Published by Harlequin on February 1, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Her one bright memory in a lifetime of shadows...
Stefan Ziakas might be her father's most hated business rival, but he's the only man who has ever made Selene Antaxos feel beautiful. So, needing to make a new life for herself, Selene apprehensively turns to Stefan for help.
Except the dark-hearted tycoon is nothing like the white knight she remembers. Seduced, bedded and betrayed in a matter of days, Selene realizes it's not always better the devil you know. She's sold her soul-and her heart-to the enemy!
I don’t read a lot of category romance. It’s nothing at all against this subgenre of romance, but they rarely appeal to me. However, I’ve been in an odd reading mood lately, and I was craving something very specific. I wanted a book where the hero rescued the heroine. So, after some google searches, I decided to try Sold to the Enemy by Sarah Morgan (an author I had been meaning to try). Despite the cringe-worthy title (that really doesn’t reflect the story at all), I actually did enjoy enjoy Sold to the Enemy, and it started me on a Sarah Morgan reading binge.
Sold to the Enemy is part of the Harlequin Presents line, and it definitely isn’t for everyone, even if you are a romance-novel lover. It is about Selene Antaxos, who is desperate to get herself and her mother out from under her father’s thumb. Selene has a plan, but it involves getting a loan from her father’s business rival, Stefan Ziakas. Selene and Stefan met once before years ago, but this meeting left a lasting impression on Selene, and she’s hoping that Stefan will loan her the money to start her business.
As I mentioned above, the title of this book really isn’t accurate to the story. There is NO selling of people at all in the story. I loved Selene. As is typical of the Harlequin Presents heroine, Selene is innocent and sweet, but she is no pushover and she has a sound business plan. She’s excited to see Stefan again, because she has been crushing on him a bit, but she doesn’t let her walk all over her either.
Stefan isn’t really sure what to make of Selene. He thinks she’s spoiled, but he is never nasty to her. While Stefan is very powerful, he wasn’t nasty. Sometimes heroes in these books can have a nasty streak, but I’m happy to say Stefan was nice guy. After listening to her business plan, Stefan agrees to loan her the money. But he also asks her out, and Selene, who is so happy to finally be able to make her own decisions, agrees. She knows exactly what she’s getting into, which made me love her all the more.
Selene and Stefan do get together rather quickly, but that didn’t bother me so much. When things turn south the morning after, Stefan doesn’t understand why Selene is so upset that there are photos of them together online and in the papers. It isn’t until after Selene leaves that Stefan realizes that things at home aren’t what they appear to be, and he’s off to the rescue.
I did get a little tired of Stefan’s push and pull with Selene. He wants to be with her, but not have anything permanent which gets on my nerves. But, at around 200 pages, it isn’t long before they get things worked out.
Sold the Enemy was exactly the kind of story I was looking for. It’s not at all realistic, but sometimes I don’t want that. It’s a quick read, that has interesting characters, and I loved reading it.
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