Release Blitz ~ A New Enemy by Cara Dee (Reviews)

A New Enemy by Cara Dee

Series: Enemies Book #1
Genre:
Gay Contemporary Romance
Tropes:
Lovers to enemies/Enemies to lovers, Found family, Opposites attract, Best friend’s brother


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Synopsis:

Family | Book 1 of 2 | Lovers to Enemies | Enemies to…

The rivalry runs strong and fuels the burning chemistry between Sebastian and Blake in this late-summer romance where they have two options. Quick and hard or not at all.

He put me on edge before he even cruised into town with his cowboy hat, devil-may-care grin, and Southern drawl. Partly because I couldn’t help viewing him as a threat. He was my best friend’s brother—and maybe more importantly, the uncle of Teddy, a special kid who’d been the light of my life for years.

Teddy couldn’t be more excited about his uncle visiting. Me…not so much. No matter how intensely the chemistry sizzled between us when we met, no matter how much my chest seized up at the sight of him, no matter how easily he drew me in.

He could return to his closet in Georgia for all I cared, preferably before I lost my ever-loving mind and had to wage war against the man who somehow got under my skin.

This story takes place in Cara Dee’s Camassia Cove Universe, a fictional town where all books stand on their own, unless otherwise stated, and the reader can jump in wherever they want.

 

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Excerpt:

As I reached the front door, I peered through the round window and spotted Teddy with his uncle next to my four-wheeler. Teddy was sitting in the driveway, right next to the wooden fence I shared with Bob, and he was picking flowers from the strip of greenery the fence stood on.

Blake was squatting down beside him, with his back to me, and he had on an actual cowboy hat. Christ. So that was a thing. Jeans, white tee, black cowboy hat. He’d brought Georgia with him.

I scratched my chest absently, hesitating, then thought, fuck it. I opened the door carefully, just a few inches. Sue me, I was curious.

“You ready to go in?” Blake asked. “I’m sure your mama needs us to tell her to sit down and rest.”

Oh, his accent was way more pronounced than Sophia’s. His voice was something else entirely too. Low and rich, and with that Southern drawl.

“My sister kicks a lot,” Teddy said and picked another flower. He sounded tired. “Dylan and I kiss her belly and say ‘Be nice to Momma.’”

I smiled faintly and stepped out on the front step.

“Does your sister listen?” Blake asked.

Teddy laughed and shook his head. “Nooo. She kicks when she wants.”

Blake let out a chuckle. “Typical sisters.” He reached out and gave Teddy’s shoulder a squeeze. “Let’s head inside, champ. You were gonna introduce me to your little friend too.”

Little?

That had to be Lily or one of the dogs, because I didn’t think 6’5” and 210 pounds was considered little.

“Uncle Blake, you hold these for Momma?” Teddy extended the flowers he’d picked.

Blake stood up and held out a hand. “Of course. You need any help gettin’ up?”

No, he didn’t.

“No,” Teddy grunted.

I revealed myself fully, preferring to let Georgia boy think I’d listened in without qualms rather than eavesdropping like some sneak.

Blake must’ve seen me in his periphery. He did a slight double take before facing me, and fuck me, the man was ten times more gorgeous in real life. Rugged as hell, soulful brown eyes, a couple days’ worth of scruff.

He furrowed his brow a little and touched the brim of his hat, and he dipped it a tiny bit, like they did in old movies. “Hello.”

I smiled. Soph had neglected to tell me how fuckable her brother looked. And sounded.

“Bastian, I see you!” Teddy exclaimed with a tired grin. He jogged over to me and hugged my middle.

“I see you too, buddy.” I squeezed him tightly and noticed Blake approaching. So I stuck out my hand. “I’m Sebastian, Teddy’s little friend.”

 

~ * ~ Amys Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

Be warned, this isn’t going to end in a HEA or even a HFN. If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait until the second book is out. That said, if cliffhangers are at least okay, then I would definitely recommend this book. It will definitely leave you ready to read the next one, so hopefully, the wait won’t be long.

I enjoyed how Sebastian was with his own little adoptive family. His love for Teddy was just a deep as if they were blood relatives. There’s something special about the family that chooses you. You could feel it in this story.

I enjoyed the different interactions between the main characters and as well as with the side characters. This was a well-written story that’s easy to finish in one sitting.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

 

~ * ~ Kys Review ~ * ~

*3.5 Stars*
“A New Enemy” is the first book of a duology, so it’s not really a surprise that it has a cliffie at the end. Cara Dee is one of my favorite authors and I’m usually rating her books with 4 stars or more. It’s quite rare for me to rate lower, but it happens from time to time and this is one of those times.
My issues aren’t so much with the plot, which was really good even if it wasn’t the best thing I’ve read from her, as they are with the length of the book and the title. But let’s talk about one thing at a time.
The length of the book:
It’s basically a novella, and I can’t understand why it needed to be published as two books instead of one. Maybe the second one will be from the POV of the other MC, but I still don’t think that’s reason enough. It could just as well be one book with two parts. Anyway, I was pretty disappointed when I started reading and I realised it wasn’t a full-length novel.
About the title:
Maybe it’s referring to the second book, I’m not sure, but it’s not really relevant to the plot in this one. I thought I was in for an enemies-to-lovers story, but they’re actually attracted to each other pretty much from the get-go and they start a casual arrangement. In my opinion, the title was a miss…
About the characters:
Sebastian is living and working in Camassia Cove. He has a close relationship with his grandfather and with his sister, but he has a complicated one with his parents. Two other people that play a major role in his life are his best friend, Sophia, and her son, Teddy. I didn’t understand exactly how he makes a living since he’s volunteering a lot, but I guess I must have missed something. He’s a very active guy and he has a lot going on, his days are full, but I’m still not 100% certain where his money is coming from.
Blake is Sophia’s brother and he comes from the East Coast for a visit. He doesn’t have a stable job, but rather he works from time to time in a bunch of different things, mainly construction-related. Despite the many years that his sister has known Sebastian, they have never actually met and he’s surprised to realise that Sebastian is Sophia’s age and not Teddy’s, despite being one of his best friends and Teddy mentioning him all the time.
Sebastian and Blake are two characters that are likable for most of the book, but I don’t see them staying with me after this duology is over. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not special like some of this author’s other characters.
Teddy’s part in the plot is very significant as he’s in the center of many of the events happening. He was born with Down’s Syndrome and, in the book, we see the financial struggles of his mother as she tries to give him the best possible care and therapies. He’s a happy child and he loves spending time with his friend, Sebastian.
One thing that I never realised is that, despite the family focus that most of Cara’s books have, she almost never has pets in them. That became apparent to me because in this one there are three adorable fur babies running around and I was surprised to realise that I couldn’t remember another book of hers with a dog or a cat in it. I love it when there are animals included in the plot, so I hope she’ll write more of them and give them more scenes and character traits.
About the plot:
It’s a contemporary story, of course, light on the angst, but with some drama here and there.
When Sebastian and Blake meet, they realise that they’re each other’s type and they don’t try to fight the attraction. Instead, they start a casual thing, as they know Blake will be leaving soon and there’s no point in involving feelings.
I liked their scenes together and how they got to know each other, how they spent their time together, and how their arrangement was slowly changing shape.
There’s some drama throughout the book and it reaches the highest point at the end, as it’s to be expected. I didn’t like Blake’s choices or his decisions at the end, but I did like him the rest of the time.
I’m looking forward to the next part and I hope the enemy thing in the title will be more justified there.
~ Copy provided by Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ~

 

About Cara

I’m often awkwardly silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex.

There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly.

Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve.

I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.

Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, cooking, baking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and family, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

Find Cara on social media here:https://www.caradeewrites.com/cdwlandingpage