Review & Giveaway: INTIMATE ENEMIES by Joan Swan

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!

Official Summary:

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.

12 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: INTIMATE ENEMIES by Joan Swan

  1. Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres. Do I think I have what it takes to work an undercover assignment? I’m going to be honest here. No way, because I am a fraidy cat. Love the thrill of reading about it, but I would have knots in my stomach and anxiety in real life:)

    • Hi Michele – I am with you. I would freak out if I had to go undercover. I am not good at lying either – you can see it all over my face. I love reading it, though! This is an awesome book and you will love it! Thanks for commenting.

  2. I’d like to think I could be an undercover agent, but since I lack the basic skills such as mad computer skills, smoking hotness, a secret in my past that I must keep hidden, ssniper level marksmanship, friends in high places, etc. I expect I wouldn’t make a very good one!

    • Jeannie – I would agree with you – I lack in all of those areas so I wouldn’t be a good undercover agent. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Romantic suspense has become my favorite genre, especially books that have strong male and female characters who are independent on their own but make things just so much better together.

    As far as undercover assignments, I think I would get into trouble too quickly with my sarcasm. 😉 I have the computer skills and speak multiple languages to help out a team but I’m not sure I would make the perfect agent. 🙂

    • Hi Dy – Thanks for stopping by! I would have a tough time separating emotion if I worked undercover and I think my tongue would get the best of me. You might work great behind the scenes for undercover agents with all your mad skills!

  4. I would be great at an undercover assignment. I love mysteries and I love dress up and pretending to be someone/something else, but when the job is over, you get to go back to your live, and carry the secret of who and what you did with you every day. My kind of life, totally.

    • Donna – You sound like the perfect consultant for the FBI or CIA or something. I admit it would be fun to be an undercover agent for a short period of time – maybe for a quick scam. I couldn’t do it for a long period of time, though. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Linda – I can’t lie either – it is written all over my face. I think I’ll stick to reading about them. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Kristine – That is what I love about books – you can put yourself into a book and dream up a fun story! Thanks for stopping by!

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