By-the-book secret agent Lucas Bendtsen will do anything to keep his country safe—even if that means blackmailing the stepdaughter of a notorious mobster who is about to sell guns to a group of terrorists. The plan? He'll pose as her fiancé in order to access her stepfather's guarded compound and find out the location of the arms deal. The problem? Despite her reputation as a heartless femme fatale, Ruby Macintosh is not at all what she seems.
Only a fool would double-cross the Organization, but Ruby doesn't have any choice—not if she's going to save her brother and mother from her stepfather. So she places her life in the hands of a man who turns her on as much as he ticks her off…
The fake engagement may be the beginning of a high-stakes game of subterfuge, but when their hearts get involved, Lucas has to decide whether to break the rules or break Ruby's heart.
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Her Enemy Protector
Tempt Me Series
By Avery Flynn, Alethea Spiridon
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Blackmail was first up on the agenda today. It wasn't nice, but then again, neither was he.
Major Lucas Bendtsen got out of his BMW Roadster parked in front of the three-story manor house and surveyed his new home that went along with his recently bestowed title, Earl of Moad. The manor house stood on a fjord overlooking the North Sea; the water crashed against the rocks. Five hundred miles to the east lay Norway. Roughly four hundred miles to the south was Scotland. In between it was just the deep blue ocean.
It wasn't the bright lights of Harbor City on the American East Coast or the constant crush of people in London, but he could get used to it. After growing up on the streets of Elskov's capital and doing whatever it took to survive, he'd learned the hard way that he could get used to anything and rise above it. The millions in his bank account proved that.
A gentleman spymaster, that's what the addict's son who'd grown into a criminal had become, with a country house and a title. An aristocrat. His mother would have died of surprise if the needle hadn't gotten to her already. His father? Well, if he knew who the fuck that bastard had been, maybe then he'd worry about his reaction.
His phone vibrated in his suit pocket, a reminder that while he might be lord of the manor, he was also the secret head of the Silver Knights, an elite intelligence and fighting arm answerable only to the Queen of Elskov herself.
He took out his cell and glanced at the caller ID. Agent Talia Clausen headed up Operation Family Jewels. Whoever had picked that name deserved a kick in his.
Lucas pressed the talk button. "Yes?"
"Sir, we have her. She's on her way to you now."
Adrenaline spiked in his system, and he began pacing in front of the manor house. "Does she know why?"
"Negative. She thinks you are interested in having her design a jeweled family crest befitting your new station in life."
God. That made him sound like a total knob. People actually did that? He shook his head. "And the brother?"
"Good. Don't let him go." The scumbag deserved a nice long stay behind bars for bringing two kilos of cocaine into Elskov, but the asshole was still useful, so instead of jail he was sitting in comfort in a safe house on the isolated south shore. "He's our best leverage to get her to do what we need."
"Are you sure this is the best plan? There are risks."
Lucas stopped in his tracks. This wasn't the best plan — it was the only plan. They had one shot, and he wasn't about to let the sexy little jewelry designer, Ruby Macintosh, get away without agreeing to his terms. The number of men who ended up the victims of jewel theft, murdered during a robbery, or never heard from again after tangling with the mobster's stepdaughter was in dispute, but fifty was probably in the conservative range. The only question was, did the bombshell lure the men into her stepfather's web or do the dirty deeds herself?
Not that it mattered. He'd use her to protect Elskov from attack by the tattered remains of the Fjende. With their leader, Walther Henriksen, dead, most of the men behind the coup that had taken over the country for the past decade had scattered and disavowed their treasonous acts, but not everyone.
"You've read the same reports as I have," he said, not bothering to keep the icy clip out of his voice. "Walther Henriksen's son, Gregers, came out of hiding just long enough to put the word out that he wants to buy enough weaponry from the Macintosh organization to take over a small country. Three guesses about which country that is. Blackmailing Ruby Macintosh is the fastest way to stop an attack before it happens."
"Just be sure you don't fall under her spell. She has a reputation."
"So do I." He grinned. If the woman on the other end of the phone could have seen it, she would have taken three steps back. "Be at my office at six tomorrow morning for a briefing. This operation is a go."
Lucas hung up the phone and turned toward the mile-long driveway. Ruby Macintosh would arrive within minutes, and then, one way or another, her life would change forever. He'd see to it.
* * *
Where in the hell was her brother?
Driving through the Earl of Moad's guarded gate, Ruby Macintosh followed the winding driveway through what seemed like a million miles of perfectly manicured lawn dotted by the occasional massive, old yew tree as the never-answered ringing of her brother's cell phone trilled through her Peugeot RCZ Sport Coupe's speakers. The sound drilled right down her spine, partnering up with the worry eating away at her stomach lining to make her see red. He always did this. Always. One of these days he was going to pay for all the shit he pulled trying to get on their stepfather's good side, even she'd figured out by the ripe old age of eleven that the old man had nothing but a bad side.
"You know the drill," her brother's voice came over the speaker. "Here comes the beep."
Her grip tightened on the steering wheel as she followed the bend in the driveway, and the pale yellow manor house appeared ahead. "Jasper, you better hope I find you before Rolf does. He's got the Sparrow ready to mobilize. I can't cover for your scrawny ass — again — unless I know what I'm up against. Call me."
She punched end call on the car's Bluetooth.
Her best friend, Ilsa Jakobsen, kept asking why she had no interest in settling down with Mr. Right and popping out some kids. She had two very good reasons that Ilsa knew already. One, Jasper was enough of a responsibility. Two, her darling stepfather had a literal trigger finger when it came to anyone who might pull her even a tad bit further away from his control — especially when he had Joey Brotzka waiting in the wings with a tacky-ass engagement ring in his pocket, which is exactly where it was going to stay — no matter how much bitching Rolf did.
That was a catastrophe for another day, though. Right now she had to meet her newest design client and then fix Jasper's latest disaster.
Easing her lead foot off the gas pedal — what a sad thing to have to do — she went over an honest-to-God moat that crossed in front of the large three-story house and came to a stop outside of the manor's double doors. There was a BMW parked off to the side but not a single other sign of human inhabitance. The whole estate had an overly-structured, demanding, and hard beauty to it. It wasn't unwelcoming, but she couldn't shake the feeling of being judged and found lacking.
Ruby parked and grabbed her kit from the passenger seat then got out of the car. Even though it was spring, there was still enough of a chill in the air to make her thankful for her favorite black moto jacket. Out of habit more than need, she locked her car before heading for the steps leading to the front door.
It opened before she had her foot on the first step. A man stood in the doorway wearing jet-black suit pants and a white shirt undone at the collar with the sleeves rolled halfway up his sinewy forearms. Dark hair, aquamarine eyes, and a five o'clock shadow that only emphasized the sensual curve of his lips finished off the package. Making sure to keep her jaw from hitting the floor, she thanked the fates for giving her a little bit of eye candy to go along with what was sure to be a pain in the ass job.
In her experience, the aristocratic types in high-maintenance homes rarely knew what they wanted in their one-of-a-kind jewelry and jewel designs but sure as hell knew what they didn't want, which translated to days wasted on about a thousand design proposal sketches that would be turned down.
"Ms. Macintosh, I'm Lucas Bendtsen" he said smoothly. "Thank you for coming."
"But of course," she said slipping into the soft consonants and rounded vowels of her upper-crust clients. She'd found out early that speaking in her normal hard-edged, non-Elskovian accent didn't exactly give them confidence in her taste level as a jewelry designer. "I'm excited to be a part of this project, sir."
"Please, call me Lucas." He held open the door for her. "I have tea set up in the sitting room."
"Lovely." After spending all night searching Jasper's favorite Faroe City haunts she could really go for an espresso or twelve, but tea would have to do.
She glanced up — way, way up — at him as she walked inside. He had to have more than a foot on her five feet two inches. Not for the first time in her life she wished she had that tall, willowy thing all of the Elskovian girls that she'd gone to boarding school with had. Instead, she had football player shoulders and an ass that could not be contained — not that she didn't love that last bit, even though it did make shopping for jeans a nightmare.
Crossing the threshold, she passed into a large foyer dominated by a circular marble table. Two men stood on either side of a door off to the right. Hands clasped in front of them, nondescript suits, and with their faces wearing matching blank expressions, there was no missing that they were muscle.
Apprehension snaked it way up her spine, leaving a trail of goose bumps in its wake. She'd grown up at the knee of a master when it came to subterfuge and double-dealing. Had it made her paranoid, or should she be regretting that she'd left her Beretta in the car's glove box?
Normally, she would have done her homework on the new earl, but with the last minute request by his assistant and the late-night search for Jasper, she hadn't. That was a mistake she'd correct as soon as she got back to her tiny apartment in Faroe City. Still, she suppressed her Nervous Nita reaction. The earl's assistant had come with a reference from one of her best clients when she'd booked the appointment. With her history, who was she to judge someone else's quirks?
He strode over to the door between the guards, his long, lean legs closing the distance in only a few strides. "Right this way."
She squared her shoulders and followed him into a room that took her breath away. One wall was made up entirely of windows that overlooked the manor house's formal French-style garden. Boxwood hedges, elaborately shaped shrubs, and precisely planted garden beds lined stone paths that lead to a large fountain. Beyond it was a gorgeous expanse of lavender, made even more heavenly by the appearance of several teak lounge chairs where a person could sit, read, and inhale the scent in the spring sunshine.
"It's beautiful." She sighed.
The dark lines of his eyebrows squished together. "What is?" She nodded toward the windows. "The garden."
He looked out the window for a moment before shrugging his shoulders. "I hadn't really noticed." He sat down on one of the small couches that faced each other on opposite sides of the richly colored tapestry rug.
Okay then. She was going to work on a design with a possibly blind, paranoid rich guy who just happened to be super hot. This was going to be awesome. She took out her portfolio from the large canary yellow bag that housed everything she needed in her traveling design kit and sat down at the other end of the couch from the earl. It was as far away as she could get from him and still be able to show him her portfolio, but it was too close. There was something unsettling about the way he was looking at her with those blue-green eyes, like he very much enjoyed the view even though he didn't want to. Men liked her. She liked them. That was never a problem ... unless her stepfather found out and decided they could be used for his own gain.
She flipped the portfolio open and handed it to him. "I've brought several examples of other Elskovian family crests and some initial ideas for the new Earl of Moad crest."
He didn't look down at the intricate drawing of a jeweled swan sitting atop a golden crown. "That won't be necessary."
There it was again. That sliver of worry mixed with an excited anticipation dancing across her skin. "You already have something in mind?"
"No." He dropped her portfolio onto the coffee table, barely missing the pristine tea service. "I have no interest in getting a crest made. What I want is the unlimited access to your stepfather and his criminal empire that only you can give me — and you will because you don't have a choice. Until the operation is finished, you are mine."
* * *
He watched her wide-eyed gaze flicker to the door before snapping back to him, fury simmering in their gray depths.
"I wouldn't recommend it. Gustav and Mads aren't known for slacking on the job." He paused. "And I promise you, Ms. Macintosh, neither am I."
Despite knowing he shouldn't like anything about her, he couldn't help but admire the way she schooled her features into a look of superior disdain. God, he loved a challenge.
Instead of yelling or crying or making a mad dash for it, like so many others would have, her lips curled in an icy facsimile of a smile, and she reached for the delicate porcelain teapot on the coffee table. Like every other household item here, it had come with the manor.
As she filled one of the tiny cups with tea, he took the opportunity to better size her up. She was not what he expected. Creative types were always a little bit ... different, but she was a study in contradictions. She'd kept her natural honey-wheat colored hair, but it was streaked with thick swaths of pink, blue, and purple. The prim and proper white dress she wore managed to hug her every sinful curve but was set off with a worn leather jacket and the hint of a tattoo starting on her wrist and disappearing up her sleeve. Then there was her face, with its almost innocent beauty punctuated with glossy, hot-pink lips that would give a priest dirty thoughts.
"Do you take sugar?" she asked, interrupting his perusal and giving him a knowing look.
Blood rushed to his cock in anticipation. "No."
"Too bad." She handed him the cup on a saucer, brushing her finger across his in the process and making his skin tingle. "I think you could use some sweetness in your life."
Obviously she was toying with him, playing the games that had always netted her a prize before. No woman — no matter how tempting — would ever tug his attention away from his ultimate goal. Elskov's safety hung in the balance. Lucas wouldn't be responsible for the chaos that would ensue if Gregers Henriksen got his hands on enough weapons to start an ugly, guerrilla-style war.
Sitting back and crossing one ankle across his knee, he kept his face neutral. "Are you lecturing me or trying to taunt me into changing my mind?"
"Neither," she said. "I was making an observation."
He took a sip of tea, which did taste more bitter than usual — a fact that only annoyed him more. "Well, you can keep them to yourself during this operation."
"That will be easy." Her posture perfect and her chin tipped upward at the exact angle to deliver a nonverbal "fuck you," Ruby took a drink. "I'm going to finish my tea and then walk out of this house forever. I won't be a part of whatever it is you have planned."
"Yes, you will." He set his cup and saucer down and picked up the black folder next to the tea service. "If you don't, your brother is going to spend the rest of his life rotting in jail."
Her hand shook as she put her teacup down and took the folder from him. This time there wasn't any accidentally-on-purpose touching or coy looks from under her thick lashes.
The first page was taken up almost completely by Jasper Macintosh's mug shot. He'd had another agent enlarge the photo so Ruby would be sure to see every millimeter of the dark circles under her little brother's eyes and the worry lurking behind the bravado. Her jaw tightened, and she swallowed hard but didn't say anything before flipping to the next page. Much of it was blacked out because the case was ongoing, but she would be able to read the basic facts. Jasper had been caught with two kilos of cocaine in the trunk of his rented Ferrari after police received an anonymous tip. Had someone set him up? No doubt. Lucas didn't care if the caller had been a disgruntled Macintosh crew member or someone from a rival gang. All he cared about was that the arrest gave him the leverage he needed.
After a few minutes, she closed the folder and tossed it onto the coffee table. It landed half on top of her abandoned cup of tea but managed not to knock it over.
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Lucas and Ruby seem complete opposites on paper, but as they are forced to spend time together on as part of Lucas' mission, they both discover there is more than meets the eye. Their attraction is instant, the chemistry is great and their close proximity along with the danger they are in makes the insta-love real for me. There is a lot going on in the story and there were some things that seemed like they were mistakes, but that may be because I was reading an ARC. Overall an entertaining read that can be read as a standalone. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
A fast-paced steamy romance teeming with high-stakes action! “I’m not the kind of girl who ends up with the good guy. I’m the crime boss’s daughter.” Her Enemy Protector is the second book in the Tempt Me series and takes place after the events of His Undercover Princess. We are back in the world of Elskov and I couldn’t be more excited. Eloise is now sitting upon the throne as the rightful heir. Major Lucas Bendtsen, aka the Earl of Moad, is the leader of the Silver Knights who have sworn to serve the Queen and Elskov. Lucas’ current mission is to prevent Henriksen, the son of the late dictator, from buying the arms that would allow him to attack Elskov. Unfortunately, Lucas needs to blackmail ‘femme fatale’ Ruby Macintosh to thwart Henriksen’s plans. To that end, Lucas, as the Earl of Moad, has requested Ruby’s jewelry designing services. Once she arrives for their appointment, she quickly discovers that her potential lucrative commission is a ruse. In truth, Lucas requires her cooperation to conspire against Rolf, her gun-smuggling mobster stepfather, in exchange for her brother’s life. To do that, Ruby must accompany Lucas, as Luc Svendsen, to her family’s private island as his fiancé. Neither Lucas nor Ruby planned on their hot attraction. I liked both Lucas and Ruby. Both had experienced difficult upbringings. Their attraction was instantaneous, which was a bit surprising. Let’s just say that a lot happens in their relationship quickly. As the story evolved, I forgot about their insta-chemistry and just rolled with the flow. I really enjoyed catching up with Elle and Dominick from Her Undercover Princess again. Their new roles as Queen and King Consort certainly fit them! Even though Her Enemy Protector is the second book in Avery’s Tempt Me series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. However, I would read the series in order, if possible, as many of the characters are in both stories and the events from the first story bear upon this one. His Undercover Princess was an exciting and sexy read with great characterization. Is it possible that Ruby’s brother and Agent Talia, the Elskov operative who accompanied Jasper on this mission, will get their own story soon? Regardless, I’m looking forward to the next installment! Her Enemy Protector is a fast-paced steamy romance teeming with high-stakes action. The ending is a delight! I would recommend Her Enemy Protector to anyone who enjoys sizzling romantic thrillers with plenty of twists and turns. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Lucas Bendtsen is the secret head of the Silver Knights. They are an elite intelligence group protecting Elskov and her Queen. He's ruthless and will stop at nothing to complete his mission. Ruby Macintosh is the stepdaughter of a crime lord. She hates the man and the hold that her stepfather has over her mother and brother. Now Lucas is blackmailing her to get to Rolf. She will do as he asks and pretend to be his fiancé. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, actually. I was hooked on this action packed romantic suspense. The chemistry between Lucas and Ruby is amazing. They are two strong personalities who want to do things their own way. When they are together sparks fly. With Rolf watching their every move, things get extremely dangerous. Lucas and Ruby need to stop the arms deal that will put Elskov at risk. The bigger problem, however, is their attraction to each other. Avery Flynn wrote an exciting story with some shocking twists. I enjoyed this second book in the Tempt Me series. I want to learn more about the other Silver Knights. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
3.5 stars Her Enemy Protector drew me from the first page and held my attention until the last. The writing was well done and the storyline entertaining. Overall, a great read Sunday afternoon read :)
I received an ARC from netgalley.com Holy Moly this book was fantastic and HOT!!!! I could not put it down and was so glad Avery Flynn wrote a squeal. Lucas is everything you want in an abductor and hero! I also love Ruby she is a no take prisoners kind of girl. Even at her lowest point she was fighting. I guess the daughter of a crime lord does that kind of thing. The Sparrow taught her well *wink wink*
Another good read by the fabulous Ms. Flynn. While this book can be read standalone, you should really check out the first in the series so you can fully appreciate the characters! There is just enough action and just enough romance to balance out this storyline. Add in your typical Flynn snark, and this is a perfect Sunday afternoon read. I actually enjoyed this one better than the first. I like bad girl meets reformed bad boy stories so this was right up my alley! Really looking forward to the next book in the series!!!
Great story!! Lucas, the head of the Silver Knights, a security force that answers to the Queen & King of the fictional country of Elskov, needs to stop an illegal weapons sale by the worst crime boss in Europe. Ruby, the crime bosses step daughter is trying to get as far away from her criminal step-father as possible.. Needless to say, thing happen and they wind up working together against the man that is dangerous to both of them. This story was exciting with lots of twists, turns and surprises. It's also very steamy!! If your a reader who enjoys a well written story that has intrigue, secrets and steam, this is the book for you!!
Her Enemy Protector by Avery Flynn will take readers on an epic ride. For me, the story started a little rough but that didn’t last long. Secret agent, Lucas Bendtsen does anything he has to in order to protect his country and he always makes sure to follow his orders. His next mission involves a little blackmail. Ruby Macintosh is a jewelry designer who assumes she is meeting with a new client, but Lucas is no client and blackmails her in order to get close to her wicked stepfather. The stepfather is seriously bad news and Ruby knows it. The thing is, Ruby is not who she seems to be, either are a few other characters in this story. I was presently surprised by the true motivations of a few characters and really enjoyed how the story ended up playing out. I think my favorite aspect of the story was the romance. The romance portions are done very well and the author did an amazing job at making me feel their emotions battling against what they think they know is right, against what their heart is telling them. Overall, a good read! A fake engagement, betrayal, intrigue…Her Enemy Protector has it all.
It was an interesting and fast read for me. I enjoyed the mystery and thrill of a life as spooks. And romance side of the story was no less entertaining. Lucas is a secret agent, right now he is on mission. He must apprehend the most notorious arms dealer and save his country from impending doom. Ruby is just a pawn for him. She doesn't matter, her only usefulness is that she is Lucas ticket to get access to her step-father. Plan is simple, pretend to be Ruby's fiance, find out when and where her step-father is making a deal with criminals and save his country. But as soon as they arrive at her step-father's island things become more complicated. Apparently it won't be easy to convince everyone that they are in fact engaged. Ruby doesn't mind helping Lucas. She is not a fan of her step-father. He is cruel and ruthless and if Lucas can help her family to get rid of him the so be it. What she doesn't think about is falling in love with Lucas. Now she is in trouble. She knows that for him only the mission matters but for her that will not be enough. Anyhow for now they need to focus on staying alive. Later they will deal with their feelings for each other. An interesting read. I loved it. I would also like to that the publisher for providing complimentary copy of this book.
This second book in the fun modern day fairy tale, Tempt Me series, is another thrilling and heartfelt love story. Lucas Bendtsen is the secret head of the Silver Knights, who protect Queen Eloise of Elskov. He has discovered a plot against her and must stop it at any cost. He has a plan to black mail Ruby Macintosh, to help him stop her mobster stepfather, Rolf Macintosh, from selling weapons to Gregers Henriksen, so he won't be able to destroy Elskov. Lucas has risen above his poor life on the streets to a loyal, steely, aristrocat. He can't afford to fall for sexy Ruby's charms if he wants to survive this mission. Ruby is smart, determined, and stubborn. She needs to resist her attraction to her blackmailer if she is going to save her mother and brother from her evil stepfather. Lucas and Ruby will pretend they are engaged to gain access to her stepfather. Will her mother and Rolf believe their story or will they see through their deception? Lucas and Ruby both have their agendas and their secrets but when their act becomes too real will they be able to protect their hearts and their lives? Lucas and Ruby are a fun couple with their witty banter, and fiery chemistry. There are several twists and turns that make this story so thrilling and delightful. If you enjoy strong characters, exciting story lines with clever banter and sexy romance, then you will love this book!
Surprises Ruby is the crime boss's step-daughter that Lucas blackmailed into helping him find out when the delivery of weapons from Rolf (her stepfather) to Henriksen. Henriksen’s plan is to overthrow Elskov, which Lucas cannot and will not allow to happen. Pretending to be engaged Lucas and Ruby go back to the island she grew up on. Ruby is nothing what he expected! They end up with more surprises than they ever thought were possible. Will hearts or heads roll, or will it be both? This was an intriguing love story. I received an ARC via Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 17 and older!
Her Enemy Protector by Avery Flynn....Avery Flynn knows how to write an exciting, page turning book that you can't put it down. Oh my goodness, I was on the edge of my seat all the way through. I was so into the story unfolding for Lucas and Ruby. If you are looking for an exciting story do not let this one pass you by. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Her Enemy Protector by Avery Flynn is an enemies to lovers story. Lucas Bendtsen is a by the book secret agent who will do anything to keep his country, and queen, safe. It doesn’t matter what he has to do to stop a notorious mobster from selling guns to a group of terrorists. By posing as the fiancé of the mobster’s stepdaughter, Lucas can gain access to the guarded compound and hopefully discover the location and time of the arms deal. Ruby Macintosh is not the femme fatale her reputation has led people to believe. She knows double-crossing the Organization is a fool’s errand which could lead to her death. Ruby is hopeful that placing her life in Lucas’ hands she will be able to save her brother and mother from her stepfather. The major problem is that Lucas turns her on almost as much as he angers her. A fake engagement might be a way to distract everyone, but there is definite chemistry between these Lucas and Ruby. With their hearts getting involved Lucas needs to decide whether to break the rules or break Ruby’s heart. I highly recommend this book to all readers as I truly enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. Ms. Flynn was able to keep this reader fascinated with wanting to see if Ruby and Lucas could find a way to make their relationship work and find their happy ever after with each other. All of the characters were well written, authentic and complex. This is the first book I read by Ms. Flynn and I know I will be reading more stories written by her. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced mobster/terrorist/spy suspense romance! This is the second book in the Tempt Me series by this author, the first one being ‘His Undercover Princess’ which I’ve also enjoyed reading and reviewed. I actually think it is beneficial to have read the books in sequence as many of the characters are in both stories and the events from the first story impinge on this one. In this story, the secret service of Elskovia, the Silver Knights, have uncovered a plot to bring in munitions for an armed uprising against the newly re-installed monarchy. Lucas Bendtsen is the leader of the Silver Knights and he kidnaps Ruby Macintosh, the stepdaughter of the mobster who is about to sell the guns to the terrorists. Luc convinces her to pose as his fiancé (you’ll need to read it to discover how!) so he can visit her stepfather’s stronghold and find out more and prevent the insurgents getting the weapons. The problem is that he has misinterpreted information about Ruby and he finds her too alluring to resist and when both of their hearts get involved there’s going to be extra angst, turmoil and danger as they work to thwart the plot and protect their hearts. Initially these two characters seem to be the antithesis of each other but revelations as the plot progresses reveal similarities and the two definitely work well together. Ruby’s stepfather is a bullying, stubborn and goal orientated crimelord who will happily sacrifice anyone and anything to ensure he achieves his aims. The interactions between the family members are great as hidden agendas and secret activities are discovered. This is a suspense filled romantic novel involving enemies to lovers, somewhat instant-love and plenty of emotional turmoil and danger. It is a great sequel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I requested and received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.
This story started out sort of confusing for me but once I got it all figured out, it ended up being a good read. I always enjoy Avery Flynn's books so for me this was a no brainer if I was going to read it or not! Lucas is a member of the Silver Knights that is a secret society in the fictional town of Elskov. They are in charge of protecting the King and Queen as well as the town. Lucas is determined to stop an illegal weapon sale by a famous mobster. His plan is to get to his stepdaughter, Ruby, in order to gain access to the mobster's home. Lucas plans a fake engagement with Ruby and soon finds out that he is not only trying to protect the King and Queen as well as the town, but Ruby as well. Ruby is a woman that has her own problems but when she teams up with Lucas, they tend to have some other problems that she never dreamed of having. They have some steamy moments and then there are some moments that have her hating him. I loved the balance between these two that Avery Flynn has done so well. If you are a lover of some secret espionage happenings as well as some steamy romance then this story is for you. Avery Flynn delivered on both of those accounts with this story and keeps you on your toes throughout the whole story. The characters are well developed and enjoyable. You will enjoy this one as well, just give it a chance!
Lucas Bendtsen, Mahor and newly titled Earl of Moad is a poor boy done good! He has risen to be spymaster in the tiny country of Elskov. His latest mission is to get an in with the country's biggest arms dealer. His stepdaughter just happens to be jewellery designer, Ruby. Lucas would do just about anything to get Rolf behind bars but did he envision a fake engagement on his horizon? Ruby may design exquisite jewellery but she hides a bad girl core! She relishes the opportunity to bring down Rolf, but engaged to this hunk of a spy did not feature in her revenge plan! She needs to save her mother and her brother before Rolf turns him into heir apparent and she loses him forever. I haven't read book 1 so I was a bit lost with the back story but I found enough info in the book that I was soon caught up. I loved the whole "secret society" angle and Lucas is clearly no gentleman spy. Ruby is not a damsel in distress, she is more than likely causing the distress!! With good bad guys, CIA moles and chemistry hot enough to burn between the lead characters, there is very little not to like in this story!
I found this one a bit odd. It was entertaining enough but nothing I could really relate to and I never felt that connection to the characters I enjoy when reading. The setting is an obscure little fictional country. There are mobsters, terrorists, secret agents, and oh yeah, a fake engagement. It was all just a bit too much and seemed rushed in a lot of places.
special agent and the stepdaughter of a mobster. A good combination for this romantic suspense novel. Lucas is the head of a secret agency and he has just inherited the title of an Earl. His life hasn't always been easy but this job is his life. He would do anything for his queen and country. Ruby is the stepdaughter of Rolf, a dangerous mobster. She is a talented jewel designer who has built herself quite the reputation of being a "femme fatale" but nothing is as it seems. Lucas has to stop Ruby's stepfather from selling guns to terrorists who are threatening his country. Rolf lives on a well guarded remote island and getting the information about his transaction is not going to be easy. He lures Ruby under false pretenses and blackmails her into agreeing to become his pretend fiancé to allow him access to Rolf. He has the perfect blackmailing instrument to force Ruby to agree to his terms. They appear to get on each other's nerves but there is something else sizzling between them. Something best to be left alone. It can only complicate the mission. When they get to the island, Rolf comes up with a proposition which they can hardly refuse. He doesn't take no for an answer. This could get in the way of accomplishing the mission but Ruby jumps at the chance to turn the tables! She has her own proposal for Lucas and since he has to prove himself to Rolf, he has no other choice but to agree. This turns out to be a big surprise! Neither Ruby nor Lucas can believe in the revelation. The attraction between them is getting harder to resist. They give in knowing full well that under their circumstances it can only be temporary. It works out well for their facade of being engaged but neither of them suspects that it's more than lust until it might be too late! Lucas is tough on the surface but deep down he has a soft interior. Ruby puts up with her stepfather's demand for the sole reason of protecting her mother and brother. Family comes first! She is a lot smarter and stronger than she is given credit for. It's an intriguing storyline with a good mix of well defined characters. It has mystery, suspense, surprises and romance with some steamy hot scenes. Overall, an enticing and easy to read story. I received a complimentary eARC from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.
Ruby was blackmailed into helping Luke save elskov from an arms deal. Luke was the leader of black nights, whom you met in the first book (each is a standalone) his under cover princess, Ruby is the step daughter of a crime boss and the black knights decide to use her. There is a lot of chemistry, which of course Luke and Ruby try to fight, intrigue, capers and suspense in this story. Avery Flynn keeps you guessing and wanting more. This was another great read . Cannot wait for the next book in this serious.
Major Lucas Bendtsen, now the Earl of Moad, has come a long way from the streets of the small Kingdom of Elskov to spymaster. His latest mission is “Operation Family Jewels” (groan, snort!), and he has to lure Ruby Macintosh, mobster Rolf Macintosh’s stepdaughter. Rolf appears to be in collusion with Gregers Henriksen, whose aim is to destroy Elskov. Lucas needs to get close to Rolf and will do whatever it takes to protect his country. Lucas’ cover will be to ask Ruby, a jewellery designer, to design a family crest to go with his newly acquired title. Lucas is about to discover that he is not as cold-hearted as he thought… I love this series! As I had mentioned for book one, what makes it really work for me is how meticulously Avery Flynn has built the fictitious country of Elskov. HER ENEMY PROTECTOR has a solid story, with no plot holes, believable and engaging characters, sexual tension that crackles, and a brisk pace throughout. The fake engagement trope, which I often find difficult to pull off successfully in contemporary romance, works perfectly. At times, you could cut the tension with a knife, and the sex scenes could be hazardous to your ereader! And let’s not forget all the giggles and snorts, typical of Ms. Flynn, and how about that pink room! While there is no cliffhanger, the Kingdom of Elskov is still not safe, and I have an inkling as who will defend the small Nordic country next. HER ENEMY PROTECTOR is Avery Flynn at the top of her form! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.