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My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Aug 2014
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Praise for My Beautiful Enemy
"VERDICT With incisive character development, deft pacing, and lyrical, nearly poetic prose, Thomas transports readers....A gripping, mesmerizing romance that is one of Thomas's most unforgettable yet." --Library Journal (starred review)
Chosen as one of Library Journal's Best Romances of 2014 Praise for Sherry Thomas's previous novel The Luckiest Lady in London:
Chosen as One of 2013's Best Romances by Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews
Chosen as One of 2013's Best Love Stories by NPR "Thomas is known for a lush style...[and] transporting prose even as [she] delivers on heat and emotion and a well-earned happily ever after." --The New York Times Book Review
"A masterpiece...A beautifully written, exquisitely seductive, powerfully romantic gem of a romance."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Stellar....Thomas's characters are intelligent and multidimensional, and each scene is espertly crafted and rich in details. Readers will be immersed in the story from the very first page until the breathtaking conclusion."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Thomas continues to be a refreshing voice in the genre with her lively plots, witty dialogue and intelligent characters. She compels readers to think, feel, laugh - and, ultimately, heave a deep sigh of satisfaction."--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) Further praise for the novels of Sherry Thomas
"ONE OF THE RISING STARS OF HISTORICAL ROMANCE." --Booklist
"THOMAS...HAS MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF WITH HER EXQUISITE USE OF LANGUAGE." --Library Journal
"Sherry Thomas...is a rebel, a rule-breaker, and, above all, a romantic...[Her] writing is nothing short of a revelation."--Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
"Ravishingly sinful, intelligent, and addictive. An amazing debut."--Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author
"Enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story."--Jane Feather, New York Times bestselling author
"Sublime...An irresistible literary treat."--Chicago Tribune
"Sherry Thomas's captivating debut novel will leave readers breathless. Intelligent, witty, sexy, and peopled with wonderful characters...and sharp, clever dialogue."--The Romance Reader
"Thomas makes a dazzling debut with a beautifully written, sizzling, captivating love story...Her compelling tale of love betrayed and then reborn will make you sigh with pleasure."--RT Book Reviews
"Deft plotting and sparkling characters...Steamy and smart."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Thomas tantalizes readers...An enchanting, thought-provoking story of love lost and ultimately reclaimed. Lively banter, electric sexual tension, and an unusual premise make this stunning debut all the more refreshing."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Historical romance the way I love it."--All About Romance
"Big, dramatic, and romantic."--Dear Author Sherry Thomas's accolades for her previous novels include:
- Best Romances of 2010, Kirkus Reviews
- Best Romances of 2012, Library Journal
- # 10 in Top Romances Since 1970 List Dear Author
- Top Read of 2009, All About Romance
About the Author
The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.
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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. Sherry Thomas does a fabulous job in bringing an understanding to the reader of how Leighton's and Ying-Ying's lives were torn asunder, the misunderstandings that took place between the two of them and the long-held regret that both have carried in their hearts for their mistreatment of one another.
I am still reeling from this story. Rarely does one have such an honorable "Main Guy" presented in this genre. In my opinion, "My Beautiful Enemy" is comparable to another of Ms. Thomas' works - "Not Quite A Husband" relative to the story of love, misunderstanding, years apart and love eventually overcoming loss, sadness and misunderstanding. What to say, except that few authors in this this genre have the ability to craft a story in the manner in which Sherry Thomas brings it. She is truly gifted.
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