Intimate Enemies

Intimate Enemies

4.5 34
by Joan Swan
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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Cover Quote - Elisabeth Naughton
"Pulse-pounding tension and wicked hot attraction."
- Elisabeth Naughton, New York Times bestselling author
Amazon - Amy Valentini
"INTIMATE ENEMIES by Joan Swan is writing at its best. It's romance at its steamiest. It's action and suspense that will have you holding on for dear life while Joan takes you on the ride of your life through danger lurking behind every next page."
Amazon - Mina's Bookshelves
"Joan Swan's masterful use of sexual tension and love scenes is an extremely powerful writing tool in the advancement of the plot and character building."

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Meet the Author

Joan Swan is an award-winning author of sexy romantic suspense and occasionally throws in a paranormal twist or two for some extra spark. In her day job, Joan works as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center. She lives on the central coast of California in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.

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Intimate Enemies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Albeit a tad long for my taste, this was a great read. I liked the story and the characters. Unlike a previous reviewer I adored the heroine. She was strong, capable, smart and feisty. I love how she didn't give up on the hero even after all the evidence pointed at him being a criminal involved in some really bad stuff. She went after what she wanted without being pathetic like most heroines I read about these days. I wasn't too thrilled with the hero at first but quickly changed my mind after he made it his priority to keep the heroine safe. They had terrific chemistry together. Also, I liked how the author focused on the romance just as much as the crime drama aspect. I wish she would've spent more time on the ending, hence the 4 star rating.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Joan Swan and will definitely not be my last. 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. The romance part of this story was perfect for a romantic suspense and fit Cassie and Rio so great. You never knew exactly how the next scene would play out and it never got old. This book was very hard to put down. Now that I know how things ended up I want to go back and read it again knowing who the good guy was and who the bad guy was. I am glad that this is just the first book in a series. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes romantic suspense!
adria_r More than 1 year ago
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.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
Exciting, non-stop excitement. Rio Santana has been undercover for over a year now. Rising to the top of Saul Flores’s smuggling ring and becoming Saul’s right-hand man. Everything is finally coming together and they’ll be taking Saul down as soon as he makes this last big deal. Maybe then Rio will go back to San Diego to see Cassie Christo again. Holding her during her mother and stepbrother’s funerals, grieving their loss with her, he felt a connection with her that he’s never felt before. One he wants to explore further. That is until she walks into her mother’s house in Baja, Mexico, looking beautiful, sexy and truly pissed off. She’s demanding answers into her family’s deaths. As she goes head to head with her stepfather, she’s starting to make Saul nervous and that makes Saul dangerous. Try as he might, Rio can’t get Cassie to understand the danger she is in, not just from Saul and his “business” partners, but from the warring Muerta and Diablo gangs both determined to take over the area, and both gangs would love to kidnap the beautiful, wealthy Cassie. But Cassie can’t see past her anger and her need to remove Saul from her family home, to see the dangers surrounding her. As the danger increases, Rio keeps closer to Cassie, but that is doing nothing to save them both from the desires growing between them, and Rio knows that to give in to those desires, with all the lies between them, would ruin any future they might have. Like the gangs in her story, Joan Swan is trying to take over as the new boss of the romance genre, and she’s doing a hell of a job of it. In giving us a heroine with ten times as much bravery as she has common sense, I don’t know who was more stressed out, me or Rio; in giving us a hero who we know is good, who Cassie knows in her heart is a good man, but for her safety as well as his own, he has to keep up the pretense of being dangerous and dirty; and in taking us down to Baja, Mexico which is presented as a hotbed of gang wars, a corrupt police force, and Saul Flores, the small time gangster trying to take over as the biggest smuggler around, Joan keeps the danger level and tensions high. And speaking of tension, there is such incredible sexual tension between Rio and Cassie, which culminates into the some of most incredible love scenes I have read. Yowza! This was an exciting, dangerous, sexy story which just didn’t stop from beginning to end. This is definitely a must read for everyone’s list. Now, I think it’s time to go take a asprin and lie down. Maybe go read a nice quiet vampire book…
ArcticMama More than 1 year ago
I think I found another favorite author and her name is Joan Swan. Intimate Enemies is the wonderful first book in a new series. I enjoy novels that have a Strong female character and Joan delivers us a firecracker. Cassie is a strong and fiercely independent woman, who just grabs the bull by it horns, when she sets her mind to something. Watching the angst between our two lovers was heart wrenching at time, but making the bedroom scene even sweeter. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! OMG! OMG! I don't like buying too many books if I don't have to, especially ebooks, not knowing how they'll turn out or if I'll like them. I guess I'm stingy that way. I'm SOOOO glad I did buy this book to read prior to the sequel (1.5) in Wicked First boxed set! If you love undercover government style romance suspense, then this is totally your style of writing! It's out of this world! You won't be able to put it down, unless your eyes are extremely exhausted! I absolutely LOVED this book!
PeachesGirl More than 1 year ago
Wow hot. I need a body guard like this one. Hot guys to follow me around all day making me hot and bothered. Joan Swan hits it out of the park again.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this!
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I love this book but I am in search for the ones that go with this book and can not find them. if you can help please do
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Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read! Lots of action and suspense and a great love story. My first book by Joan Swan and I was very impressed. Definitely will be looking for the next one in the series. After reading other reviews I might have to pick up one of her other books!
The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
I think I am on a action/romance novel kick. It seems that is all I have been reading lately. In this book you have an awesome strong willed female character with a bit of a troubled past. What I loved about this book was Cassie travels back to her home after he mothers death to boot out her stepfather. The attitude and brass she gives him is awesome! When she sets her mind to something look out because she is going for it. Then she meets Rio who is her stepfathers right hand man, but what she doesn't know is, he's an undercover agent out to take down her stepfather. Of course there is the romance aspect where she is totally crushing on Rio but that doesn't stop her from obtaining her goal and taking her stepfather down. I really enjoyed this book, it has a great story from beginning to end.
cpm516 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read late. Kept you in suspense right up to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. full of suspense, great love story. Loved the characters. couldn't put the book down. HIGHLY recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassie and Rio needed each other but their secrets may keep them apart. This book had a good story and plenty of suspense. It made you really hope that they could be together. Definitely had it's hot steamy parts that kept you reading too!
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I thought this book was an exciting, romantic read. However, I get SO frustrated with female characters having to be so independent and stubborn that they continually make stupid, unreasonable decisions and choices. Too often, their selfishness results in hurting others, and placing them in danger, especially the men who somehow still love them, even after being treated like dirt for most of the story. Yeah, i get that there's always an underlying reason for the rude behavior, but would most men really put up with that? Speaking of men...... Rio is HOT! LOVE him!
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RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Intimate Enemies is my first read from author Joan Swan, though I own her current Phoenix Rising books which are sitting on my TBR shelf right now. And I have to say, I was impressed.  Cassie Christo returns to her childhood home in Baja, Mexico in search of answers for her mother and step-brothers death as well as a way to get her corrupt step-father out. She has bitten off more than she can chew though when she finds a human smuggling ring, gang wars, a sexy and oh so tempting head of security and a web of lies. But she is not going to let all that stop her from finding out the truth, especially the sexy and tempting part...that she plans on taking a hands on approach to. Rio is deep undercover for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and just weeks away from wrapping up his case when the beautiful and spirited Cassie returns home. Forbidden to get too close because of his job but unable to resist her presence, Rio is in a tug-of-war with his feelings for her. When his boss tells him to seduce Cassie to get her out of his hair, Rio is both terrified and aroused. He must find a way to complete his mission while keeping her safe and hope that he doesn't damage her trust so badly in the process that she wants nothing to do with him when this is all over with. Intimate Enemies is a sexy, gritty, adrenaline rush. Packed full of action, angst and romance the story easily swept me away into the heat of Mexico, cringing at the dangers that surround these characters and smelling the scent of the sea in the air. The characters were enticing and the word building authentic. Rio is a hero to love. Sweet but full of secrets, protective yet dangerous, and deliciously naughty. He tried his hardest to resist Cassie but when he finally gave in, I was so glad, the wait was well worth it! It was heartbreaking, the turmoil Rio went through though, having to deceive Cassie or act differently in public with her because of his cover or when he couldn't tell her the truth even when she was begging. Cassie was a great heroine as well; strong, determined, caring and intelligent but she frustrated me a bit because she suspected Rio of being a cop and instead of understanding some of the undercover aspects and the very real danger he was in, which she should have since one of her best friends is a cop, she put him on a guilt trip over his dishonesty and almost blew his cover numerous times. I suppose I just expected more from her in this area. The plot moved at a consistent pace without a lull and I was surprised at the end by the number of side and secondary characters involved in this one operation. An exciting and enjoyable read, I would recommend Intimate Enemies to any romantic suspense fan.