Feature book: Engaging the Enemy
Andrea de Villiers is a female who cannot tell lies. She is caring and works hard at a shelter for abused women and children with her best friend, Lexie, in an old house in the Melbourne CBD that her father owns, and he has allowed them to stay rent free. They are awaiting their accreditation to come through and they must stay in this house to get it. When her father sells the property, Andie is not happy and is determined to fight for the house and will do what needs to be done to keep the house and forsake everything else, at least until their accreditation comes through.
Matt Mahoney is a wealthy businessman, a property developer. He is Irish and holds a lot of guilt that needs to be let out and does a lot to help charities, but finally he has got the house he wants. This house was in his family for many years but was lost to the de Villiers family years ago and now he has it but there are tenants who should not be there. He wants his mother to come out to Australia from Ireland. He would do anything for his ailing mum and this will be a surprise for her but he is more than happy to help the tenants out by finding them some other accommodation.
Andie goes to extraordinary lengths to get a meeting with the elusive Matt Mahoney. She tries to get past his secretary but is unable to do this, so she creates a way to meet him and their first meeting is very unique. This meeting will have you smiling and both are shocked at the electricity that sparks between them. They do end up with a proper meeting that leads to a lot of misunderstanding. When Matt realises who Andie is, he invites her out to dinner. Then Matt suggests that Andie become his fake fiancé to help get his mother to come to Australia for the chance to stay in the house while renovations commence. This leads to a journey that is filled with lots of ups and downs.
I really enjoyed this story. Both Andie and Matt have a lot to overcome and with so many misunderstandings and with Andie being such an honest person, posing as Matt’s fiancé is very hard for her. But the spark between them grows stronger until neither one of them can ignore it any longer. Matt’s mother and Andie’s stepmother can see how much they mean to each other but it takes a bit of convincing to make them see the truth. When Andie’s father takes ill and Matt is there to help, this is the start of their understanding. This is a sensual and passionate story about a family feud that goes back a long way, about learning to trust and letting go of guilt to see the real person as they are. The ending is so good. 🙂 The characters are so real and the setting lovely. I highly recommend this one.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.