ARC Review and Giveaway: Enemy Mine by Karin Harlow
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.
Enemy Mine is second in Karin Harlow’s L.O.S.T. paranormal romance series. If you missed my review of the first, Enemy Lover, you can find it here. Though, reading it really isn’t necessary unless you’re like me and have to read books in order.
In Enemy Lover we followed Jax Cassidy and her vampire lover, Marcus Cross, as they eased us into the secret L.O.S.T organization. While they do make a cameo in Enemy Mine (yay!) the main focus has been shifted to Jax’s L.O.S.T. teammate, Nikko Cruz, as he comes face to face with an old ghost from his past. And I mean that literally – Salena Guerrero was supposed to have died by Nikko’s own hands. However, Salena is a woman with some deep dark secrets that force her back into Nikko’s world, shaking it to it’s very foundation and has him questioning if he ever really new the fiery vixen.
I can’t really go into what happens (you’ll have to GO. READ. to find that out) but what Salena did to Nikko is by far one of the most heart wrenching things one human can do to another and even I wasn’t unaffected. The whole time I was reading Enemy Mine I couldn’t see how it would have ever been possible for Nikko to let go of the well-deserved hatred and loathing he had for Salena. Though, in the end, I shouldn’t have worried. Sometimes there is more to the story than meets the eye and Nikko and Salena really are perfect for each other.
Overall, I enjoyed Enemy Mine with it’s complex characters and fast paced, action packed story. What I really liked was its departure from the traditional “cookie cutter” PNR. First, with its equal face time between the story and action to its moments in the bedroom and blossoming love story giving it an urban fantasy feel. Second – and what really brings me back to Karin Harlow – is her strong female leads. They aren’t giving you faux impressions of strong willed woman who are in reality waiting for their white knight, but really badass women who know how to take care of themselves and usually do. I can’t wait to see what Harlow has in store for her L.O.S.T. team next.
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