The Book Worm: Review: Enemy Within

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: Enemy Within

Book Review: Enemy Within, by Marysol James

When Emma Cartwright gets some very (very) bad health news, she handles it in just about the last way that anybody who knows her would expect. Namely, she heads out alone to a bar on Friday night, intent on having her first-ever one-night-stand. A single night of escape with a scorching guy, and then she’ll focus on her treatment and recovery. After all, what’s one night, really?
Ever since coming back from Afghanistan two years ago, Dean Jessop’s life is all about ‘just one night’. No commitment; nothing permanent; nothing long-term. He meets Emma and one night of hot sex later, she sneaks out of Dean’s place while he sleeps – and they both think that’s it. Neither expects to see the other ever again.
A month later, a chance encounter brings them back in to each other’s lives. They strike an agreement which includes: casual sex only, nothing too personal, and they can end it anytime with a single word. What Emma and Dean don’t count on is developing strong and real feelings for each other, despite Emma hiding her disease and Dean running from his guilt.
When Dean finally tells Emma what happened in Afghanistan, she wonders if she can confess her own dark secret. But can she really expect him to forgive her for hiding her illness from him? If she tells him the truth, will he be there for her through it all? And can she help him make peace with his own demons?

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: August 2014

Mature content: yes

Review:  I saw this book recommended on Goodreads, read the synopsis, realized that it had good reviews on Amazon and was intrigued enough to download and read it. Sadly, I was very disappointed.

I kind of liked the concept of the book. Even though I tend to disagree with the way Emma found to cope with the fact that she just discovered she has cancer, I accept that everyone is free to deal with bad news in whichever way they feel best about it. That part I was OK with. My main problem with Enemy Within is the fact that there's too much sex and too little plot in this book. Yes, the sex scenes are hot, but if you removed them, you would end up with just a few pages of an actual story, and that just doesn't work for me. Romance novels are supposed to make sense, you are supposed to believe the characters actually spend time knowing each other (out of the bedroom) and falling in love, and this just doesn't happen in this book.

Enemy Within is the first in the Unseen Enemy series, which is now eight books long already, but to be honest I don't see myself reading any of the other books any time soon.

Happy readings,

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