Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: "Sleeping With Her Enemy" (Jenny Holiday)

Sometimes, the worst moment of your entire life leads you to make a decision (however hasty) that makes that “worst moment” turn out to be a blessing you never saw coming.

Kind of like the way Amy Morrison never imagined that her broken engagement could possibly result in anything positive.

Impulsively, after being abandoned on her wedding day, she goes back to the office, where she’s most comfortable among the accouterments of her chosen career, to hide. There, she runs into one of her least favorite people in the world—Dax Harris, a known womanizer and one of her colleagues, who happens to get on every single one of her nerves every time they meet.

On his side, the feelings of hatred are mutual, except that Dax can’t just let a heartbroken woman suffer by herself. Before either of them realize it, they’re at a bar, drinking and sharing their personal lives, and something sparks that night between them (besides sexual attraction) that billows into the kind of earth-shaking force that could either keep them connected … or tear them apart.

Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence imprint presents Sleeping With Her Enemy, a 29th Floor novel by Jenny Holiday, published just this month. The work, a contemporary sexy romance, features the kind of drawn-out sexual tension and unique characters that only a masterful writer can create.

Amy and Dax’s attraction to one another is heightened all the more by the obvious factors that should keep them apart—their different outlooks, perspectives, and priorities are never more obvious than when they are together—and by the fact that every time they get close to fulfilling their mutual sexual desires, Amy (having recently been betrayed by her long-time fiancĂ©) panics. Dax isn’t known for his patience, but something about Amy makes him want to wait and be tender with her.

The bigger-picture story line also increases tension between the characters, as Holiday forces them into more and more intimate and unexpected situations with each other that begin to reveal character facets neither imagined existed in the other. Amy delivers Dax’s sister Kat’s baby in Dax’s bedroom. Dax includes Amy in several of his family get-togethers. Even the reader likely never thought that they had lives outside their workplace feud.

If I had a wish for the work, it would be for less telling and more showing, especially in the first several chapters. Too much back story and information, and too many helping verbs rather than strong, present ones, bog down the first pages of the story and made me reluctant to keep reading until things finally picked up again.

All in all, however, an appreciably good work.

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Author: Jenny Holiday
Title: Sleeping With Her Enemy
Series: 49th Floor (#2)
Publisher: Indulgence (Entangled Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-199-6
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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