by Sylvie Kurtz

February 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51343-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #29
Mass Market Paperback

Adria Caskey’s world fell apart the day her parents were murdered. Her grandfather took in the young girl and tried to instill in her courage and confidence. It worked, but she never forgot that night or the young boy she saw with the murderer.

Now her beloved grandfather is dead and his last request was for her to destroy the only man left of the two responsible for destroying her life. It just so happens that Peter Dragon needs a bodyguard and Adria is a trained executive protector. She’ll be working undercover to protect him while she’s trying to bring down his empire built on blood money.

That’s her plan until someone else decides to take Peter out before she can. Now she and Peter are racing for their lives while a killer is stalking their every move. As they run, she begins to get the feeling that Peter isn’t the evil man his father had been. In fact, there are many things she can find to admire about the man, but she can’t erase the nightmare of her parents’ murder or her grandfather’s request from her mind.

What’s a girl to do when the man she wants to destroy is being hunted by someone else? Keep him alive long enough for her own revenge. That’s what Adria plans on doing even while doubts plague her.

Personal Enemy by Sylvie Kurtz is a detailed look in to the intriguing world of executive bodyguards. The training and experience Adria and her employees have gone through to be able to protect is fascinating. Adria is a complex character with her own demons to conquer. She’s secure in her ability to protect Peter, but she isn’t confident she can love him the way he needs to be loved. Peter is a character I would like to have known more about. The little bits of his history that we receive made me interested in learning more. The secondary characters of the women who work for Adria were complex enough that I would like to see their stories told as well.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Jenni.

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