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Engaging the Enemy

(The Bourbon Brothers #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  60 reviews
'That's the deal, Abbott. Take it...or leave it.' How far will an ambitious heir go to secure his future?

Parker Abbott will do whatever it takes to be the next CEO of King's Finest Distillery, even play fake fianc to his childhood nemesis, Kayleigh Jemison. Yet as he and the fiery redhead get reacquainted, sparks fly and real passion emerges. But when her ex wants a second
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Harlequin Desire
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2019 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: Wine & Spirits

I loved this so much! And it was such an enjoyable read considering recent books haven’t been that great for me. Childhood friends turned enemies to lovers + fake engagement to go to a wedding + meddling and supportive family + confident heroine. I haven’t read categories in a while, but this is definitely one of the best I’ve read.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I enjoy the buildup to the romance and the banter between characters. Engaging the enemy is fairly light on both accounts—but gives just enough to satisfy.

Kayleigh and Parker were once the best of friends. Until, Parker destroyed their friendship; trying to be Mister Popularity.

Fast forward, now, they're adults. Two adults who can't stand each other; though, it appears Kayleigh harbors more of the animosity. Parker betrayed her—and she's not ready
Richelle Robinson
Parker and Kayleigh used to be best friends growing up and they had a falling out and no longer speak. Several years later they are forced to reunite for a business deal. Things between the two are tense to say the least. I loved the back and forth between the two characters and the way they would ruffle each other’s feathers.

With Parker and Kayleigh you could feel the tension between the two but I wanted more with the couple. I felt like I was told about their relationship and I wanted to see
Steph's Romance Book Talk
5 Stars / 3 Steam Fans

I have had this book for some time and I am mad at myself for not reading it earlier! Kayleigh and Parker were friends during childhood but things changed causing the two to become enemies. As an adult Parker wants to prove himself to his family and to accomplish that he must purchase a building currently occupied by Kayleigh. Well, Kayleigh is still holding a grudge and has some stipulations for the sale of her building. The sexual tension jumps off the page between these
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reese Ryan’s Bourbon Brothers series centers around an African-American family who builds and runs a bourbon distillery in Magnolia Lake, Tennessee. Engaging the Enemy is the third book in the series and is a standalone read.

Engaging the Enemy is a friends to enemies to lovers story over twenty years in the making. Kayleigh Jemison and Parker Abbott despite being from different socioeconomic classes were best friends as kids. This all changed when they were in middle school and Kayleigh heard
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The concept of this series instantly caught my attention. An African American family of bourborn barons in the south! Securing the bag. Do I want to read? Hells Yeah. Insta Click. My mind immediately went to Jack Daniel's success story. Without the assistance of Nearis Green, a slave and master distiller, the world-famous brand wouldn't exist. The Abbott family, in the Bourborn Brothers series, is Green's legacy realized. Oh, and the covers are stunning.

Hero: Parker is an unlikely hero. He's
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Old friends became enemies from a misunderstanding/betrayal in their youth. Years later they need each other and have to put aside the past and communicate for the future. Kayleigh can barely tolerate Parker but circumstances present an opportunity that will benefit them both. When start a tension filled adventure that turns into passion and romance. Pretty good story with strong likable characters. This is book three but can be read as a standalone.

I received a free copy of this book via
Shannan Harper
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Both from different lifestyles, Parker Abbott and Kayleigh Jemison were close friends in grade school, until a foolish mistake drove a wedge between their friendship. Years later, Parker's family wants to buy Kayleigh building. She'll do it under one stipulation, Parker has to pretend to be her fiance at her ex boyfriend sister's wedding. Eventually her ex wants a second chance, and Kayleigh has to decide who will ultimately get her heart.

There were several things I enjoyed about this story. I
Donna Was A Scandal
I love Reese Ryan's writing style. I love the way she crafts her stories and pulls you into the drama from the very first page.

Parker is definitely a character you love to hate. This enemies-to-lovers story hit all the right notes for me. I also love the way Ryan writes the sometimes messy details of family drama. Such a fun book, I finished it one go!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Engaging The Enemy was funny, steamy and such an enjoyable read. I loved Kayleigh and Parker's journey from friends to lovers and everything else in between. I'm so looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deliciously trope-y in all the best ways: childhood friends, enemies to lovers, fake relationship.
Maria Rose
Engaging the Enemy by Reese Ryan is the latest sexy romance in her Bourbon Brothers series, set in the small town of Magnolia Lake, Tennessee.

Parker Abbott is in a bind. His father wants to surprise his wife with the purchase of some property that had once belonged to her family. The trouble is that Parker’s estranged childhood friend Kayleigh Jemison owns the jewelry shop in the building he wants and she’s got no need to make life easy for him by selling to his family. Their history is
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Over 18 Only Please
Recommended to LMR by: Reese Ryan & Booksprout
Engaging The Enemy (Mills & Boon Desire) (The Bourbon Brothers, Book 3) by Reese Ryan Engaging the Enemy (The Bourbon Brothers Book 3) By: Reese Ryan
Who Knew "Engaging The Enemy" Could Be FUN, But They'd Best Beware Lest They Lose Their HEARTS!!
He NEEDS a Deal... Desperately!
Sooo He's "Engaging The Enemy" to make it Happen,
Only, She's stubborn to a Fault,
And cannot Forgive HIM a Past Wrong,
Sooo She's tell'n Him IN NO Uncertain Terms Sooo LONG!
Which leaves Him up Up, UPPING His Offer,
As He cannot Afford to walk Away Empty HANDED...
"Engaging The Enemy" sure is FUN,
Michelle Styles
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her third installment of her highly-readable Bourbon Brothers series, Ryan has excelled herself. Her book more than delivers on the Desire promise of sensual glamour, heroes to fall in love with and strong capable heroines. The story and the characters will linger in your mind long after you finish the book. The story is stand-alone but for readers who started with earlier books, there is a welcome return to the Bourbon Brothers' world and a chance to catch up with characters. Savannah, the ...more
MidnightAce Book Bar
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Book Bar Review:

I was giving an ARC for my unbiased review and simply put, I loved every bit of this one! We meet Parker in the previous installments of Bourbon Brothers Series. My first impression of Parker was him being a skeptic, non-trusting, and egotistical. By the end of the book my mind had completely changed and as I write this review, I can say Parker is my favorite hero of this series to date.

Parker Abbott and Kayleigh Jemison's journey had you on an emotional ride. With the both of
Lynn Brooks
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

Delicious chemistry and feisty banter have this enemies to lovers story flaring to life quickly! With the next book in her Bourbon Brothers series, Reese Ryan brings us Parker's story. He did something childish that led to him losing his best friend back in school, and though life has moved on, it doesn't take much for their old friendship to come shining through with the added mix of attraction when they are forced to spend time together again. I like this family a lot and it's
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reese Ryan returns to Magnolia, Tennessee for another Bourbon Brothers episode featuring the Abbott family, owners of King’s Finest Distillery. This time she unravels the mystery surrounding the contentious relationship between the surly all business Parker Abbott and social outcast Kaleigh Jemison. In grade school they were best friends, but Parker and Kayleigh are now bitter adversaries. An attempt by Parker to “fit-in” with the in-crowd destroyed his friendship with one of the few people who ...more
Nana Prah
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I jumped into the series with this book and now I think I’ll have to go back to read the first two. The secondary characters were so engaging that I want to read their stories, too.

I really liked how much Kayleigh loved experiencing life. The saying about a woman scorned came to mind when we learned how he had hurt her when they were younger. Kayleigh was an active woman who had had to deal with a childhood that wasn’t ideal. Yet she made the most of it and became a successful jewelry maker.

Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some family secrets cause unnecessary harm!

Parker and Kayleigh grew up in two different economical worlds but managed to be friends until the young Parker fell into performing for the cool kids to notice him, the only problem, he used the failings of young Kayleigh's father to do so hurting Kayleigh to her core. Years later and Kayleigh saw a way to get her revenge when Parker's father wanted to buy Kayleigh's building. In order to sell Kayleigh made some really far out conditions that Parker's
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enemies to Lovers Story!!!

Parker and Kayleigh were childhood friends until Parker's betrayal involving her father caused their friendship to turn to bitterness and disdain on Kayleigh's part. Many years have passed since that time and now Kayleigh has something that Parker needs for his family. When Kayleigh finds out that she needs a favor in return, they strike up a bargain where Parker agrees to be Kayleigh's pretend fiancé in exchange for what Parker wants. To reacquaint themselves with
Dalya Mamadou
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging the enemy is the third book of the bourdon brothers. We finally get to read the story of Kayleigh Jamison and Paker Abbot. Let me be straight with you I didn't like Paker one bit when Reese first introduce him to us in "Savannah's secret". I couldn't wrap my mind about how his story was going to unfold. He was a jerk coming off like a know all and nobody like some like that, so I really didn't know he was going turn into a prince charming.

I love Kayleigh right away, she was strong,
Tanya Mayes
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. This is Parker and Kayleigh's story. Parker and Kayleigh were best friends when they were young. But one stupid mistake by Parker ended the friendship. Present time Parker wants to buy Kayleigh building and he'll do whatever it takes. Kayleigh still hates him but she needs a date for her ex s sisters wedding. So she makes a deal with Parker. Go with her to the wedding as her fiancée and she will sign over the property. They have some weeks to practice, to convince ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I just loved how feisty Kayleigh is and how lost Parker is, they were once best of friends but after Parker broke her heart humiliating her and then his Farther took advantage of her mothers frail state while selling their family land. For once in life Kayleigh has the upper hand and makes a deal with Parker that will not only make up for the money her Mum lost but also helps her save face at her friends wedding. There is plenty of awkward moments, cringe worthy encounters, frustration and both ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging the Enemy Bk 3 [“That’s the deal, Abbott. Take it…or leave it.” How far will an ambitious heir go to secure his future? Parker Abbott will do whatever it takes to be the next CEO of (King’s Finest Distillery), even play fake fiancé to his childhood nemesis, Kayleigh Jemison (jewelry artisan). She makes it a condition of the sale of the property his family wants to purchase so she doesn’t have to see her old boyfriend and his wife and kids all alone for the island for a week where his ...more
Brandan WH
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Just ok

This is my first book by this author and while I liked it, I really wanted to love it. The characters were friends when they were young until one turned on the other. That has great promise. Even the premise of their reconciling by a fake-fiancé trope has promise. It just seemed that things moved very quick, there were a lot of back and forth of indecisiveness that made sense but everything was wrapped up quickly and (to me) not believably.
Nonetheless, I’m always hear for more books
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Parker and Kayleigh's story is one of friendship gone astray yet finds a way to be rekindled. Stormy days do not break the challenge entered into by the couple to both come out of the relationship winners. Worker's straightened life is NO match for Kayleigh's spontaneous and fun lifestyle. It made the them lovable and interesting characters. I laughed at the constant push and pull on the others closet door of emotions as well as the sizzling heat it generated. Their denials of those feelings ...more
Debbie Caswell
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Kayleigh and Parker's story They where best of friends until in year six he broke her heart when he betrayed her so that he could be Mr Popularity. and she has born a grudge ever since and now he is trying to get the premises where she makes her jewellery. Parker wants that property to return it to the family matriarch and he will do whatever he needs to to get it. When Kayleigh's past come to haunt her in her Exes sister inviting hr to a wedding she needs a date and Parker would fit the ...more
Sassha Martin
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rekindled Love

I was smiling so hard when Savannah made the suggestion that Kayleigh and Parker do actual dates to get to know one another because I knew that it was going to make them start having feelings for each other. It was good that they were able to move on from what happened when they were kids and the truth came out about the land. I wanted to know the family's reaction to Parker and Kayleigh being a couple now and if Duke made Parker CEO over Blake. I hope we get to know more about
LaKesha Seegars
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG...Reese Ryan has done it again. I stayed up all night long reading Parker and Kayleigh story. Another great read, I love friends to enemies to lovers romances. I was rooting for Parker in spite of him being as arse in the other stories and he kind of made it hard to root for him a time or two. Their story was definitely a page turner as well as a tear jerker. It pays to get the whole story before assuming the worse and coming to your own understanding. Goes to show that mama's always know ...more
Geri Evans
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Just Love The Bourbon Brothers!!

Wow, and just Wow! I feel like I’ve just experienced a long, crazy and exciting three months of highs and lows, pain and happiness, and everything else in between! Kayleigh and Parker, from childhood through adulthood, withstood a tumultuous relationship, but, in the end....what can I say! I loved this story. Reese Ryan has not disappointed! If you haven’t already, you need to go get this and the other Brothers stories! You’re in for an excellent read! Kudos,
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Author of the Bourbon Brothers and Pleasure Cove series, Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional love stories with family drama and surprising secrets.

Reese is the recipient of the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter.

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