Series: L. O. S. T. Series (SMR, Romantic Suspense)
Ratings: V4; S4; H2
Publisher and Titles: Pocket Star
Enemy Lover (2010)
This blog entry was revised and updated on 9/27/11 to include a review of the second book in the series: Enemy Mine. That review follows this overview of the series so far:
In Enemy Mine, the heroine is Selena Guererro, a half demon/half human who leads a double life—actually a triple life. First and foremost, she is a spy/tracker/killer for Los Cuatro, which, on the surface, is a Latino humanitarian organization. She also kills demonic Hellkeepers in order to collect their hearts in a magical necklace so that she can gain enough strength to kill her demon father, Paymon. Finally, she is a mother who must keep her daughter's existence hidden both from the child's father and from her own father. Talk about a rough life! The hero is Nikko Cruz (aka Johnny Cicone), one of the L.O.S.T. warriors. Eight years ago, Nikko (then called Johnny) and Selena were lovers. When she became pregnant, her demon father tried to force her to give him her soon-to-be-born child's soul in exchange for her life and Nikko's. To keep them both safe, Selena had to make it appear that she got rid of the child. She did this to make Nikko hate her enough to leave her—so that he would be safe from her father. She pretended to have an abortion, and when she told Nikko, he not only turned against he, he killed her (at least that's what he and the police department thought). Nikko was on his way to prison for that murder when L.O.S.T. reached out to him. For all these years he has lived with his hatred for what Selena did to his unborn child and with his guilt for having murdered her. So, as you can imagine, both of their minds are raging with angst-filled guilt and self-loathing thoughts. In the opening scene of the book, the situation between Selena and Nikko is re-opened when he is nearly killed while trying to highjack a load of uranium, and she injects him with vampire blood to save his life. Now he knows that she is alive and that she works for a different team than he does. A Russian mobster has stolen the uranium and plans to sell it to the highest bidder, one of whom is a demon who wants to use it to kill as many humans as possible and become king of the world. The uranium plot line is constructed so that Nikko and Selena are forced to work together for the good of humankind (as is so often the case in these paranormal romances). Needless to say, the road to their HEA is extremely rocky (but very erotic).