Review – Sleeping with the Enemy – Laurie Breton

Summary:

They met at her brother’s wedding, and the handsome stranger swept her off her feet.

The initial attraction was easy. The trust? That was a little harder.

Hard experience has taught Rose MacKenzie Kenneally that men can’t be trusted. But when gorgeous high school English teacher Jesse Lindstrom sweeps her off her feet at her brother’s wedding, Rose temporarily forgets that she’s given up on men forever. Eight weeks later, the unthinkable happens when this thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two teenagers realizes she’s pregnant by a man she barely knows.

When Jesse proposes marriage, Rose digs in her heels. She cherishes her hard-won freedom, and no man, no matter how infuriatingly sexy or nice, is going to take that away from her. But her teenagers are running wild in the city. Her ex, Eddie the snake, is too busy with his new trophy wife to be bothered with something as trivial as fatherhood. Luke and Devon need the stabilizing influence of a man like Jesse Lindstrom. So she accepts Jesse’s proposal with a few conditions of her own.

Jesse wants a real marriage, but Rose is determined to resist his charm. The harder she resists, the harder he pushes, and indifference becomes increasingly difficult. But Rose carries a dark secret, one she’s kept hidden for twenty years, a secret that could destroy their shaky marriage. When Jesse faces a serious accusation, Rose is forced to confront her demons head-on. Is Jesse Lindstrom the one man she can trust? Or will she discover that she’s sleeping with the enemy?
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Review:

After reading Coming Homethe first in this series, I knew what kind of writing style to expect, and to some extent, what kind of story. However, Breton fooled me a little. This book was, for me, the better book. The pace was more consistent throughout, and the characters really sucked me into the story.

Continuing on from the first book, Coming Home, we are introduced to Rose, Rob’s sister and Jesse, Casey’s childhood ex, as they embark on a story that to some may seem unrealistic, but to me a possibility.

Set in the 80s, where the use of condoms wasn’t as common as it is today. Rose and Jesse meet at Rob and Casey’s wedding. One thing leads to another, and they go their separate ways, back to their lives with their kids. Until Rose realises she’s pregnant.

What follows is a sweet, yet at times, tough to read story about two people who know nothing about each other entering into a relationship cum business agreement.

Maybe because this couple were more ‘normal’ than Casey and Rob (I’m seriously lacking in the musical ability department) living normal lives and worrying about money, I was able to relate to them, Rose in particular, that little bit more, but there were also moments I wanted to bash their heads together to get them to talk and to see what was painfully obvious to me as a reader.

It’s not very often that sweet romance with little to no angst (I’m not saying there isn’t any at all) gets the attention it deserves, but this one stood out for me.

Well written and makes me want to read more of the series!

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