Sleeping with the Frenemy
Release Date: May 2, 2011
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: GLBT/lesbian, Suspense Romance
Book Source: Author
Deborah Murnay has a life most women would die for. She has a loving wife of four years who gives her anything she wants. But, Deborah hides a dark secret. Her wife Genevieve not only enjoys kinky, dangerous sex, but is insanely jealous and possessive. When a violent argument between the two leaves Deborah bruised and battered, she has no other choice but to run away.
Through some intricate planning on Deborah’s part, she’s able to trick Genevieve into thinking she’s dead. Deborah becomes Sharon Wade and ends up hundreds of miles away in the small town of Woodberry Creek where she can start over again, even though she lives in fear that Genevieve will find her and kill her.
When grade school teacher Bridgette Woodberry notices her new neighbor, she quickly figures out Woodberry Creek’s new resident is hiding something. Deborah knows she can’t have a future with Bridgette, but finds herself attractive to the kindhearted redhead whose kisses and warm embrace makes her feel protected.
As Deborah turns to Bridgette to help heal her scars, Genevieve is waiting for the right moment to take back her wife and make her pay for deceiving her.
Sleeping with the Frenemy is a lesbian retelling of the 1991 film, Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts. For those unfamiliar with the story, it involves a wife’s escape from an abusive husband by faking her own death. In Ms. Grant’s version, we witness the extremely HOT yet harmful relationship between Deborah and Genevieve. The women have been married for 5 years, and at first it appears they have a wonderful relationship and ideal life. Yet as the story progresses, we witness the extent to which Gen abuses and controls Deborah. Similar to the movie, Deborah escapes the marriage by faking her death and moving to a small town far away. However, soon enough Gen finds out that Deborah has betrayed her and plots her revenge.
The story reads well and moves at a good pace. Even though I saw the movie (many years ago), I still experienced a suspenseful thrill. Although there weren’t any major surprises, Ms. Grant changed enough of the details that kept the book fresh, and she makes it her own story. Even though I knew everything would work out, I was still very much on edge worried about Gen showing up!!
I enjoyed the many sides of Gen. It would have been easy to create a character that was strictly evil, but Ms. Grant gives her antagonist a human side. Gen loves Deborah, she just has a warped sense of right and wrong (and what constitutes a healthy argument). The couple share some of the most erotic scenes I have ever read. Their passion is intense, and Deborah willing enjoys their moments together, until it goes too far. Warning – the sexual content of this story is smutterific!
Once Deborah escapes, she finds herself in a town where everyone is open and kind. She is a broken woman, but finds herself attracted to and opening up to neighbor, Bridgette. It’s an enjoyable contrast to see Deborah learning to love and trust again.
Overall, Sleeping with the Frenemy is a good read, and although I’m not a huge contemporary romance fan, I found the book enjoyable. The story is familiar but with enough changes to make it fresh and remain suspenseful.
Liked it – recommend (B+)