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My Beautiful Enemy
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My Beautiful Enemy [Format Kindle]

Sherry Thomas

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Revue de presse

Thomas...has made a name for herself with her exquisite use of language (Library Journal)

Sherry a rebel, a rule-breaker, and, above all, a romantic...[Her] writing is nothing short of a revelation (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

Sublime...An irresistible literary treat (Chicago Tribune)

Enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story (Jane Feather, New York Times bestselling author)

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~Chosen by NPR as one of their Great Reads of 2014~
In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed, USA Today bestselling author of The Luckiest Lady in London, a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is, putting both her heart and her future at risk…
Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 298 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1472214544
  • Editeur : Berkley (5 août 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting Read - Emotional Love Story - Still Feeling It 6 août 2014
Par Judge Tabor - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Absolutely Amazing Story - Sequel to The Hidden Blade: A Prequel to My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade Book 1) - with the storyline of "My Beautiful Enemy" set in 1880's-1890's. I pre-ordered this book and read it in one sitting with barely a trip to take care of the necessities of life. Sherry Thomas writes an amazing story about two people - Captain Leighton Atwood and Catherine Blade (Ying-ying) who encounter one another in England after having met and fallen in love eight years earlier in far off Chinese Turkestan. Leighton was a spy on assignment for the English government and Catherine was a highly skilled operative working for her stepfather who served as a governor in a remote area of China.

Theirs is first and foremost a love story, however - it is also a story about two people who initially have very little in common except for the rough country they find themselves in, their fascination for one another and what one might call their destiny. Separation happens, and by the time they encounter one another in England, Leighton is set to marry a lovely English girl and Ying-ying has been sent by her stepfather to find some treasures that were taken out of China. For her part, she had reason to believe Leighton was long dead, after deserting her eight years previously.

Leighton's and Ying-ying's story is revealed in flashbacks going back and forth from the present to the past. The reader is engaged in their story to the point, one feels the grief, heartache but also the warmth in the hearts of two people whose stories are shared against the harsh, yet beautiful land that brought them together. Sherry Thomas does a fabulous job in bringing an understanding to the reader of how Leighton's and Ying-Ying's lives were torn asunder, the misunderstandings that took place between the two of them and the long-held regret that both have carried in their hearts for their mistreatment of one another.

I am still reeling from this story. Rarely does one have such an honorable "Main Guy" presented in this genre. In my opinion, "My Beautiful Enemy" is comparable to another of Ms. Thomas' works - "Not Quite A Husband" relative to the story of love, misunderstanding, years apart and love eventually overcoming loss, sadness and misunderstanding. What to say, except that few authors in this this genre have the ability to craft a story in the manner in which Sherry Thomas brings it. She is truly gifted.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Swoon-worthy, adventurous, passionate, romantic. Lovely. 6 août 2014
Par Danker - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
The writing is gorgeous, the settings exotic, the adventures gripping, the fight scenes scary, the tragedies/loss/betrayal heart-wrenching and the love affair sublime.
A hint to other writers: this is how to depict a memorable romance. Without even a hint of the explicit sex scenes that have become the cliché of historical romances, Thomas delivers sexual tension, pure passion and desperate devotion.
Thomas also keenly understands something else - all the pledges made to Catherine by Leighton, with their sincerity, intensity and poetic delivery, ensnare more than his beloved's heart. They beguile Thomas' readers, as well. Yes, Leighton stumbles at the first test, lacks trust and betrays his new love, but Thomas encourages us to forgive him, to remember that he is young, he is human and to realise that that he soon regrets his betrayal. Moreover, despite almost dying, he is not filled with a lust for revenge. Instead, his atonement is genuine, as is his underlying constancy.
Catherine is also a great character. She is multi-faceted. She is the disguised lad, who captures Leighton's heart with her cheeky vulgarity. She is a fierce and disciplined warrior, who lives a lonely life until she meets him, the first person ever to see her strengths and tell her they are worth admiring. This acceptance astounds the driven, finely honed and solitary fighter who has sought approval all her young life.
While angry, she is generous in her forgiveness of Leighton and unremittingly loyal to her step-father, even in the face of his apparent disregard.
It is that capacity to give love and loyalty that makes Catherine vulnerable and therefore more believable as a character to admire as worthy of her own HEA.
A deserved five stars.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not my favorite 11 août 2014
Par mariebee - Publié sur
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I feel almost guilty leaving this review because, like many other reviewers, Sherry Thomas is an automatic pre-order for me. She's quite possibly my favorite HR author, and her last novel (The Luckiest Lady in London) is one of my all-time favorites. So I was eagerly anticipating this release ever since I read the teaser that accompanied that book.

Unfortunately, I found it to be somewhat of a letdown- which is not to say I wouldn't recommend reading it, because Thomas on her worst day is still better than most authors on their best. But I feel like the book tries to be too many things at once, and suffers for it. You can combine a romance with a large amount of historical and cultural exposition (she demonstrated this very well in "Not Quite a Husband"). You can also combine a romance with a mystery/thriller, although those tend to be less successful IMO- I think it's the fact that romance novels always end the same way that takes a lot of the "mystery" out of mystery storylines. Anyway, the issue with this book is that it tries to be all three of those things, and as a result, not enough time gets devoted to developing the romance. And Thomas is a master of characterization, so it's certainly no lack of ability on the part of the author. I just felt like i never really connected to either character, and I couldn't get invested in any of the threats to Catherine's life because, well... come on, it's a romance novel, the heroine isn't going to die. I think Thomas' best novels focus less on plotting intricacies and more on character development- Private Arrangements, Ravishing the Heiress, and Luckiest Lady in London (my three favorites) are all great examples of this.

Also, someone else mentioned the lack of explicit sex scenes- and yes, while I don't need my HRs to be chock-full of porn, I did find the constant '"fade to black" in this book to be rather... anticlimactic. Pun intended.

Anyway, for any first-time reader, I would never want to dissuade you from reading this author, because she's fantastic. I would maybe just start with a different book.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not your typical HR, but lovely. 7 août 2014
Par Readscerealboxes - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Really a 4.5, but not quite top drawer.
I suspect Sherry Thomas could make a grocery list into an interesting read, and, as always, her characters are complex, interesting, and behave consistently. Ms Thomas has kindly given their background depth in the extended prequel, and this certainly helps flesh out the characters.

The story plays out in two time zones, the lovers coming together first in a remote area in China, and eight years later in Victorian England. Those expecting a steamy read may well be slightly disappointed. The heat factor takes a back seat here, what the author delivers is a beautiful, lyrical romance in which cultural elements and action play a strong role. The parts of the novel set in China are so deftly written that the reader is drawn into a visual world, and contain some of the book's the strongest writing. A couple of the secondary characters, namely the villain, Lin, and Leighton's English fiancee, Miss Chase, are less convincing.

This is not a perfect book. It bounds along at a lively pace, but picky readers may notice some thin spots and anomalies in the plot, and the conclusion, with particular reference to the trouncing of the villain, felt rushed. Conversely, the emotional content is delivered seamlessly, and there are some genuinely heart-wrenching moments. Another reviewer drew comparisons with the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and in many ways My Beautiful Enemy played like one of those gorgeous Chinese high action/high romance epics, thankfully minus the tragic conclusion.

All in all, a high quality escapist read from the inimitable Ms Thomas, long may she write. Thoroughly recommended.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunningly beautiful and very moving 11 octobre 2014
Par CA - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am not particularly fond of stories with martial arts. I am not crazy about the settings of India or Asia (just a personal preference), and I really don’t like spy novels. However, Sherry Thomas spins a tale like no other, and for the first time in a long time, I read a book in a day.

First, I highly recommend reading “The Hidden Blade” first, which is the prequel novella. I did, and I felt it added so much to the story line of this book – almost another dimension that I would have been sorry to miss. It is so essential to know the background story of Ying-Ying’s very complicated childhood, and her and Leighton’s relationship with Herb Gordon, the lover of Leighton’s father and friend and tutor of Ying-Ying. It also helped explain a lot of the developing plot lines in this book. I almost think they should be one story with Hidden Blade as volume 1.

The story moves back and forth between 1883 when Ying-Ying and Leighton met and fell in love and 1891 after an 8 year separation. While this could have given me whiplash, it worked beautifully to build their story and create the conflict that grew between them. Thomas deftly connects the dots with this technique. The addition of the Leighton’s engagement to another woman could have been so predictable, but Thomas develops a very complicated triangle with very believable dialogue and 3-dimensional characters.

Some of the scenes from when they met and consequently were parted left me so moved I had to put the book down and walk away to recover, only to grab it up again to see what happened. I can’t speak highly enough of an author who can write a book that moves me so much that I can’t stop thinking about the characters. Sherry Thomas has never been a disappointment, and even when the setting or plot devices are not my favorite, she manages to pull off a stunner. She will forever remain one of my favorite authors.
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