Kissing the Enemy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 314 Pages
Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Forbidden Fling is a maze of family deceit, betrayals, and control.
Ethan has him own personal demons, ones he’s lived with and bared the guilt for. Now that he wants to do something for himself things just won’t go his way. Between his controlling family, the guilt of his past, and a woman who controls his future without even knowing it Ethan is on a downward spiral that only he can climb out of.
Delaney never wanted to go back home, but when the bar she and her sisters technically own is threatened to be demolished she has no choice. With limited options she does the only thing she can; hold her head up high and be the woman she’s meant to be. The only thing keeping her sane through the storm though is the one man she shouldn’t even trust, let alone be seen with.
“The art of nailing a stud.” Her laugh bubbled through the air and seemed to untie knots inside Ethan he hadn’t realized were gnarled. “You are a dirty little flirt.”
“It’s actually more of a suggestion, less of a flirtation.”
The chemistry between Ethan and Delaney was written on the pages, but it never came fully to life. Although there are sparks here and there the entire book is all about them needing to stay apart, they don’t even spend that much time together as a couple, which made it hard to see them as one.
The ending is abrupt. In all honesty the ending pretty much sucks. It’s like Ethan and Delaney finally come up with an idea of a plan and that’s good enough to end on. Several intense and problematic situations were created throughout the story, but there weren’t too many solutions or even confrontations to make them seem solved and therefore a lot of things felt unfinished, including the relationships between Ethan and his family. Not to mention the outcome of the bar makeover. An epilogue would have been really nice.
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