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Review: Falling for the Enemy by Samanthe Beck

Falling for the EnemyTitle: Falling for the Enemy

Author: Samanthe Beck

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Private Pleasures Series (Book #3)

Publication Date: December 1, 2014

Format: eBook, 225 Pages

ISBN-10: 1633751554 (Entangled: Brazen)

ISBN-13: 978-1633751552 (Entangled: Brazen)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Caught between a rock and a rock-hard body…

Salon owner Virginia Boca has declared herself celibate…at least until she wins the election for mayor of Bluelick, Kentucky. No hot men. No sex. And her plan to play the good girl might have worked—if the mysterious, hard-bodied stranger she’s seen around town hadn’t pulled her from the street and saved her life. The least Ginny can do is offer her savior a free haircut.

But when an innocent haircut turns into hours of wickedly hot sex, former Navy SEAL Shaun Buchanan knows his plan to keep a low profile is shot. Especially once Ginny finds out he’s the current mayor’s son. With her reputation and the election on the line, Ginny seems determined to keep their nightly sexcapades a secret, but Shaun’s not willing to stay in the shadows forever…

Quick & Dirty: A hot, sexy novel filled with secrets and small town political intrigue. A little anticlimactic but still a fun story overall.

Opening Sentence: Holy crap, I’m going to die like a gnat, splattered against a windshield.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Falling for the Enemy is the third novel in the Private Pleasures series featuring residents from the small town of Bluelick, Kentucky. This novel was a hot but sweet romance. I enjoyed the characters of Ginny and Shaun, especially Shaun.

Virginia Boca knows all the local secrets of Bluelick as the resident hairdresser. She also sees how bad the town has suffered under the leadership of the current mayor. She even has to suffer from harassment from the mayor’s terrible teenage son. Ginny decides to become the voice of change for her town and runs for mayor.

Recently, a new man has been showing up around town. Ginny has dubbed him Wolverine since he kind of reminds her of the X-Men character. The man seems to keep to himself until Ginny invites him in for a haircut. They both have a bit of a fascination with the other so it is no surprise that they take things all the way during their first encounter with each other.

Shaun is an ex-Navy Seal and the current mayor’s oldest and estranged son. He suffers from PTSD including not being able to sleep. When he finds out Ginny is being attacked he helps her find out who is targeting her. It also helps him stay all night with Ginny when she realizes who he is and doesn’t want to be seen with him.

Ginny and Shaun’s relationship is very hot and heavy but they try to keep it behind closed doors. (Unlike the previous book, that couple verged on exhibitionism.) I really enjoyed Ginny’s wit, how she seemed to stick to her guns and how she didn’t hold anything back. She spoke whatever was on her mind. She knows what she wants and sometimes it may not quite include the guy. Shaun on the other hand was extremely hot and tortured. He wants Ginny so bad that he abides by her crazy stipulations even though he is trying to show to her that he isn’t taking sides with his father. He even tries to help Ginny with Justin (his teenage brother who keeps allegedly attacking her).

My only complaint about Falling for the Enemy was the climax of the book. I felt that it was very anti-climactic and even a little rushed (although in book time it wasn’t). Terrible things happened but I felt it was kind of a letdown overall especially when it pertained to her secret, hidden relationship. I still enjoyed Ginny and Shaun’s relationship but I think I like the couple from Light Her Fire better.

It really isn’t necessary to have read the previous books before picking this one up. There are little nuggets in Light Her Fire about the reasoning behind Ginny’s decision to run for mayor and more of an explanation of why Justin is such a snot. The benefit is knowing who some of the town residents without having to explain their role in the story.

Falling for the Enemy was told from both Ginny and Shaun’s third person perspectives. I really have enjoyed the small town atmosphere this series has and the comradery that the residents all have for each other.

Overall, the novel was sexy with humor and a twist of real world politics. I would really like to know if there will be more books set in this series because there is at least another couple who I’d like to see show up with a novel of their own.

Notable Scene:

Her mouth twisted into a self-conscious smile. “If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m not one to shut up, so . . . “

“So, you’re the bimbo running for mayor.”

She laughed. “Yeah, that’s me. I like to think Grandma wouldn’t put it quite that way.”

“I’m sure she’d be proud of you.”

Ginny glowed. “Just for that, I’m going to give you dinner.” She leaned in and kissed his cheek, and the pure affection in the gesture caught him by surprise. His body’s reaction was significantly less surprising, but before he could catch her around the waist and pull her down on top of him, she bounced off the sofa. “Come on into the kitchen. Everything’s ready.”

Before dinner went on the table, he had some cards to put there first. He stood and snagged a couple fingers into the back pocket of her jeans, stopping her in mid-stride. She turned to him and raised an eyebrow.

“I may not be pursuing many at the moment, but I know what goals are. In understand why running for mayor is important to you. I realize this” –he pointed to both of them—‘is complicated, and risky, and a really bad idea, but we both know it’s going to keep happening. For some reason, right now, we both need this in our lives. I can’t explain why, but I can tell you one thing. Uncle Sam trusted me with all kinds of delicate situations, and you can, too. I know how to be discreet. I’m trained for stealth.” Time for the hard sell, because this mattered. Apparently he did have a goal, after all. “I can get you off like a personal toy all night, every night, and nobody in town will be the wiser.”

Big green eyes found his and held. “I’m counting on it.”

Private Pleasures Series:

1. Private Practice

2. Light Her Fire

3. Falling for the Enemy

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FTC Advisory: Entangled: Brazen provided me with a copy of Falling for the Enemy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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