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Dearest Enemy | [Nan Ryan]

Dearest Enemy

Susanna LeGrande lost her fiance, her brother, and her beloved home to the Union Army. But her grief only strengthened her resolve to spy for the Confederacy. The once-pampered Southern belle charmed her way through Washington society, falling brazenly into the arms of Rear Admiral Mitchell B. Longley, a commanding Union sailor. She seduced, used, and loved the powerful man.
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Publisher's Summary

Susanna LeGrande lost her fiance, her brother, and her beloved home to the Union Army. But her grief only strengthened her resolve to spy for the Confederacy. The once-pampered Southern belle charmed her way through Washington society, falling brazenly into the arms of Rear Admiral Mitchell B. Longley, a commanding Union sailor. She seduced, used, and loved the powerful man.

In the heat of ecstasy, Susanna forgot Mitch was her enemy; she surrendered her body and her heart. But her ruthless betrayal in the name of the South would cost Mitch everything: his command, his men, and very nearly his life. She left a shattered, soulless man in her wake.

And now Susanna's dearest love, her dearest enemy, will show her that the sweet kiss of vengeance is a game he, too, can play.

©2006 Nan Ryan; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Kathy United States 05-28-08
    Kathy United States 05-28-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Could have been good but wasn't"

    This book could have been so good. It had so many elements of a great story: love, war, revenge, betrayal, loss, great historical backdrop. But the whole thing was flat.

    The characters were two dimensional, reminding me of cardboard dolls that wear clothes with tiny paper tabs. Clay-mation would have been a step up.

    The female protagonist's efforts at being a spy were pitiful - she would have been more subtle if she had a neon sign on her forehead.

    The two main characters were a matched set, though: brainless folks making absurd decisions and having a lot of monotonous sex!!

    On the other hand, the narrator was pretty good.






    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scottie in TX Texas 01-08-07
    Scottie in TX Texas 01-08-07 Member Since 2005

    Scottie

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    "Good Story"

    Dearest Enemy was a good read. It reminded me of North and South - which I loved. Gabra Zackman is a good narrarator and pulled me into this story with her story telling. The premise was excellent and showed the ups and downs of the war from the standpoint of 2 lovers. The romance was excellent and the drama was on point. Good Story. I would recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Basye, VA, USA 02-04-07
    Kate Basye, VA, USA 02-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A good read"

    Nan Ryan has never been one of my top ten favs but I may have to reconsider. In dearest enemy her character development was thoughtful and believable. While the ending may seen a little predictable it was well written and, again, believable. This book was a good read, well worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 09-21-07
    Kelley CA, United States 09-21-07 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Road to nowhere"

    You know where the book is going from page one but it takes a very long and unpleasant time to get there. I was never taken with either hero or heroine and without any connection to either, and no mystery in the plot, it was very slow going.

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    Karen CA, United States 07-13-13
    Karen CA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dearest Enemy to be better than the print version?

    Oh yes, Gabra Zackman makes it good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nan Ryan is a real core romance writer. This is a good one. Too bad some of her first works are not read


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her male voice is just dreamy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when our hero visits his Aunt


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning is a bit slow, but stay with it

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