Title: Her Enemy Protector
Series: Tempt Me #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Format: Kindle, 156 Pages
Published: Entangled: Indulgence (November 14, 2016)
ISBN: ASIN: B01MG2HNUP
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Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses
By-the-book secret agent Lucas Bendtsen will do anything to keep his country safe—even if that means blackmailing the stepdaughter of a notorious mobster who is about to sell guns to a group of terrorists. The plan? He'll pose as her fiancé in order to access her stepfather's guarded compound and find out the location of the arms deal. The problem? Despite her reputation as a heartless femme fatale, Ruby Macintosh is not at all what she seems.
Only a fool would double-cross the Organization, but Ruby doesn't have any choice—not if she's going to save her brother and mother from her stepfather. So she places her life in the hands of a man who turns her on as much as he ticks her off…
The fake engagement may be the beginning of a high-stakes game of subterfuge, but when their hearts get involved, Lucas has to decide whether to break the rules or break Ruby's heart.
“I’m not the kind of girl who ends up with the good guy. I’m the crime boss’s daughter.”
Her Enemy Protector is the second book in the Tempt Me series and takes place after the events of His Undercover Princess. We are back in the world of Elskov and I couldn’t be more excited. Eloise is now sitting upon the throne as the rightful heir. Major Lucas Bendtsen, aka the Earl of Moad, is the leader of the Silver Knights who have sworn to serve the Queen and Elskov. Lucas’ current mission is to prevent Henriksen, the son of the late dictator, from buying the arms that would allow him to attack Elskov. Unfortunately, Lucas needs to blackmail ‘femme fatale’ Ruby Macintosh to thwart Henriksen’s plans.
To that end, Lucas, as the Earl of Moad, has requested Ruby’s jewelry designing services. Once she arrives for their appointment, she quickly discovers that her potential lucrative commission is a ruse. In truth, Lucas requires her cooperation to conspire against Rolf, her gun-smuggling mobster stepfather, in exchange for her brother’s life. To do that, Ruby must accompany Lucas, as Luc Svendsen, to her family’s private island as his fiancé. Neither Lucas nor Ruby planned on their hot attraction.
I liked both Lucas and Ruby. Both had experienced difficult upbringings. Their attraction was instantaneous, which was a bit surprising. Let’s just say that a lot happens in their relationship quickly. As the story evolved, I forgot about their insta-chemistry and just rolled with the flow.
I really enjoyed catching up with Elle and Dominick from Her Undercover Princess again. Their new roles as Queen and King Consort certainly fit them!
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Her Enemy Protector:
“I’d have to be dead not to want you.”
God, she was killing him, and he’d never been so happy about the possibility of death.
“I need you,” she said…
“Lucky for you…. I’m here to serve.”
Even though Her Enemy Protector is the second book in Avery’s Tempt Me series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. However, I would read the series in order, if possible, as many of the characters are in both stories and the events from the first story bear upon this one. His Undercover Princess was an exciting and sexy read with great characterization.
Is it possible that Ruby’s brother and Agent Talia, the Elskov operative who accompanied Jasper on this mission, will get their own story soon? Regardless, I’m looking forward to the next installment!
Her Enemy Protector is a fast-paced steamy romance teeming with high-stakes action. The ending is a delight! I would recommend Her Enemy Protector to anyone who enjoys sizzling romantic thrillers with plenty of twists and turns.
Suggested Reading Order:
His Undercover Princess (Book #1)
Her Enemy Protector (Book #2)