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The Enemy's Daughter

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Alaric Patterson is a powerful man, but he has just lost the most important deal of his life to his long term rival. Alaric is tired of fighting, so he comes up with a plan. His enemy has a daughter, a very plain woman. Alaric is going to find her, make her fall in love with him, and then he’s going to break her.

Bella Reed works at a veterinary practice, and when an older man brings in a cute pup, she does whatever she can to help. Still, she’s a little taken aback when that same man wants to take her out on a date.

Before long she has accepted a date, and then another, and another. Little by little, Alaric gets to know the woman he intended to hurt, and he can’t do it. He’s falling in love with her, and Bella is falling for him.

But—he has lied to her. She doesn’t know his real name or the truth, and there’s nothing he can do about it. He’s stuck.

The moment Bella discovers the truth, she is heartbroken. The first man she truly loved has betrayed her. It takes an unlikely source to show her that sometimes love is about second chances, about forgiving, and about never living a moment filled with regret.

115 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 16, 2017

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Sam Crescent

498 books5,086 followers
Sam Crescent is passionate about fiction. She loves a good erotic romance and so it only made sense for her to spread her wings and start writing. She began writing in 2009 and finally got that first acceptance in 2011 by Total-E-Bound.
She loved creating new characters and delving into the worlds that she creates. When she’s not panicking about a story or arguing with a character, she can be found in her kitchen creating all kinds of havoc. Like her stories the creations in the kitchen can be just as dubious but sometimes things turn out great.

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Profile Image for Sabrina.
477 reviews252 followers
October 21, 2018
This was a fast, hot read.
Didn’t like it so much because the reason for him to go after her is just bullshit.
And I don’t get why he ever thought that that was a good idea.
Profile Image for Fre06 Begum.
1,260 reviews211 followers
June 3, 2017
I normally love may/December stories but this just felt yucky to me, he was 48 to her 25 and he really did come across as a dirty old man! Oh and the ending where heroine's best friend who ends up with her dad who is older than hero by a few years was just bloody nasty!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Talltree.
2,081 reviews25 followers
February 6, 2017
The H's POV was horrible - immature, small-minded, vindictive. I'd expect a 48 yr old succesful man to be wise, resourceful, broad-minded but not the case here. The h, her dad and friends were adorable though, and admirable. The sex scenes were also hot and I liked that the H was good to the h in bed and in his own small ways.

3.5 stars! Recommended for readers who like older H's, assh*le H's and grovelling H's.
Profile Image for GimmeAllTheWerdssss.
573 reviews219 followers
February 7, 2017
Def one of Sam's better books. No OW drama - no scenes, no memories, no mention of OW besides the fact that he didn't have a problem attracting them - and the heroine wasn't a virgin.
Profile Image for ♡Tonya♡.
2,059 reviews578 followers
February 7, 2017
3.5 stars

If you enjoy a storyline with a jerk who redeems himself, then this is for you. I personally like it, as long as they're is good grovel.

Alaric was a real jerk. He set his sights on Bella in order to seek revenge on her father. He was very dismissive of her when looking at pictures stating he could imagine she was someone else when he had sex with her. ...real peach, huh? Upon seeing her though, he instantly felt something. Never having feelings like that before, he kept pushing them back. Soon he could no longer deny he was in love with her and he was stuck in the midst of lies.

Bella was not your typical little rich girl. Was she adored by her father? ABSOLUTELY! Was she a spoiled socialite? NO! She worked hard and was sweet and caring, the exact opposite of what Alaric was expecting. I felt for her when the lies came to light.

-no om/om drama
-no cheating - it was mentioned that there were ow that he was seeing when he started off with his plans. However, they were set aside and then he fell in love. Once he met Bella, he was not with anyone other than her.
-some pushing away by heroine once the truth came out.
-short epilogue that was only 1 year out

**it did feel as though his best friend, Rex ,was having a story set up. Total manwhore who clearly fell for his assistant but did/said something to run her off.
Profile Image for Michelle.
2,082 reviews861 followers
February 11, 2017
When Alaric feels that his business rival needs to be taught a lesson, he develops a plan to get his revenge. Putting himself in the path of his daughter, Alaric turns on the charm with the hopes to get Bella to fall head over heels before he breaks her heart.

The Enemy's daughter is a love story that pairs a much older Hero with a heroine that is young enough to be his daughter. Alaric at first comes across as this hard-ass older businessman. A bit ruthless, but as he attempts to woo Bella, the lines blur and we start to see a softer side, a more caring side.

Another insta-love romance, but with a quite a twist. Although I loved the age gap, I did not care for the way Alaric sort of when into complete beta mode towards the end. I get there was some groveling that had to be done, but he just seemed to go a bit too soft, so quickly. (pun NOT intended).
Profile Image for Jenny.
3,103 reviews481 followers
January 30, 2017
Hero was 48 Heroine was 25! I loved that and I loved that hero was a very successful ruthless businessman with a revenge plan but Bella changed him and made him a better man. Instead of revenge he now wanted love!
Profile Image for *CJ*.
4,195 reviews482 followers
December 19, 2019
"The Enemy's Daughter" is the story of Bella and Alaric.

In this tale of revenge, our older H decides to get revenge from his enemy, by seducing his much younger daughter and discarding her. He goes out of his way to plan the retribution, from adopting a puppy to finding out all her interests, slowly wooing her with his charm. The h is a sweet, curvy and confident woman, who falls for the sexy H's charms. They bang enacting the whole Kamasutra, the truth is revealed, and after minimal groveling they have their HEA.

The one thing I really liked about this book was the h's sexual confidence, and enjoyment of sex. I was getting tired of the simpering virgins, especially when the H has dipped into so many ponds, he has algae on his peen. Otherwise, very average read. I need more angsttttt.

Profile Image for C.
683 reviews
February 19, 2017
Hot fast safe read
NOT an insta Love. He is at first set out for revenge, slowly falls in love with her. Then relies he's an asshole and is fucked because at this point he's crazy in love and still has not told her the truth.
( he only lies about his name and job)
HEA and epilogue
No OW/OW Drama
Both not virgins
Big age gap
H was a playboy, no detailed scenes of past women
Profile Image for Emily.
5,112 reviews544 followers
February 6, 2017
Alaric Patterson is furious that his competitor stole away the contract he was pursuing. Deciding he needs to retaliate, he decides revenge in an unconditional way is the best way to make the man hurt. Alaric pursues Bella Reed, his enemy's daughter.

Bella is a full figured beautiful woman, she just doesn't see herself like that. When Alaric expresses interest in her, Bella is expecting the other shoe to drop. Every man she has been involved with has been after her fathers money or some other self confidence kicker that has made Bella weary of getting involved again. What will she do when she finds out Alaric is a facade, even if he claims to truly have feelings for her.

Enjoyed this one. Alaric was a jerk, but I think that was how his character was supposed to be and when he meets and spends time with Bella he begins to question himself and his motives. Always a fan of Sam Crescent books.
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1,267 reviews
March 21, 2017
I cried and smiled , this book is amazing.
Profile Image for Dee.
486 reviews5 followers
January 30, 2017
A fair 3 I think.
Rather better than the last Sam Crescent I read, To Claim His Girl but by no means perfect - marginally better editing shown, somewhat better scene continuity and exposition, colossally better plotline and characterisation (though for a 48 year old man Alaric read about a decade younger). It was a pleasant Mills & Boon type revenge plot so of course I enjoyed that, Sam can write good sex scenes as we are aware, and I would classify this as being fairly much back to the Sam Crescent form I like - minor bugbear was poor little Buster - if you've ever had a dog you know how much care a new puppy takes, and shit-bonding aside I wasn't believing it at all. I foresee a sequel with Alaric's friend and his secretary - I was expecting the father/Rebecca thing but not in this actual story. Will I read a sequel? Yep - I did explain the whole Haribo theory of things before didn't I? https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Profile Image for Jennifer McGurk Finn.
2,102 reviews44 followers
February 17, 2017
This was another book that I started and then stopped and moved onto something else. I'm just sick of the whole pretending to be someone you're not, the other person finds out almost at the end of the book and then BAM everything gets fixed in the last 5% of the book. Alaric Patterson is a 48 year old businessman, who is very wealthy and he believes Jackson Reed is his nemesis. When Jackson gets a deal that Alaric wanted and was working on for himself Alaric decides it's time to get revenge. Bella Reed is 25 years old and even though her Father is rich and she doesn't need to work she does anyway. She's a veterinary assistant at a local animal clinic and she's had bad luck with boyfriends so now she steers clear of them altogether. Alaric buys a puppy and plans to get Bella to fall in love with him so he can break her heart and somehow this will be revenge against her Father. I don't want to bitch about the things in this book that pissed me off because it would spoil it for others but I will say this book contained a lot of stupid idiots.
Profile Image for Lauren.
6,132 reviews50 followers
February 5, 2017
4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this book! I devoured it in one sitting. I just have to say: I thought Alaric was an a**hole for most of the book. I know this sounds mean but when his plan backfired on him I couldn’t help but feel smug. I liked Alaric and Bella as a couple. I liked Bella, she truly deserved love. She was a good person. Although I hated Alaric in parts, I couldn’t help but like him. I could honestly start to see his guilt and his love for Bella.
I couldn’t help but chuckle when Alaric forgot that he had left buster in the car and he was like ‘’I’m so sorry’’. Yes I know its not funny that he forgot him in the car but it was him talking to buster that I chuckled at and thought was cute.
The storyline for this book is easy to follow and hooked me in from page one. I would and will happily read this book again at some point in the future.

When Alaric Patterson loses out on the business he has wanted for ten years, he decides to take revenge on the winner, Jackson Reed. Alaric thinks that Jackson is his enemy and is trying to tear him down. He quickly comes up with a plan to date Jackson’s daughter Bella, make her fall in love and then publicly dumping her. When Alaric meets Bella in person he cannot help but like her. After being hurt by previous boyfriends, Bella is determined not to let anyone hurt her again. When she meets ‘’Blue’’ and his puppy Buster, she cannot help but be attracted to him. After a few random meetings the pair soon start dating. But as both Alaric and Bella fall for one another, how will she react when she discovers ‘’Blue’’ is in fact Alaric and that he has been lying to her with the intentions of revenge? Will Bella forgive Alaric and give him a second chance?
Profile Image for ★ Belle The Bibliophile ★.
876 reviews250 followers
January 23, 2017
This book was an okay read. I usually pick up Sam Crescent's book when I have nothing to read or when I need something short to read before I go to bed. This book is a tad ridiculous but I loved that the heroine's plain and how the Hero come to see her as attractive... gradually. If that makes sense?
Profile Image for Debbie.
1,578 reviews1 follower
January 20, 2017

Yet another great book by Sam Crescent!! I just absolutely loved it and I can't wait to read what she will come out with next!! A definite must read!!! Happy Reading!!!! :)
Profile Image for Kristen Lindtvedt.
311 reviews3 followers
August 31, 2020
An Intense, Revenge Tinged Older Man/Younger Woman Tale...

While reading Sam Crescent's book, "Daughter's Best Friend" I realized that not only was it the second of a series, but that I had read it backwards! This one, "The Enemy's Daughter" is actually the first book, one that takes you through Bella and Alaric's story and sets the stage for all of the events in book two. However, despite my reading order snafu I was happy to find this one to be an equally sophisticated, far more serious take on the older man/younger woman trope. And unlike Jackson and Rebecca's story, this taboo tale is fiery, passionate, and filled to the brim with anger and angst.

Here we are presented with the story of Bella Reed and Alaric "Blue" Patterson. Bella being the twenty-five year old daughter of millionaire business mogul Jackson Reed. A woman secure in her own mind and desires, who lives independently away from her father's "rich people" world. One who chooses a quiet, homespun life, but also a woman mistrustful of men after several harrowing experiences with individuals using her to get to her father. And Alaric, a millionaire businessman in his own right despite being on the losing end of deals involving his rival Jackson Reed. A rivalry so bitter and contentious Alaric dreams of ways to exact revenge after losing out on a deal of a lifetime. A retaliation plan so personal, even his best friend Rex is uncomfortable at the thought of it.

What follows is an intensely emotional and highly intriguing tale of broken trust, lashing out, misguided anger, and unexpected truths. Here again Crescent writes a strong, vivacious woman secure in her own sexuality and who knows her own mind. A woman who, unlike the more timid Bella, isn't afraid to want things rough and wild, and who doesn't shy away from telling the men in her life where her boundaries lay. It was a gloriously refreshing step away from the ever present virgins written over and over again in this literary domain and I fully enjoyed watching the push and pull between Bella and Alaric morph and expand with each passing chapter. And although this one is paced a bit faster than Jackson and Bella's book, it still takes its time and affords you the opportunity to relish in every flick of Alaric's tongue, every gasp from Bella's lips, and every angsty moment of uncertainty from both of their souls as they fall deeper and deeper into each other.

The chemistry between these two is ferocious and fiery. The revenge driven circumstances, suspenseful and heartpounding.

It is a deliciously sinful and heartfelt story world. My only issue with it overall is that it is full of typos! So many in fact that they distract you from the story, at times making you have to stop and reread paragraphs in order to ensure you're understanding things fully as they are intended. Despite the wonderful story it is marred by the spelling, word placement, and tense mistakes throughout. So many in fact I had to wonder if it went through a final proofread or perhaps was instead rushed to publication. Overall, this simmering, sexy tale deserved a more polished final cut. And while I loved the overarching theme of this book, I was left feeling frustrated by the sloppy editing and ultimately unfulfilled at the end.
Profile Image for Darlene I read WAY to many books.
3,215 reviews1,569 followers
November 8, 2018
Alaric has one thing to do to his "rival" Jackson revenge!!! Jackson has made him look like a fool taking away his contract. Now he has a plan he is going to make his daughter Bella fall in love with him and break her heart.

The plan is set he bought a puppy to go along with this plan it was a piece of cake. Until he met Bella in person she was a sweetheart, it started off awkward between the two teasing and playfulness..

Bella has been burned in the past by her ex's but Blue aka Alaric is showing her how to love again.. their relationship is hot and heavy with a dash of cuteness.. until Bella finds out the truth.. heartbroken and betrayed.. she wants nothing to do with him

Can be win her back? Can he show her everything he did was all true.. that he fallen in love with her. 

Been awhile since I shed a tear or two but when that heartbreak hit... it hit hard...

Tough asshole cocky charming alpha male
Quirky tough sweet stubborn curvy gal
No cheating
Background chara
Anal play/sex
November 22, 2019
“I’m going to fuck her. I’m going to make her fall in love with me, and then I’m going to break her heart.”

hero: forty-eight years old
heroin: twenty-five

Plain Bella is suspicious when Blue is interested in her. She begins to fall for him while he only aims for revenge because of her father. He starts to see beyond her "plain" appearance, and falls hard and fast for her. And just like he had planned, he breaks her heart when she learns about his lies and intentions all along. Now he has to beg for her forgiveness or loose the woman he has come to love deeply.

Profile Image for Sarah Elizabeth.
4,744 reviews1,305 followers
May 5, 2022
This was okay, if a little predictable.
* Alaric fails to win some shares that he wanted, and blames the man who did get them - Reed.
* As revenge he decides to date Reed's daughter (Bella), get her to fall in love with him, and then break her heart.
* Predictable, he falls for Bella himself, and then when the truth comes out, she is less than happy about it, and he has to try and win her back.
* This was okay, there were a couple of cringy moments (during the sex scenes), and it was quite predictable what would happen, but it was an enjoyable read.
412 reviews1 follower
October 13, 2019
Why to go "Revenge" bits

Sam did it again. Alaric aka Blue to Bella wanted to hurt his competition and the best way thru his daughter Bella. But revenge has a way to BIT back. Great story the usual hot and steamy SEX. Don't miss out.
223 reviews1 follower
January 21, 2017
The lie

Another great story I hate liars but it all worked out in the end two lonely people looking for happiness.
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333 reviews6 followers
September 4, 2017
adorable !

Bella and Alaric make a great couple . A sweet love story about mistakes and forgiveness . this is a great book.
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1,040 reviews3 followers
January 29, 2018
I really loved the fact that this started off as revenge but ended in love.
Profile Image for Tanya.
608 reviews8 followers
January 10, 2020
Loved it

I loved this story
Alaric and Bella are a match
He’s the devil in disguise
And she’s the perfect one to bring him to his knees
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