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Enemy Within (Enemy #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  999 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
An intergalactic cold war-and some heated passion- from an inventive new voice in futuristic romance.
After a stint in an alien prison, Captain Ari Rose wonders why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedition to finish a Ph.D. she doesn't want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. She wasn't buil
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Published November 1st 2010 by Berkley Books
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Jul 31, 2011 new_user rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action/Romance fans
Shelves: romantic-scifi
Enemy Within actually has substance, says NU with surprise. LOL. An insta-bond between leads Ari Rose and Cullin Seaghdh, complete with Romancelandia inner dialogue -"Can this be? I've never felt this way before!"- and a cliché kidnapping premise caused me grave doubts, but Enemy Within shocked the pants off me when it sprouted a plot. Yes, a plot, ladies and gentleman. With real live action scenes and everything. Stuff combusts, explodes, shoots and blows up. Awesome.

While Ari's growth -and to
Nov 07, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m very picky when it comes to the Sci-Fi romance books. I really don’t read all that many of them, with the exception of some authors, such as Linnea Sinclair, Ann Aguirre and recently Gini Koch. But now another Sci-Fi debut author has risen, and one that I recommend to any Sci-Fi Romance fan. Her name is Marcella Burnard, and her Enemy Within was a rip-roaring fabulous read for me.

Alexandra “Ari” Idylle is a former space captain who was a prisoner for three months at the hands of a nasty alie
Jubilation Lee
Aw, Enemy Within. I’d heard good things, but apparently today Monica is Not In The Mood for this kind of tomfoolery.

But can you blame me?

Because while I love me a good romance, friends, it’s page nine. Page nine out of three hundred and forty-two, for God’s sake. And already Ari’s all

Unbidden, the image of those strong arms wrapped around her flooded her internal field of vision. A rush of weight and heat pooled in her abdomen.


The captain turned his gaze upon her. Something in the depths of
This book rates as my least favourite futuristic novel up to date. There were so many things I disliked about it. I will list the main ones.

Firstly, I found the story confusing. I have read other futuristic novels most of which head right into the story. But the authors write it in a way that the setting and the backdrop starts to piece itself together fluidly, as the novel progresses. It was not so in this novel. I couldn't understand what was happening. Which was made worse by the heroine, Ari
*sigh* I spent a good amount of time this morning working on a coherent review of this book. And lost it when I tried to post after failing to notice the wifi failed. ~_~ I'm not going to spend another half hour trying to recreate it.

I liked this book but didn't love it. It was a compelling story, I read it one sitting and I'm glad I read it, but it didn't wow me. I liked the main characters, Ari and Cullin, but I didn't love them. I liked their romance but didn't love it and wasn't fully convin
Janine Southard
3.5 stars.

I deeply enjoyed this space opera novel with a romance novel tucked into it. The world building, characterization, and slight politicking all came together like a good space opera. And goodness knows I adore space opera.

The romance was a little harder to work in at first. The start of it felt a little bit clunky and could have been skipped altogether. (e.g., hero and heroine have bonding moment over her PTSD and he comforts her through it; this could've worked better without overtly tr
Snarktastic Sonja
I've really struggled with this review. I enjoyed this book . . . but . . . I just felt it was missing something. And, I feel that this review can't be adequate unless I can tell you WHAT the book was missing. And, I can't. It is just *something*.

Make no bones about it - this is a romance novel first, science fiction second - and just barely. The two main characters start over thinking about each other from the minute the story begins. So, it becomes not a matter of "will they or won't they" but
Feb 03, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enemy Within is a futuristic Sci-fi/romance which I expected to be typical but was pleased to discover had a satisfactory level of depth, with both the plot and the characters. There was a relationship, but it seemed to take more of a back seat to everything else going on in the story.

That being said, there were still some issues I had with this. At the very beginning of the book, there was a scenario in which the characters needed to high tail it out of a dangerous situation. Instead they took
Tina Burns
Apr 19, 2011 Tina Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover is the first thing that drew me to the book. (Yes, I fully admit I'm a sucker for an awesome cover) and when I found out it was SciFi I knew I was hooked. So much so that I read it in a day, even with my busy schedule, sacrificing sleep to complete the story.

The story appeals to the scifi geek in me with enough otherworldly descriptions and races and the romance reader with just enough connection between the heroine and hero to satisfy. Though the story is more of a journey for the her
Nov 01, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you know me at Goodreads or you have read any of my reviews before you will know that I am not one for lots of romance in a book. Well this book had the typical romantic story of kidnapped girl falling for her kidnapper, not something that really floats my boat but I have to say I really enjoyed it to the point where I couldn’t put it down. I must be getting mushy in my old age or I've spent too much time reading dark gritty books.
Dec 14, 2010 L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tore through this book. The plot is fast moving and intense enough that I REALLY wanted to finish it. Plenty happening, no slow parts -- I was definitely entertained throughout.

So why only 3 stars?

The romance storyline irked me. And I'm a romance reader. I really wanted to like it, and there were bits that I enjoyed, like the shared fencing hobby. But I just don't find a page one instant attraction when the hero is acting like a d-bag to be believable. I liked the hero a lot -- more so than Ma
Angela James
3.5 stars, actually. I think this book will be more popular with the dedicated sci-fi romance reader than with the casual reader. The story opening is a bit hard to follow, and I liked the heroine's emotional journey better than I actually liked their romance. I actually felt a little awkward about their romance, for some reason. I think because there was such a dichotomy between what the hero is supposed to be like and how he acts with her. Almost too much of a dichotomy, so I felt uncomfortabl ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Oh of those books. The one where the author just throws the reader into the narrative with no preparation whatsoever :/
Jul 23, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
It started off slow and stinted, but this book grew on me like crazy. And looking back I think the distant, cold and confusing start might have been on purpose to showcase Ari's state of mind.

Ari has been just released after being a prisoner of bug-like non-humanoid aliens for 3 months. She endured torture of various kinds, but when she's finally free the home and life she fought to stay alive for are taken from her anyway by her superiors. Since the Chekydrans are quite good at (re)gen-technolo
Sandy Williams
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Kylie Griffin
Wow and damn, I want the sequel right now! I stayed up until 3am to finish this book, could NOT put it down even though I swore I was going to bed at midnight and read the rest the next day.

Where to begin with this review? Burnard packed a whole lot into ENEMY WITHIN. There's so much to like about it - the absolutely amazing world-building, the fascinating characters, the cracking pace (helped by the fact that EVERY chapter ended on a hook and made you "read just one more"), the twisting plot fi
Apr 25, 2011 Ddsun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-romance
This is a first-rate SF-romance, which I highly recommend to readers of SF, Futuristic Fantasy and Romance.

Ari (Captain Alexandra Rose), was an upcoming starship captain when she was captured by the Chekydran, a non-humanoid race at war with her people. After months of interrogation, she's unexpectedly released, but finds that her homecoming is not the welcome she imagined. Stripped of her command, Ari is relegated to scientific missions with her father. Her own people don't trust her any more,
Nov 29, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance, sci-fi
Ari was captured and tortured by enemy forces for three months. She is unexpectedly released, but after months spent recovering she is stripped of her command and sent on a scientific mission with her father. No one trusts her any longer, afraid she was only released to spy upon her own people. Then her father’s ship is hijacked by what appears to be a band of pirates. Ari quickly learns that the pirate leader, Cullin is more than just a pirate. She is irritated by his arrogance and yet attracte ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance, 2010-read
My rating: 4.5 stars

Wow! This book was a very interesting read, full of action and emotional exploration within the heroine's past and torturous experiences. It was also very different from my usual reading choices. I've read maybe a handful of futuristic sci-fi novels but this one really pulled me in, especially the double innuendo bantering between Ari and Cullin. Those two just clicked for me right from the moment they came into contact with each other in the story.

All of the character's had
A.R. Norris
Jul 14, 2011 A.R. Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Overall I was very happy with this book. I had to really put effort into suspending belief in Cullin's "voice powers" and probably would've like more explaination (or any really) how this magical power worked. After I managed to get over that bit, the story moved along well.

Ari and Cullin had a great romantic chemistry. I loved the internal conflict Ari faces with her past as a military prisoner. I thought it was quirky the way Cullin had a secret crush on her...definitely a different and pleasa
Nov 19, 2011 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-romance
I was excited to read this as it was a new author. She is an 'online friend' of mine, so I wanted to see if she had any writing chops. YES! I am not really a SciFi fan so much, nor am I a Romance novel fan, so I was a bit wary of it to begin with. However, her characters were very well defined and most interesting; and the story was awesome! I truly wanted more when it ended. The only negative for me - and this is ONLY because I am not so hot on SciFi - is trying to remember names and places whe ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Carien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I love this book. It's got everything you want from a SciFi: spaceships, intrigue, nasty aliens and firefights. Add an intense and complicated romance to this mix and you got a story that sizzles and captivates. Ari is a character that's been damaged, but luckily not broken and it makes you cheer her on and hope she will get a happy end in both love and her normal life. Some plot twist were a bit too obvious, but that didn't spoil the story for me, I must say. I can only add that I hope Burnard ...more
I made the mistake of starting this book last night at 11pm. I read until I fell asleep reading around 2am. I woke up at 7:30 and kept reading - I did nothing of any use until I'd finished it. It's that awesome. It's got the feel of Shards of Honour meets Games of Command. Perfect.
Coyora Dokusho
I didn't have super high expectations going in, but this turned out to be really, really excellent. I really liked all the characters and the story was great! Also I got a 98% on my midterm, woot!! I'm gonna get a whole FIVE HOURS of sleep before work and omg... there's so much homework I didn't do... *dies* ... *revives* SLEEP NOW!!!!
I started out loving this book, convinced it would be at least 4 stars. I'm not sure exactly when, but at some point I started not loving it quite as much. And then by the end I found myself thoroughly disappointed. However, this book did have its good points, and I enjoyed reading it for the most part. One thing I will say, though, is that sometimes it was a little confusing. Either it would switch viewpoints abruptly, or something would be happening that was not quite explained, so it would ta ...more
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Brit Andrews
For me this book was very hard to assign a rating to as it was good and wasn't bad and I was very intrigued in the story but somewhere along the way i was lost and just wanted it to end then it did and it was like what?
In the beginning it makes sense that everything is jumbled because of what Ari went through and her inability to trust everyone around her and even herself. It even makes sense that she fell so hard for Cullin because he was the first person to make her feel safe after everything
Enemy Within is the first book in the Enemy series by Marcella Burnard and a Berkley Sensation Futuristic Romance.

Book Blurb:

A Starship Captain clinging to her shattered past; a Pirate with an Empire to protect and a threat beyond the scope of the imagination.

After a stint in an alien prison followed by a torpedoed military career, Captain Alexandria Rose - better known as Ari - has to wonder why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedi
Faye Heath
Nov 10, 2010 Faye Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book with both hope and trepidation. This book is not my normal forte. It's a sci-fi romance. I like science fiction quite a bit but romance? Not so much. So why bother? I bothered because the author is a friend of mine. A good friend, and I know exactly what she went through in getting this, her first novel, into print. What would I say to her if I didn't like it?

That said, it is a HUGE relief to be able to honestly say that I did like the book quite a bit. Yeah, the romance pa
Oct 30, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
Paranormal Romance –Nov. 2nd, 2010
4 stars

I was excited to get my hand on Enemy Within because I am a big futuristic fan. And this story both exceeded my expectations and left me with mixed feelings. If you love science fiction this book will largely thrill you. But if you are a big romance fan this story may be a bit too involved especially if you like lighter romances.

In Enemy Within, the strong yet emotionally fragile heroine is recovering from being tortured by
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