My Beautiful Enemy

My Beautiful Enemy In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed 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

  • Title: My Beautiful Enemy
  • Author: Sherry Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780425268896
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed 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 doesnIn this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed 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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    1. 4.5 starsWhen Catherine Blade arrives in England, the last person she ever thought she'd meet again is Leighton Atwood. Afterall, she'd thought he was dead. They'd last seen each other eight years previously. But her erstwhile friend, travelling companion and lover is very much alive, and engaged to another woman.Set in 1891, England and written in alternating chapters with flashbacks to 1883, Chinese Turkestan when Catherine and Leighton met and fell in love, this is an absolutely brilliant rea [...]

    2. Gah. JustGAH! I don't have the words to do this duology justice. They were, simply put, a masterpiece. New favorite HROFALLTIME

    3. I increasingly feel Thomas is constrained by the artificiality of publishing a historical romance novel. The Hidden Blade, a supposed prequel, was a better book by far, rich with small details that brought the interior life of its two protagonists to the fore. In comparison, My Beautiful Enemy is telegraphic, jumping from plot point to action scene in order to bring all elements to a resolution.I adore Thomas's choice to meaningfully set the book in Ch'ing China, and the fact that while her lead [...]

    4. It was good, but not great.Full review to come Even taking into consideration the fact that I am more used to an occidental pov, than an oriental one, it still doesn't explain the fact that I found this story somewhat lukewarm.I can't even give the explanation that I "fell " into this story without having read the previous story, because I did read it, and I pretty much loved it.I think that for me, Ying Ying's and Leighton's story would have worked better, if instead of two books, we were to ha [...]

    5. I've given this a C- for narration and B for content at AAR, which makes it a C+ overall - 3.5 stars.I have to state upfront, that I’m a Sherry Thomas fangirl of immense proportions. I’ve loved each and every one of her books (including her recent YA titles) and take delight in her skillful storytelling, her wonderful prose, the complexity of her characterisations, the angst and ultimately, the superb way her romances unfold and the depth of the connections she creates between her heroes and [...]

    6. A unique plot, riveting characters, and a heartfelt romance. That's what you can expect from My Beautiful Enemy. First and foremost, I highly recommend you start with the prequel, The Hidden Blade. Although My Beautiful Enemy can be read as a standalone, understanding the background of Catherine's (Ying Ying's) turbulent childhood and Leighton's indirect connection with her gives the readers a greater insight on their characters. Trust me, I don't think it would have been the same for me if I sk [...]

    7. This is Sherry Thomas so right off the bat I want to emphasize that she writes very well. She sets a scene with precision and paints a believable picture of late Victorian London, China and the East generally and a typical Sussex country House. She writes strong dialogue. Martial arts are not my thing, nor for that matter is the history of the East, but that aspect of this story wasn't too much and the descriptions of the battles and fights and the training were quite diverting. There's a lovely [...]

    8. The romance! Loved it so 5 stars regardless of the mortal enemy plot and jade tablets mystery (which was okay, not perfect, but whatever). I don't think it's entirely necessary to read the prequel but I highly recommend it because it really enhances this book. You see the details of Catherine and Lin's history and also Catherine and Leighton's connection. All those things that helped shape them into the people they are in this installment.At first I wanted this told in a linear fashion. It did t [...]

    9. oh, that was weird. . . I liked the first book better :P It's weird cuz the first book was the setup to the romance, and this book had the actual romance, so duh, this book should be the BETTER one, right???Not sure what the deal was, or why this didn't quite work out for me. The first book just seemed so much. . . I dunno. . . more. More lush, more emotional, more everything. The writing and storytelling are still great in here, but something just feels lacking to me. I can't really explain wha [...]

    10. This novel felt like a mix of all of the Sherry Thomas novels I've read to-date, even her YA series, what with the historical aspect and action scenes and a female masquerading as a male to survive in her world. Oh, and the flashbacks. And even though it wasn't my favorite of her books, it was still quite entertaining and quite romantic. This is actually the second in a duology, and I haven't read the first book, though I've heard it's better. It's supposed to be the prequel to this story, but y [...]

    11. I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly it did not live up to my expectations. However that may have been because of how high I set the bar after my thorough enjoyment of the excerpt. That had pulled me in right away, and I eagerly anticipated the release of the full-length version. The full-length version felt rushed. The prequel had pleasant pacing which developed both the main characters, and I expected this and more in the actual novel. My Beautiful Enemy had too many things happening [...]

    12. What a disappointment.There are so many things wrong with this book. Firstly, both hero and heroine were not who they said they were, so just because the heroine found out who the hero was before he found out who she was, he left her. All those promises and vows. So useless. Was that supposed to be romantic? Because there was nothing romantic about it.At the end of the novel when they get together again and he tells her he will never leave her and that only she will be in his heart, the same as [...]

    13. This book was very very underwhelming. It seemed like for most of the book, I was just waiting for something to happen already. I also didn't care for how subdued and uninteresting both main characters were Despite their extremely eventful pasts, both of them actually have really bland personalities. Even events that were supposed to be so monumental, which readers of The Hidden Blade would have been waiting for, such as (view spoiler)[when they both found out that they were linked through Herb [...]

    14. My Beautiful Enemy is the first historical romance I have read by Sherry Thomas and I have to say I will absolutely read more. I have read her YA Fantasy and loved it so I’m not at all surprised that I enjoyed this story. Yes, it is definitely a different genre but Thomas does a wonderful job of developing these characters and I loved that this book didn’t fall into the standard historical romance formula.Catherine Blade is new to England and on a mission. She is hunting down two jade tablet [...]

    15. This was the oddest thing. It was very comic book-like in its over-the-topness. The heroine was an absolute badass of the highest order. Like, a fighting Ninja. And I'm just not expecting that sort of thing in a book that looks so much like a typical Regency romance from its cover! It was bizarre, but in the end, a very good read.4 stars.

    16. Sherry Thomas is the best. Period. End of.This was such an incredible story that meets so many of my favorite romance elements: strong bad a$$ heroine, tons of conflict (i.e.- they're both holding each other accountable for past wrongs) drama, angst, epic love. If you like ST, you'll love this, no question.

    17. Though not as intense as the prequel, I still enjoyed it. It was more centered on the romance and that was fine with me. It also had less fight scenes and that was a plus for me hehe. I loved that we went back and forth between present and past, seeing their love grow and then renew once they meet again. I still recommend reading the first one since it's satisfying to see them meet and realize they both knew and loved Herb. I do admit this book may not be for the usual HR reader but it got to me [...]

    18. My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas follows closely on the heels of The Hidden Blade. I would say this once again, this time having finished the 2nd book that signals the end of this duology; you have to read The Hidden Blade first in order to really get into the characters Leighton Atwood and Bai Ying-Hua (Catherine Blade), whose tragic and moving pasts entwine both of them in a way that’d not be felt if you just end up reading My Beautiful Enemy as a standalone.My Beautiful Enemy tells the s [...]

    19. Not bad for an action-adventure romance, but the characters, and the romance arc, felt woefully underdeveloped in this book when compared to Thomas's outstanding earlier romances. No wonder—when you get to the "Author's Note" at book's end, you are informed that there's a prequel to the novel (mentioned nowhere on the book's cover), a prequel in which "the events of Ying-Ying's and Leighton's formative years that have made them what they are, events the repercussions of which are still very mu [...]

    20. This is the best thing Sherry Thomas has written. I haven't read anything of this magnificence, epic scope, or emotional depth since Laura Kinsale and Judith Ivory were still writing historical romance novels.Like Sherry Thomas's first novel, Private Arrangements, My Beautiful Enemy tells the story in a series of flashbacks that slowly unfold in a backstory where the main characters had hurt each other devastatingly. So from the first few pages, the hero and heroine feel a stab of grief and regr [...]

    21. Il est difficile d'écrire quelque chose sur ce livre, tant beaucoup de sentiments se bousculent. Une très belle histoire, comme Sherry Thomas sait les écrire. L'histoire se partage entre l'Angleterre et la Chine, à la fin du XIXème, ce qui apporte un vent de nouveauté dans le tas de Régence dont nous sommes habitués. Comme toujours, des sentiments très forts, impossible de poser le livre lors de certains passages.En bémol, comme à chaque fois, je ne suis pas une fan des flash-back, qu [...]

    22. The second book in The Heart of Blade Duology series by Sherry Thomas. It is best to first read its prequel, The Hidden Blade, so that you get the full background and childhoods of both hero and heroine. This really helped me understand them better. Also, though this story is short (under 300 pages), it reads like a saga. There is so much going on, and the romance is only part of it, not the central core of the store.Catherine Blade (Ying-ying) is in London to retrieve two jade tablets belonging [...]

    23. DNFing at page 100. I can't get into this one. The heroine is some super warrior/proper english lady after a long-lost tabletd the hero is a spy - but what the heck is going on? Usually I like this author but this is a miss for me.

    24. The Big Mis(understanding) strikes with a vengeance.Heroine and Hero: We have spent 24 hours in carnal bliss together in a lovely cave in the mountains, and have vowed to love each other forever despite neglecting to actually exchange names!Heroine: What's this? There's a mysterious map in a hidden pocket of his saddlebag? Oh no, he is a spy, and we can never be together!Hero: What's this? Some soldiers are looking for someone who rides my beloved's singular horse and whom the ruler of the terri [...]

    25. I read this book a month ago, when I was at the hospital waiting to get a procedure done. This was the perfect book to help me take my mind off my worries. Set in China and then England, this story perfectly embodies the definition of sweeping. It does so both in the scope of the story, and also in effect: it will transport you into the world of Catherine Blade and Leighton Atwood.It took me a month to figure out what to say, and this is it: I still don't really know what to say about this novel [...]

    26. "Put on a happy faceBrush off the clouds and cheer upPut on a happy face"Ah yes, a happy face - you all know what that is, don't you? Its a frown turned upside down! Evidently, the two main characters in this book didn't know that because these were two of the most depressing characters I've read about in a long time. No knock knock jokes coming out of their mouths.Sherry Thomas is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is always beautiful, elegant, and well-thought out. In the case of My Beaut [...]

    27. Well, I hate to rain on Sherry Thomas' parade, but this book didn't inspire me very much, in contrast to just about every other book of hers that I've read so far. The love story and the 2 main characters are very good, but the plot with the villain has more holes than a fishnet stocking, and the fight scenes between the heroine and the villain are completely implausible. The plot of the story involves a part-Chinese, part-English young woman, Ying-ying, who grows up in China in the Imperial Cou [...]

    28. I loved this book, though I have to say the first half of it is stronger than the second half. I'd already read the prequel, The Hidden Blade -- a must before reading My Beautiful Enemy, in my opinion -- so I was already invested in Leighton and Ying Ying a.k.a. Catherine Blade. The story of their failed love affair, with all the passion and impetuousness of youth (told in flashbacks), was riveting, engrossing and heart-breaking. The present storyline, commencing with their reunion, was bittersw [...]

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