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Falling for Her Enemy

(Still Harbor #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  107 reviews
She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…

Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biolog
Paperback, 147 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 38%

Selfish heroine--NO, THANK YOU. Too bad, the plot is very interesting...

I'm sorry.
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

After reading the first book in this series, Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor, #1) by Victoria James , and loving it, I was very excited to receive an advanced copy of the next installment, Falling for Her Enemy. Victoria James did not disappoint. I was drawn into this story from the first page and found myself irritated when work, sleep and family obligations kept me from getting to read more than a chapter or two at a time.

We met Alex an
Claire Robinson
4.5 - "I hope it's you." Stars!

Victoria James takes her readers back for another visit to the town and residents of Still Harbour and Falling for Her Enemy gives us Alexandra McAllisters’ story.

I really enjoyed this book, you are given a heavy indication as to what the STORY is likely to be about towards the end of its predecessor Falling for The P.I., in that Alex is told that her adopted daughter’s possible father has been searching for her. In steps Hayden Brooks, successful man about town, n
Bakery manager Alexandra (Alex) McAllister's perfect life is now spinning out of control. She learns, on the same day, that the owners of the bakery need to sell now instead of five years from now when she can afford to buy the business and a man claiming to be her adopted daughter's biological father is coming to claim her. Hayden Brooks just learned that his one-night stand may have produced a child and he's ready to take responsibility.

This was a sweet story tinged with a little heartbreak.
Marla Mei
Falling for Her Enemy is a book that I truly did enjoy but still failed to give me strong loving feelings towards it. I could chalk it up to the fact that I felt like the book focused more on Alex and Hayden's attraction to each other rather than figuring out if Hayden is the real father of Cassy. I mean, I don't think it would've taken a month for the guy to take a paternity test, would it? (I guess if it wasn't one month then Hayden and Alex wouldn't have fallen in love with each other and the ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Falling for Her Enemy was a pretty cute book. It's a dual POV from Alexandra, who was a manager at a bakery and Hayden, who just found out that he's a dad. Both of their worlds are turned upside down on the same day. Alex finds out the bakery is closing - even though she wanted to buy it from the owner within 5 years. Then there's Hayden who found out that he had a daughter 7 years ago with a woman he had a drunken one night stand with. The kid was given up for an adoption.. which leads us back ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting and quite romantic! This is a story about a man who finds out that he might have fathered a child he knows nothing about and a woman who realises that her adoptive daughter might have a father she couldn't possibly keep her away from. It is quite emotional time for both Alex and Hayden.

Hayden works at a bakery which she plans to buy as soon as she can save enough funds. She has a daughter whom she loves a lot. Then she finds out that she might not get the bakery she has always wanted
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hayden Brooks has just learned that he could be a father. A woman he had a one-night-stand with 7 years ago claims that he is the father of the child she put up for adoption. This woman is also threatening to expose Hayden as a deadbeat dad if she doesn't give her a million dollars. (Way to keep it classy, lady!!) After learning he could be a father, Hayden begins the search for his child, which brings him to Still Harbor and
4.5 heartwarming stars

Falling for Her Enemy was a beautiful and heartfelt read.

The storyline was touching and emotional, I really felt for both Alex and Hayden and what they had to deal with.

I enjoyed watching Alex and Hayden come together, it took time for them to open up and trust each other.

A huge draw for me was watching Hayden with Cassy, Alex's little girl. They made my heart swoon with their interactions, Cassy was such a sweetheart, loved her.

Overall this was a well written heartwarming
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love stories where there are children involved. That's why I love the Bliss Imprint. This series has got that wrapped up for me by how it starts with three women who live together with their adopted daughters after meeting each other while being in foster care as kids and each woman has her own story. I read Kate’s story first but you don’t have to read it in order to follow along but it helps.

This one is Alex’s story. She adopted Cassy from the foster care system. She has loved her since she
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
When it comes to me reading and reviewing books by Victoria James, I feel like a broken record. Her stories are emotional, heart-warming, and at times, tear inspiring. These attributes are what make her one of my favorite authors, if not favorite author.

Alex McAllister and her foster sisters Kate and Cara all met and grew up in foster care. Together, they vowed to each adopt a child and raise those kids together in a loving environment, something they didn’t have. Alex’s world is shattered when
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
I received an eARC of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Those of you, who know my preference in romances, know that I absolutely love a kid in the romance, especially when the kid is involved in getting two stubborn people together!
Hence, my main reason for requesting this book – but mostly I also do love a character getting a wake up and honestly realising his/her mistakes and moving on. And this book had both!

Alex is a single mother – by choice. She adopted a kid when
I received a copy of this story through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing for an honest review. This is the 2nd book about 3 "sisters" who met in foster care. Each is single and has one child. In this case, Alex/Alexandra adopted Cassy as a baby and is now living with her 2 sisters and their children. Hayden finds out from a one night stand he is a father, but he's also not sure if she's saying it to blackmail him for his millions. Somehow he finds a PI who just happens to be Matt (book 1) and ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Victoria James is a new author to me and I really enjoyed how she told the story. It was filled with Christmas spirit and lots of emotions.

Hayden had a one night stand almost 7 years ago but now the woman is standing in front of him telling him he put the baby up for adoption. She wants a million dollars. Hayden wants to track down his kid before he makes any decisions which leads him to Alex.

Alex has adopted and raised the child as her own. She comes face to face to Hayden and wants to hate h
Christi Snow
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I have never read this author before, but she has a new fan. I loved this book so much.

Alex is a single mom who in a single week has had all her dreams threatened. She's been on the five-year savings plan to buy the bakery she works at, but suddenly the owner has to sell early. And her one joy in life is her adoptive daughter...who's supposed birth father has shown up to claim paternity.

Hayden is a hard-working multi-millionaire. He's spent his life trying to make up for a mistake he
Shirley Frances
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex McAllister is settling in her new life in Still Harbor and getting ready to enjoy the holiday season with her chosen family. She was not expecting, however, to have her world turned upside down when her daughter's biological father comes calling threatening all she ever dreamed of.

Even though Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father, now that there's a possibility that a child of his exists, he's determined to exercise his parental rights--consequences be dammed. But coming face to face w
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victoria James is an author who hits the spot every time. I've been waiting for Falling for Her Enemy since the moment I finished Falling for the P.I. and I absolutely devoured Alex and Hayden's story.

"You want to take my daughter away from me..."

Alex suffers trust issues; understandable considering she grew up in foster care. But having made a life with her family, foster-sisters Kate and Cara and their adopted daughters, her life is reasonably settled. Until Hayden turns up and drops the
April Symes
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, emotional read which is part of a trilogy but each can be read as standalones. This story is about Alexandra (Alex) McAllister, her little girl Cassy and Hayden Brooks. Alex and Cassy are single mom and daughter –she adopted Cassy when she was a baby because she knew what it was like to be unwanted. She was a product of the foster care system-her and her “3 sisters”. She and Cassy live in Still Harbour. She gets word that a man has shown up in town because he believes her daught ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful story! Hayden and Alex will steal your heart! This was such a moving story. My heart hurt throughout feeling the emotions Alex felt. And then it went out to Hayden, who only wanted to do right by his daughter. But the way he treated Alex was so sweet, so endearing, oh how I loved him. Alex was so afraid of her feelings for him. And that one scene at the B&B, just brought tears to my eyes. They were both in need of love and a family but too afraid to even think about the possibilit ...more
Bette Hansen
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alex McAllister has built a good life for her and her adopted daughter Cassie. While it's not without it's challenges they are happy and that's what matters. All that is threatened when a knock on the door brings a man in to their lives who claims he might be Cassie's father. Hayden Brooks is rich, powerful, and devastatingly handsome. He never planned on being a father but if Cassie is his, he plans on being there for her and raising her himself. After getting Alex to agree to a paternity test ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved it! The charming little town, where the story is set, is really growing on me. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but other than that I enjoyed the whole book. The writing was great and the characters lovable.
Dorothy Morawsky
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh it was so good.
Bridget O'Toole
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

An ARC was provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Victoria James writes a book, it’s no surprise that I’m going to like it. But when she writes a book where the heroine is sitting on the floor stuffing her face with cupcakes when she first meets the hero? I’m going to more than like it. I’m going to LOVE it (foodie for life). Which it’s a good thing I loved it because it would be a shame to be disappointed after that freaking cliffhanger at the end of
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Falling for Her Enemy is the second book in the Victoria James-penned Still Harbor contemporary romance series and takes place some time after its predecessor, which already gave readers an idea that this sequel would be abut Alex McAllister and her daughter Cassy. The story here was so different from the one that Kate Abbott and Matt Lane shared in Falling fo
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
The concept for this series really is an interesting one and from the first book, I was interested in seeing how things would change for each character as they fell in love and added to their little family.

Alex McAllister's abandonment by her mother and her subsequent stay in foster care have made it difficult for her to trust anyone, with the exception of her sisters of the heart. Together, these three women have created the warm, loving and happy family they always longed for. Unfortunately f
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

The safe world she’s created has just fallen out from under Alex’s feet. Millionaire Hayden Brooks is claiming that her adopted daughter, Cassy is in fact his biological daughter. He wants a paternity test to prove it and when it comes back positive he intends to take Cassy home.. his home across the country. The second blow of the day, while nowhere near the panic of losing her daughter still kills the idea of buying the bakery she had set her heart on as a wa
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

I just started to read holiday-theme books, and Falling for Her Enemy was full of holiday spirit that just made it enjoyable to read.

From the very beginning we get to meet Alex McAllister, who has done anything and everything to provide for her adopted daughter. With the hopes of buying the bakery that she has been working at for years, she is disappointed when the owner informs her that she will be selling the property soon. With no idea
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: romance
I have received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review. "Falling for Her Enemy" by Victoria James is book two in the "Still Harbor" series. This can be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy getting to know the characters better if you go back and read book one "Falling for the P.I.". This is Alex McAllister and Hayden Brooks' story.

The writer once again did a great job of creating a story with so many emotions woven throughout the story. The reader feels
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling for her Enemy is a wonderful, warm-hearted book from author Victoria James. The story grabs you right from the startling prologue, and keeps you engaged until the very last paragraph. This is the love story between hopeful bakery owner Alex McAllister, and Hayden Brooks, an extremely successful businessman. Alex and Hayden have sizzling yet complicated chemistry, and their blossoming relationship is replete with discovery, understanding and love.

Hayden is shocked to learn that he may hav
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Alex McAllister doesn't find it easy to trust after being abandoned by those that are supposed to love her unconditionally. So, when Hayden Brooks arrives in town claiming he's her adopted daughter's biological father, she doesn't know what to do except try to stay away from him. Especially when he could destroy not only the happy life she's built with her daughter, but could also break her heart.

I loved the first book of this series, and this one was just as incredible with it's sweet, fast-pa
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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband

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