#FridayBookShare ‘Kissing The Enemy’ by #Author Helena Newbury @HelenaAuthor

I’m joining in Shelley’ Wilsons’s Friday Book Share with some suggestions for entertaining books to read for the weekend.

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You’ll get great ideas for weekend reading.

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This week it’s an exciting, steamy romance involving the Italian and Russian mafia, set in New York. The author was kind enough to send me an ARC.

First line of the book:

It was raining, the day she danced into my life and changed it forever.

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From the first second I see Irina dance, I can’t get her out of my head. She’s perfect. Magical. An ice princess with an accent that makes me crazy and a body that makes me want to do bad things to her.

Then I discover she’s Russian Mafia…and the niece of my greatest enemy.


From the first moment Angelo looks at me, I’m helpless. He’s so different to any man I’ve known, blood and fire and red-hot lust. I run: he chases me down. I put up ice: he melts right through.

Then I discover he’s an Italian mob boss who runs half of New York.

Being together is unthinkable: I’d be betraying my family; he’d be betraying the mob. But neither of us can fight the attraction. And when our relationship sparks a war that threatens to tear New York apart, we may be the only two people who can stop it.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Angelo is focused, determined and loyal.

Irina is caring, empathetic, and artistic.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

The cover is the only thing I didn’t like about this book. Angelo has a tattoo, which Irina discovers, well into the second half of the book, but Angelo always wears suits and is smartly dressed, also, it takes place in New York in winter, so he’s always wearing a coat! Angelo is a powerful gangster, but the guy in the picture looks more like a typical crook to me! I suppose this cover will appeal to a certain kind of (younger?) audience.

Kissing Enemy


Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

It’s an enjoyable modern-day Romeo and Juliet story (with a happy ending), which you can read in an afternoon-evening or two.

The author alternates male and female, first person narration in the novel, which adds interest to the plot and depth to the characters.

If you like New York Mafia stories with some steamy romance and happy endings, then this is for you.

(Be warned, there are a few explicit sex scenes, there’s some violence, and lots of ‘F’ words, but nothing over the top).

Your favourite line/scene. This is one of the Romeo and Juliet scenes when Irina is trying to put an end to their families’ feuding.

He was waiting for me, staring out over the Statue of Liberty. It was snowing, but a bitter wind was whipping across the inky-black Hudson River.

“Is everyone on your side okay?’ I asked as I walked up.

He turned to me. ‘Two hurt. Bullets winged them _ they’ll be okay.’

The relief sluiced through me. And then I slapped his face as hard as I could.

He reeled from the blow, twisting to the side and fingering his reddened cheek. ‘Svoloch!’ I yelled. ‘You promised!’

The guilt was all over his face.

‘How bad was it? I know we hit one guy…’

‘Josef! His name is Josef! He almost died!’

‘I’m sorry. I just couldn’t _ Look, they were going to do the same thing to us!’

‘That’s why I warned you! But why couldn’t you just walk away? Why did you have to get revenge?’


It was launched last Sunday so it’s on special offer at the moment at 0.99.

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Want to join in sharing a book you enjoyed?

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. Grab the banner on Shelley’s blog.

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.


Happy Weekend Reading!


Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

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