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Intimate Enemies (Covert Affairs #1)

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She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.

Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident
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Published July 18th 2012 by Smashwords
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Quick summary
Cassie Christo, a San Diego doctor, returns to her mother's home in Mexico to try to get to the bottom of the explosion that killed her and her stepbrother. She also wants to oust her stepfather from the estate and find the man that provided her comfort during the funeral six-months before. Rio Santana is the man she's looking for but she's unaware that he's an ICE undercover agent working for stepdaddy.

The suspense
There's quite a lot going on ev
This is quite a surprise find because there seems to be very few reviews on this book. The first few chapters felt a bit off and I kept wondering whether did I miss a prequel novella or maybe this is not Book 1. We were thrown right into the heroine's dilemma and those background information was not presented to me upfront. But worry not, I did get the big picture later on and able to get into its flow.

Cassie, a doctor practicing in San Diego is still mourning for her mother and stepbrother afte
Edgy & Sexy!

So, while waiting for the release of Blaze, book #2 of Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series, I started reading Swan's self-published book, Intimate Enemies. I've read and loved Fever, and I already knew she can write amazing romance-suspense, but...Holy guacamole! I love it when I'm surprised in a good way, and Intimate Enemies did just was a surprise hit for me! I think I actually loved this slightly more than Fever. Sorry, Teague, Rio has secured a place in my heart as o
I loved this!!!! I want more. Will there be more? Man I sure hope so.

Rio is working undercover and Cassie comes crashing into the mess. I have to say that I just fell in love with Rio. He was tough, loyal, possessive and so damn charming when he wanted to be. Rio played his part as the thug so damn well. But his inner turmoil over what he had to do and the way he had to act with Cassie was pulling at my heart. He hated what he had to do but he put on a good act and when he let his true self shi
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

4.5 Feathers
Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

Intimate Enemies is an impressive novel that got me hooked right from the first few pages. This action packed, heart-pounding suspense, love story played like a great movie in my head. The plot, characters and dialogues were portrayed realistically and definitely engaging.

Mafias in Mexico and various gangs rule the streets and most are involved in drugs, kidnapping, human trafficking, and murders. This book is full of corruptions but,
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.75 Stars

He eased her close, his arm tightening low on her back until they were pressed together, hips to chest. And, holy hell, wow. Wow. She couldn't think much beyond... Just wow.

First off, a big Thank you to Grace, for lending me the book! You rock, big time =)

As for the story, well, I enjoy a Romantic Suspense every once in a while and I'm glad I was able to read this. However, I must state this ahead of time: Gangs scare the shite out of me. I watch way too many documentaries on gang vi
Adria (Romance Reviews)
I'm feeling quite spoiled because I've done nothing but read stories that have action, mystery and suspense mixed in with steamy romance. I've become even more picky about the romance novels I read so it's always a bit nerve racking to pick up a new book and read it.

That said, this is author Joan Swan's second book, and I hate to say this but... I liked it better than her debut Fever (don't tell Teague please)! If anything, Intimate Enemies was sexier than Fever and I didn't think that would be
What a great read! It had a bit of everything, delicious suspenseful romance! I loved the setting and the mixed narrative.

Cassie is head strong and a bit on the risky side. She has a few too stupid to live moments, but it comes from her rash choices. I did love her sassy attitude and strength as a survivor. It was easy to like her and want her to succeed.

Rio is all yummy bad boy, no girl can resist that! Throw in the hot Latin lover angle and panties will drop! He is a perfect match for impulsiv
Guilty Pleasures
Kimber's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

4.5 Stars

Intimate Enemies is the first in the Covert Affairs series by up and coming author Joan Swan. When I read an excerpt of the book a few months back I immediately knew I wanted to read more so when the opportunity for Intimate Enemies came, I snatched that baby up. I love those sitting on the edge of your seat type of suspense novels and this one did not disappoint. This book reads like something from a seasoned author, and it totally exceeded my
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She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.

Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where
This was suppose to be an "in between" book (IBB). You know, those innocuous books that fill your time in between when your "highly anticipated" books are published. These books make you happy you read them, but you don't expect to be moved or surprised by them. So, what an unexpected pleasure when an IBB becomes a highly entertaining book.

Cassandra Christo is going home to Baja, California Mexico and she is on a mission. She is out to evict her stepfather, Saul, from her deceased mother's home
This is my first Joan Swan book. I was kind of excited to read it as i heard so much about her first book Fever. Which was the first in another series called Phoenix Rising. Intimate enemies is also a first book in a new Covert Affairs series. This baby is a romantic suspense and action packed. Rio in under cover in Mexico when the step daughter of the man he's trying to take down shows up. Cassie is there to make sure her step father gets kicked out of her childhood home. Cassie doesn't realize ...more
I read almost half this book before giving up out of pure boredom.

Plot, h and H were so absurd to be laughable. I found easier to believe in fantasy than in this false contemporary.

The heroine is a Mexican-American woman who grew (also) in Mexico. She behaves almost as a stupid tourist. She knows everyone in town, but is unable to spot dangerous situations. She has been almost raped, but has no problem in seducing/being seduced by her enemy's right hand. She recoils in fear at anybody's touch,
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Joan Swan can write a bad boy. As with Teague in Fever, Rio in Intimate Enemies is a questionable hero at first and I personally find that soo hot :)

Cassie Christo is on forced leave from her residency due to still being traumatized over the death of her mother and step-brother six months before. She returns to the home she grew up in Mexico with the sole purpose of proving that her step-father is a evil man and to get him out of her mother’s home. What she doesn’t expect to find is the man tha
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Intimate Enemies is my first read from author Joan Swan, though I own her current Phoenix Rising books which are sitting on my TBR shelf right now. And I have to say, I was impressed.

Cassie Christo returns to her childhood home in Baja, Mexico in search of answers for her mother and step-brothers death as well as a way to get her corrupt step-father out. She has bitten off more than she can chew though when she finds a human smuggling ring, gang wars, a sexy and oh so tempting head of security
TJlovestoread Blog

I won't go for a summary of the book before expressing my opinion, because there are many others and all reviews posted here have a summary of the plot... ok we all know what the book is about.. and to tell you the truth it is a formula I hunger for and crave for in such a desperate way. Aside from paranormal romance and urban fantasy books which are my favorite.. my next big fix, guilty pleasure or whatever you may want to call it are undercover enforcement agents, spies, covert ops, etc. You n
Kirsten Lenius
Well, this story didn't do too much for me. The heroine was supposed to be a young doctor, an American citizen who was origionally from Mexico.

She was supposed to be smart and pushy and knowlegeable. Really, she ended up coming across as Too Stupid to Live. She pushed into situations that were highly dangerous. Wandered around alone, as if there were no danger of being kidnapped or anything else and tried to force the hero to admit to her her was a good guy, despite the fact he was undercover an
Kym Grosso
Terrific Romantic Suspense...

I've had this book on my TBR list for a while, and it was an awesome read. Cassie returns to Mexico in an effort to find incriminating evidence against her stepfather, Saul, in order to get her family home back. While she is there, she fall for her stepfather's handsome, strong security advisor, Rio. She struggles with her attractions, knowing that Rio could be involved in Saul's criminal activities. But is Rio really who he says he is? And will Cassie make it out of
Narrator: Christa G Lewis

The Narrator: Ms Lewis has a pleasant, natural voice for the narration and for Cassie, the heroine. Unfortunately, everyone else sounds just about the same. When Cassie and her best friend, Natalie, are speaking, I could not tell the difference and at several points had to pause the audio, wind back and re-listen because of the lack of dialogue tags to help. When listening to an audio, I'd rather there be minimal dialog tags but o
Lisa Hutson
Audio version review.
The story of Cassie and Rio.
There were a couple of areas that were a little too long. But over all a terrific story. The hero and heroine are really well done.
Rio, tough, smart, strong, loyal. Of course, gorgeous. Check the cover.
Cassie also beautiful. A determined, tough, intelligent, generous woman.
The thing is we have all read stories with such characters. But Joan Swan has given them more depth than most. They have weaknesses. They falter.
Cassie is tough as nails but
I read / listened to this book in audio format. I truly believe I capture more of the story when I can hear the emotion & correct pronunciations as an audio book.
This book is a roller coaster thrill ride from beginning to end! Wrapped up in corruption, human smuggling, steamy romance, suspense & multiple other crimes taking place in Mexico. The plot has so many twists & turns that as soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, another thing would happen to change the story.
4.5 stars

A hot romantic suspense.

I wasn't sure about this book at first. The first couple of chapters seemed odd. I thought I had missed something. However, in spite of the rough start, the book improved tremendously and came to a wonderful end.

The hero, Rio, is both a good guy and a bad boy in the form of an undercover cop. Can you get any better than that? Cassie, the heroine, is stubborn and strong willed, but still manages to lose her heart in spite of Rio's bad boy persona and her own pers
Skimmed a third of this book. I just wasn't into the heroine. She ruined the story for me. Too many TSTL moments for me.
Kim O
FANTASTIC read! Review will post on
Deena Bright
Dec 29, 2012 Sarah marked it as to-read
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Dahlia (yadkny)
Dec 29, 2012 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Contemp Romance Lovers
This one had me so very thoroughly in the grips of the story, I didn't know if I was coming or going where the hero and heroine were concerned. Rio is very alpha and likes to be in-charge whereas Cassie’s independent spirit consistently challenges and tempts him at the same time. Their relationship was built from the start on lies, deceptions, and too many high emotions before they really even knew each other. The attraction and chemistry is instantaneous and explosive, which leads to some very ...more
Lucy Dosch
Rio Santana has been undercover for over a year now. Rising to the top of Saul Flores’s smuggling ring and becoming Saul’s right-hand man. Everything is finally coming together and they’ll be taking Saul down as soon as he makes this last big deal. Maybe then Rio will go back to San Diego to see Cassie Christo again. Holding her during her mother and stepbrother’s funerals, grieving their loss with her, he felt a connection with her that he’s never felt before. One he wants to explore further.

Amy R
This is my first book by Joan Swan and will definitely not be my last. I love the suspense that was built in this book. It started with the first page and carried on until the last page. I think Joan did a great job with the entire plotting of the story. The main characters and storyline were well developed and the other characters in the book had you guessing who was good and who was bad. The descriptions of the scenes, situations and emotions were done so well that I felt the same things the c ...more
Latochia Bell
Cassie Christo is on a mission to find out answers and put to rest the demons of the past. She has faced a lot of things and always questioned what was really the truth. She spent six months trying to figure out what was the truth behind the tragic deaths of her mother and step-brother.
Rio Santana has been living in Ensenada and working as Head of Security for the past year. He did whatever his boss, Saul, needed of him. This included keeping an eye on Cassie.
Cassie and Rio met 6 months prior
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