Her Enemy Protector
by Avery Flynn
Tempt Me #2
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: By-the-book secret agent Lucas Bendtsen will do anything to keep his country safe—even if that means blackmailing the stepdaughter of a notorious mobster who is about to sell guns to a group of terrorists. The plan? He’ll pose as her fiancé in order to access her stepfather’s guarded compound and find out the location of the arms deal. The problem? Despite her reputation as a heartless femme fatale, Ruby Macintosh is not at all what she seems.Only a fool would double-cross the Organization, but Ruby doesn’t have any choice—not if she’s going to save her brother and mother from her stepfather. So she places her life in the hands of a man who turns her on as much as he ticks her off…
The fake engagement may be the beginning of a high-stakes game of subterfuge, but when their hearts get involved, Lucas has to decide whether to break the rules or break Ruby’s heart.
My Review: The premise of this book was not a new one – the idea of a fake engagement to get what one (or sometimes both) individuals want. The blackmailing aspect was a little new – but we generally know how these things end: the two people end up falling for each other and realize they have deeper feelings towards one another. What makes each version of this tale different & intriguing are the characters – Ruby was not your typical mobster’s daughter (or step in this case) and Lucas was not your typical secret agent. Also the struggle to realize they might want more to this fake relationship – from their initial meeting both Lucas & Ruby realized that they physically were attracted to the other and that maybe there might be something deeper emotionally.
This was my first book by Avery Flynn but I am always looking for new (at least to me) authors to add to my growing list of favorites. The way she wrote this piece grabbed my attention in the very beginning. Ruby’s sassiness had me laughing so hard at times that I had tears in my eyes. The way she interacts with Lucas and other characters was awesome – if she was a real person she would be my new best friend. The chemistry between Ruby & Lucas was off the charts, and once they finally gave in I couldn’t put the book down. The author put a new spin on the fake engagement story & the trip to the HEA ending was a rough one. There were moments when I really didn’t think there would be a happy ending for this couple and the uphill battles made it that much sweeter.
DON’T MISS #HISUNDERCOVERPRINCESS, THE FIRST BOOK IN THE TEMPT ME SERIES!
Synopsis: Stylist Elle Olsen lives in fear of someone discovering her secret identity as Princess Eloise. But the men who killed her entire family in a bloody coup have done just that and now they’re coming for her. All Elle wants is to disappear into anonymity again, but the panty-melting billionaire who kidnaps her isn’t about to let that happen.
On the society pages, smoking hot financier Dominick Rasmussen is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. As a secret resistance fighter, his one goal is to get Princess Eloise on the throne and restore the monarchy. The biggest problem? His stubborn and sexy undercover princess has no interest in ever wearing a tiara again.
Their goals couldn’t be more opposed, but neither Dom nor Elle can deny the attraction bringing them closer together. As the stakes rise and danger increases, they are forced to choose between love and country…
ABOUT AVERY FLYNN
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.