Review: A New Enemy by Cara Dee

The rivalry runs strong and fuels the burning chemistry between Sebastian and Blake in this late-summer romance where they have two options. Quick and hard or not at all.

Cover Design: Wander Aguiar

He put me on edge before he even cruised into town with his cowboy hat, devil-may-care grin, and Southern drawl. Partly because I couldn’t help viewing him as a threat. He was my best friend’s brother—and maybe more importantly, the uncle of Teddy, a special kid who’d been the light of my life for years.

Teddy couldn’t be more excited about his uncle visiting. Me…not so much. No matter how intensely the chemistry sizzled between us when we met, no matter how much my chest seized up at the sight of him, no matter how easily he drew me in.

He could return to his closet in Georgia for all I cared, preferably before I lost my ever-loving mind and had to wage war against the man who somehow got under my skin.

Excerpt:

As I reached the front door, I peered through the round window and spotted Teddy with his uncle next to my four-wheeler. Teddy was sitting in the driveway, right next to the wooden fence I shared with Bob, and he was picking flowers from the strip of greenery the fence stood on.

Blake was squatting down beside him, with his back to me, and he had on an actual cowboy hat. Christ. So that was a thing. Jeans, white tee, black cowboy hat. He’d brought Georgia with him.

I scratched my chest absently, hesitating, then thought, fuck it. I opened the door carefully, just a few inches. Sue me, I was curious.

“You ready to go in?” Blake asked. “I’m sure your mama needs us to tell her to sit down and rest.”

Oh, his accent was way more pronounced than Sophia’s. His voice was something else entirely too. Low and rich, and with that Southern drawl.

“My sister kicks a lot,” Teddy said and picked another flower. He sounded tired. “Dylan and I kiss her belly and say ‘Be nice to Momma.’”

I smiled faintly and stepped out on the front step.

“Does your sister listen?” Blake asked.

Teddy laughed and shook his head. “Nooo. She kicks when she wants.”

Blake let out a chuckle. “Typical sisters.” He reached out and gave Teddy’s shoulder a squeeze. “Let’s head inside, champ. You were gonna introduce me to your little friend too.”

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Little?

That had to be Lily or one of the dogs, because I didn’t think 6’5” and 210 pounds was considered little.

“Uncle Blake, you hold these for Momma?” Teddy extended the flowers he’d picked.

Blake stood up and held out a hand. “Of course. You need any help gettin’ up?”

No, he didn’t.

“No,” Teddy grunted.

I revealed myself fully, preferring to let Georgia boy think I’d listened in without qualms rather than eavesdropping like some sneak.

Blake must’ve seen me in his periphery. He did a slight double take before facing me, and fuck me, the man was ten times more gorgeous in real life. Rugged as hell, soulful brown eyes, a couple days’ worth of scruff.

He furrowed his brow a little and touched the brim of his hat, and he dipped it a tiny bit, like they did in old movies. “Hello.”

I smiled. Soph had neglected to tell me how fuckable her brother looked. And sounded.

“Bastian, I see you!” Teddy exclaimed with a tired grin. He jogged over to me and hugged my middle.

“I see you too, buddy.” I squeezed him tightly and noticed Blake approaching. So I stuck out my hand. “I’m Sebastian, Teddy’s little friend.”©

This story takes place in Cara Dee’s Camassia Cove Universe, a fictional town where all books stand on their own, unless otherwise stated, and the reader can jump in wherever they want. 21

My thoughts

Wow. I want Sebastian, aka Bastien, as my friend.

Cara Dee has created a man that I wouldn’t mind having more than coffee with. Bastien is a man with a huge heart. He volunteers, saves animals, and helps his best friend. He helps his grandfather and anyone else who needs it. He is everyone’s person. Bastien is also a little kinky and who doesn’t love that in a person. What he needs is a really good release and Dee has his solution in Blake.

Blake seems to be the perfect answer for Bastian’s needs. I think he ends up caught in the “road to hell is paved with good intentions’ ‘ trap. (Bohn, Henry G. (1855) A Hand-book of Proverbs) Blake’s scenes with Bastian are hot. He appears to be a decent guy. A New Enemy is told in Bastien’s voice, so I’m not sure if Blake returns Bastien’s feelings or not. I do know he loves his nephew, Teddy.

There is some safe sex talk, but unfortunately it only comes into play after oral sex is performed without protection. Dee makes a point in saying that both Bastien and Blake participate in one-night stands – this was a huge red flag for me.

Dee has an adorable young man, Teddy, who has Down’s Syndrome in the story. There is also a large number of kids who are living in poverty or in low-income situations. I recognize that only 21.3% of Washington state’s population is non-whitea, but with the number of characters in this book there should be at least one recognized non-white person.

I love this story because it focuses on helping kids and animals. The love and dedication for Teddy is heartwarming. Everyone works together to ensure that Teddy continues to get stronger physically and mentally to ensure he has the best future he can have. Dee shines a light on the difficulties of low-income families and does this with respect.

A New Enemy has family, heat, and love. Cara Dee gives us a family to root for.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: 30 September 2021

Editor: Silently Correcting Your Grammar, LLC.; Formatted by: Eliza Rae Services

Series: Enemies #1; Settings: Camassia Cove, WA, U.S.

Pages: 110

SC: Gay, Down’s Syndrome

© A New Enemy by Cara Dee. 2021. All Rights Reserved.

A Office of Financial Management. (2020) Population by Race. https://ofm.wa.gov/washington-data-research/statewide-data/washington-trends/population-changes/population-race

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