Intimate Enemies

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479354993
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/23/2012
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Good read

    ## 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    This is my first book by Joan Swan and will definitely not be my

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    I'm feeling quite spoiled because I've done nothing but read sto

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    Exciting, non-stop excitement. Rio Santana has been undercove

    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…

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Intimate Enemies by Joan Swan

    I rarely stray from paranormal or historical romance into contemporary romantic suspense, but I believe I will be reading anything and everything Joan Swan puts into print. I absolutely loved her first book, Fever, and Intimate Enemies has now become one of my favorites as well. Joan does an excellent job showing how deeply emotional her characters are so the reader can live in each persons head as they tell their side of the story. Non-stop action from beginning to end and just like her main character, Cassie Christo, I never knew who to really trust all the way up to the very last chapter.

    Cassie Christo lost her mama and her step-brother, Santos in a horrible boating accident and as far as Cassie is concerned, all the evidence points to her step-father, Saul, an all around bad guy with his hands buried deep into human trafficking and terrorist smuggling. Since no one will help her prove Saul's guilt, she goes after every shred of evidence on her own, which draws some unwanted attention her way and puts her life and the lives of people she loves in more danger than she can imagine.

    Rio Santana has been working for Saul for a year and was very close to Cassie's mama and Santos before the boat accident. He was there for Cassie at the funeral for her mama and Santos and though she didn't know it, he felt their lost almost as deeply as she did. Even though he's working undercover for ICE, there are times Joan has the reader questioning who Rio is really working for.

    The action never lets up no matter where Rio and Cassie are, whether it's because Cassie is off digging into Saul's past and Rio is fighting to protect her from the various gangs fighting for territory or when they are in the bedroom giving into the sexual desires that seem to flare white hot whenever and wherever the two are together.

    This is a fantastic beginning to a new series and I can hardly wait for the next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    I think I found another favorite author and her name is Joan Swa

    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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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    Joan Swan can write a bad boy. As with Teague in Fever, Rio in I

    Joan Swan can write a bad boy. As with Teague in Fever, Rio in Intimate Enemies is a questionable hero at first and I personally find that soo hot :)

    Cassie Christo is on forced leave from her residency due to still being traumatized over the death of her mother and step-brother six months before. She returns to the home she grew up in Mexico with the sole purpose of proving that her step-father is a evil man and to get him out of her mother’s home. What she doesn’t expect to find is the man that helped her at her mother’s funeral when she had a complete breakdown and who she still hadn’t been able to forget working for her step-father.

    Rio is a undercover agent for ICE and has been on the job with Cassie’s family for over a year. He also has never forgotten Cassie from six months ago and finds himself still strongly attracted to her but they are so close to finally bringing down the network that her step-father is involved in that he wants nothing more than for Cassie to go home for his own sanity and her safety.

    The author did a fantastic job of showing the seedy life that goes on in Baja from gangs to human trafficking rings to terroristic activities.

    Cassie doesn’t know for most of the book that Rio is undercover. She has a gut feeling that there is more to him than he is telling her but that still doesn’t stop her attraction and seduction of him.

    The author did a great job of pulling the reader into this seedy world and taking us on a crazy ride with Cassie on finding out what is really going on. On a personal note I have to say when Rio finally tells Cassie his last name I found both that scene and his actual last name so hot. :)

    Excellent start to a new series and I cannot wait for the next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Cassie Christo heads to her home on the Pacific Coast in Baja,


    Cassie Christo heads to her home on the Pacific Coast in Baja, Mexico with a task in mind, to get rid of the step-father that's been living off Cassie's deceased mother's wealth. An emergency room physician, Cassie has been in mourning for her mother and step-brother who perished in an apparent boat fire. Sent on a sabbatical by the hospital she just finished her residency with to work on her feelings and move on from the deaths. Cassie has another, more pleasant task in mind, find the unknown man that stood by her side and was her shoulder to cry on at her funerals of her beloved family members.She is also back in Baja to finish construction on her medical clinic that she is so eager to open.
    Nothing however is cut and dry when Cassie enters Baja, especially when she arrives at the home that once held so many good memories for her to find her step-father thinking he is the proprietor of all and to her shock, the man who stood by her in the cemetery, working for Saul, the notorious step-father. Saul is by no means happy to see his step-daughter and now must devise a way to rid himself of her presence. Saul of course, is one shady character, living high off his dead wife's prosperity as well as some illegal ventures he has began. Not only does she have to deal with Saul, but the gang situation in her town is also a big issue.
    Rio Santana once was Cassie's rock. He was something she had to look forward to after the ghosts of her past could be put to rest, but seeing Rio with Saul, and finding that he is Saul's head of security, Cassie doesn't know how to act or what to think. From the first there is a mutual attraction that goes way beyond sexual, but Cassie has had things happen to her in the last year that have made her re-think her entire set of values and her feelings. Rio has had it bad for his boss's step-daughter from the minute she put her head on his shoulder in the cemetery, but there's way more to Rio than meets the eye. Getting involved with the beautiful doctor could be very hazardous to both of their health's. A lot more is going on than some gang violence and to Rio's astonishment, Cassie ends up smack in the middle of it when she starts asking questions about the boat accident that claimed her mother's life and the life of her step-brother.
    Apparently everyone wants Cassie to head back to San Diego, but they more they push, the more she is determined to stay and figure out why while attempting to find dirt on Saul to get him out of her home or behind bars, creating enemies all around her. Rio wonders if protecting this somewhat thick-headed female is an uphill battle he wants to endeavor. When the lines are drawn and Cassie has placed herself and others in danger a series of events happen to change the entire atmosphere around her.Read Intimate Enemies to find out!
    Intimate Enemies is Joan Swan's second book and it is fabulous. Joan has the knack for getting right down to the core of it. This story has non-stop action, intrigue and heat. The characters of Rio and Cassie sizzle from the get go, and they also go through a roller-coaster of emotion. Rio, normally very level-headed is brought to the brink of madness with Cassie's hot to cold moods and it is part of the heat. I like the way Joan did not over dramatize the gangs and went to the heart of the dilemma with Saul being a center. I enjoyed the way I wasn't sure who was a good guy and who wasn't and finding out in the end was so part of the charm of this read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Out of this world!

    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!

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    YES Please

    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.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Map of RazeClan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Great read

    Loved this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    I love this book but I am in search for the ones that go with th

    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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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Absolutely incredible! I loved this book...it's on my Nook &quo

    Absolutely incredible! I loved this book...it's on my Nook &quot;keeper shelf,&quot; I'll read it again, and will definitely buy and read every last thing Joan Swan ever writes. This was my first exposure to Swan's work, and I'm SOLD. It was fast paced, incredibly well-written, compelling, characters were believable and well-motivated and sympathetic, and the story absolutely rocked. It was an emotional roller coaster-- in a very good way. Definite five stars...highly recommend to all who enjoy romantic suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Mmmmmm

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great Read! Lots of action and suspense and a great love story.

    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!

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    I think I am on a action/romance novel kick. It seems that is al

    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.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    One of the best books I have read late. Kept you in suspense right up to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Awesome.

    What a great book. full of suspense, great love story. Loved the characters. couldn't put the book down. HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Intriguing

    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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