In Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams, heroine Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life, due to being injured in a tragic accident as a child. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she's given herself to is her worst enemy.
The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can't quench his attraction for her, but he won't let her use it against him. He won't let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won't let her seduce him again.
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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasnt stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. She loves to hear from readers.
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Seducing the Enemy
By Noelle Adams, Liz Pelletier, Ruth Homrighaus
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Marietta Edwards climbed out of a taxi and stared at the crowd of people hoping to get into the trendiest new dance club in Monte Carlo. The line meandered down the city block, occasionally spilling over the curb. "We're never going to get in."
"Sure we will," Anne replied, leaning over to pay the driver. "I know people. You're not going to get out of this so easily. We had an agreement. I pick out the man. You pick him up."
Marietta gave her friend an impatient look, disguising the knot of both excitement and fear in her belly. "I'm not trying to get out of it. I'm going to do this."
Anne had been a friend in the private school they'd both attended in Aix-en-Provence, but a few years ago Anne had moved to Monte Carlo to work as an assistant to a fashion designer. She was far more stylish and cosmopolitan than Marietta would ever be. "It's just about picking him up, though. You don't have to actually take him anywhere. Don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable."
"I'm not going to jump into bed with some random guy on a silly dare. But I want to do this. Just to prove I can move on."
She was twenty-five and done with an existence on the sidelines.
Anne led Marietta around the line of wannabe club-goers. The bouncer recognized Anne immediately and waved them past the rope, much to the chagrin of the well-dressed couple at the front of the line, who had probably been waiting hours to get inside.
The loud music slammed excitement into Marietta as they stood at the entrance. Every square foot of the dance floor was packed with gyrating bodies. The bar was barely visible beyond the crowd that surrounded it, and the shuddering strobe lights made the elegant, old-fashioned décor look bizarrely anachronistic.
A flare of panic sliced through her spine when she saw drinks in everyone's hands. She looked over at Anne with a silent question.
Anne understood. "The club is famous for a mixed drink called the Speakeasy. Almost everyone orders that, or else wine or champagne. There's not much beer served. I wouldn't have brought you here otherwise."
Relief unclenched Marietta's chest. All her life, she'd suffered from an inexplicable reaction to the smell and taste of beer. It made her ill. It made her panic. One of the reasons she'd never been much of a partier — even after she'd been able to walk again — was that she couldn't stand being around beer.
She squared her shoulders. No more living a quiet, sheltered life. Maybe it was natural — she'd been in a wheelchair for thirteen years after a car accident as a child, and she'd only started walking again two years ago. With the lawsuit against the Damons settled, it was time to go out and have fun, like other women her age.
She wanted to meet new people. Do new things.
She wanted to have sex.
Well, having sex tonight wasn't part of the plan, but she could take a first step and flirt with a stranger. The lights, the crowd, the music buoyed her with the thrill of freedom and promise of the night.
Anne had come up with the pick-up plan.
"Let's get a drink," Anne said, pulling Marietta by the arm as they entered the main room and maneuvered to the bar.
They stayed close to the wall, since there was no way to get through the press of bodies on the dance floor. In the confusion and the flashing lights, Marietta tripped on someone's foot, nearly falling on top of a man in a business suit who'd managed to snag the best of the few tables in the club.
She reached out to brace herself, clutching his shoulders and ending up almost in his lap.
The man muttered a surprised exclamation and grabbed her, either to keep her from hurting herself or to keep her from landing on the state-of- the-art tablet he'd been working on.
"Sorry," she gasped, half-laughing and half-embarrassed. She spoke in English instead of French, which she spoke as well, since that was the language the man had used.
"No problem." Even in the pulsing lights, she could see his eyes were an unusually soft chocolate brown color. The most beautiful eyes she'd ever seen. They flickered over her briefly but didn't linger.
Anne helped Marietta regain her feet and continued dragging her toward the bar.
Marietta's gaze returned to the man. He was tall and lean, with dark hair and a clean-cut, handsome face. He'd focused on his tablet again and had evidently forgotten her existence.
What the hell was he doing at a dance club if he was just going to work?
It took a while to get their drinks and then another few minutes to find a place to stand against the wall with a decent view of the floor. "Now," Anne said, loud enough to be heard over the music and roar of voices, "I'm going to find you a man to practice your charms on."
Marietta's attention strayed to the man she'd tripped over. There was something commanding, almost intimidating about him. As if he had some latent power beneath his fine body, expensive suit, and absolute composure.
Maybe it was just because he was working in such a strange setting, as if the noise and chaos all around didn't affect him.
She wondered what he'd be like in bed — if he'd turn all of that intense focus onto her.
"What about him?" Anne gestured toward a good-looking man on the dance floor. Women were obviously interested in him, since four of them danced in his space.
He seemed fine — attractive, in good shape, and not too flashily dressed — but he didn't capture her interest. Without thinking, she looked back to the man in the business suit.
Anne must have followed her eyes this time. "Whoa, ambitious, aren't you? He doesn't seem to be here to hook up. I wonder what he's doing here at all."
"I don't know."
"He looks kind of familiar. Maybe I know him."
After a minute, Anne shrugged. "Maybe not. So should he be the one? Since he doesn't look to be here for a hookup, it might be more of a challenge."
"I like a challenge." Marietta sounded confident, but she didn't feel that way. She'd never picked up a man in her life — certainly not one as handsome and untouchable as this one.
"All right then. He's the one. Do you want to go right at it? Or maybe dance first, to get your momentum going?"
"Yeah. Let's dance first. And let me finish my drink." Marietta's pulse raced, and her cheeks felt flushed. "How do I look?"
"You look great. Just fix your necklace so the clasp is at the back again."
Marietta adjusted her necklace and finished her drink with a couple more swallows. Her dress was short, strapless, and silvery-blue. Since the club was hyped for offering a "modern experience" in "old-world elegance," patrons only got in if dressed appropriately. Marietta had actually bought a new dress for the occasion.
"I look sexy enough?" she asked. Her dress showed more skin than was her habit, but she couldn't pull off stylish and sultry like Anne.
"Yeah," Anne replied, stretching out the word in a way that made Marietta stiffen.
"What? I'm not sexy?"
"Of course, you are. You look gorgeous. You just always have this ... I don't know ... innocent look about you."
Despite her indignation, she lowered her voice so no one would overhear. "I refuse to believe that people can tell I'm a virgin just by looking at me. I'm perfectly capable of seducing a man."
"It's not that at all. It's not about having sex. It's just a certain look you have. Like you haven't let the world mess you up. It's nothing bad, I promise. You look gorgeous and sexy and any man would be lucky to be seduced by you."
Marietta was still frowning when Anne pulled her out on the dance floor. She didn't have a past like most twenty-five-year-old women. Her older sister had been killed in the car accident, and Marietta had spent a lot of her life in a hospital, going through a series of surgeries to fix her spine. The final one had succeeded two years ago. Since then, she'd tried to get her legs back under her — figuratively and literally. She hiked, biked, and worked in her over-protective grandfather's restaurant.
She'd done nothing beyond kissing her high school boyfriend and when he went off to college, they'd broken up by mutual agreement.
It was a nice life, and a safe one.
But she wanted more.
Marietta danced with Anna, trying to let go of her inhibitions and enjoy the motion and the music. Her eyes drifted to the handsome man in the suit. He looked up from his tablet, and their eyes met unexpectedly.
Excitement tightened in Marietta's gut. She definitely wanted more. She wanted him.
* * *
Harrison Damon couldn't keep his eyes off the blonde who'd fallen on top of him.
There wasn't anything overtly extraordinary about her. In her twenties. Average height. Average size. Flattering but not particularly expensive clothes. Very pretty, but not unusually so.
There was something about her, though. Something he couldn't stop looking at. Something fresh, alive, warm, real. Not like the women he was used to. Not like Grace at all.
He tried to focus on his inspection report for the dance club, the newest of the Damon properties in Monaco. He hated inspecting nightclubs, since it needed to be done during peak operating hours and taking notes was nearly impossible in the whirl of noise, lights, and moving bodies. But one of the reasons Damon Enterprises had been so successful for the last forty years was because the Damons were very hands-on in the managing of their hotels, restaurants, pubs, and tearooms spread across four continents. Someone from the central office inspected every property shortly after it opened to ensure it was up to Damon standards.
Usually, that person was Harrison.
He had to be in Monaco anyway to finally end the legal mess with the Edwardses, so he'd taken care of this inspection at the same time.
The blonde was on the dance floor now with her friend, which gave him a very good view of her body. His eyes lingered on her bare legs, her hips, her breasts.
He was almost certain she hadn't known who he was.
Being a Damon — one of the four nephews and heirs of billionaire and corporate mogul Cyrus Damon — Harrison was used to being noticed. He wasn't a celebrity, and he wasn't accosted by paparazzi everywhere he went. Most people recognized his name, however, and many recognized him by sight, thanks to occasional photos in newspapers and on the web. Women who wanted him for the money, status, and lifestyle that came with the Damon name often hit on him. They "tripped" over him all the time as a conversation starter. His former fiancée, Grace, had engineered an accident that had broken her leg, all to maneuver him into marriage.
It had almost worked.
This blonde, however, had looked genuinely embarrassed rather than flirtatious when she fell, and she'd made no attempt to engage him afterward. The few times he'd met her eyes, he'd seen interest but not recognition.
Harrison's smartphone vibrated in his pocket, and he pulled it out to look at the text message. His brother Andrew, checking in.
Andrew had checked in a lot since Harrison's engagement to Grace was called off eight months ago. His brother worried that Harrison was nursing a broken heart.
He wasn't. He was angry and mortified but not broken-hearted. It hadn't taken him long to come to the conclusion he'd never loved Grace. He'd never really known her, since he hadn't realized she was a manipulative liar and gold-digger.
He'd humiliated himself and wasn't used to the feeling. He'd dragged his family and Damon Enterprises into the tabloids, where they already spent too much time, and he'd never do it again. All women weren't like Grace, but he was in no hurry to jump back into the dating scene. Instead, he'd laid low and concentrated on his job.
He texted Andrew that he was doing an inspection of the nightclub, but it was so loud he could barely think.
Andrew, predictably, asked if there were any hot women who'd caught his eye.
Instead of giving this question the cool silence it deserved, Harrison found himself replying, One.
He glanced up and saw the blonde watching him as she danced. For a moment, he couldn't look away. His body reacted to her sensual motion.
He'd seen beautiful women dance before and had never been so fascinated.
When his phone vibrated with another message, he saw Andrew's reply. Well, make a move.
I'm working. Harrison was trying to work, but not doing a very good job of it.
Can't you do both?
Harrison looked back at the blonde, who now stared at him with unabashed interest.
Maybe he could.
* * *
It took Marietta two drinks and twenty minutes of dancing before she summoned the courage to make her move.
Her heart pounded painfully, and she couldn't catch her breath — although that could be excused by the dancing.
Anne said, "You can do it, Etta. Seduce the hell out of him." Then she gave Marietta a friendly shove in the right direction.
The man had gone back to work on his tablet, but his eyes kept flickering up at her, so he was aware of her existence. The worst thing that could happen was that he'd laugh in her face.
Her sister had died. She'd been paralyzed for thirteen years. She could survive a man mocking her attempt to be sexy.
He almost smiled — the corners of his mouth twitching slightly — when she approached.
It encouraged her enough to take the empty seat at his table.
He looked at her, those gorgeous eyes conveying an amused question and something that looked like interest.
"Isn't this a strange place to work?" Marietta asked, nodding toward the tablet he still held. It was hard to sound sexy while screaming over the music.
"I've worked in stranger places."
Genuine curiosity distracted her from her attempt to show her allure. "Really? Where's the strangest place?"
He paused. "Maybe a fishing boat on the Amazon."
"Seriously? What were you even doing on the boat?"
"Sports fishing. My brother's idea."
"Did you catch anything good?"
"A twenty-eight-pound Peacock Bass."
Marietta knew nothing about fishing — on the Amazon or anywhere else — but she assumed this was a remarkable catch. The man didn't appear to be trying to impress her, since he'd spoken in a dry, matter-of-fact tone. His mouth still quirked with that suppressed amusement she found so appealing.
"So you work all the time, even at clubs and on exotic vacations?"
He chuckled low in his throat. "You could say that."
"What do you do?"
He gave her a strange look, somewhere between searching and suspicious.
"Shouldn't I have asked? Don't tell me you're a secret agent." Despite her light teasing tone, the inquiry was real. He was a puzzle she wanted to solve.
He laughed openly this time, breaking his cool composure. The warmth transformed his face in a way that made Marietta's breath hitch.
"Yes, that's right," he said. "You found me out. I'm a secret agent."
His voice was masculine and cultured, American with an occasional British inflection. She hazarded a guess. "An American agent who went to university in the U.K. Oxford?"
"Nice try, but no. You'll have to improve your secret-agenting skills."
"Maybe you can teach me. Is your target someone at the club? Who is it? Maybe I can help." She widened her eyes and tried to look awestruck.
Her reward was seeing him laugh again. "You don't think I'm going to blow my whole mission because you ask me to, do you? I'm a better spy than that, no matter how beautiful the interrogator."
She wished she could pull off the blasé demeanor so many women mastered, but felt herself blush at his compliment.
This man didn't seem to mind. His gaze rested on her face with a smolder of hot admiration that stimulated jittery excitement low in her belly.
She searched desperately for something to say — something as witty and fascinating as Anne might say — but ended up asking lamely, "Did you want to dance?"
He arched his dark eyebrows. "Do I look like I'm in a dancing mood?"
Now or never. She stood and grabbed his arm. "Maybe not. But your mood might change. Besides, you'll have a better vantage point for spying on your mysterious target."
He grinned and let her pull him to his feet. He nodded to someone and she realized he was signaling for the woman to save his table and watch his tablet.
The woman must work here. Maybe he worked here. Maybe he was someone important.
She gave up her attempt to figure it out once he eased her onto the dance floor. Instead of the usual disconnected dance gyrations, he put his hands on her hips and pulled her against him. Instinctively, she wrapped her arms around his neck, the whole length of her body pressed against his.
He was about six inches taller than her, and she had to tilt her head up to meet his eyes.
They were hot, deep, intense. Absolutely mesmerizing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pride can get in the way and make you stupid. This is exactly what happened with Harrison Damon. Caught up in family battle that was never his but dedication to his family makes it personal. This is where his suspicion and bitterness comes into play. Marietta has lost her youth to an accident that caused this family battle. She wants it to be done with so she can start living. The night she starts her life is amazing, hot and unforgettable. Especially when she walks into a meeting the next day to see the man she gave her virginity to, Damon, the enemy. They still desire each other but there is no trust at all. Can a relationship even begin when there is lust by no trust? This is a great story with hot sex and the need to slap the characters. I can't wait to read the next book in series. Thank you Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley for an ARC.
You know, there’s nothing I like more than curling up on the couch with a good glass of wine (or any delicious alcoholic beverage) and a good book. Let me tell you, this book met my criteria exactly. Was it LOL funny? Check. Did it have a smoking hot hero? Check. Did it have a heroine who didn’t take nonsense from aforementioned hero? Check. Harrison Damon is a swoon-worthy, hunky specimen of the male species. He is also heir to the Damon fortune. Untrusting and uptight, it takes a virginal Marietta Edwards, to loosen him up. After a very hot one night stand, both of them realise the stranger they just slept with, is someone they should’ve avoided. With a not-so nice history between the families, it has a hint of Romeo and Juliet. :“Are you saying you didn’t vengefully give me a black eye? Or torture me through an endless shopping expedition for your own amusement? Or trick me into reading a smutty book just as a priest happened by? Or nag me incessantly about my private thoughts? Or invade my office and throw my coffee out the window?” Reading that list I felt sorry for the poor guy. There were pieces in this book that made me want to punch the living daylights out of Harrison. There were pieces that made me sigh and go “Awww.” But most of all it had me burning up with desire all the time. Noelle Adams is a romance genius. I devoured every word in a matter of hours, and when I was done I was left wanting more. This is definitely a must-read. So grab a glass of wine (or tea or whatever), shoo any other people away, forget about making dinner. Just get this book and read it until your eyes can’t focus. And when that happens and you still have pages left to read, get up, get another drink and carry on reading. Believe me, you won’t regret it.
This is a charming story. Etta is so sweet you will love her and Harry has been hurt in the past you can't help but hope he can overcome his past and find love. The mystery of what really happended is well written in the story. You feel the characters emotions their ups and downs. I truely enjoyed their story and hope there is one for Andrew and one for Benjamin in the future.
Marietta Edwards was terribly injured in a care accident when she was a child and then bound to a wheel chair for 13 years of her life. Finally able to walk again she wants to live a little. Her friend takes her to a club where she can indulge in a little passion with a mystery man of her choosing. Her she meets Harrison Damon, but she doesn't know who he is when she leaves with him. They find out the others true identity the next day at a settlement meeting for the accident. Harrison thinks she set the whole thing up and refuses to think otherwise no matter his feelings for her. This book took a bit to get into but once I got past the first chapter I was hooked. Marietta is traumatized and scared of damn near everything. She is fighting to get her life back and just wants this settlement case to be over. I felt for her and hoped she would get past her neuroses. This book is full of drama and so much family turmoil. I think it could have a bit more emotion to really grip you, but otherwise I enjoyed it. Harrison and Marietta were both affected by the accident and have many demons to get over.
I was not too fond of Harry at first, but he grew on me. Great story about overcoming what life throws at you and moving on to find happiness. I really liked this story!
I pretty much just finished Seducing the Enemy by Noelle Adams. All right the first thing that caught my eye was the title. Anytime you throw in a form of seduce and enemy it becomes a must read. Main reason, I have to know why they are using the word seducing and enemy in the same phrase. Quick background: The Edwards and Damon have been in disagreement on what happen about 15 years ago. Think of it as a modern day Hatfield and McCoy situation. Anyway, the night before the negotiations Marietta and Harrison had relations. Neither one of them knew that were embroil in a situation until they met the next morning and things turned a bit ugly. Hurtful things were said and negotiations were off the table before they really started. I thought Seducing the Enemy was pretty amazing. In the story we find Marietta trying to fix the situation and move on in her life. However, she feels the best way is talk to the Uncle face to face. Yet she gets stonedwalled by Harrison, because he believes nothing a gold-digger. It's not Harrison's fault that he can't trust women. I mean in his experience he was hungout to dry by the last woman, so can't really blame the guy for being cautions. On the same token, treating every woman like they are all conniving deceitful evil people when not every woman is a bit harsh. Yet, experience will dictate how you will handle situations. Basically you have a young woman who went against the odds to become whole again doing battle against a bitter man who believes woman are nothing but gold-diggers. I love how we have enemies that slowly become friends that could be possibly be lovers. However, the past still lingers and might cause disharmony. I found myself not wanting to put down Seducing the Enemy. Overall, I found the story captivating and intriguing. Who doesn't love a stubborn man? Maybe not in real life, but in a book all right. So, if you are looking for an amazing read, you might want to try Seducing the Enemy. Copy provided by publisher
4 Solid Can I have Andrew since Harrison is taken Stars! First of all, I devoured this book. Once I got started, there was no stopping. I absolutely adored Marietta. I adored her innocence and strength and wit. And Harrison. Ahh, swoon! Yes, I am swooning. Whether you are climbing the mountain in a tux or just there in casual clothes. Yum! I understood his reluctance to trust Marietta after he found out who she was. You know how it is, once bitten, twice shy. This was a classic case. I loved the Damon family. Especially Andrew. Umm, yum. Please say he is getting his own book! We need more. I am so grateful that in the end, the right thing was done. Loved this book! Need more! *Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
A drunk driving accident leaves 10 year old Marietta Edwards in a wheelchair and her sister dead. Many years and many surgeries later Marietta is able to walk again. She goes to a club with her friend and catches the eye of Harry. Marietta and Harry have a one night stand. It wasn't until the next day that they both realize who each other is. Marietta Edwards, whose grandfather is currently suing the Damon family for the death of his granddaughter because of the reckless driving of Michael Damon. Michael Damon was the driver in Marietta's accident. Michael, also killed in the accident, is Harry or Harrison's cousin. WOW! Yeah, that's what I was thinking too! The Damons were strong, ultra sexy and I can't help but want to know the story of cousin Benjamin and Harrison's brother, Andrew. I could picture myself in certain scenes of the book. I feel like I know what the inside of the Damon mansion looks like. And the butler, Gordon, obviously loved Harrison very much. Revealing the "journal" every time he thought Harrison was in need of it. Wonderful book! Noelle Adams is a fabulous author and I can't wait to read more. I received a copy of this ebook for an honest review.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review* Ms. Adams has really brought all her talents to bear with this one! This book is a fabulous fast paced enjoyable read and does great credit to Noelle Adams pedigree as a uniquely talented writer. Each of her books provide charming likeable heroines (which is surprisingly rare in romance novels books it seems), sexy and complicated heroes, natural dialogue and infectious humor. That definitely all comes through in this novel, along with a great balance of adorable fun and sophisticated storytelling. The plot is downright fascinating but I don't want to risk giving anything away. Marietta ("Etta") was in a horrible car accident when she was 10 that stole the life of her sister and her childhood. She is now an adult and eager to start her life. Harrison ("Harry") Damon is the responsible nephew in a prestigious family. He and Etta's lives collide and surprises, misunderstandings and romance abound. This book just reached out and grabbed me from the start. There was no way I was putting this down! The pacing is perfect - beautifully developed without dragging or ever feeling rushed. There is a lovely balance between nineteenth century romantic notions and purely modern plot and storytelling. It makes for a real reader's dream book. I would also like to highlight the international nature of the book. We visit England, France and america during this book and each piece is so realistic and human, without any artificiality, that it feels like you are really there.
After a slight mix up at a club Etta indulges in a one-night stand with Harry. Their true selves are revealed the next morning and things spiral from there. Marietta Edwards is a very safe girl who's still recovering from an accident 15 years ago. Harrison Damon has a hard time trusting women after being played earlier that year. I immediately connected to Marietta in the book, she has a knack for making the most awkward moments very amusing, and has a very relaxed honest nature. Marietta also had some struggles that are revealed in the first part of the book which really help you get a sense of who she is. I didn’t really understand Damon at first with his workaholic attitude and distrust of women, but over the course of the novel he really grew and you fell in love with his character. I enjoyed the book, it had a lot of quips between Marietta and Harrison that made their discussion more believable and entertaining. I wish there was more of an epilogue, but that was the only real problem I found with the book that disappointed me, so I hope that means there’s another part to their story. I’ll probably reread this book in the future because I liked it so much. I did receive this book as an ARC for an honest review.
Marietta (Etta) Edwards has finally recovered from a deadly accident that crippled her and killed her sister. She goes to Monte Carlo to have some fun. At a club she meets a handsome man who stirs her emotions. Harry is everything that a woman could want. They spend the night together. That is the quite before the storm. When they meet the next morning, they find that they are deadly enemies. He is actually Harrison Damon. His cousin drove the car the changed her life. He believes that she is only after money. Why wouldn't he believe that she didn't know who he was? Marietta goes to see Harrison's uncle to explain. He demands she stay with the Damons for a week. The time they spend together is magical. Their attraction grows as does their love, but a dark secret brings more pain. Can their love survive? Noelle Adams is a gifted author. She manages to combine deep emotions, a sexy romance and biting humor to write the compelling story of Etta and Harry. I laughed and shed tears as these two worked to find their HEA. I loved their story. I'm so excited that Andrew Damon, Harrison's brother, gets his own story in November, 2013.
Seducing the Enemy is a lovely read. With a good storyline, endearing and not-so-endearing characters, confliction, turmoil, intimacy and lighter moments mixed with those that pull on the heartstrings, it's true romantic escapism which I postponed getting dressed for. Our hero, Harrison is worthy of swoon or a fifty. A rich, successful businessman, he's been burned by love and as such has thrown himself into the family business. Marietta's history is quite sad and my heart went out to her. But she's tackled the hand she was dealt admirably and has grown into a strong, kindhearted and determined young woman. On a night out with her friend, she spots a handsome stranger working as opposed to playing. Sparks fly, bedroom gymnastics commence, but the following day each discovers just how entwined their lives now are. And not in a good way... I may have worked out the path the story was taking, but there were still a couple of surprises thrown in and it is a wonderful journey that is far from smooth. Whilst there’s not a huge amount of steamy content, what there is passionate and the deeper story and chemistry between Harrison and Etta makes up for it. And it being set largely in the UK was an added treat. As I Brit, I found myself visualising the country manors and the countryside I know and love. All in all a great, easy-read romance with substance and emotion. I would certainly recommend and would love to see Harrison’s brother Andrew get his story; he injected humour and banter that made me smile.
In Seducing the Enemy, Marietta has a one-night stand with a hot guy she meets at a bar (a very HOT one-night stand), only to discover that Harrison is part of the family her grandfather is suing for causing an accident which killed her sister and left Marietta paralyzed for thirteen years. Seriously. How awesome is that set-up? I LOVED this book. Read it in one sitting. The characters are amazing and believable. The chemistry is smokin' hot, and the writing is smooth. Marietta is sweet but strong, and I loved how she stood up for herself and didn't let Harrison get away with anything. And Harrison? *fans self* H.O.T. I highly recommend this book. Five stars.
After being in a wheelchair for years as the result of an accident, Etta has finally decided she wants more out of life. She wants to live and experience things and step out from under the shelter her family has provided. She and her friend go to a club together where she meets "Harry". Harrison is a workaholic. He feels it's his duty to handle everything for his rich uncle's company. He barely sleeps, and time off is out of the question. He's in town to negotiate a settlement involving his family when he meets Etta. He's instantly attracted to her innocence and naïveté and goes back to the hotel they're both staying in with her. Flash forward to the morning when they both enter the conference room only to run into each other again. To say things heated up would be an understatement. I'm really torn. I really liked the book, but at times I really didn't like Harry/Harrison. I get that Etta was pretty sheltered, but really the man should have had to grovel a bit more. It would be nice to have Andrew's story next or maybe Benjamin's.
This is the first book I have read by Ms Adams. I was hooked from the very first chapter to continue to read this story. It is well written; the plot is fast moving and and engaging; the characters well developed and likable. This is not a run of the mill love story. It calls attention to what responsibility to family pride vs responsibility to oneself means. It also deals with the ethics of winning and remaining honest. I particularly liked one character - Gordon, the butler. He is the "Upstairs, Downstairs" type of butler- unobtrusive, capable, alert to his "people's" needs, and deeply loyal. The journal that he keeps giving to Harrison so he can write his lists, his thoughts, so he can cope with his feelings, is the catalyst to resolving the problem at hand. This is a great book to read. Enjoy the ride! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review This book was really Fantastic!!!! After spending years confined to a wheelchair Marietta is now walking and ready for life. Harrison is a workaholic who feels the pressures only family can impose. After meeting in a club they have a one night stand that is explosive and which will change their lives forever. I recommend this book for everyone 18+
My Thoughts: There's no question that every time I pick up a Noelle Adams novel, I know I'm going to adore it. When I picked this one up, I had no idea what I was in for. Often I just expect something cute, something likable... but then I get something amazing instead. It is impossible not to love Marietta. She's hilarious, so much so, that I couldn't stop laughing in the first couple chapters. My favorite is the scene with all the accents. I love seeing couples together just being ridiculous and laughing like that. It kept happening, even up until the end. It was simply ADORABLE. So was Harrison. There were moments when I wanted to shake him a little bit, but deep down you just know he'll come through and be an honorable man. He paid close attention to Etta, enough that he tried to protect her from things that made her uncomfortable. The situation between their families is serious, and I liked how we were able to see it from different angles. What I really liked about it was how everything tied in from beginning to end. Not going to go into detail there because... spoiler alert! And I don't like doing that to people. Seducing The Enemy is a need-to-keep-turning-the-page kind of novel. Marietta and Harrison have a lot to work through, and yet they care for each other enough to push through the obstacles. They learned how to trust and love deeply. It had everything a romance should have, and then some. Every Noelle Adams story I read is intriguing and honest and sweet. This one is definitely worthy is picking up sometime. My Rating: Exceptional
Decent plotband storyline
This is a simple easy read. If you have no interruptions you will finish it in a day. The character's development is almost perfect, though I wish they were not so proper. But it wasn't to the point where it annoyed. So it was still good. The details in the book was well written, no mistakes and I could picture in my head the scenes. I really liked this book it was simple, but also kept your attention. There was little drama ( which I normally perfer more) but this had just enough to keep me happy. I was so mad when Harrison chose his work and family over Etta. I wanted to slap him ( if he was real of course) upside the head. The ending line 'sweat pea' almost had me in tears. It was a perfect ending to an awsome book. I will definitely be reading the rest of Noelle Adams books. I'd suggest this book to anyone to read :)
I loved Seducing the Enemy!!!! Etta meets "Harry" Harrison in a club, he is working and she stumbles and falls on him on her way into the club with her good friend Anne. Anne has dared Etta to seduce a man of Anne's choice as a way for Etta to get back in the game, to start living her life a little less "safe". Etta had lived a lot of her life in a wheelchair after a tragic accident as a child. But she is back on her feet and eager to try new things. Anne was going to choose the man that Etta was supposed to seduce but Etta was repeatedly drawn to Harry. Anne agrees that Etta should try to seduce Harry. They spend a fabulous one night stand together but the morning brings surprises that neither expects including that Harry is really Harrison Damon and Etta is really Marietta Edwards. I don't want to give too much away but the romance is wonderful and difficult as all love is. They have a tough road to being together. Love and trust don't come easy for Harrison and Marietta is full of light. I didn't want to put this book down and I can't wait for Heirs of Damon Book 2.
I must admit I love the title, and it certainly got me in, but it was the characters and the writing that kept me so much that I could barely put it down, I know it is a bit of a formula book but under Noelle Adam's hand it all seemed brand new. Marietta or Etta is someone who takes joy in the simplest of things and after having been in a wheelchair for so long and now being able to walk I can understand, we take do much for granted the simple pleasure of being able to get up and walk outside to smell the fresh air, and I think that this story shows the joy that can be experienced by just experiencing life and not being so cool we miss out on the beauty of what is around us. Harrison Damon is missing out on so much of the beauty of just being simply by being so busy being everything to everyone. Then when he meets Etta something just clicks, then he finds out who she is, their families have been enemies since the accident that put Marietta in the wheelchair and now Harrison isn't sure who is who or what is what. Is Etta really the enemy who seduced him or is he the enemy who seduced her. Andrew is certainly a charmer and I can't wait to read the book about him. This is a delightfully seductive book that draws you in and does it's own seduction until you are trapped and can't let go until you have completed the final page. I received a free copy for an honest review.
This was such a great read! Full of emotion and humor! And super sexy too! I could hardly put it down. I loved Etta! She is such an open and sweet person, with a great sense of humor. Harrison "Harry" is everything you could ask for in a guy. Super sweet and loyal. Yet very protective too. The chemistry was great between them. I definitely rooted for them the whole story. When Etta was 10 she was in a car crash that killed her older sister and left her in a wheel chair. The driver was a member of the Damon family. 15 years later she can finally walk again and wants to get out and experience life. She meets Harrison at a club not knowing that he's a Damon, who her family has a lawsuit against, and sparks fly. Finding out later who each other are chaos ensues and misunderstandings happen. Etta wanting to explain to Harrison that she didn't know who he was and wasn't trying to use him in some elaborate scheme goes to the Damon estate only to be invited to stay the week by Harrison's uncle. Harrison who has been burned in the past by a woman has a real hard time believing Etta but can't seem to help himself from wanting her. This was a seriously sweet read that had me laughing out loud in parts. It could go from being super sexy at times to just so funny. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. I was gifted this from the author