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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.
“Are you sure you don’t want me to stay and help you finish up here? It won’t kill me to skip one class, you know.” Brandy Richards slung her backpack over her shoulder and eyed, with concern, the stack of books that still needed putting.
“Thanks, but no way, Brandy. You need this credit to graduate at the end of the year.” Kate Edwards placed the last of the latest self-help books on the display next to the register and turned to the younger woman. “Besides, this is your last class before finals. You can’t afford to miss tonight. Go to your class. I’ll finish up here.”
Brandy had struggled with World History for weeks now, using every available minute to study. Luckily, the bookstore was unusually quiet this time of year due to the pre-holiday slump.
“Okay, but promise you won’t stay too late? And don’t forget to lock the doors at six this time. You know how crazy this place gets after the sun goes down.”
“Yes, Mother.” Kate smiled affectionately at her cousin’s concern before shooing her in the direction of the door. Of course, Brandy was right. The downtown Austin business district transformed itself at night, from the bustling financial center of the city to a twenty-something’s haven. Crowds of young people flocked to the bars and clubs along Six Street.
Brandy hesitated for another moment before giving in. “Okay, I’m going but I’m calling the store when I get out of class and you’d better not still be here.”
Kate hired her cousin to help at the bookstore part-time after her parents’ death, when Brandy seemed to be floundering. It wasn’t long before the girl excelled at the job. With Kate’s help, and thanks to Brandy’s excellent GPA average, she was able to enroll at the University of Texas, Kate’s alma mater. After a few bumps that first year, Brandy was back on track and scheduled to graduate with a degree in business at the end of the fall semester.
“Go to class, Brandy, and stop worrying about me. I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself.”
“Yeah, well it wouldn’t hurt you to have some fun every now and then, you know. When was the last time you didn’t put in fourteen hours a day at this place?”
“Brandy,” Kate warned. She knew exactly where this conversation was going. Brandy loved the single life. She constantly invited Kate to go clubbing with her friends down on Six Street, but Kate always refused. She’d put those days behind her after college. When her last serious relationship ended in a bitter breakup, Kate decided she needed to take some time off from men as well.
“Well, you know it wouldn’t hurt you to get laid.”
“Brandy!” The last thing Kate wanted to get involved in right now was yet another discussion about her sex life, or more specifically her lack of sex life. “Will you let me worry about my love life for once? You just concentrate on passing that test so you can graduate and start working here full time, okay. Then I won’t need to work fourteen hour days.”
“Whatever you say, Kate, but technically, you have to have a love life to worry about one,” Brandy retorted. She blew Kate a little kiss then made a hasty exit, before her cousin could manage even a single retort.
Kate shook her head. Her cousin just refused to let up at times. Brandy meant well, but she just didn’t understand. Kate picked up the last remaining stack of books—a group of romance novels and eyed the couple on the cover with scorn.
Yeah right. If men like that existed in the real world, then women wouldn’t need to read those novels.
If I could find a man like that, I’d give up my self-imposed exile and sleep with him in a heartbeat.
So far, she hadn’t found anything resembling Prince Charming in the men she’d dated in the past, certainly not in Seth Mathews.
4 Stars! “In The Arms of the Enemy is a delightful read. Alex is Prince Charming! Kate is rather stubborn, and I found it out of character that she jumped into bed with him so quickly. On the whole this is a very good romance!” Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
“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!” Reviewed by Iris, The Long And Short Of It Reviews
“I love nothing more than vendetta driven heroes wanting to make heroines pay for past mistakes. I love stories like that because as a reader of romance I love watching the hero redeem himself. This is the exact scenario with In the Arms of the Enemy. Alex fully intended to bring Kate’s father to his knees by betraying Kate once she fell in love with him. However, the tables turned on Alex and he found out that his love for his wife was more than his love for revenge. I was therefore surprised by my intense dislike of Kate’s character. I found her wishy-washy and while she loved her husband, her intense stubbornness interfered with my enjoyment of the story. I found myself more than once wanting to shake sense into her because no matter how much Alex planned to hurt Kate, he didn’t and her disregard for his feelings and inability to listen to any explanations almost made me put In the Arms of the Enemy down. Other than Kate’s characterization, I really enjoyed Mary Eason’s latest release. In the Arms of the Enemy is a worthy afternoon read.” - Reviewed by Talia Ricci, Joyfully Reviewed
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 170
Paper Weight (lb): 7.4
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