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Review: Falling for the Enemy by Samanthe Beck

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Falling for the Enemy (Private Pleasures #3)
    by: Samanthe Beck

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 225 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Caught between a rock and a rock-hard body…

Salon owner Virginia Boca has declared herself celibate...at least until she wins the election for mayor of Bluelick, Kentucky. No hot men. No sex. And her plan to play the good girl might have worked—if the mysterious, hard-bodied stranger she’s seen around town hadn't pulled her from the street and saved her life. The least Ginny can do is offer her savior a free haircut.

But when an innocent haircut turns into hours of wickedly hot sex, former Navy SEAL Shaun Buchanan knows his plan to keep a low profile is shot. Especially once Ginny finds out he’s the current mayor's son. With her reputation and the election on the line, Ginny seems determined to keep their nightly sexcapades a secret, but Shaun’s not willing to stay in the shadows forever…

Oh my. I just got my world rocked by one Shaun Buchanan. In fact, I think he's my favorite of the Bluelick leading men! He's incredibly sexy and I thought for sure he was going to be a tortured bad boy. Instead, he just keeps to himself, which gives him a mysterious edge.
He might not be willing to open up and talk to Ginny in her salon like most of her patrons do, but boy did his actions speak WAY louder than words! I always love when sexual tension boils so high that the couple can't help but throw themselves at one another. It's so deliciously hot and that is exactly what we get during Ginny and Shaun's first encounter.
Ginny knows she shouldn't indulge with Shaun, as she is running for mayor and doesn't need any extraneous complications in her life. She knows she has her work cut out for her with the town's current mayor, who seems to have quite a few people in his pocket. However, one time with Shaun is just not as easy as it seems. The man oozes sex appeal and genuinely wants to look out for her, especially since she's having trouble with someone vandalizing her property. Even after Ginny finds out he's the current mayor's son, she still can't seem to let him loose and nor does she want to. As long as they keep their 'dealings' a secret, Ginny's standing in the race won't be compromised.
The more time Shaun spends with Ginny and opens up to her, the more he realizes he doesn't want to be kept in the dark, constantly sneaking around. He's falling for her and he refuses to be her dirty little secret. Even after everything Shaun has been through from his time in the SEALS, he is not running from his feelings claiming he's too broken and messed up to be deserving of love. This made me so happy because he just isn't the self-sacrificing type. He wants Ginny and he isn't afraid of that.
Ginny is a really sweet character. Her care and concern for the town of Bluelick is genuine and wants to bring about change for the better. One of the biggest issues she has is dealing with the county sheriff department. She feels Bluelick would do better with their own local police department. After seeing how the sheriff's department operated in the previous book, I am right with Ginny on this one. I also really liked that Ginny is a go-getter. She isn't afraid to take charge in her personal, professional, or sexual life. She knows that she probably shouldn't be fooling around with Shaun, but she's not constantly berating herself over her actions either.
This is a lighter read and I'm glad it was lower on angst. Ginny and Shaun find resolution to their conflict fairly quickly, which I preferred to the longer, drawn out drama it could have been. It was fun to see familiar faces from previous novels as well and the epilogue was really fitting and a great ending for all our Bluelick couples.
Samanthe Beck always brings the steam and this book is no exception. Ginny and Shaun have serious chemistry and like I said earlier, I love it when couples have so much passion together it just explodes and they can't get enough of one another. I won't lie... I think it would be awesome if Samanthe wrote a redemption story for Justin... he's a little punk, but I definitely think his story might be worth telling....

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  1. *sigh* I sooo need to read a brazen. It has been far tooo long! This one sounds sooo good and I need to meet this Shaun. Awesome review Jessica.


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