Reviewed by Paula Phillips

Enemies and Playmates - Darcia Helle - 2009

Enemies and Playmates before I start readers is suitable to an audience of 18 and over as the issues that it covers can be quite heartening and
anyone younger may not be able to A) Understand or B) cope with the book and continue to read past the pages.

The book starts out all nice and innocent , well innocent enough with
Lauren and her two friends Carrie and Gina out clubbing and shaking thy
bootays , when a handsome hunk catches Lauren's eye Jesse Ryder - PI.
As they start talking it seems that Jesse works a bit of freelance for
Lauren's lawyer dad Alex. Lauren tries to shake off the feeling that they
shouldn't be together but it doesn't stick , has Lauren finally met her
dream guy ? . Lauren should be over the moon, but things on the home front are not all lollipops and rainbows as we discover an abusive household environment . Lauren's hotshot Lawyer dad Alex hits his wife Kara and their son Stephen, as the story progresses we see Lauren and Jesse's relationship progress and strengthen as they overcome a series of complicated obstacles , this is the amazing love part where true love can render all. The sad and discerning parts are that we witness Lauren's brother Stephen committing Suicide and then it being covered up , Lauren's father Alex having multiple affairs and finding out about his dark secrets and what he is capable of.

Enemies and Playmates is a story that shows us that no matter what bad stuff happen, their is always a light at the end of the tunnel even if at the time it doesn't feel like it.

Enemies and Playmates , is such an amazing read that if you can stomach abusiveness and domestic violence then this is a definite must-read to add to your list of books to read.

4.5/5 Stars


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Miami Snow -Darcia Helle -2009

Imagine if one day , you had everything that you could dream off and then
just like that it was over and you were left with nothing. For Nick Donovan this was his reality , one day he had a nice house, a good job and a beautiful wife who was pregnant with his child and then the next all
that was gone , when he found out his wife was seeing his best friend
behind his back. Nick had nothing .

Starting from scratch Nick moved to the opposite side of the coast to his ex-wife Shelley and Jimmy . Trying to find his place in this new life , Nick meets free-spirited Brandy and her friends Aaron, Dylan and Jenna.

All is going well until Nick is told he is a dad and Brandy, Aaron and Dylan start doing Coke, As the story develops we watch the strained relationships between all the characters and we watch others drift away and unlikely couples come closer. When tragedy hits Shelley, Nick must take a step back and look at his life as responsibility of his daughter is thrust upon him.

Fast forward eight years , Nick is happily married and has three children and Shelley is sick. Can Nick and Shelley reconcile differences before it's too late or when the time comes , has the clock stopped ticking?  Find out in this novel of Sex, Drugs, Cash , Families and knowing when to say no and being able to determine what is right and wrong in order to survive.

3.5 Stars :)

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