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Intimate Enemies

(Covert Affairs #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,107 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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
ebook, 201 pages
Published July 18th 2012 by Smashwords
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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 even though most roads lead back to Sa
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassie Christo is on a mission. After losing her mother and step brother and still not having closure; she is returning home to Baja, Mexico for answers. But there is just one little problem. Her stepfather. She knows he is involved in illegal things, but proving it becomes a dangerous game.

Rio fell in love with a girl through stories told to him, he held her once in his arms while she grieved and his fate was sealed. This girl worked her way under his skin. But he has a job to do. Working for S
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freebies, favorites
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,
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
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
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog by: GraceMyBookSnack
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 v
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, team-lawman, lendable
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
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
Adria's Musings and 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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
May 09, 2013 marked it as own-need-to-read
Shelves: freebie
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My thanks to Amy for posting a link to Rock*It Reads Free Books

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
I'm a huge Joan Swam fan and have enjoyed every book I've read for her including the two other books in the A Covert Affairs series. I've had this book on my TBR list forever and never got around to reading it until now. Unfortunately I've really struggled trying to get into this one. Book funk? At about 34% and have decided to put it to the side for now and not finish. I'll hold off rating for now. Luckily I borrowed the book through the Kindle Unlimited program so it was a free borrow.
Laz the Sailor
This was a really good thriller, though some of the bad guys were flat. The plot was intriguing with lots of moving pieces, and I could see where this could have been a series with Tomas and Michael in future books. But it's not...

It didn't really work for me as a romance. Cassie is borderline TSTL - there's stubborn and then there's facing down bullets unarmed. Rio is fast on his feet, but has to keep adjusting his plans for this sexy hellion.

The final showdown was really well done, and the res
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. I wanted to like this book better than I did. The plot was somewhat interesting, but I thought the author could have done more explaining certain aspects, especially more detail about Rio's job. I really didn't like either of the main characters. I'm not really sure why, but I just didn't connect with either of them.
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
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
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I recently read Reckless by Skye Jordan and thoroughly enjoyed it. I discovered she also writes as Joan Swan and when I read the book description for Intimate Enemies, I was intrigued. Since it also had the audio version, I downloaded it. I am so glad I found this book!

The story pulled me in from the first scene and kept me glued to my seat until the end. The pacing is very fast with lots of action and highly emotion. This is an excellent romantic suspense novel. Ms. Swan’s vivid
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, dnf, freebies
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,
Kirsten Lenius
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, suspense
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
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Romantic suspense with a truly irritating heroine. What part of "You're in danger" does she not understand? Apparently, every word because she selfishly pursues her own agenda without any thought to the consequences. There's a thin line between bravery and stupidity and she crossed it, IMO. Other than wishing the heroine, who somehow made it through medical school with her tiny, useless brain, was significantly less obtuse, this was very entertaining. You can tell the author pays attention to de ...more
Kym Grosso
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Deena Bright
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
FANTASTIC read! Review will post on
Amber J.
The first chapter was a little bit slow but then once Cassy got to Mexico it really took flight. Without giving too much away, the whole human trafficking plot was definitely different than anything else I read. I found it very creative and intriguing. I wanted to find out what happens to the bad guys just as much as I wanted to know how their love story unfolded.

Cassy is a super strong heroine who is so focused on her end goal that she doesn't see the signs of danger all around her. She is fei
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
As posted on "Mina's Bookshelf" on July 27, 2012
Six months after the suspicious boat explosion that killed her mother and step-brother, emergency physician Cassandra Christo decides to take a temporary leave from her job in San Diego and return to her deceased mother’s estate in Baya, Mexico. Once her beloved childhood home, now the estate is run by her ruthless step-father, Saul Flores, and what Cassie plans to do is to collect evidence of his illicit use of est
Cindy Callahan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an intense book. I loved it and you will too. Even though you know the good and bad guys (or do you) this story just keeps twisting and the love between the main characters is put through one heck of a test.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because I have read another series of Skye Jordan's and absolutely loved the characters. This book wasn't as good as that series. It was okay but just not the type of story that drew me in from the start. It wasn't bad and I liked it, I just didn't love it.
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