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My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Thomas
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Book Description

~Chosen by NPR as one of their Great Reads of 2014~
In this spellbinding romance by the acclaimed, USA Today bestselling author of The Luckiest Lady in London, a beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is, putting both her heart and her future at risk…
Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

Editorial Reviews


Thomas...has made a name for herself with her exquisite use of language Library Journal Sherry a rebel, a rule-breaker, and, above all, a romantic...[Her] writing is nothing short of a revelation Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author Sublime...An irresistible literary treat Chicago Tribune Enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story Jane Feather, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Sherry Thomas, one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, has appeared on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and All About Romance. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America�s prestigious RITA Award. Sherry lives in Austin, Texas. Visit her at

Charlotte Anne Dore has been recording audiobooks since 2011, most of which have been historical romances. She has worked in film and television, but she mostly works in live theater/performance with a focus on historical re-enactments and storytelling. Charlotte also runs "Rosalita's Puppets," an award-winning puppet company in New England.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1544 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472214544
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3N5ZZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely Amazing Story - Sequel to The Hidden Blade: A Prequel to My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade Book 1) - with the storyline of "My Beautiful Enemy" set in 1880's-1890's. I pre-ordered this book and read it in one sitting with barely a trip to take care of the necessities of life. Sherry Thomas writes an amazing story about two people - Captain Leighton Atwood and Catherine Blade (Ying-ying) who encounter one another in England after having met and fallen in love eight years earlier in far off Chinese Turkestan. Leighton was a spy on assignment for the English government and Catherine was a highly skilled operative working for her stepfather who served as a governor in a remote area of China.

Theirs is first and foremost a love story, however - it is also a story about two people who initially have very little in common except for the rough country they find themselves in, their fascination for one another and what one might call their destiny. Separation happens, and by the time they encounter one another in England, Leighton is set to marry a lovely English girl and Ying-ying has been sent by her stepfather to find some treasures that were taken out of China. For her part, she had reason to believe Leighton was long dead, after deserting her eight years previously.

Leighton's and Ying-ying's story is revealed in flashbacks going back and forth from the present to the past. The reader is engaged in their story to the point, one feels the grief, heartache but also the warmth in the hearts of two people whose stories are shared against the harsh, yet beautiful land that brought them together.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
The writing is gorgeous, the settings exotic, the adventures gripping, the fight scenes scary, the tragedies/loss/betrayal heart-wrenching and the love affair sublime.
A hint to other writers: this is how to depict a memorable romance. Without even a hint of the explicit sex scenes that have become the cliché of historical romances, Thomas delivers sexual tension, pure passion and desperate devotion.
Thomas also keenly understands something else - all the pledges made to Catherine by Leighton, with their sincerity, intensity and poetic delivery, ensnare more than his beloved's heart. They beguile Thomas' readers, as well. Yes, Leighton stumbles at the first test, lacks trust and betrays his new love, but Thomas encourages us to forgive him, to remember that he is young, he is human and to realise that that he soon regrets his betrayal. Moreover, despite almost dying, he is not filled with a lust for revenge. Instead, his atonement is genuine, as is his underlying constancy.
Catherine is also a great character. She is multi-faceted. She is the disguised lad, who captures Leighton's heart with her cheeky vulgarity. She is a fierce and disciplined warrior, who lives a lonely life until she meets him, the first person ever to see her strengths and tell her they are worth admiring. This acceptance astounds the driven, finely honed and solitary fighter who has sought approval all her young life.
While angry, she is generous in her forgiveness of Leighton and unremittingly loyal to her step-father, even in the face of his apparent disregard.
It is that capacity to give love and loyalty that makes Catherine vulnerable and therefore more believable as a character to admire as worthy of her own HEA.
A deserved five stars.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite August 10, 2014
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I feel almost guilty leaving this review because, like many other reviewers, Sherry Thomas is an automatic pre-order for me. She's quite possibly my favorite HR author, and her last novel (The Luckiest Lady in London) is one of my all-time favorites. So I was eagerly anticipating this release ever since I read the teaser that accompanied that book.

Unfortunately, I found it to be somewhat of a letdown- which is not to say I wouldn't recommend reading it, because Thomas on her worst day is still better than most authors on their best. But I feel like the book tries to be too many things at once, and suffers for it. You can combine a romance with a large amount of historical and cultural exposition (she demonstrated this very well in "Not Quite a Husband"). You can also combine a romance with a mystery/thriller, although those tend to be less successful IMO- I think it's the fact that romance novels always end the same way that takes a lot of the "mystery" out of mystery storylines. Anyway, the issue with this book is that it tries to be all three of those things, and as a result, not enough time gets devoted to developing the romance. And Thomas is a master of characterization, so it's certainly no lack of ability on the part of the author. I just felt like i never really connected to either character, and I couldn't get invested in any of the threats to Catherine's life because, well... come on, it's a romance novel, the heroine isn't going to die. I think Thomas' best novels focus less on plotting intricacies and more on character development- Private Arrangements, Ravishing the Heiress, and Luckiest Lady in London (my three favorites) are all great examples of this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
With the exception of Isabel Allende I have never had the privilege of reading a more lovingly told story ... So intricately interwoven and such detail. Read more
Published 2 days ago by iraissa
5.0 out of 5 stars One I will never forget.
Such a beautiful book! i feel like Ms. Thomas created a story that I will carry with me forever. The sparseness and elegant writing was undoubtedly intended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable reading!
Published 1 month ago by Doris Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love how Sherry Thomas develops both hero and heroine...
I really love how Sherry Thomas develops both hero and heroine characters and makes you like them, despite their obvious flaws and failings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written with a bang up Romance/Adventure plot. Well worth the...
Very well written adventure/romance. I like strong swashbuuckling women who refuse to be victims despite the handicaps they face. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Newburydave
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Read
I enjoyed this book for its unusual setting (northern China) and original descriptions. The author describes the heroine was like a 'keg of black gun powder' when the hero first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Richmond, Historical Romance Author
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
great the story.
Published 1 month ago by Lianna Eileen Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This book is as well written as all of Sherry Thomas's books, but for some reason I could not get into it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Bulat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind.
Original, thrilling, and captivating.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A connection that defies time and distance; a love that knows not the...
My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas follows closely on the heels of The Hidden Blade. I would say this once again, this time having finished the 2nd book that signals the end of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by maldivianbookreviewer
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More About the Author

Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to report yet, her debut book, THE BURNING SKY, book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been named to the Autumn '13 Kids' Indie Next List.

Sherry writes in her second language. She learned English by reading romance and science fiction--every word Isaac Asimov ever wrote, in fact. She is proud to say that her son is her biggest fanboy--for the YA fantasy, not the romances. At least, not yet...

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