by Nicole Blanchard

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance



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Dashiel Hampton is her enemy.


Layla Tate reminds herself of that fact every morning she goes to class and sees his smug face smirking up at her. There hasn’t been a moment they weren’t pitted against each other and she refuses to back down…not even when she learns he’s her new teaching assistant.


Layla Tate is going down.


There is nothing that makes Dash Hampton as happy as the look on Layla’s face when she realizes he’s won. He lives to drive her crazy because if he can’t have her beneath him, then he’ll have her any other way he can. He’ll get her to notice him, even if it means making her semester a living hell. When their classroom rivalry crosses the line between frenemies and forbidden, the hardest lesson they’ll have to learn is that sometimes you have to lose to win.







“I said I was a virgin, Dash, not that I was completely inexperienced.”


With that statement, Layla straddled me in one swift movement that had my eyes popping open and my hands settling on her hips. “What are you doing?”


She fitted her mouth to my neck, and I arched back, but there was nowhere to go. “You’re crazy if you think you aren’t good enough for anyone.”


Sweet mother of God, I could feel the heat of her through my jeans and the strain of my dick against my pants was going to send me to an early grave. “That’s a veritable compliment coming from you.”


“I’m pretty sure it was a compliment.” Her fingers begin mapping my shoulders, tracing my chest, and I wondered if I was in heaven or hell.


“I always knew you were sadistic,” I managed to say.


She let out a throaty giggle. “I think you’re masochistic because you sure seem to like it.”


My hands bit into her hips. “Oh, I like it, but you need to stop.”


Layla ground down onto my erection. “Are you sure?”


“Christ, Layla,” I bit out, then drove my fingers into her hair. I took her mouth with a violence that shocked the both of us. After a few moments, I broke it off. Breathing hard, I asked, “What do you want from me?” I wanted to tell her, take it, you can have whatever you want, but I didn’t think she was ready for that.








Frenemies (Friend Zone Series Book 2)Frenemies by Nicole Blanchard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is #2, in the Friend Zone series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading it in order.

Layla has been competing with Dash for many years. Suddenly he is her instructor for a college course. Under other circumstances she may have had an alternative but this is forced upon her to graduate.

Dash has been attracted to Layla for some time. Her being upset and angry - he finds it hot. As her teacher he can't do anything about it. Not that she would let him. Only time will tell now.

This was kind of a punch to the gut right from the start. Everything happened so fast for the characters. The sparks are definitely flying. The series continues with some heat and angst.

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About Nicole Blanchard:


Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.


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