled up. I loved seeing the affect that she had on him. He comes across as a strong character who overcame some hardships, but he also has this vulnerability about him which I adored. Even for all of their dislike of each other, they two cannot avoid the gravitational pull between them. The mistakes of their past cloud the hope for the future and I enjoyed watching their story unfold. This author did an excellent job with character growth and development. Callie and Hayden both evolved as individual characters and as a couple. The secondary characters are also likable and I hope that they each get their own books. I found this story to be well executed and moved at a good pace. This book is sure to put you through all the feels. There is angst and drama as well as moments of joy and hope. This is a story that immediately captured my attention and I was loathe to put the book down. Kiss to Conquer is an excellent NA sports romance with an enemies to lovers theme that is sure to draw you in from the first page and will keep you entertained until the very end. I read an early, complimentary version of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy [Book Addict Reviews]

    Kiss to Conquer is emotional, beautifully written, and a great enemies to lovers romance. There is something about Anna B. Doe’s writing that completely draws me into the story and makes me fall in love with every single character. I loved that this story primarily focused on the present, however, there were little bits and pieces of the past mixed in to give some insight into Callie and Hayden’s relationship and how things started and ended for them. Their story started out as friends, then qui Kiss to Conquer is emotional, beautifully written, and a great enemies to lovers romance. There is something about Anna B. Doe’s writing that completely draws me into the story and makes me fall in love with every single character. I loved that this story primarily focused on the present, however, there were little bits and pieces of the past mixed in to give some insight into Callie and Hayden’s relationship and how things started and ended for them. Their story started out as friends, then quickly turned to an enemies to lovers and with a second chance vibe mixed in. Despite the dislike for each other you could feel the chemistry coming off the pages for these two characters. My heart broke for Callie. Her life was changed in an instant and you could feel how much it still gripped her life. It changed who she was, gave her a different outlook on life. I felt for Hayden, too. He had it rough growing up and when the one person he grew close to hurt him that bothered him. When their hatred towards each other comes to a head I was in tears. It was emotional, but I loved seeing a different side to both of these characters. Every single character in this story was great and added to it. I can’t wait for the next book in this all new series. Kiss to Conquer is an emotional MUST READ!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yami's Bookshelf

    Anna has delivered another 5 star read for me. This is my second book read by Anna and she’s simply amazing. Hayden and Callie are pure 5 STARS romance, angst, love and steam all in one book. The book develops very well throughout. There is a backstory that Anna knows how to coordinate the present and the past into the storyline extremely well Hayden and Callie have known each other since high school and separated in their sophomore year. There is a mystery in this so you have to do read this st Anna has delivered another 5 star read for me. This is my second book read by Anna and she’s simply amazing. Hayden and Callie are pure 5 STARS romance, angst, love and steam all in one book. The book develops very well throughout. There is a backstory that Anna knows how to coordinate the present and the past into the storyline extremely well Hayden and Callie have known each other since high school and separated in their sophomore year. There is a mystery in this so you have to do read this story soo much. If you’re a lover and fan of a college football romance/enemies to lovers trope, you will be swept away in this book. I finished this book in 2 days and can’t wait to read the second part of this new series, Blairwood University, by Anna B Doe. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ / 5 Stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rina's Reads

    I am absolutely obsessed with this new world I have discovered from Anna! The secondary characters are fabulous, loyal and fun. I'm looking forward to reading more from this series. Hayden and Callie are amazing. Their chemistry is phenomenal and despite their history (newsflash: it's pretty insane!) they can't fight their attraction. Friendships, romance, grief, fun, and forgiveness all come in to play in this addictive read. Being on the next book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Momandbooks

    Hayden is a swoon worthy football player that hasn’t always had it easy. Callie is trying to heal from the worse day of her life. A must read enemies to lovers. The way this story is written you will scream, fan yourself, laugh and fall in love with all these characters. There are so many wonderful characters and scenes that you just can’t get enough. Hayden and Callie story is a beautifully written with angst and emotion that makes it pure perfection.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allisyn

    I loved this book!! It's always a great day when I get an Anna B Doe book and this time she blew all of her previous books away with this offering! I can't even get over this book! Hayden and Callie have a past that you slowly learn through the book, each hint bringing you further into their world. As you think you find out everything, the hits just keep coming! Beautifully written and definitely a new favorite that deserves a reread right away!! Hayden definitely belongs in the harem!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)

    Kiss to Conquer is an absolute masterpiece and perhaps my favorite book by this author. I love her ability to create such well developed, complex characters that are perfectly flawed, but also admirably full of an inner strength that one cannot help but fall in love with them. This is a novel that will pull at your heartstrings. There were moments where my heart was shattered complete with ugly crying, but the author painstakingly pieced my heart back together and left me with feelings of hope, Kiss to Conquer is an absolute masterpiece and perhaps my favorite book by this author. I love her ability to create such well developed, complex characters that are perfectly flawed, but also admirably full of an inner strength that one cannot help but fall in love with them. This is a novel that will pull at your heartstrings. There were moments where my heart was shattered complete with ugly crying, but the author painstakingly pieced my heart back together and left me with feelings of hope, love, and healing. Callie and Hayden are the quintessential enemies. Certain events in high school from 3 years prior greatly affected their lives as well as their opinions of each other. Imagine their surprise and displeasure when they end up at the same university and they continually run into each other. I admired Callie for all that she has endured after experiencing a devastating event that left her broken in many ways. As pieces of her backstory were revealed, I reveled in how resilient she was and marveled at her growth as a character. Hayden is a popular football player at Blairwood University and boy does Callie get him all riled up. I loved seeing the affect that she had on him. He comes across as a strong character who overcame some hardships, but he also has this vulnerability about him which I adored. Even for all of their dislike of each other, they two cannot avoid the gravitational pull between them. The mistakes of their past cloud the hope for the future and I enjoyed watching their story unfold. This author did an excellent job with character growth and development. Callie and Hayden both evolved as individual characters and as a couple. The secondary characters are also likable and I hope that they each get their own books. I found this story to be well executed and moved at a good pace. This book is sure to put you through all the feels. There is angst and drama as well as moments of joy and hope. This is a story that immediately captured my attention and I was loathe to put the book down. Kiss to Conquer is an excellent NA sports romance with an enemies to lovers theme that is sure to draw you in from the first page and will keep you entertained until the very end. I read an early, complimentary version of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    3.5 stars Anna B Doe is a new author for me- but I love some college, bully/love-hate to love romances, and the cover is simply FANTASTIC, so I scooped up an advanced read of this. And, overall, it was a solid start to a fascinating series. Plot is a trope know and love- old friends separated by some issues and/or misunderstanding find themselves in the same college. Push-pull attraction ensues. Callie is scarred physically and emotionally from her bad decisions, weighed down by the oppressive to 3.5 stars Anna B Doe is a new author for me- but I love some college, bully/love-hate to love romances, and the cover is simply FANTASTIC, so I scooped up an advanced read of this. And, overall, it was a solid start to a fascinating series. Plot is a trope know and love- old friends separated by some issues and/or misunderstanding find themselves in the same college. Push-pull attraction ensues. Callie is scarred physically and emotionally from her bad decisions, weighed down by the oppressive toll of guilt. She’s changed, looking to start fresh, when she bumps into old friend Hayden. He’s been wronged by her- we don’t know how- but the former awkward, clumsy teen is now a popular jock dreamboat. And he’s NOT happy to see her. They keep crossing paths, he wants to do what he can to make her want to stay away but he has old, long-buried feelings resurfacing. She just wants to be left alone to wallow in her trauma. Side-by-side to this angst push-pull, we’re also trying to figure out just what happened to Callie and what she did to Hayden. The characters are interesting, both flawed but incredibly likeable. I appreciated both of their journeys, and we have a good group of side characters waiting in the wings (Nix!) that may even be more compelling. They kept me turning the pages. And the steamy times were DELICIOUS (love the dirty mouth on Hayden!) What held me back from rating this as a top read was just some uneven tempo and unneeded plot meandering. This is a series set-up, so we’re clearly lying the groundwork for future books- but some of the extended scenes focusing on leads with secondary characters just felt too long/much- it pulled from the romance. (side note: The secondary guys were more interesting than the girls- not sure WHO is going to get books, etc.) The first part of the book is interesting but VERY meta- just a lot of what our characters are thinking, which made it drag a bit, especially with two big mysteries looming. And the burn/connection is slower…. It does get steamy, but the relationship progression could be tweaked pacing wise- a lot of love-hate, fast physical attraction, fast emotional connection (which I never fully felt)- very little time is spent on the development of romantic relationship- basically they go from zero to 100 (we get like two paragraphs of “we’ve been together for _time…”), I need a bit more of the 50- when they’ve decided to date, are starting to REALLY know each other, before they are steady. These characters are totally changed since they last knew each other- I’d love to see them rediscovering each other more, so I could know them better, too. It made the “twist” feel out of character and also just unnecessary. There are just parts of this book that we don’t need (the twist, the scholarship thing, some side character stuff). A little reduction to make it tighter and this would easily be a ⅘ star read. Just needs a little tightening structurally. I did enjoy the book and characters, and I’m excited about what is next in this series. This crew of characters is interesting, and this author can write some romantic steam and delicious angst!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma Queen

    Diving into this book I did not expect to like it the way I did. The characters were very much flawed, but also fleshed out enough to imagine them as human beings along with their characteristics. I liked Callie even as she was a bitch towards Yasemin, Hayden and the others at the beginning. I like the way she was not perfect in any way and that she had her own demons to deal with. The traumatic experience she has had had played a big role in her life. Her being with Hayden and developing into a Diving into this book I did not expect to like it the way I did. The characters were very much flawed, but also fleshed out enough to imagine them as human beings along with their characteristics. I liked Callie even as she was a bitch towards Yasemin, Hayden and the others at the beginning. I like the way she was not perfect in any way and that she had her own demons to deal with. The traumatic experience she has had had played a big role in her life. Her being with Hayden and developing into a better version of herself which led her to get professional help was interesting to read about and felt very real. Hayden on the other hand was different from what I thought he would be like. And his love for Callie only grew as the book progressed. I honestly thought he would be a bigger jerk and asshole, but he was way too good to be that person. The only thing that I noticed that lacked was the fact that Hayden’s ex girlfriends, or should I say: hookups, have disappeared very fast after Callie and him got into a relationship. Which is good, but a bit of drama about girls is never enough. And I feel totally sorry that it took me longer to read this book then necessary, because it was way too good. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Racy Reader

    This is going to be a mini review. really liked this book. I'm not a huge fan of YA romances but I'm a sucker for an enemies to lovers story so I was exciting to sign up for and receive an ARC. I've gone through the grieving process rather recently and I don't think anyone has related the guilt of grief quite Doe does. The unforgiving guilt and the self isolation were two emotions I felt the strongest during my grieving process and throughout this book, I felt the same feelings coming from the FMC This is going to be a mini review. really liked this book. I'm not a huge fan of YA romances but I'm a sucker for an enemies to lovers story so I was exciting to sign up for and receive an ARC. I've gone through the grieving process rather recently and I don't think anyone has related the guilt of grief quite Doe does. The unforgiving guilt and the self isolation were two emotions I felt the strongest during my grieving process and throughout this book, I felt the same feelings coming from the FMC. Brought literal tears to me eyes. This book followed a normal path of any enemies to lovers but one thing to note, when you do learn about what made them enemies, it seems juvenile but HANG IN THERE! There is much more to the context of what happened that you learn about later. Here are a few more reasons why I liked this book. 1. It was just good. Good story, well written, executed well. 2. It had me emotionally invested. There were parts where Callie's pain was so tangible that I was crying real tears. 3. It wasn't terribly long and didn't drag the story out for the sake of increasing word count. 4. I never saw that twist / conflict coming! I suggest reading this book if you're in a slump, want something that you know is going to be good, or love books that make you cry!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Kiss to Conquer is hands-down my favorite book to date of Anna’s! I became absorbed into this storyline before I finished the first chapter. This incredible sports-romance hits all the key elements of a great novel. Enemies to Lovers? Check. A big, hot, brooding, bad boy with a heart of gold? Check. A secure, empowered, persevering, determined girl? Check. Pulse-pounding interactions and witty banter? Check. A boiling, hot romance? Check, check, check!!! Every part of this book hit me on a perso Kiss to Conquer is hands-down my favorite book to date of Anna’s! I became absorbed into this storyline before I finished the first chapter. This incredible sports-romance hits all the key elements of a great novel. Enemies to Lovers? Check. A big, hot, brooding, bad boy with a heart of gold? Check. A secure, empowered, persevering, determined girl? Check. Pulse-pounding interactions and witty banter? Check. A boiling, hot romance? Check, check, check!!! Every part of this book hit me on a personal level. Whether having a high-school crush, a tragedy, are a fan of sports or wanting to better oneself, everyone will find a way to relate to this heart-wrenching and inspiring love story. Grab a box of tissues because you will cry, embarrass yourself snorting, and be yelling, “hell, yeah!” throughout this entire book. Hayden is a football star that, under less than pleasant circumstances, has landed himself at BWU. His lookout on life looks very promising, until he bumps into Callie, a blast from his past. His passion of mixed feelings toward Callie makes him go crazy and lose his concentration. Callie just wants to carry on her family legacy and get away from her past by attending BWU. However, from day one, everything seems to take a drastic turn down-hill. I love Callie’s resilience to life. No matter what comes her way, instead of cowering, she bites down hard and perseveres. She is an empathetic girl who puts Hayden in his place while making his friends like her. Hayden is a typical brooding bad boy until he starts to show the different layers that he hides underneath. I wanted this story to go on forever. It’s the type of tale that keeps you invested in the characters; you feel everything they go through. Don’t be embarrassed if you find yourself hugging your kindle, squealing, and sighing when you finish this book. An easily, off-the-charts read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    “There might be a lot of uncertainties in my life, but not you. Never you. If I was sure of anything in my life, it was the way you make me feel. I can’t change who I am, angel.” Hayden and Callie’s story was an emotional one but I was all here for it. From start to finish I was so immersed with the story I never even realised how much time passed. Callie was such a head strong character and I loved that she never backed down. I also loved Hayden because of determined he was as a character. Overal “There might be a lot of uncertainties in my life, but not you. Never you. If I was sure of anything in my life, it was the way you make me feel. I can’t change who I am, angel.” Hayden and Callie’s story was an emotional one but I was all here for it. From start to finish I was so immersed with the story I never even realised how much time passed. Callie was such a head strong character and I loved that she never backed down. I also loved Hayden because of determined he was as a character. Overall, this story was AMAZING, and I’m so grateful to have received an arc. I can’t wait to see more from Ana. [ARC provided in exchange for an honest review]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alley Ciz

    This book is filled with delicious angst and enemies-to-lovers tension perfection.

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