Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Enemy Mine: Reviewed


copy from AAD 2011
Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in Karin Harlow's explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T. adventure. . .
While tracking a hijacked cask of enriched uranium in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead. Which means he must be hallucinating when the only woman he ever loved—the woman he was sentenced to death for killing—comes to his rescue. Half-daemon Selena Guererro has secrets she'd kill for. The most important one, she's already died to protect. Now she'll do anything to keep her daughter safe. But she can't just leave her lost love to perish. She injects Nikko with immortal blood serum, putting herself in grave danger.
When Nikko comes to, he is superhuman and super pissed. The mother of his daughter—the one he thought killed their child—is alive. He wants answers. He wants blood. And despite his best intentions, he wants Selena. He traces her to a mysterious terrorist cell where the cask has surfaced. First, he must retrieve the deadly material. Then he'll take revenge on his beautiful ex. But when nothing goes as planned, Nikko and Selena find themselves burning with desire . . . and blowing the roof off their separate worlds, human and daemon alike.
I got a copy of Enemy Mine, the second in Karin Harlow's L.O.S.T. series when I was at AAD in Philadelphia last year, and yes... it has taken me this long to read it. Not because I didn't want to, just simply because I got so many books whilst I was there. Get to it I finally did and I was so pleased I did because I enjoyed it. It is a summer book, it's a sit by the pool with your drink and drink in the rays book, it is a cuddle up in the airport book... in other words it is a great summer read. 

It is the second book in the series and I read it without having read the first, did it stand alone? Absolutely. Have I been and bought the first? Yip! 

So what did I like? Mainly Selena, I am not saying Nikko is rubbish, he really isn't, he is a testosterone filled superhuman hottie who is totally pissed off (and with good reason) but it was Selena who held my interested throughout. What she had been through to protect those she loved. What she was prepared to do and how far she would go. The answer to that is pretty far!

Yes there is the reclamation of the romance between Selena and Nikko, the laying to rest of their former life and personas, (Nikko was originally called Johnny and served hard time for Selena's murder before being placed in LOST, yeah... now you know part of why he is pissed off!) but this story is so much more that that. At its heart it is an action adventure mystery, who is at the root of the terrorist cell, will they catch them and at what cost?

That said, the reclaiming of the romance is a large part of that and it is what gives the story heart and shows you their vulnerabilities, making them human.  We meet a number of side characters, Cassidy and Marcus who I believe were the protagonists in the first story, the remainder of Nikko's LOST team and a couple of shady vampires! One of whom definitely caught my attention!! I hope we hear more from him.  I am keeping him secret so no-one can claim him before me... (looks about shiftily for candy snatching bears) OK he is called Joran.

A fast paced and interesting read, a strong heroine who know what she wants and can kick ass and a testosterone filled hero who is struggling with his emotions and his job. Add to that vampires, demons terrorists and a dirty bomb and you have a book which will fill your sun and fun filled summer! I give Enemy Mine 3.5 frillies out of 5, a fun summer read. Add it to your TBR pile, I am definitely adding  Enemy Lover to my list and looking forward to Enemy Sworn!

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