After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures entirely new to her, beginning with seducing a sexy stranger. It’s her bad luck when she realizes that the man who awakened her body and emotions is none other than Harrison Damon. Their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle. The man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.
The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta is just a fling. Then he discovers she’s an Edwards—a woman born of the family he despises most. He shouldn’t see her again, but no matter how he tries, he can’t quench his attraction for her. He doesn’t know what her game is, and he won’t let her seduce him again.
Can two people destined to be enemies find love with each other?
Welcome Noelle to All I Want and More
Please tell us a little about your book?
Seducing the Enemy is about a couple who have a one-night-stand, only to discover that their families are in a heated legal battle. As they fall in love, they have to deal with the fact that they should hate each other instead.
How much emotion does it take from you to write?
A lot. The only way I know how to write is to feel emotions with the characters, so anything the characters feel, I try to feel as well. It’s a huge emotional investment!
What is your favorite part of the book?
I really like the humor in Seducing the Enemy. The first sex scene and the scene with the wasp still make me giggle when I think about them. I also really like the relationship between Harrison (the hero) and his brother Andrew.
You can only pick 3 words to describe your main characters. What would they be?
Sweet. Hot. Deep.
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?
Marietta was the easiest. The heroines are usually the easiest for me to write. Even with her tragic history, I found it fairly easy to imagine how Marietta might think or act at any given moment. Harrison was the hardest character in this book. He was easier in the first version, but the structure of the book changed significantly in the editing process, and I had to really work to make a plausible, psychological reason for him to act the way he needed to in the rewrite.
How many books are you shooting for in this series?
There are four books in the Heirs of Damon series – one for each of the Damon nephews.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on revising the third Heirs of Damon book and putting the last touches on my Christmas book.
How do you deal with unruly characters? When they won’t cooperate and don’t do what you expected?
My characters don’t always do what I thought they would do, but I usually find that’s a good thing so I just go with it. The thing I find hardest is when I need to change the structure of the story and that means I have to change how the characters act. Since their behavior on the first draft feels the most natural to me, it’s difficult to make them do something different and still feel like it’s in character for them. It’s definitely possible – it just takes a lot of work!
What’s one thing that you enjoy about writing?
I always say that breaking down the traditional alpha hero into a genuine, vulnerable human being (which is my modus operandi) is one of my great joys in life.
Since we’re cover hussies….what was your first impression of your cover?
I adored my cover from the very beginning. I got the cover right when Entangled Indulgence changed their cover look, so I hadn’t seen the new look when I first got my cover. It wasn’t at all what I expected, but it was even better. I love it both emotionally and aesthetically!
What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
I can go either way. I usually buy ebooks now, just for efficiency’s sake, but I own paperbacks of all of my favorite books.
Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?
I’ve actually tried every genre I’ve wanted to write, and I still think contemporary romance is the way I should go.
Okay…. personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there… Hahah…
If you thought you were safe… Nah… Forgot it… Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!
What is on your night stand?
Clock, light, coaster, phone, remote, whatever book I happen to be reading.
What are you listening to you right now?
What are you reading right now?
Hamlet. (I’m teaching it.)
What is your favorite season? Holiday?
Fall is my favorite season by far. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, watch movies, travel, walk my dog, organize things (seriously!).
Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk.
Favorite color? Red.
Left or right handed? Right.
Junk or Health Food? Junk.
Night owl or early bird? Early bird.
Leather or Lace? Lace.
Soft or Hard… Bed, where was your mind? LOL. My bed is as hard as a rock, and I love it!
Cowboy or businessman? BUSINESSMAN! (Sorry for the shouting, but my answer is so emphatic I just had to.)
Tattoos or piercings? Neither.
Hairy chests or smooth? Hairy. (I like hair on a man’s chest since it feels more real, but I don’t like it too hairy.)
Sexiest feature on a man? His mind.
Vampire or Werewolf? Neither.
Twitter and/or Facebook? Facebook.
Pinterest or not? Yes, I love Pinterest!
What’s the last thing you Googled? The price of great contemporary art (for a book).
Where can your fans find you?
Is there anything else you like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
He forced himself to release her and step back, still bracing himself with one hand on the wall.
Her cheeks were deep pink, her hair messy, and her lips swollen. She was the sexiest thing he’d ever seen. “Wow,” she said. “Wow.”
“Did you want to…” She ducked her head to hide an inexplicably shy expression.
“I hope you were going to ask whether I wanted to continue this elsewhere. Because the answer is definitely yes.”
She raised her eyes, and excitement flickered through her lingering heat. “Really? You don’t have to go back to work?”
He smiled, privately cursing the damned inspection report he still needed to write. He was never late. His responsibilities as a Damon were always his priority.
“Work can wait.” He couldn’t miss out spending the night with this beautiful, passionate woman. The report wasn’t urgent, and he could get up early tomorrow to prepare for the settlement meeting.
She looked surprised when he suggested they go to his hotel, so he wondered if she’d thought he was a local.
It was nice that she had no idea who he was.
While she texted her friend, he ducked back into the main room to grab his tablet and tell the floor manager to release his table.
“By the way, I’m Etta,” she said as they waited for his car.
“Harri—” he began, then cut himself off. She might not recognize his face—not everyone did—but she could easily recognize his name. And that might change things.
“You don’t really look like a Harry, but I like it.”
He’d always hated being called “Harry.” In fact, schoolmates had only used that name when they wanted to annoy him. After hearing Etta say his name with that particular lilt, however, he decided it wasn’t so bad.
She beamed with an overflow of warm excitement.
“What did I do to deserve that smile?”
She flushed and glanced down. “Am I too excited?”
He almost choked. “Too excited? Who the hell told you that was even possible?”
“I don’t know. It’s just that the world seems to think being cool is the way to go, and I can never pull it off.”
He realized that was one of the reasons why she seemed so different, why she seemed so real. There was no pretense about her, and it thrilled him. “Cool is overrated.”
She peered up at him curiously. “You seem to pull it off very well.”
“Maybe I’m overrated.”
“That remains to be seen.”
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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