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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

REVIEW: Falling for Her Enemy by Victoria James

Falling for Her Enemy 
by Victoria James
Release Date: November 9th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
Series: Still Harbor #2
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook
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She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…

Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter. 

Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family’s real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention of bringing her home—and comes face to face with his daughter’s stunning adoptive mother.

The paternity test is in. And Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas…
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I just started to read holiday-theme books, and Falling for Her Enemy was full of holiday spirit that just made it enjoyable to read. 

From the very beginning we get to meet Alex McAllister, who has done anything and everything to provide for her adopted daughter. With the hopes of buying the bakery that she has been working at for years, she is disappointed when the owner informs her that she will be selling the property soon. With no idea of how she is going to get the money, she decides to focus on what she can do now that her daughter's biological father is said to be looking for her now that he knows that he has a daughter. Not knowing what he wants terrifies her, and the possibility of having her daughter taken away from her is not an option for her. So as she waits for the stranger to show up at Still Harbor she plans her next move. That all soon changes when the stranger does show up unexpectedly at the bakery, and when she sees him eye-to-eye, she knows that is going to be in deep trouble now that she knows what he looks like and how nice he seems to be. 

Hayden Brooks has a very successful career in the city, but his playboy ways have come back to haunt him when his ex/one-night-stand gets word of his success and has come back to tell him that he fathered a baby with her. In return of her silence she wants money, but Hayden is quick to let her know that she is not going to get anything until he finds his little girl. So now he is at Still Harbor ready to take back what is his, but not before performing a paternity test. With the holidays approaching he knows that he doesn't have a lot of time to prove that Alex's daughter is his, but he is willing to do anything to prove that he is going to be a good father to both Alex and the little girl. Which soon changes when his relationship with Alex gets stronger as they get to know each other, but the surprising revelation at the end changes the course of their lives.

I really liked the overall idea of the book, the characters are well thought out, and their back stories made the book that much more interesting to read. I could understand the decisions that Alex had to make in order to protect herself and give another a second chance. Though it is a full novel, it felt like a novella to me. The characters don't seem to grow much, and it all just happens in a very short time. There were things that were left unanswered as well, which could have made the story complete and whole. Overall the story does make you feel like it's Christmas already, and it really has the perfect festive romance to make you want to pick up this holiday. I still recommend it if you are looking to read a quick festive read. :) 

***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.***

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