Falling For Her Enemy by Victoria James

She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…

Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter.

Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family’s real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention of bringing her home—and comes face to face with his daughter’s stunning adoptive mother.

The paternity test is in. And Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas.

Titles in the Still Harbor series include:  Falling for the P.I. – Falling For Her Enemy

Title:  Falling For Her Enemy
Series:  Still Harbor #2
Author:  Victoria James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  November 9, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Bliss
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley

The safe world she’s created has just fallen out from under Alex’s feet.  Millionaire Hayden Brooks is claiming that her adopted daughter, Cassy is in fact his biological daughter.  He wants a paternity test to prove it and when it comes back positive he intends to take Cassy home.. his home across the country.  The second blow of the day, while nowhere near the panic of losing her daughter still kills the idea of buying the bakery she had set her heart on as a way to secure the future for herself and her daughter.

Hayden was blindsided by the obviously slutty bid for money from the woman standing at his door.  But… if there was the slightest chance that she wasn’t lying through her teeth he had to know for certain.  When he made the decision to go to Still Harbor a day early and catch the woman who had adopted the little girl that might be his, it was with a combination of goals.  He couldn’t sit around any longer wondering he had to see this child.  And by arriving a day early he’d put this woman off balance.  As a successful businessman he knew that any advantage was a good one.  The last thing he expected was the flash of attraction when he met Alex or for the absolute terror on her face that she quickly tried to cover up.  Until that moment he hadn’t really thought what it would mean to the woman who had raised Cassy if it turned out that he was in fact her father.  His mission had been to get to his daughter, save her from whatever situation she was in and bring her home.  He never actually considered that she was in a loving home with a woman who was her mother in every sense of the word.

In the last weeks leading up to Christmas, Cassy will work her magical charm on Hayden as they each seem to find a special bond between them.  Hayden and Alex will spend time together, unwillingly on Alex’s part while they wait out the paternity test results.  As they begin to get to know each other walls come down, slightly and Alex begins to fight a true attraction to this man who could destroy her so easily… in so many ways.

Falling For Her Enemy is an emotional and intriguing story.  Alexandra is certainly a multi-layered woman with a history that is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring.  Hayden isn’t truly the bad guy, he’s a man who simply wants his daughter in his life.  If he went about that the wrong way at first, at least he learns quickly.  I enjoyed Alex and Hayden’s romance as they and Alex’s extended unique family gather around to be certain that one little girl gets the best possible results from this situation.  I enjoyed meeting up with the couple from the first story in this series… and a hint about the next to come.

If you enjoy a romance with an almost instant attraction but a slow build up to acknowledging that, if the magic of Christmas working its unique spell on a purely business minded man and if a strong, determined, wounded woman who will fight for her daughter intrigues you – then you should pick up Falling For Her Enemy right now.

This review first appeared on my book blog Keeper Bookshelf.

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