Quick as a wink, she held the knife to his throat. "Be a gentleman," she threatened.
"My little tiger lily, that's not the politest way to ask a man to accompany you to a ball." Harry grinned; his expression was not the least perturbed.
Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she's the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she's Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the "home office." But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man; fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.
Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy's care-Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?
Thoughts & Feelings
When I finished reading Heirs of Falcon Point I made it a point to collect books from each of the four authors. I loved that book so much and knew I'd love each of the authors individually. Well my friends, the time finally came for me to read one of the Paige Edwards books I purchased quite a while ago...without reading the synopsis.
Before we go any further I just want you to take a glimpse at the cover. Don't read anything other than the title. Just look at the cover for me. If your brain is anything like mine your initial thought was "YAY! A Scottish historial novel!" Well my friends, imagine my surprise when chapter one opens with guns literally blazing. Our main man is running through the streets dodging bad guys and bullets, no joke. My thought was "ummm this is definitely not historical...maybe not even set in Scotland."
It did take me a few chapters to get invested in Harry and Elise's story but in all honesty it's probably because I was diving in thinking it was regency period. So my brain needed a second to go from Lords and Ladies of the Highlands to a CIAish second chance love story. Once I was adjusted I really did enjoy this story and all of the twists and turns Paige Edwards included for us.
One of my shockingly favorite things about Facing the Enemy was getting to see the villians perspective. It's very much like the Ottoman Empire perspective in A.L. Sowards' novel Before the Fortress Falls. We don't the perspective super often, just enough for us to get to know the villian and his motives. And we kind of get to keep a tab on him throughout the story. I don't know how she did it, because Paige seems so kind and sweet, but she wrote a truly horrifying villian. Mr. Anders Gilmont is a villian to his core. There is seriously nothing good about anything that he does in the entire book. And the more you get to know him the more you hate him...but in a good way. You know? I absolutely LOVE when authors give us a bad guy that we love to hate.
I also have to mention more about this second chance romance between Harry and Elise. Second chance romances are a bit of a hit or miss for me. I don't always love them but I don't necessarily ever hate them either. What I loved about the story between Harry and Elise is that their second chance comes much later in their lives. Harry and Elise attended the same university and from the way Paige mentions that part of their story, it seems like their romance was a short lived one. In fact, Harry ends up married in less than a year. Shocking I know! By the time they are reunited and in a position to maybe start dating again Harry has a son. And he's not a baby either! I love, love, love that Harry's son, Sammy, is included in this story and that we see him just as much as we see Harry and Elise. Paige did an excellent job setting this second chance romance apart from the others I have read and I throughly enjoyed watching this romance unfold.
Content & Trigger Warnings
This book does contain "action sequences," to steal a line from movie ratings. The scenes are suspenseful but clean. Bleeding and wounds are mentioned but not in great detail.
One of the characters is coping with the news that she will be unable to have children due to serious injury. It is mentioned throughout the book and we watch the character struggle to accept the news and deal with the mourning of not being able to have her own children.
Title: Facing the Enemy
Series: Roxbury Heirs #1
Author: Paige Edwards