Falling for the Enemy

Bryce Lexington has a puzzle to solve–the lovely Paige Bradford has been researching him and his companies, and now is applying for a job with him.  He knows she’s the daughter of the former owner of a company he purchased, after the man committed suicide. But what’s her angle?

Falling for the Enemy is, as you’re probably guessing, a case of “everything isn’t quite as it seems,” but like all great journeys, getting there is half the fun.  Bryce hires Paige on the spot, and spirits her away to London for a business trip that same day. She’s pretty sure that seeing him up-close at work will let her expose him for the profiteering scoundrel she thinks he is. Very quickly, she starts to figure things out–he’s not the villain here, and she’s intensely attracted to him. He’s kind, and gentle, and does good things for people.  This, of course, puzzles her greatly.

Bryce is on the horns of a dilemma, himself: he still hasn’t figured out what she’s up to,  and he’s never been involved with an employee before..but she’s just so intensely attractive to him!  He wants her to know that his attraction doesn’t have anything to do with their work–but it sure is awkward!

Falling for the Enemy reminds us that “predictable” does not mean “boring.” Things start to heat up on their return from Europe; seems that Bryce mostly works out of his home office, and the afternoon breaks involve a dip in the pool.  Just when things are about to reach a point that the water will all boil out of the pool, of course, the telephone rings, and the moment is lost. But the seed is planted, and it cannot resist growing quickly. The intensity of their intimacy is beautiful and powerful.

Unusual for this genre, the hero and heroine do not have some misunderstanding that sends one of them storming off in a huff; Paige is hurt and angry by what she thinks happens when Bryce goes off to a board meeting, but (for reasons I won’t spoil for you) can’t just run off and leave before he gets home. So she finally comes clean, the whole story as she saw it–and that’s when he realizes that not all is as it seems, and the final puzzle piece fits into place. He shows her some of his private files, that aren’t part of the computer data she’d seen before, and shows her the missing pieces, and that’s when she finally realizes just what a wonderful man he truly is. Al fine, larghetto e gentile.

This is a very well-done story, with believable people populating it, which, while mostly-predictable, manages to engage well to make an enjoyable read.

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