Claiming The Enemy: Dustin by Jamie Begley
Published by Young Ink Press on September 27, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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The Porter brothers were raised to live and die by Three Rules.
One, a Porter always keeps what’s his.
Two, a Porter stands his ground.
Dustin never had to search for his true love. They used to play and get in trouble together, shared a playpen, and their mothers used to be best friends. But that was before their fathers made them enemies and changed the course of their lives. Now the Porters stayed on their side of the mountain while the Hayes stayed on theirs.
Believing it was easier to coexist as frenemies with Jessie Hayes rather than changing the Porter stubborn ways, Dustin was content with booty calls, raising his son, and growing weed as a side business … until he heard her screams. Now he was going to show a murderer just how much they had underestimated this Porter brother. And he was going to have to break his father’s last rule: Leave no enemy standing … to claim the enemy that held his heart.
Geez Louise, have I been in one heck of a book slump. I was practically jumping up and down with joy when I finished Claiming the Enemy. I even looked at my husband and said, “I like it. I really like it!” His response was, “Oh, thank God!” I may have been a tad bit whiny about my reading slump.
I had put off reading Claiming the Enemy for a long time. I’ve never been a big fan of Rachel’s brothers. But, of the three, Dustin has always been my favorite. He’s flawed, yes, but he learned from his mistakes. Well, sort of since he’s the one behind this year’s bumper harvest. I digress. Now he’s a father, and he has worked hard to become a great accountant. Unfortunately, he’s still fighting against the prejudices aimed against his family because of their way of life and the family business.
I loved getting to know Jessie and her family. What happened to Jessie was horrifying but raised on that same mountain as Dustin, she was just as tough. It was rough going for a while, but she persevered after she accepts help from her friends and family.
As for her brothers, I freaking loved them. Cut from the same cloth as the Porter’s, I went in thinking I’d hate them. But, despite the seriously ugly Porter/Hayes feud that had been ongoing for decades, they didn’t even blink at doing what was best for their sister. Even if it meant accepting Jessie needed help from Dustin Porter himself.
Dustin and Jessie’s past made their journey believable. I raised my eyebrows at not only the dramatic turn things took for Dustin at the end, along with Jessie’s sweet, romantic and super convenient but hard to swallow discovery. Thankfully, I was so into the emotion and flow of the story; I didn’t let it bother me too much.
Even with the OTT, eyebrow raising dramatics, I could not put Claiming the Enemy down. The writing flowed well, it had lots of emotion, some action, and it was sexy. It’s definitely my favorite Porter Brothers Book, and it is high on the list of favorites from the Last Rider’s World.
Rating: 4 Slump Breaking Stars
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