Kate isn’t looking for a man. In fact,
she has given up any hope of finding a man to spend her life
with. Her last boyfriend ruined her outlook on true love
and so Kate is content to work at her bookstore and go home
to her lonely bed. That is, until she falls into Alex
Bradshaw’s arms – literally. One minute she was shelving
books, the next minute he was holding her in his arms as if
letting her go was the last thing he wanted to do. Four
hours later, Kate and Alex are doing more than holding each
other – much, much, more.
Alex has a plan. He wants to make
Kate’s father pay for the accidental death of his wife ten
years ago. Kate’s father hit Alex’s wife and while he was
never charged, Alex has never forgotten whose fault it was
that his wife died. Now it is time for Alex to make Kate’s
father pay. He is going to make Kate fall in love with him,
marry her, and then he is going to leave her high and dry.
Or so he thinks. He doesn’t count on his new wife changing
his entire world because just when Alex realizes how much he
loves her, he also realizes that his entire plan has been
thrown out of the window. It’s too bad, though, because
Kate has found out exactly what he planned to do.
I love nothing more than vendetta
driven heroes wanting to make heroines pay for past
mistakes. I love stories like that because as a reader of
romance I love watching the hero redeem himself. This is
the exact scenario with In the Arms of the Enemy.
Alex fully intended to bring Kate’s father to his knees by
betraying Kate once she fell in love with him. However, the
tables turned on Alex and he found out that his love for his
wife was more than his love for revenge. I was therefore
surprised by my intense dislike of Kate’s character. I
found her wishy-washy and while she loved her husband, her
intense stubbornness interfered with my enjoyment of the
story. I found myself more than once wanting to shake sense
into her because no matter how much Alex planned to hurt
Kate, he didn’t and her disregard for his feelings and
inability to listen to any explanations almost made me put
In the Arms of the Enemy down.
Other than Kate’s characterization, I really enjoyed Mary
Eason’s latest release. In the Arms of the Enemy
is a worthy afternoon read.