Title: Anything You Can Do
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: February 2, 2017
Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.
It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.
The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.
I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.
The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.
Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.
R.S. Grey serves up plenty of heart, humor, and heat with Lucas and Daisy’s story in Anything You Can Do. An enemies-to-lovers romance, this duo kept me captivated with their witty banter, not-so-friendly (but utterly delightful) competition, and the totally electric chemistry that poured from the pages of this book. R.S. Grey has definitely crafted an entertaining dynamic with this unlikely hero and heroine and I enjoyed diving into their deliciously intense world. Having known each other since birth, the longstanding grudge between Lucas and Daisy ensured that their relationship was as unique as it was intriguing. I found myself quickly devouring their hilarious and sometimes adorably awkward story, anxious to see where their competitive natures would take them next.
“I am the Annie Oakley to his Frank Butler and I firmly believe that anything he can do, I can do better.”
While I adored the easy sarcasm and socially relevant humor that colored this book, Anything You Can Do was missing the kind of surprising emotional depth I’ve come to expect from R.S. Grey’s romantic comedies. The author generally dives a little deeper with her characters, demonstrating the development of a more significant connection between the characters as their relationship progresses and ensuring the reader’s complete investment in their happily ever after. However, this book was almost too focused on the fun, sexy side of Lucas and Daisy’s journey for me that the bits of raw emotion we did experience were easily overshadowed by the couple’s silly antics. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for something smart, funny, and relatively angst-free, then Anything You Can Do won’t disappoint.
“I squeeze my eyes closed, preparing for death, and instead his lips press against mine. I am still alive. Maybe more than ever.”
An interesting blend of several popular themes: enemies-to-lovers, childhood friends, second-chance, and small-town romance, this novel definitely had a unique feel to it. I enjoyed the undeniable tension between Daisy and Lucas and fell hard for the vibrant secondary characters that rounded out their world. R.S. Grey made me laugh and swoon and happy sigh while also managing to throw in a few wrong turns that kept me flipping the pages until the very end. Packed with all of the author’s signature sass, sizzle and sweetness, this enemies-to-lovers romance is the kind of lighthearted read that will leave you absolutely grinning.
Whenever I am in the mood for a good laugh, I know that R.S. Grey is guaranteed to deliver. Her books are filled with the perfect balance of light-hearted humor and back and forth banter to make every reader smile. Anything You Can Do was a prime example of this and certainly left me grinning from ear to ear. Daisy and Lucas had an unconventional relationship, if you can call it that, but their story is just too much fun to miss!
“I am Daisy Bell, rival to Lucas Thatcher, and the weight of carrying around that hatred has started to wear on me.”
From the moment I began reading the story, I knew that Lucas and Daisy would have one of those firecracker type of relationships. Everything was a game and it became about who would come out on top. That fierce competitiveness definitely kept me intrigued, even though it sometimes felt slightly childish. There were moments that I wanted to shake both of the characters, clock their heads together, and tell them to figure things out. Furthermore, I needed just a bit more of depth from Lucas’ character. It may just be that I know what Grey is capable of, but I craved more from his personality and his back story. However, I can say with utmost certainty that the back and forth bickering between these two was hilarious and ultimately rewarding. It gave a new meaning to the enemies to lovers trope and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I brush my chest against his with my eyes closed, greedy for more. I am behind enemy lines and I feel alive.”
It seems that no matter where Grey’s characters take her, she promises to bring readers on a ride. Anything You Can Do will have you singing the classic tune, as well as seeing just how Daisy and Lucas can one up the other. It’s a read that I’d love to see an extended epilogue for, and have no doubt that others will want one too!
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Don’t miss the companion novel:
The Foxe & The Hound