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Enemies and Playmates [Kindle Edition]

Darcia Helle
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (756 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the abused decide to fight back, the abuser's world might just shatter.

Lauren Covington's family maintains a grand facade that belies the life they live behind closed doors. Alex Covington, Lauren's father, keeps a tight rein on his family through dominance, abuse, and obsessive control. Consequently, Lauren doesn't believe she could ever trust a man, much less fall in love with one.

When Lauren meets Jesse Ryder, her carefully constructed protective wall shatters. She falls hopelessly and completely in love. It's only fitting that Jesse is a private detective who had once worked for her father, had defied him, and was now the subject of Alex Covington's wrath.

Amidst devastating loss, betrayal, and her father's destructive pursuit of Jesse, Lauren finds the trust and love she had always longed for.

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  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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205 of 218 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing November 8, 2010
I confess, I didn't finish this book. Not because of the writing or characters, both of which are well crafted, but because the subject is just too dark. I read for escape. I prefer my books light. Enemies and Playmates is neither. It deals with abuse very frankly.

Lauren Covington's father is a highly successful businessman who shows the world a face of compassion. But to his family, he is brutal, vicious, and unforgiving. Lauren wants to escape, to just live a normal life of a college student, but feels trapped by her mother's helplessness and the need to protect her younger brother. She meets Jesse at a bar, feeling an instant attraction to the man, without realizing that he works for her father, handling contract jobs her father wants kept off the book and out of sight.

Darcia doesn't hold anything back in this story. This story went places I just didn't want to go. I couldn't finish it. If you want a compelling story dealing with abuse, I'd recommend this book. If you want a beach read, try something different. This book will give you nightmares.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! September 15, 2009
Very well written! Interesting, entertaining and overall a great read. I was at first worried about the name and the picture on the cover, but after reading two other books by the author first, No JusticeNo Justice and Hit ListHit List, I realized that the author simply writes well all the time.
Something else I noticed about this author: she manages to add unpredictable and thrilling turns in all her novels when you at least expect it.
And yes, you kind of know that the two main characters will find their happy end, but you will never be able to guess all the "how it will happen", which, of course, makes this book such a "take a break from the day and get lost in a good escape-book" read.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book with an important message July 6, 2009
What happens to the abuser when the person being abused fights back?

Lauren Covington, age 23, seems like a happy person when out with friends but at home, her father, Alex, is a domineering control freek who physically and verbally abuses his family.

Lauren gets her biggest break when she meets Jesse Ryder. Jesse is a private investigator and the two are immediately attracted to each other.

Jesse had been doing work for Alex Covington's law firm but when the asked Jesse to fake some evidence and set up someone to be framed Jesse tells them to forget it.

Lauren keeps the abuse to herself but when her brother overdoses, she can no longer stand it and confides in Jesse. Jesse then decides to take action against Alex but Alex has influential friends and hires some muscle to do the dirty work for him.

Darcia Helle tells an inticing story. She states that she has been influenced by Tami Hoag, John Sanford and Janet Evanovich. Her story has such a strong message that copies should be distributed at women's shelters.

The story is well told, Jesse Ryder is a likable character with a strong sense of morality. Lauren and her mother are somewhat meek but perhaps this is a trait common to the abused.

Copies of the book can be found at the author's website [...]
or through Amazon by searching under the title and indicating, paperback copy. Read it, it's worth the effort and you'll have an enjoyable experience.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The neverending disappointment November 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not knowing what to expect, I tried to read Enemies and Playmates last night. After about 2/3 of the way through, I simply stopped...I couldn't do it anymore.

Here are my complaints:

1. There is absolutely NO character development in the beginning...I still have no idea how old Jesse is supposed to be. There were no real descriptions of the characters, and the author provided no opportunities for me to attach to the characters before the drama began. Do I feel bad for Lauren and her family? Yes, but it just wasn't enough to keep me reading.

2. How many times must Alex threaten to kill Jesse? This got really old - Alex threatens Lauren that he'll kill Jesse, Lauren freaks out and begs Jesse to stop AND tries to break up with him, Jesse calms Lauren and everything is okay. Seriously? Again and again...

3. It seems like the author wanted this to be a gripping romantic drama (from the description), but it just dragged on and on, with ridiculous plot developments. Not gripping, not romantic.

Sorry, Enemies and Playmates - I can't finish you, I'll be deleting you, and I certainly won't be recommending you.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between 2 & 3 Stars... November 23, 2010
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Some spoilers in this review! There are things about this book that I liked (mostly the story's concept and some of the writing that captured Lauren's grief over her brother), and the writer shows promise. But that promise is not fulfilled in this book. Given its length, it was disappointing that the relationship between Lauren and Jesse was given such short shrift - we were told much more than we were shown. The author spent far too much time in repetitive scenes dealing with her evil father and his machinations - especially those involving his anti-Jesse campaign - and not nearly enough showing the development of the ostensibly deeply-felt relationship between the hero and heroine. The romantic/love scenes were handled perfunctorily. I don't need to see graphic depictions more appropriate to erotica, but given how the physical aspects of trust were so huge for Lauren, and that she was a virgin, the off-hand way they were written did not support the story overall, in my opinion.

What also seemed incongruous was Lauren continuing to see Jesse in such an overt manner - having him come to pick her up at her house (more accurately, her father's house!) when she knew her father was literally gunning for him.

What ultimately diminished my review were the endless grammatical/editing mistakes. Just a few expamples: mulling vs. milling about; site vs. sight; petitioned area vs. partitioned area; comprehensive vs. comprehensible; released on bale vs. bail; take charge roll vs. role...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Power versus True Love
The hero and heroine of Enemies and Playmates faced with raw opposition to their romance are forced to battle against the machinations of the heroine's power-mad parent. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Exciting non stop action throughout, romantic action novel. Handsome hero and smart heroine on love, what else do you need?
Published 1 month ago by Connie Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems so Real
Good book kept me company many of nights. I found it hard to put down and at times I dreamed about the scenes that played out in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tk Riley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hated it. Had to delete it.
Published 2 months ago by Charla Marie Hathaway
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fun
[This review contains spoilers] This was a fun book. It was not the best-written or most believable thing I've ever read, and Alex felt like a caricature of a cut-throat... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was an awesome book.
Published 2 months ago by Tina Nabors
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Could not put this book down. Captivated from the first chapter! This is the first book I've read by Darcia Hellen, can't wait to read more.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Presley
3.0 out of 5 stars and extremely scandalous are the best words to describe this book
This story was a bit intense in some area and made me very frustrated on how the author drew out the story. Kept on asking myself how in the hell... & WTFudge... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Darcia Helle lives in a fictional world with a husband who is sometimes real. Their house is ruled by spoiled dogs and cats and the occasional dust bunny.

Suspense, random blood spatter and mismatched socks consume Darcia's days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else's mind.

Join Darcia in her fictional world:
The characters await you.

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