Seducing the Enemy
by Noelle Adams
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After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures entirely new to her, beginning with seducing a sexy stranger. It’s her bad luck when she realizes that the man who awakened her body and emotions is none other than Harrison Damon. Their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle. The man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.
The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta is just a fling. Then he discovers she’s an Edwards—a woman born of the family he despises most. He shouldn’t see her again, but no matter how he tries, he can’t quench his attraction for her. He doesn’t know what her game is, and he won’t let her seduce him again.
Can two people destined to be enemies find love with each other?
I have been trying to sum up this book since I finished a few weeks ago. I honestly cannot find a way to fully explain my thoughts without giving away some spoilers. Just be aware.
Marietta is not your average young female. She has suffered not just mentally but physically. After being in an automobile accident with her older sister (who died) she is unable to walk, goes thru numerous surgeries but still finds joy in everything. She has led a sheltered life. The author did not provide a fully background but allows the readers imagination to wander with this. To me it makes the story so much more interesting.
Harrison is one of those conquering type of men. What he sees / wants he goes after. What needs doing he completes. He is all worldly and business. Interested in casual sex but not a relationship. Especially not a relationship where his cousin was the one who drove the vehicle during a tragic accident.
Can two people really overcome a tragic past? This book will sweep readers from Greece to London and back again. Watching as two strong characters find true love and overcome family and the past.
I highly recommend this book. It is not just the wonderful fresh writing style, the story keeps readers captivated turning pages.
I look forward to reading additional books by Noelle.
Once she finally picked out her book, he escorted her back to her suite.
In the hall outside her room, she glanced up at him, speaking for the first time in ten minutes. “I am sorry about your eye. Is it very bad?”
She seemed genuinely concerned and his resistance softened slightly. He remembered with a glimmer of amusement how exasperated she’d been in the library in battle with that wasp. “It’s fine. Next time, you’ll have to try harder.”
After a flicker of indignation, she offered a faint grin. “Yes. Next time, I’ll make sure I use a marble bookend instead of a magazine.”
He chuckled until he realized what she’d done. Then he slammed down his defenses again. She’d always been able to make him laugh, but what an absolute fool he was to so easily believe her sincerity.
The best defense was a good offense. “What is your game here?”
Marietta’s lips parted, and her gray eyes grew huge and round before blazing with anger. “I don’t have a game. And if you had a brain in your idiotic head, you’d know it.”
“I won’t let you harm me or my family.” He wasn’t touching her, but he’d stepped forward to trap her against the wall. “And I won’t let you take advantage of my uncle.”
She nearly sputtered with fury now. “What do you think I’m going to—” She broke off, and her teeth nearly snapped as she caught his implication. “Of course that’s what I’m doing! I’m here to seduce your uncle and trick him into marrying me. Then I can give him a son and disinherit all of you pesky nephews!”
He had briefly considered that possibility, but her sarcastic, bitter tone confirmed it probably wasn’t the truth. His uncle would never go for it anyway.
Still, her evident sincerity made him even more suspicious. He edged closer. She was so much smaller than he was—soft and seemingly fragile, quivering with her back against the wall.
But she wasn’t afraid of him.
“It won’t work.” He wanted to use his viper voice but couldn’t control himself enough to do it well. “Whatever it is you’re trying won’t work.”
She sucked in a harsh breath and stared up at him.
The sound of her caught breath reminded him how she’d sounded when he’d brought her to climax. He forced away the memory of Marietta’s passionate sweetness in bed. Her sensual, yielding body. Her apparent innocence. She’d been a virgin. At least, that’s what she’d said.
“You won’t be able to seduce him. And you won’t get me in bed again either, so you can save your pretty virgin routine for someone else.”
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Noelle here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on, Noelle, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing? I teach as my full-time job, so that takes up a lot of my time. I love movies, theater, reading, and walking my dog. But, during this last year, most of my spare time is spent writing or doing other publishing-related things (making books covers, book trailers, researching promotion opportunities, etc.).
Do you buy a book by the cover? I’ve never bought a book just because of the cover, although the cover can definitely make me look more closely at a book. It has to have a description and sample that appeals to me before I buy it, though.
Do you have a book trailer? I make book trailers for all of my books, mostly because I have so much fun making them. The trailer for Seducing the Enemy is here: http://youtu.be/newJywajkqE
What are your thoughts on book trailers? I make them myself because they’re fun for me to make, and some of my readers enjoying viewing them. I don’t think they’re an essential element of marketing, and I’m not sure they’ve really sold people on any of my books. They’re just a fun extra.
Do you write under a pen name? Yes.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s? All the time! One thing I love about writing is I can do it any time and under any circumstances, including being as comfortable as possible. J
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Anything with chocolate in it, but I actually love all flavors of ice cream. It’s one of my favorite treats!
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird. I haven’t used an alarm clock in years, since I always wake up early naturally. But that also means I go to bed early too. Sometimes ridiculously early!
What is your favorite type of pet? Dogs. I’m a huge dog person, and I don’t like cats at all. I’m deathly allergic to cats, so I’ve never had the chance to get to know them – so maybe I’d like them otherwise.
What is your favorite place to travel? Provence, France is my favorite place in the world.
Have you ever gone to work and realized a piece of clothing was missing? Nothing vital, although I often forget my watch, and I only remember earrings about a third of the time.
What are you scared of? Bugs, Snakes? I can deal with bugs and snakes (although I’m not a fan of big hairy spiders), but I’m really bad with heights and sometimes I get dizzy at the top of stairs!
What types of books do you write? I write sexy contemporary romances.
When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses? I think I do well with conveying genuine human characters and emotion. On the other hand, I don’t care much about details of the plot. It’s never why I read books, so I always figure out the specific plot elements of my books at the very end of the writing process and don’t care very much if it’s a stretch. I try to make it mostly plausible – for quality’s sake – but it’s not at all what I care about as I write, so it’s always the hardest thing for me.
How many books have you written? I wrote my first book when I was in twelve, so by this point I’ve probably written almost 100 books. Many of them are unpublishable (including the ones I wrote at 12!). In the last year, since I started self-publishing, I’ve published eighteen books. Plus, I had five published several years back under a different penname.
What type of books do you enjoy reading? My reading tastes are very eclectic. I love romance, mysteries, fantasy, classics, all kinds of books. I actually read fewer contemporary romances than books in other genres, although that’s the genre I write.
How long does it take you to write a book? It really depends. I’ve written a full draft of a book in two weeks before (although it takes longer to complete the revision process). But I’ve also had books that have taken about six months – and a couple that took me a year, although if a book takes me that long to write, I’m always working on other things at the same time.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning? No, never. I never think about name-meanings with people I know in real life, so I never think about them with characters either. I do think about the general impressions that names convey, though, and name characters according to the impression the names leave on me.
What’s the latest news you’d like to share? The sequel to Seducing the Enemy is coming out November 18. It’s Andrew’s book (the hero’s brother), and it’s called Playing the Playboy.
What are you currently working on? I’m polishing up a Christmas novella, and I’m revising the third Heirs of Damon book. Plus, I have about a dozen other books on the back burner!
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today, Noelle. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.