Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Cynthia Justlin – (March, 2011)
Length: 84,831 words
Rating: B; Great, would want to read again
Heat Level: 3; Minimal love scenes
My Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Her Own Best Enemy by Cynthia Justlin
An enjoyable romantic suspense novel, Her Own Best Enemy is fast paced and exciting ride. This novel has complex characters you will love, a lot of action and is an overall delightful read!
Grace Stevens is asking for help from a man she never wanted to face again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Discovering her ex-husband’s double life and secrets concerning military intelligence she knows she is way in over her head. So she turns to Keith King, former classmate turned Special Forces officer, for help to locate her son who has disappeared with her ex-husband. Grace hopes Keith does not recognize her in order to avoid rehashing bad memories, but she’ll risk it all to save her son. Keith is reluctant to agree at first, but he decides helping Grace might also help him clear his name. Currently residing is a military rehabilitation center, Keith decides escaping to help Grace might discover who is truly behind the crime of stealing dangerous missile codes which he is being framed for.
Motivated by their individual motives, this unlikely duo pairs up to find the truth and Grace’s son. Grace tries to hold on to her disdain for Keith, but soon realizes this is not the same boy she knew so many years ago. Yet growing closer to this man is an impossible situation for Grace. As they fight along side each other they can’t deny the feelings that are starting to develop. Now it’s a race against time to save her son and stop the enemy from unleashing a deadly weapon against humanity.
Cynthia Justlin pens a truly enjoyable and suspenseful novel with Her Own Best Enemy. It takes a bit to jump into the fast action, but after that it is a thrilling ride to the finish. The novel mixes romance and suspense fairly well giving readers a perfect blend of drama and passion. The two main character have a past that is not fully explained and baffles readers by the barrier it creates between their blossoming attraction. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it draws you in and makes you want to discover the problem underneath it all. It heightens the suspension of their overall adventure.
Keith is a hero you can easily stand behind. It did not take me very long to see whatever crime he was accused of, he must be innocent. Honest! He was crafted in such a way which you can see he has a heart of gold long before anyone else even realizes it…himself included The ultimately alpha and protector, Keith was exactly the type of man Grace needed to find her son. It was an interesting journey to watch him start on this venture out of self interest, only to realize along the way that Grace and her son’s safety were of paramount significance to him. Really, there’s nothing better than seeing the softer side of the tough, macho type. While those moments were few and brief, they were great to read. They gave great insight not only to the trouble past these characters share, but to the great man Keith became.
‘Yet it was the fact the she found him lacking and undeserving of her loyalty – after everything they’d shared – that all but destroyed him.
He clenched his jaw. Destroyed him? He snorted. What a crock of crap. He didn’t give a rat’s ass.
Damn it, yes, he did. He cared…
He wanted to be her hero.’
There was only one minor problem I had with the characters and that was Grace’s desperation at the beginning. It was just a little overwhelming and difficult to find her endearing at first. With that being said, there really was no other way to shape this character. Her only child had just been kidnapped, so of course she makes desperate and frantic decisions. So while it may have been annoying at times, it was what any normal person do. Yet the rest of the novel brought stunning changes out of this simple character. Her time with Keith showed her the way to handle a dangerous situation and how to not loose her head. She was quick on her feet, intelligent and cautiously calm…ready to deal with any situation thrown her way to get back her son.
If you are looking for the next fantastic romantic suspense, make way for Cynthia Justlin’s Her Own Best Enemy. Great characters and suspenseful drama make this book a highly entertaining read. Just when you think the action is dying down, another obstacle is thrown in to knock up the intensity level. This novel is a pleasurable read with great dialogue and great characters. I read this book in a few short sittings, I was so engrossed in the overall storyline. It’s not only full of drama, but very emotional too. I highly recommend Her Own Best Enemy!