You guys!! I love this author! Sleeping with Her Enemy is the second book in Jenny Holiday’s 49th Floor series. It’s also her second published book ever. I talked about how much I enjoyed book one in this series, Saving the CEO, in a WTRW post a couple of weeks ago and how much it sucked that she didn’t have a backlist to dive into. So I was pretty stoked to have this baby hit my Kindle this week. I might have even liked it better than book one. Maybe. It’s a toss-up.
Our hero and heroine were both introduced in the previous book, Dax Harris is the playboy CEO of a neighboring company on the 49th floor where Amy Morrison, a smart, successful business executive, works. They aren’t friends. To Dax Amy is an uptight, little miss perfect who needs to lighten up a bit and Amy is convinced that Dax is nothing but a good-looking jerk. When Amy’s fiancé calls off their wedding mere hours before the event is to take place she goes to the one place where she feels safe and secure, work. Unfortunately, Dax, the only man in the building she didn’t invite to the wedding, is also there. They’ve always been enemies, but when he sees her breaking down in the quiet of her office he can’t help but offer her comfort and try to cheer her up.
This romance is slow-building, Dax and Amy become friends first, despite some nicely written sexual tension, moving on to lovers when the time is right and eventually even more. Amy has spent the last seven years of her life with tunnel vision, she always thought she knew exactly what she wanted out of life, until her “perfect” fiancé tells her he doesn’t love her anymore and she begins to question what exactly it is she is looking for. I loved Ms. Holiday’s descriptions of Amy rediscovering herself, the sights and sounds that suddenly look and feel different. She decides to find herself a lover and is even persuaded to join Tinder. 🙂 Dax is just the kind of man who a woman on the edge needs when she all of a sudden finds herself single and maybe just a tad bit lost. He is gentle and sweet and very understanding. I loved that all the preconceived notions these two had about each other slowly fall by the wayside as they spend more time together and become friends. Turns out these frenemies are exactly perfect for each other.
I pretty much enjoyed everything about this romance. It has a perfect mix of angst and humor, seriousness and sexy times. The romance builds at a nice pace and there is no insta-love. Dax and Amy are both interesting and fully fleshed out. If you’re looking for a fun read that you can gobble up in one sitting then this one is for you. I can’t wait to read more by this author. I believe she has at least one more book in this series due out this year and a historical romance coming up next. I’ve already put them on my must-read list. Final Grade- B+
“You, Ms. Morrison, do not need a lover. You need a friend.”