Title: Enemies like You (Enemies with Benefits #1)
Author: Annika Martin & Joanna Chambers
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Suspense/Espionage
Page Count: 318
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
They’re dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.
Will has never met anyone like Kit. He’s arrogant. Gorgeous. Lethal. The most expensive bodyguard money can buy.
And Will can’t seem to resist him.
A simple command in Kit’s cut-glass accent makes Will want things he’s never wanted, do things he’s never done. Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts.
Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting.
And Kit has secrets, too—his own reasons for sacrificing his soul, piece by painful piece, to keep one of the worst men on earth alive.
This is a stand-alone hot contemporary M/M bodyguard/spy romance.
I liked this story, I really did. But I didn’t love this story. I’m not familiar with the writing of Annika Martin, but Joanna Chambers is an amazing author. The writing is not in question. This duo made the story completely engaging.
Will and Kit were very likable characters. Character building was on point, and the relationship development was smooth. And the sex? *fans self* It was HAWT.
But this is romantic suspense, and so the authors have the challenge of making the suspense just as engaging as the romance. And that’s where my enjoyment wasn’t as strong. When I say you need to suspend your disbelief, I couldn’t say that more emphatically. SUSPEND YOUR DISBELIEF! The story was serious, so it warranted serious espionage. But these two spies couldn’t have been much worse at their jobs. I don’t proclaim to be an expert on the inner workings of the CIA or independent mercenaries. But this was a fumbling excuse for realistic espionage. I think I’d make a better spy than these two. If you can be distracted by the “goods” of the person you’re after, you’re not gonna get an A on this particular assignment. Just sayin’.
Having said that, once I suspended my disbelief, this story was entertaining. I flew through this book, and I’m glad I read it. I would also recommend it. Just don’t expect to be blown away.
My other niggle is that this story is in need of an epilogue. We get a strong HFN, all in the last chapter, but nothing was resolved in regards to where the couple will live? Are they going to live together? What is Will going to do with his life now? Etc. I would’ve liked to see a glimpse of Kit and Will in the future. I have faith in their relationship, but I wanted more.
**Please note that the first 9 chapters of this book are the prologue of Book 0.5 that is offered for free on Amazon. It’s not necessary to get the prologue if you buy this book. And if you did read the prologue, this book really starts at 24% for you.