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My beautiful enemy reader ê Mass Market Paperback read Å In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed author of The Luckiest Lady in London a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is putting both her heart and her future at riskHidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommonPears in his life he refuses to get close to her But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heartTheir reunion however plunges them into a web of espionage treachery and deadly foes With everything at stake Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out If they are ever to find safety and happiness they must first forgive and learn to trust each other aga What a disappointmentThere are so many things wrong with this book Firstly both hero and heroine were not who they said they were so just because the heroine found out who the hero was before he found out who she was he left her All those promises and vows So useless Was that supposed to be romantic? Because there was nothing romantic about itAt the end of the novel when they get together again and he tells her he will never leave her and that only she will be in his heart the same as what he said years before All I could think was why would the heroine be stupid enough to believe him the second time around How does the saying go? Fool me once shame on you Fool me twice shame on meLastly the ending was not satisfactory at all He barely even apologises before she takes him back There was a lot of wrongs he had to right and he didn't right any of them Where was the grovelling There was nothing to make me believe that they would last as a couple

Sherry Thomas ☆ My beautiful enemy epub

In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed author of The Luckiest Lady in London a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is putting both her heart and her future at riskHidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s Although this has taken her far in the world she still doesn’t have the o This was the second book in a duology I read the first one The Hidden Blade a few months ago but have finally gotten to this one The first one was mainly about two children growing up in kinda parallel or connected circumstances In this book they're all grown up and we follow their beautiful romance The book takes place in both England and also parts of Asia It has a 'present day' timeline mostly in Victorian London well interspersed with flashbacks that reveal Ying ying and Leighton's highly dramatic past what happened between the end of The Hidden Blade and the start of this book There are moments of violence but it's almost stylised and though not pleasant the writer doesn't linger over these scenes There is wuxia style martial arts and one very evil bad guySometimes I don't like a flashback style book structure but in this case it worked well When Leighton and Ying ying have their first shocking re meeting you really want to find out how they got there The romance in the book is truly lovely the connection between our lovers is deep and real and the time they spend apart is wrenching and painful Their final HEA is movingly done I loved this aspect of the book There are sex scenes outside marriage but otherwise it's a clean read Nothing too explicit and the scenes fade to black uite suitable for older teens IMOI guess this book could be called a romanceadventure Although Leighton is a spy this isn't really the main focus Ying ying is literally a kick a heroine and Leighton isn't bad either The book has a YA feel actually as did the previous one Not my usual kind of read but in fact it's uite a lovely book I do recommend reading Bk 1 first though because some plot points would be pretty confusing otherwise It added a depth to my reading of this one Overall very enjoyable book

mobi Æ My beautiful enemy ☆ Sherry Thomas

My beautiful enemyNe thing she craves the freedom to live life as she chooses Finally given the chance to earn her independence who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved the only person to ever betray herDespite the scars Catherine left him Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him When she unexpectedly reap I've given this a C for narration and B for content at AAR which makes it a C overall 35 starsI have to state upfront that I’m a Sherry Thomas fangirl of immense proportions I’ve loved each and every one of her books including her recent YA titles and take delight in her skillful storytelling her wonderful prose the complexity of her characterisations the angst and ultimately the superb way her romances unfold and the depth of the connections she creates between her heroes and heroinesBUTI hate to say this My Beautiful Enemy didn’t uite work for me Many of the things I’ve mentioned above are undoubtedly present in the story The prose is beautiful the hero and heroine share a deep connection and the author’s descriptions of the sights and sounds of the unfamiliar landscapes of Chinese Turkestan are incredibly evocative putting the listener right there with the characters I also very much enjoy the flashback techniue Ms Thomas employs – it’s a device she uses often and to great effectI suspect however that this is a book best experienced in print Normally when I enjoy a book I will then look for an audio version so I can experience it again in a slightly different way; if I’m lucky and the narrator is good I will enjoy it even In the case of My Beautiful Enemy however I hadn’t read the book prior to listening to the audio but I will now be turning to the printed edition because I suspect it is a much better story than the audiobook leads me to believeIn 1891 Catherine Blade illegitimate daughter of an English Diplomat and a Chinese courtesan is on a steamer ship travelling to England During a terrible storm she is attacked by the villain of the piece Lin who has been hunting her for years and it’s during that early scene that the listener gets the first glimpse of Catherine’s – whose real name is Ying Ying – deadly martial arts skills when she both fights off Lin and rescues one of the ladies on board Following this Catherine is kind of “adopted” by the lady and her friend who decide to sponsor her introductions in EnglandImmediately upon her arrival in the company of Mrs Chase and Mrs Reynolds Catherine is stunned to see the man with whom she had fallen in love than eight years previously Following a passionate and brief affair they had parted on bad terms and Catherine believes she killed him but here he is alive well and handsomer than ever – and engaged to Mrs Chase’s beautiful daughterYou can read the rest of this review at All About RomanceBack in 1883 twenty one year old Leighton Attwood is a British spy disguised as a Persian jewel merchant as he travels throughout the East gathering information On one such journey through Chinese Turkestan he encounters a cocky young man he immediately realises is a woman Intrigued he suggests they travel together for safety and companionship and although they never learn each other’s names a connection is forged between them one so strong that when they part they discuss the possibility of finding each other again in a year’s timeEven though both Leighton and Ying ying know that it is extremely unlikely that they will ever meet again both of them nonetheless make their way to their agreed rendezvous hoping against hope that the other will be there En route Leighton rescues Ying ying from a vicious group of bandits and cares for her injuries which is when he finally owns up to the fact that he’s always known she was a girl From there their relationship progresses uickly in the manner of people who live dangerous lives never knowing if the next day could prove to be their lastDespite its speed the romance is beautifully written and their inevitable parting is utterly heartbreaking But the problem with the audio version is that while the words are there the emotions just aren’t Leighton has some truly heart melting speeches which are read as though they are part of a shopping list The love scenes in the book are not explicit but there’s an underlying sensuality to them that is completely absent in the audio; these are just two of the factors which led to its being rather a disappointment overallCharlotte Anne Dore is a new to me narrator although she has a number of narrations to her credit at Audible She has a pleasant slightly husky voice and she performs the narrative fairly well for the most part and speaks at a good pace There are however a number of mispronunciations throughout as well as than a few occasions where she trips over a word or seems about to do so or where she appears to have run out of breath part way through a phrase giving it rather an odd inflection overallMs Dore differentiates fairly well between the characters but I really didn’t like her portrayal of Leighton much of the time Her vocal range is not wide and she has opted to portray him at the very lowest end of it; she sounds as though she is struggling to maintain the lower pitch This has the unfortunate effect of making him sound unattractive and somewhat pompous It is also detrimental in the romantic moments which are lacking in emotional intensityThe story itself is somewhat of a departure from Ms Thomas’ other historical romances too as the romance in the book is just one element of a much wide ranging story and not the primary focus Catherine has been sent to England to locate two precious jade tablets and return them to China Lin is on her trail and she has also to contend with her feelings for Leighton and the fact of his engagement Ms Thomas’ exploration of the Oriental mindset is fascinating and both central characters are complex and fully rounded My issues again relate to the narration which just didn’t engage me sufficiently to carry me through those sections of the story where I found myself zoning in and out like the fighting seuencesAll in all My Beautiful Enemy is a prime example of what happens to a good story matched with the wrong narrator One can’t completely blame Ms Dore – she was engaged to do a job and has I am sure done it to the best of her ability So I’m chalking this one up as a misfire and going back to read the print version instead in the hope I will find the Thomas magic is present after all