Update – Congratulations to Michelle, Donna, and Linda for winning a copy of Intimate Enemies! Thank you to all who participated. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!
Intimate Enemies was the first book I read by Joan Swan and what started my love for her writing. Today, you might the chance to experience this great book as well, because Joan is giving away 3 copies to 3 lucky winners!
- Title: Intimate Enemies (Covert Affairs, #1)
- Author: Joan Swan
- Publisher: Joan Swan
- Release Date: July 18, 2012
- Category: Romantic Suspense
- Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
- Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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.
So Many Reads Review:
I love the suspense that was built in this book. It started with the first page and carried on until the last page. I think Joan did a great job with the entire plotting of the story. The main characters and storyline were well developed and the other characters in the book had you guessing who was good and who was bad. The descriptions of the scenes, situations and emotions were done so well that I felt the same things the characters felt. I think I was a little worn out at the end of the book!
I really enjoyed Cassie. Rio was pretty great, too, but Cassie stole the show for me. She is someone who is very strong willed and intelligent yet vulnerable and naïve at the same time. The dialogue and the interactions between her and Rio were fun to read. Rio was stuck in such a tough position between playing the undercover agent, being Saul’s trusted employee and trying to protect Cassie all while falling in love her. Her strong desire to find out what happened to her mother and step brother caused Rio a lot of frustration. Rio and Cassie’s relationship was truly an intense ride of emotional highs and lows from beginning to end.
Joan did a fantastic job at balancing the romance and suspense for the story and it really fit Cassie and Rio. You never knew exactly how the next scene would play out and it never got old. I thought the intimate scenes were nicely done and not over used. They did not detract from the story like some can. Intimate Enemies was very hard to put down. It is one of those books that is fun to reread because once you know who was playing a part and who wasn’t you get to see the story in a different light. I really look forward to more in the series. If you are looking for a great story that takes you on quite the ride and is well balanced between the romance and suspense, I highly recommend Intimate Enemies.
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Joan is graciously giving away three (3) digital copies of Intimate Enemies to three lucky winners! To enter, simply comment below and let us know if you think you have what it takes to work an undercover assignment. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Winners will be notified via email and announced on the website.