Monday, 28 October 2013

Review: Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams

Seducing the Enemy
Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Publication date: October 14th 2013
My rating: 4 stars


After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.

The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.

Seducing the Enemy was just the right mix of romance, the love/hate variety and witty humor. Throw in some Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice mentions and I’ve got my kind of read!

Marietta Edwards spent thirteen years in a wheelchair after a tragic accident that killed her sister.  After many surgeries she regained her ability to walk two years ago, but still lives a cautious life.  She’s had a limited love life and so at twenty-five she intends to rectify that.  At the urging of her best friend they go to a nightclub with the purpose of honing her flirting skills.  She captures the attention of Harrison Damon, and his good looks and intensity captures hers as well.  Little does Marietta know that she is flirting with the enemy.  His cousin, Michael was the driver in that horrible accident that took so much away.  Harrison just happens to be lead council on the team that is constantly fighting her family’s lawsuit against the Damon’s.

Harrison is just checking on one of the family’s nightclubs when he spies Marietta, a girl who seems completely oblivious to his identity and wealth.  She’s seems just as affected and intensely attracted to him:

Harrison was mesmerized by her lovely face—warm, amused, sincere, utterly real. The urge to kiss her was so overwhelming he no longer resisted.

They end up spending the night together; a hot and passionate night, and Harrison wants more!  Well, that’s until their identities become known. Harrison’s convinced that Marietta and her family somehow set the whole thing up, and he’s ticked!  He’s even more upset when she shows up at the family estate and his uncle invites her to stay to settle everything.

Marietta was such a breath of fresh air. I have to say I loved the sweet and playful humor that Marietta exhibited even during some steamy moments.  Not one to sulk about her history, she just wants to put things behind her and get her grandfather to settle.  She’s mortified and angry that Harrison thinks she would actually stoop so low to manipulate the situation.  But as they spend time together both of their opinions soften. 

Harrison was guarded and suspicious at first. In spite of that he showed so much care and empathy for Marietta. He really was a sweet man under all that armor! Their gradual shift from hate to love was a pleasure to experience.

Noelle Adams’ brand of romance and writing is something I want to experience again, so I’m thrilled that we get another story.  This time is centers on Harrison’s brother, Andrew: Playing the Playboy .  Can’t wait!

Favorite quote:

“So you really forgive me?” he asked as their lips parted.
“Of course. I couldn’t have my Jane Eyre moment if I didn’t forgive the infuriating hero.”

A big thank you to Aman @ Enticed by Books for the recommend! 

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  1. You're very welcome! I expected a cute story from this book but what I got was 100 times better. Th chemistry between Marietta and Harrison was my favorite, I loved that the were always on each other's throat in public but shared very swoony moments in private. Harrison's reaction after that Horse riding incident was so sweet. I'm glad you enjoyed this story too, Rachel! I can't wait to read it's companion! Great review :)

  2. Well first Aman, now you Rachel. I'll have to read this one is seems. I usually avoid NA books and all that drama but it seems to me that this one is different and I love the sound of chemistry between the characters. Great review Rachel :)

  3. I'm always a little wary of the "family enemies" plot line since it didn't work out so well for Romeo and Juliet, but this sounds really interesting and I trust your judgement completely. I'll have to check this out for sure the next time I'm in the mood for romance!(;

  4. Hah! Love the title, I'm sure it'll catch lots of readers' attention!

    Lovely review as always, Rach! <33

  5. NA still really isn't my genre, but I have to say, make a really strong case for this one. Lovely review, doll! :)

  6. Oh, I do enjoy when there's a love-hate relationship that's done well! And hot, passionate nights always have me wanting more!

  7. So their identities are revealed early then Rachel? We don't spend half the book knowing a secret neither of them knows? Because that would cause me untold stress, I don't deal well knowing epic secrets the characters don't because I just get all tense and dread the moment they find out! I like the sound of this one though, so I'm thinking I need to give it a try. Plus, you know I'm a rabid fan of enemy to lovers romances:):) WIN!

    1. They find out very early on, Jenny, so no worries there! I know what you mean. I hate having some bit secret looming. It put's me on edge the entire time. :)

  8. Rachel, this sounds exactly like the kind of romance books I enjoy. You know how much I adore romances that start with an antagonistic relationship of some sort. Harrison and Marietta sound like they have great chemistry together. I will definitely be on the lookout for this book, Rachel.
    Lovely review!

  9. The romance and the fresh character sound great.

  10. Stories like theses are my favorite! Love the whole I hate-you-but-now-I-love you thing. I feel you get more from the character and more of their chemistry. I am glad you enjoyed this Rachel, I think I might be adding this to by tbr pile :)

    Great Review :)

  11. I adore a good antagonistic romance, probably my favorite kind so I am certainly down with this! Sounds like fun!

  12. Oooh, this sounds like so much fun! I didn't realize it was an Austen-inspired story. It's clear from your review that Seducing the Enemy hit the spot. Great review, Rachel!

  13. This sounds really good! Great review, Rachel. I'm adding this book to my TBR ASAP!

  14. Damn. All right, you twisted my arm, Rachel. I'm sold. :)

  15. Always great when an author can make a romance seem fresh and new. :) I hadn't heard of this book at all, but it sounds like a fun read!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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