Her Enemy Protector by Avery Flynn

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 6th October 2016
Her Enemy Protector by Avery FlynnHer Enemy Protector by Avery Flynn
Series: Tempt Me #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 14th 2016
Pages: 220
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three-stars

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.

This started out very…odd. Jarring to say the least because of the strange fictional place it’s set in—somewhere in the Atlantic, nearer Scandinavia than North America that’s a monarchy—which I couldn’t get my head around at all because it sort of straddles some alternate universe that’s still supposed to be contemporary enough that I should be able to relate to it.

Fictional geography and made-up countries aside, ‘Her Enemy Protector’ champions instant love, or at least, combustible lust where body parts either constantly leak fluids or tighten uncomfortably against clothes. But it also offers loads of James Bond-esque type of suspense where both leads jump straight into hard, fast action with an equally quick though not entirely believable resolution of a fairy-tale end after the conflict. It’s like reading a jumble of the Princess Dairies, Bond and Ethan Hunt who work together to stop an arms-deal while wedding planning—a ruse as it may be—goes on in the background. There are some inconsistencies, especially with appearance and Scandinavian-ish names and places, but if you can get past that, it does offer some good entertainment.

three-stars

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