Author: Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/01/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Rory A. Phillips is sick of being haunted. Sick of hurting. Sick of being so fucking lost. Whenever he ‘sees’ his best friend William, he’s packing up his motorbike and on the move. But is there a place he can run to that will ever be free of William? A place where he could ever learn to love? A place he can call home?
After losing his last living relative, Eric Graham moves to Wellington to start a new job and a new life. Alone—save for his grandpa’s ashes he can’t bring himself to scatter in the sea. The only guy in the city he knows is a homophobic prick that he’d rather have nothing to do with—but he just can’t stop running into him.
Rory and Eric, both grieving and alone, are searching for a way to move on.
And maybe the best way to do that is together.
–Second Edition 20th March 2013–
The F Words is the final story in Anyta Sunday’s fabulous Enemies to Lovers series. It is the story of Rory and Eric, both of whom we met in book three William. I took a while (relatively speaking) to read this story because I didn’t want the series to end.
Rory is a bastard. He is a homophobic bastard. However, Sunday made me love him and want to cuddle him and tell him everything would be okay within the first chapter of this installment. He is emotionally in about the worst place possible. He has unresolved feelings, self-loathing, guilt, and grief all to deal with. He has to find a way forward but has no idea where to start. All he knows is how to run. We had an inkling of what we were going to face from William.
Eric I already liked. He was a friend to Will in the previous story. He doesn’t have a huge part in that story, but we know enough to know that he has a story to tell. His grief felt a little more manufactured to me. It was also pretty secondary to Rory’s issues. However, it gave them a common ground to get past their previous negative interactions.
They both have negative self-perceptions to overcome. They both have family (or lack there of) issues to overcome. Finally, they both are mired in grief. Together, however, they make a strong team to overcome all those things and find their happy together.
More than any other story in this series, The F Words is a visceral read. Sunday evokes emotions you may not have known you had through her words and descriptions — especially those scenes where Rory is breaking down.
I hope you make it this far into the series. I thought this would be my least favorite installment, but it is probably my second favorite. (I have a soft spot for Shane & Trey).
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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