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Peek Inside Falling For Her Enemy

Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex is faced with the magnetic pull of Hayden Brooks, the handsome workaholic who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter. A paternity test is all that’s standing between Alex and her dream, but Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas...

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She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…

Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter.

Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family’s real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention of bringing her home-and comes face to face with his daughter’s stunning adoptive mother.

The paternity test is in. And Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas…


"With all the emotions the book stirs, Victoria has put in funny moments. My tablet can attest to having my latte spewed on it. If you aren’t already a fan of Victoria James, this book will make you become one." - Read Your Writes Book Reviews

"This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold afternoon or evening, and just get lost in a beautifully written story." --Claire Robinson, NetGalley

"Falling for Her Enemy is a really sweet, light, heartfelt story about learning to trust and let down walls." --Alyse, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754706
Series: Still Harbor, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 9, 2015
Page Count: 147
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: baby on the doorstep, enemies to lovers

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By BookLover May 28, 2017

ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

After reading the first book in this series, Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor, #1) by Victoria James , and loving it, I was very excited to receive an advanced copy of the next installment, Falling for Her Enemy. Victoria James did not disappo ...more

By Claire November 12, 2015

4.5 - "I hope it's you." Stars!

Victoria James takes her readers back for another visit to the town and residents of Still Harbour and Falling for Her Enemy gives us Alexandra McAllisters’ story.

I really enjoyed this book, you are given a heavy indication as to what the STORY is likely to be about to ...more

By Jonetta November 21, 2015

Bakery manager Alexandra (Alex) McAllister's perfect life is now spinning out of control. She learns, on the same day, that the owners of the bakery need to sell now instead of five years from now when she can afford to buy the business and a man claiming to be her adopted daughter's biological fath ...more

By Alaina March 18, 2018

Falling for Her Enemy was a pretty cute book. It's a dual POV from Alexandra, who was a manager at a bakery and Hayden, who just found out that he's a dad. Both of their worlds are turned upside down on the same day. Alex finds out the bakery is closing - even though she wanted to buy it from the ow ...more

By Fizza November 09, 2015

Interesting and quite romantic! This is a story about a man who finds out that he might have fathered a child he knows nothing about and a woman who realises that her adoptive daughter might have a father she couldn't possibly keep her away from. It is quite emotional time for both Alex and Hayden.

H ...more

By Alyse November 12, 2015

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Hayden Brooks has just learned that he could be a father. A woman he had a one-night-stand with 7 years ago claims that he is the father of the child she put up for adoption. This woman is also threatening to expose Hayden as a de ...more

By Irene November 10, 2015

4.5 heartwarming stars

Falling for Her Enemy was a beautiful and heartfelt read.

The storyline was touching and emotional, I really felt for both Alex and Hayden and what they had to deal with.

I enjoyed watching Alex and Hayden come together, it took time for them to open up and trust each other.

A hu ...more

By Kelly September 30, 2015

I love stories where there are children involved. That's why I love the Bliss Imprint. This series has got that wrapped up for me by how it starts with three women who live together with their adopted daughters after meeting each other while being in foster care as kids and each woman has her own st ...more

By Kim Reads November 09, 2015

When it comes to me reading and reviewing books by Victoria James, I feel like a broken record. Her stories are emotional, heart-warming, and at times, tear inspiring. These attributes are what make her one of my favorite authors, if not favorite author.

Alex McAllister and her foster sisters Kate an ...more

By Pavitra November 13, 2015

I received an eARC of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Those of you, who know my preference in romances, know that I absolutely love a kid in the romance, especially when the kid is involved in getting two stubborn people together!
Hence, my main reason for requesting this bo ...more

By Angie November 05, 2015

I received a copy of this story through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing for an honest review. This is the 2nd book about 3 "sisters" who met in foster care. Each is single and has one child. In this case, Alex/Alexandra adopted Cassy as a baby and is now living with her 2 sisters and their child ...more

By Danielle September 13, 2015

Victoria James is a new author to me and I really enjoyed how she told the story. It was filled with Christmas spirit and lots of emotions.

Hayden had a one night stand almost 7 years ago but now the woman is standing in front of him telling him he put the baby up for adoption. She wants a million d ...more

By Christi November 09, 2015

My Review:
I have never read this author before, but she has a new fan. I loved this book so much.

Alex is a single mom who in a single week has had all her dreams threatened. She's been on the five-year savings plan to buy the bakery she works at, but suddenly the owner has to sell early. And her on ...more

By Shirley November 16, 2015

Alex McAllister is settling in her new life in Still Harbor and getting ready to enjoy the holiday season with her chosen family. She was not expecting, however, to have her world turned upside down when her daughter's biological father comes calling threatening all she ever dreamed of.

Even though ...more

By Nicola October 25, 2015

Victoria James is an author who hits the spot every time. I've been waiting for Falling for Her Enemy since the moment I finished Falling for the P.I. and I absolutely devoured Alex and Hayden's story.

"You want to take my daughter away from me..."

Alex suffers trust issues; understandable consid ...more

By April November 09, 2015

This is a sweet, emotional read which is part of a trilogy but each can be read as standalones. This story is about Alexandra (Alex) McAllister, her little girl Cassy and Hayden Brooks. Alex and Cassy are single mom and daughter –she adopted Cassy when she was a baby because she knew what it was lik ...more

By Lori November 10, 2015

Very beautiful story! Hayden and Alex will steal your heart! This was such a moving story. My heart hurt throughout feeling the emotions Alex felt. And then it went out to Hayden, who only wanted to do right by his daughter. But the way he treated Alex was so sweet, so endearing, oh how I loved him. ...more

By Bette October 24, 2015

Alex McAllister has built a good life for her and her adopted daughter Cassie. While it's not without it's challenges they are happy and that's what matters. All that is threatened when a knock on the door brings a man in to their lives who claims he might be Cassie's father. Hayden Brooks is rich, ...more

By Veronika May 01, 2016

Loved it! The charming little town, where the story is set, is really growing on me. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but other than that I enjoyed the whole book. The writing was great and the characters lovable. ...more

By Dorothy February 17, 2019

Oh it was so good. ...more

By Bridget November 28, 2015

4.5 stars

An ARC was provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Victoria James writes a book, it’s no surprise that I’m going to like it. But when she writes a book where the heroine is sitting on the floor stuffing her face with cupcakes when she first meets the hero? ...more

By Jen November 09, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Falling for Her Enemy is the second book in the Victoria James-penned Still Harbor contemporary romance series and takes place some time after its predecessor, wh ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) November 09, 2015

The concept for this series really is an interesting one and from the first book, I was interested in seeing how things would change for each character as they fell in love and added to their little family.

Alex McAllister's abandonment by her mother and her subsequent stay in foster care have made ...more

By Marsha December 22, 2016

First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

The safe world she’s created has just fallen out from under Alex’s feet. Millionaire Hayden Brooks is claiming that her adopted daughter, Cassy is in fact his biological daughter. He wants a paternity test to prove it and when it comes back positive he intends to t ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) November 10, 2015

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

I just started to read holiday-theme books, and Falling for Her Enemy was full of holiday spirit that just made it enjoyable to read.

From the very beginning we get to meet Alex McAllister, who has done anything and everything to provide for h ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.