Hooked by the Bell

The cover for Hooked by the Bell by Tanya Chris shows a cartoon pirate with a fairy flying over him

The Feldings and Le Croixs have been neighbors for three generations and enemies for just as long. Now it’s Matt and Harper’s turn to carry on the family feud through a series of escalating pranks that’s sure to get one of them arrested or killed.

When a costume party hookup reveals they might like each other as much as they hate each other, will Matt and Harper continue to fight, or will a case of mistaken identity turn out not to be a mistake at all? Find out in this friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romcom about two men who are ready to go down fighting.

This novellette was previously published in the anthology Fighting Chances.

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He sprinted for home but didn’t make it before a heavy weight slammed into him, driving him down into the grass. His struggle to free himself from an angry tornado of punishing appendages landed him on his back, looking up at a red-faced, sopping-wet Harper who had a knee planted firmly in the middle of his chest.

“You fucker.” Harper reared back like he was about to sock him.

Matt threw his hands up. “Not my face!” He needed his face. He had a costume party to go to Saturday night, and the hostess had promised him there’d be hot guys there.

“You fucking trashed my room. There’s water all over the fucking floor. My mattress is soaked.”

“It was just supposed to be some spray. I didn’t think the screen would pop.”

“You never fucking think.” Harper grabbed his shoulders and jerked them back and forth, so that Matt’s head bounced off the ground a few times.

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“You’ll give me a concussion,” he complained through rattling teeth. Thank God Harper kept his lawn so nice and velvety. He wriggled his lower body in an attempt to escape the bruising force of Harper’s knee. Some guys he might like having on top of him riding him like a fucking cowboy, but not Harper Le Croix, not the guy who already knew how hot he was and didn’t need Matt confirming it, which he was about to do unless Harper either killed him or got off him.

Harper gave him a last good thump. “I’m serious this time, Felding. I’m putting in a restraining order. You won’t be able to get within fifty feet of me, and where will that leave you?”

“Fifty feet away from this line.”

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Reviews:Adagio wrote:

Tanya Chris delivers on a humorous and original enemies to lovers story. Although often humorous, it delivered on all the feels as well. I loved both Matt and Harper and the secondary character Wendy is perfect. The world building was definitely on point and the storyline kept my interest completely. It’s uniquely done and the ending especially made this a favorite.

Tina on Redzworld wrote:

Matt and Harper are the modern-day Hatfield and McCoy’s of their generation. They have been friends forever, and always their families have fought over a tiny piece of land. No one wants to give in. when Matt and Harper get their family homes will this feud continue? Well, these two reminded me of two kids fighting over the same toy. They were funny as heck. The chemistry makes it pure adult though. They have a lot of underlying tension. Might just be what this feud needs for it to stop. I always say make love, not war.


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