Sunday, November 22, 2015

Book Review: Falling for Her Enemy (Still Harbor, Book 2) by New York Times bestselling author Victoria James

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…

Book Information:

Title: Falling for Her Enemy
Series: Still Harbor, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 147 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-470-6
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Imprint: Bliss

My Review:

You can find my review of Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor, Book 1) at the following link:

When a very wealthy man is notified that he has a daughter that was put up for adoption, he's faced with a choice.  Pay the woman who is making such claims a large sum of money, or said woman will spread his business all about the world and tarnish the reputation that he has worked so hard to establish.  Except, Hayden Brooks has a different idea - he's going to search for his daughter and bring her home with him, where she belongs.

Alexandra (Alex) McAllister can't believe how quickly her happy little world has started to crumble.  Her dream to purchase a baker in Still Harbor is about to be snatched from her, due to no fault of hers or the current owners.  Plus, someone who claims to be the father to her adopted daughter, Cassy, is pounding down her door and demanding a paternity test.  

When Hayden and Alex meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but that's what Alex does.  She denies it all all cost.  After all, isn't the very attractive Hayden only here to destroy her world and take away from her the daughter that shares everything about her except blood?  

Hayden's anger in finding out he may have a daughter, six years AFTER her birth, is quite understandable and realistic.  There are too many fathers in this world who have this type of thing happen to them.  I once dated a guy who didn't know he had a child until the ex and his daughter showed up on his doorstep - when the child was 12.  Hurt, disappointment, and loss of time spent with his child were things we talked about all the time.  

Alex's fears about her adopted daughter being taken away are also understandable and realistic.  Again, because a selfish woman didn't let the father know he had a child before just putting the child up for adoption.  Not all men are deadbeats and don't want to take care of their children - a good percentage of them are just never given the chance or the option to actually be a dad.

Falling for Her Enemy hits some hard topics in what is another finely written book by Victoria James.  What happens when a man learns he has a child that was put up for adoption without his consent?  Think it doesn't really happen in the real world?  Think again.  Women give up children for adoption without ever giving the fathers the courtesy of knowing they have a child.  This, however, is a whole different topic for another day.

You all should know by now that Victoria James is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her writing is realistic and her subject matter for each book is believable. Her heroines and her heroes are not perfect but they are perfect for one another. There is a reason that Victoria James is one of my all-time favorite authors - she writes impassioned and realistic contemporary romances. To date, I've read all but 2 of her books (I have them and they will get read) and each one manages to evoke emotional responses from me. At the very least, I tear up during some part of the novel. Her characters are believable and realistically written. She touches on topics that are sensitive but she writes them with class and respect. 

Victoria's writing is phenomenal. Her characters, the plot, themes, drama, and passion pull the reader in and keeps them engaged. There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read. I am able to get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them. I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me. If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book (orr in the case of Victoria...books) for me.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts about this book are my own.

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