Series: Still Harbor #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss
Publication Date: November 9th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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…
The concept for this series really is an interesting one and from the first book, I was interested in seeing how things would change for each character as they fell in love and added to their little family.
Alex McAllister’s abandonment by her mother and her subsequent stay in foster care have made it difficult for her to trust anyone, with the exception of her sisters of the heart. Together, these three women have created the warm, loving and happy family they always longed for. Unfortunately for Alex, her carefully crafted world is in danger of tumbling down due to the arrival of an attractive stranger claiming to be the biological father of her adopted daughter. All in time for Christmas, off course.
Hayden Brooks has been focused on building up the family business alongside his father and has been recently honored as an up-and-coming businessman. Now a one-night stand from seven years ago has come forward with the news that he fathered her child, a child she gave up for adoption at birth and is threatening to expose him as a deadbeat father unless he pays up. Hayden hasn’t given a thought to having children but he’s not going to abandon his responsibility to his child and he’s determined to bring her home, if paternity is established. Going to Still Harbor to meet his daughter is supposed to be a quick trip but turns out to be anything but when he faces stiff opposition from her very attractive adopted mother. His attraction to her is unexpected and he finds himself extending his time in Still Harbor. But will he be able to break Alex’s heart and take Cassy from the only mother she’s ever known if the test results prove that he’s her father? Or will he be able to walk away from them, if the tests are negative? Whatever the choice, someone is bound to get hurt.
I really enjoyed this story and felt sorry for Alex as she battled the fear of losing her dreams: her daughter and the business she had hoped to purchase, especially because of the sentimental reason behind it. Hayden came across as a rich and disconnected jerk sometimes, but his own history and the way he cared for Alex made it easy to love him.
FALLING FOR HER ENEMY was an enjoyable read and much lighter than the previous book. The best part for me was Alex’s daughter Cassy and her smart mouth, and I also liked the little unit Alex, Cassy and Hayden became. There were a few issues, but nothing major enough to affect my enjoyment and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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