My Beautiful Enemy

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In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed author of The Luckiest Lady in London, a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is, putting both her heart and her future at risk…
Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn...

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Overview

In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed author of The Luckiest Lady in London, a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is, putting both her heart and her future at risk…
Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-03
This historical romance doubles asan adventure story about two travelers in China who fall in love, only todiscover that they're on opposite sides in a political chess game.Thomas (The Luckiest Lady inLondon, 2013, etc.) returns with sword-wielding heroine Catherine Blade.After a humdrum start, the novel evolves into an engrossing and unpredictabletale of political intrigue and betrayal. The action alternates between ChineseTurkestan (the current-day Xinjiang region of China) in the 1880s and London inthe 1890s. Catherine is the child of a Chinese courtesan and an Englishman.While gathering intelligence for her Chinese politician stepfather in 1883, shemeets and falls in love with a man she thinks of only as "the Persian." Whentheir paths cross in London 8 years later, Catherine discovers that he's notPersian at all, but a landed British gentleman named Capt. Leighton Atwood.Although he still makes her heart beat faster, he's engaged to anotherwoman. Catherine pretends she's merely a gently bred lady returning to herfather's homeland, but once again, she's on a dangerous mission for herstepfather that she can fulfill only with Leighton's help—in spite of hisallegiances to his fiancee and to the British crown. The book's biggestweakness is the villain, Lin, a cartoonish and unconvincing opponent. Itsstrength is the complexity of its main characters. Catherine is graceful andfeminine but also deadly with a blade or her bare hands. "We would neverquestion your manliness, would we?" Leighton teases her. Leighton is anatural caregiver, equally comfortable cooking for Catherine and saving herfrom bandits. A thought-provoking exploration ofgender roles in the East and West and in the historical romance genre. It'salso a darn good read.
Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
In England on a covert mission to retrieve a pair of small jade tablets for her stepfather in China, lethal martial arts expert Bai Ying-ying (traveling as demure Catherine Blade) is stunned to come face to face with Leighton Atwood, the only man she has ever loved but thought she had left to die eight years ago in China—a man who is now engaged to another. But Leighton is not the only surprise. A bitter, deadly enemy from her past is in London as well, and when Catherine is targeted, she and Leighton must find a way to work together. VERDICT With incisive character development, deft pacing, and lyrical, nearly poetic prose, Thomas transports readers between remote, breathtaking Chinese Turkestan and teeming late Victorian London. A gripping, mesmerizing romance that is one of Thomas's most unforgettable yet. Thomas (The Luckiest Lady in London) lives in Austin, TX. [An LJ Editors' BEA pick, LJ 7/14, p. 31.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425268896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 100,127
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers WeeklyKirkus ReviewsLibrary JournalDear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    Another beautiful story from Sherry Thomas, but it is really th

    Another beautiful story from Sherry Thomas, but it is really the second half of a book. The Hidden Blade is the lengthy prequel available only as an e-novella. Nearly a full book on its own, it really is the first half of this story. I can't imagine reading My Beautiful Enemy without having read the prequel. Thomas is without a doubt a master storyteller and each and every one of her books has been far superior to ninety-nine percent of what is published throughout the romance genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Exquisite story

    Sherry Thomas never ceases to entertain in her wonderful books. There is always such an unusual twist and the love story is always filled with new cultural tidbits. I loved it! The only sad part of her novels is waiting for the next to be published.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

    Author Sherry Thomas brings readers the first book in a new series, My Beautiful Enemy. A tale about long lost love, with an exotic locale. Thomas is arguably one of the best authors in the historical romance genre and readers need only look to her engaging and memorable characters to see why. This book combines romance with strong historical detail and a touch of mystery that will have readers glued to their seats. A nice way to start a new series! What I liked: Sherry Thomas is one of those authors that will have readers enthralled from the first page of her books. Her books resonate with readers. She has an innate ability to write what historical romance readers want to read. In My Beautiful Enemy readers meet two characters who share a past. Catherine and Leighton, met and fell in love, a long time ago, in a far off land. As is the case in a lot of historical romances, things went awry and they were separated by fate, misunderstanding and circumstances beyond their immediate control. When they meet again, the sparks still fly. What I liked about how Thomas writes these two characters would fill up a whole review by itself. Catherine is intriguing from the git-go. She is an operative working for her step-father. She is no-nonsense, strong, and understands the meaning of loyalty. Her background was so interesting and unusual. Leighton was a spy when they first met and to say things got a bit out of hand with his mission is an understatement. I loved his fierce sense of justice and his ability to forgive, even the face of suspected betrayal. But it was really something in how Thomas writes their emotions and feelings that made this one so memorable. Both are great characters that actually start out in the prequel to this book called, The Hidden Blade. I loved the setting for this one. Though the action in the story in the here and now takes place in London, readers are treated to flashbacks from Cathrine and Leighton's past that took place in China. That is a not a setting that I often see in historical romance and it was very intriguing. I would definitely like to see more romances set in places other than London. Thomas sets a great example of how to make a setting take on so much significance that it becomes a character in itself. What I didn't like: I love this author for a lot of reasons. Her stories are complex and interesting. Her characters are not soon forgotten and her plots have a sophistication that is sometimes missing in the genre. She has a great knack for writing the historical details of her books and for using elements of mystery and intrigue to add to the mix. Unfortunately, I think she had a little too much going on in this novel. She not only had a ton of historical detail in her setting but she also added a mystery to this one and in so doing, a little bit of the romance got lost in the details. Her characterizations were strong and I loved Catherine and Leighton together, but there just wasn't as much passion or romantic moments as I would have liked. Too much emphasis on the background took something away from the main part of the story, the love between the two main characters. Bottom Line: This book has a lot going for it. Though it may not be my favorite from this author, because the romance took a backseat to everything else, it is definitely worth the read. Sherry Thomas is a wonderful author who even on an off day, or an off book, can still outshine many others in the genre

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