It’s weird to start a book review by talking about a different book, but bear with me. Jenny Holiday’s first book in the 49th Floor series, Saving the CEO, is free on Amazon until around the first week of December. The 49th floor Series is also based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and written by a Canadian author so that’s even more awesome. I’m always on the lookout for more Canadian romance authors! Saving the CEO was okay. I admit I read it when I had a headache which is why I’m not reviewing it because it wouldn’t be fair.
No, I’m reviewing Sleeping with Her Enemy because after I finished Saving the CEO I saw the thumbnail on Amazon and gasped. Why? Well, I don’t think I’ve seen romance book covers with Asian dudes on it… ever? It’s probably because I don’t read a lot of indie pub’d romances but I was intrigued. And skeptical. I asked my sleepy self, what if this was click-and-bait? I have to investigate! So I did. I bought it when I woke up and read it and was really pleased.
So now that long introduction is over, what did I think about the book?
Let’s address the cover. Dax is half-Chinese and half-British with green eyes. So you know, the covers (it has a different one on Goodreads) aren’t very accurate but I’m not even complaining because the cover dude and Dax are both attractive. Also, while I’m on a tangent, can I just say how attractive these Entangled: Indulgence covers are? I mean I wish the red they used stood out more against the black background because I can barely read that, but I’m a fan of this more modern style of covers!
I thought Amy was hilarious and admirable. I liked how much of a go-getter she was and that she had her life planned out and that she worked towards that. I liked how she was portrayed after being jilted because while she probably wasn’t on top of her game, she never her lost those qualities. I loved how her being newly single was dealt with. Dax, on the hand, is described as more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person. What really stood out for me about Dax was about how he cared about the people in his life. It wasn’t the whole “I’m alpha I’ll protect what’s mine!” kind of thing, but more genuine and I don’t know, normal? (I read way too many books with alpha dudes, I guess?)
Which brings us to the one of the things I loved, which was Dax’s parents. It’s weird, but in a good way. Dax’s parents also have a cute romantic backstory and really, the fact that his dad cooks stroganoff for his mom every Sunday was adorable (read the book, you’ll see!). Dax’s relationship with his parents was also very refreshing to read because he genuinely cared about them but was also annoyed with them occasionally because that’s normal. I also loved how the interactions with Dax’s family helped along Amy and Dax’s relationship. We get to see how smart Amy is and we get to see Dax’s attraction to her increase further, it was great.
Unfortunately, since we were really only told about their antagonism towards each other, their budding romance had some moments where the reader gets told that “ah see now they understand each other more!” Amy thought Dax was a womanizer with a hint of aimlessness or something and Dax thought Amy was way too tightly wound up and too much of a smartass. It’s not a negative towards the book, but it would’ve been nicer if we could’ve seen them argue or something beforehand so we had a comparison of how they were with each other before and after, you know?
Also it was strange seeing words like ‘cad’ be used in a contemporary romance.
Oh and before I forget, since this is Entangled the sex was indeed very hot and there was some dirty talking as well. And if you’re not the biggest fan of erotic romances, while the scenes here are steamy, I thought the scenes were thoughtfully situated throughout the book to show their relationship progress, ya know?
I really, really liked Sleeping with Her Enemy. I woke up and read it and I like to think it’s helped put me in a good mood. What I really liked the most about Sleeping with Her Enemy was how Amy’s and Dax’s characters were developed throughout the book. I felt like I got to know them and was really rooting for them to get together (I mean, I know this is romance so that’s inevitable but still). I also liked how Dax was portrayed as this caring guy who also happens to be playboy. I feel like you don’t see that often.
I’m babbling but really, I found Sleeping with Her Enemy to be a very satisfying read, especially on a cold afternoon.