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The “lust at first sight ” was a stretch and the storyline was predictable, but the characters were well developed and because I was admittedly unable to stop once I started reading An Oxford Enemy, I gave it four stars.
Many thanks to the author / Books n All Book Promotions for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Please note this book was first published as DEAR ENEMY
Keira Westcombe (Lady Penda) marries Lucas Harwood, a man who is 50 years older than she. Theirs is a marriage of convenience. There is love .. but not the romantic kind. They're long time good friends. And they both benefit from being married.
When Lucas’s step-son Fane turns up, he and Keira are instantly attracted to each other. But Fane thinks Keira is a gold-digger and neither are willing to admit their true feelings.
Lucas has a secret he's keeping from both Keira and Fane. When he dies, Keira finds she has made a very dangerous enemy ... one who will do anything to keep her from inheriting.
This well written tale about family secrets, lies and greed is a compelling read. What can go wrong does go wrong. Add to the guilt that Keira's attraction to her husband's son raises the anxiety level. The characters are nicely developed. There are a few twists and turns leading to an unexpected conclusion.
Faith Martin is a wonderfully gifted author! She weaves such intetesting novels with finely drawn characters, intriguing storylines, and compelling plots. I was pulled into this book from the first page and enjoyed it immensely. Romance novels are not my usual genre, I much prefer mysteries and police procedurals, but in Ms. Martin's hands it is so much more. I don't want to give the plot away, but I enjoyed this book and recommend it. I especially liked two of the secondary characters and would really love more stories featuring them. Perfect read for a summer afternoon, kudos 😍😍
I enjoyed this book and the story of Keira and her arranged marriage when her rich husband dies and the will can not be found. His children are angry and without a will the wife gets all Lucas' s estate . Does this get settled reasonably?
Excellent read, a great story from start to finish. Fane, Jennifer came to their 72 year old father's wedding he married a woman young enough to be his daughter or granddaughter. It was a marriage of convenience Fane never knew his fate was sealed.
Not at all a fan of this OTT romanticized style of writing - so irritating to the point that I couldn't go beyond Chapter 2 - and even that was by flipping through most of the verbiage. Verbose, over-dramatized, and frankly boring. I am not certain why this is being billed a mystery - gripping it is certainly not!
I am a great admirer of Faith Martin and have read many of her books. However I very much dislike the new genre she is using. It is like reading Barbara Cartland with sex. I will not be reading anymore Maxine Barry books.