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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In the Arms of the Enemy

In the Arms of the Enemy by Mary Eason
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Iris

Everything Kate Bradshaw believed to be real about her marriage to her husband Alex was slowly slipping away as the newspaper reports explained the sordid truth in black and white. Their marriage and Alex’s seduction was nothing more than a lie. A means of accomplishing one thing--Alex’s revenge against the man he believed responsible for killing his one true love...Kate’s own father.

After a series of bad relationships, Kate Edwards has sworn off men. When Alex Bradshaw walks into the bookstore she manages, Kate rethinks her decision. Alex is a charmer and easily breaks through her defenses. For Kate it’s love at first sight.

Alex never expected Kate to be so amazing. After losing his wife in a car crash, he’s been planning revenge. The driver of the other car was Kate’s dad, who was cleared of any guilt. Alex’s plan goes awry quickly. He regrets his plan to use her as a pawn. He’s fallen in love with this wonderful woman, but when Kate discovers his hidden past, she feels she can no longer trust him.

In the Arms of the Enemy is a book that keeps you turning pages. The tension and conflict is sustained throughout the story. Both characters are well developed. You understand the motives behind their actions. Alex is particularly well written, and while he starts out a bit nefarious, Ms. Eason redeems him. Kate has been hurt in a previous relationship and has no reason to trust men. When Alex enters her life, she takes a chance, but is later devastated when she believes he’s only using her. Alex has a huge challenge as he attempts to win her back. This is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Eason and was as enjoyable as the first. I highly recommend it!