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Sweet Enemy (MacFadden Romance #179) Paperback – 1979

3.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: MacFadden Books; 1st Printing edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897721950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897721950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,077,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in south Georgia(USA), graduated from high school in Atlanta, married my husband, James, in Habersham County, and graduated from Piedmont College(Demorest, GA) summa cum laude in history with minors in anthropology and Spanish in 1995.

I worked for over 16 years as a newspaper reporter on both weekly and daily papers. In between reporting jobs, I had a son, Blayne, my greatest creative achievement. I love iguanas and most other animals, and am the biggest geek on earth. If it's electronic, and non-lethal, I probably have one. I was always the kid who was out of step with the rest of the world, and I still am. My father was a college professor, so my sister and I grew up not quite understanding what prejudice was.

I traveled a lot when I was more mobile than I am now, and I never met a person I didn't like. Writing books is more than a job to me, it's my life, next to being a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a person of faith, but I respect all religions and all cultures.

I write romantic suspense for HQN books, mass market and series contemporary romance for Harlequin, and science fiction novels for Luna Books. In my spare time, I sleep. :)

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By A Customer on January 20, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It pains me to give a bad review to this book, but it pained me to read it, too, so I guess it's only fair. I am a big Diana Palmer fan, and have liked books that many other fans have not (Diamond Spur, Fit For a King, Rage of Passion) but this book was truly abyssmal. I cannot call the main male character a hero, because he doesn't come even close. He is violent, cruel and downright mean. I guess we are supposed to understand that he is sheilding his tender emotions, but I cannot believe the wet noodle "heroine" puts up with his *years* of emotional abuse. He takes and takes and gives nothing in return but rough "lessons" in intimacy that serve to humiliate rather than educate. It is, literally, only in the last few pages that he makes the big transformation to loving good guy, but it is much too little, much too late. And to top it all off, we don't even get a love scene! Boo, hiss!! I wish I had read the other reviews here, first. I won't make that mistake again.
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By A Customer on October 8, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The original copyright is 1979. Somehow I never read this, and I thought I'd read all of her stuff. The plot is familiar, the male lead, like all of hers, is as close to an emotional abuser as you can get. So, why do I read this stuff? Maybe because in the end he gets walloped in the heart and repents? Or maybe I hope Ms. Palmer will someday make the hero strong and pleasant. This story could have gone 3 different ways, and at one point I thought it would. However she uses a plot device she has used before-heroine gets in an accident and the hero wakes up to the fact that he could have lost his love. Very little sex and that also with overtones of he wants it, he gets it. And, yes I'll probably buy her next book too, I live in hope!
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This book is your typical Diana Palmer. Young virginal girl, much older experienced guy. However the guy is about as unlikeable as a hero can get. Throughout the novel he is malignant, unapproachable and an insulting jerk who is obviously using this as a facade to hide his real feelings for our heroine, Maggie. Typically he doesn't realize how much of a jerk he is and how much he loves her until a near fatal accident nearly takes Maggie away from him. Cliche, anyone? I thought the whole purpose of romances was to glorify in how we wish men were, not remind us of how boorish they can be, also with very little sensuality to even save this book, its a bust, avoid at all cost!
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Im a big Diana Palmer fan. I usually take about 2 or 3 days to finish her books on my spare time. However, this one took me longer simply because it wasnt one of her best books.

It starts out the same as most other books. A young woman who falls in love with a man whos about 10-12 years older than she is. They fight, love each other, make up, etc. So basically, thats what this story is about. A girl (Maggie) whos in love with a man (Clint) and spends a couple of weeks in his home being his "secretary". He breaks her heart at any chance he gets and she keeps forgiving him.

Maggie is such a coward. Clint treats her like absolute dirt and yet she still accepts him back. Her so called "weakening knees" everytime he touches her is pathetic. She has absolutely no pride and self-containment. Shes a very weak character.

Clint is just plain obnoxious. He thinks as himself as Mr. Divine and treats Maggie like shes nothing. He plays with her emotions in a very bad way.

The ending is one of the worst as well. It is horribly abrupt and with no good resolution. In 2 pages they manage to make up and be happy.

Overall, if youre a Diana Palmer fan, you might enjoy the first third of the book, but after that, the characters start to get annoying. Not really recommended, its a dissapointment.
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Yes Diana Palmer books can be a little repetitive at times but I really love her stuff. Call me crazy or it could be the fact that I haven't read anything by her in months but I loved this story. Its nice to take a break from all the vampire romance and murder mystery novels and read something like this. I really don't understand why people are being so harsh about this book. It was written in 1979. Thank about it people. That's 32 years ago. If you went back in time just ten or fifteen years the world would be a whole different place and a lot more constricting in ways.

No sex scene? Big deal. If that's all you wanted then you probably should be reading erotica instead. And the definition of ROMANCE NOVELS varies person to person. You don't normally choose who you love and sometimes the person you fall in love with is a jerk. So naturally some women would decide that they are going to be the one to change him. That he is going to eventually fall for her and everything will be okay. That is what happens in this novel. Its a good book and definitely worth having if your a Diana Palmer collector.
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I liked this book. I love all Diana Palmer's story. I love her story lines. I wish the ending went on longer rather than ending so quickly, but I still loved the story.
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The basic plot had everything going for it...a couple who had known each other for a long time are put back together in close quarters. In romance-novel-land, this is a recipe for a great story...except Ms. Palmer added vinegar instead of honey and the product turned out all wrong.
For one, why did the heroine keep referring to the hero as a "doddering old fool?" And, why did the author keep referencing the greying hair at his temples, when if you did the math in the beginning of the story, you realize that the heroine is 20 and the hero is 31...yeah, he's ready for an AARP membership alright. Ugh!
The biggest thing that bothered me about this novel was the terrible things that the hero said and did to this woman. I'm generally a fan of a tough guy that when you peel him back, you find a sweetheard under all those tough layers. But this guy was HORRIBLE to the heroine in the book all the way to the end...even after she was critically injured he hadn't learned his lesson. Why would a woman want to be with someone like this? You realize in reading the last pages that she probably meant to play up the "enemies" portion in the title...but the execution didn't work for me.
She did better with this idea in "Weddings in White." That couple does get into a fight and end up separating but when that heroine was injured, the hero learned his lesson when he faced the possibility of losing her.
I had thought the better books by Ms. Palmer were constrained to her earlier offerings so when I read this book was written in the late 70s I had high hopes. They were soon dashed after reading this book. (Masochistically, I read another of her titles right after this one called, "The Best is Yet to Come" and it thankfully was really cute. I think this is why I can't totally write her off. She really is hit and miss.)
But this one is another stinker from Ms. Palmer. :o(
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