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Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Intimate Enemies by Joan Swan

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She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.

Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. She never expected to find an adversary in the man who had once touched her heart with kindness in her darkest moment.

Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie.

Not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.

I'm feeling quite spoiled because I've done nothing but read stories that have action, mystery and suspense mixed in with steamy romance. I've become even more picky about the romance novels I read so it's always a bit nerve racking to pick up a new book and read it. 

That said, this is author Joan Swan's second book, and I hate to say this but... I liked it better than her debut Fever (don't tell Teague please)! If anything, Intimate Enemies was sexier than Fever and I didn't think that would be possible. The sexual tension between Cassie and Rio was so steamy I swear my glasses fogged up!

I've said it before, I prefer romance novels with bite. Meaning, I love action, suspense and/or mystery mixed in to make the story more interesting and realistic. Strong female and male protagonists are a must and Joan delivers on both fronts. 

Intimate Enemies takes place in Mexico and Joan uses current events to weave a dangerous, action packed story that keeps you guessing until the very end. What I thought was very important is that while Joan did emphasize the drug problems in Mexico and the danger of the cartel, she did not lump all of the people of Mexico with them. She created sympathy for the Mexican people even as she used some of them as the villains of the story. 

This Mexican thanks you Joan.

By the time I finished Intimate Enemies I felt like I had just run through the streets of Mexico while being tailed by the various villains from the book. It was exhilarating, exciting and of course incredibly romantic. 

Let me just finish up by saying that Joan Swan sure can create "bad boy" heroes that aren't at all what they appear. If you like your characters angsty, sexy, and with a sense of duty and honor then you have to add Intimate Enemies to your "Must Have" list.


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1 comment:

  1. Glad that Mexicans didn't fall into stereotypes and had a balanced presentation in this book. I hate it when authors put certain races in a box.


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