Book Review: The Enemy Within by Lucy Varna

coverenemyTitle: The Enemy Within
Author: Lucy Varna
Genre: Romance (Paranormal/Suspense)
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After fourteen years, Indigo Dupree returns to Tellowee, Georgia, to face the past she left behind. She’s tried of running, tired of hiding, and wants nothing more than to help her mother through the final days of her pregnancy. What she doesn’t want is to become romantically entangled, not even to the sinfully handsome Bobby Upton, whose kiss sent her fleeing a decade and a half before.

Bobby is the son of the Blade and a ruthless warrior in his own right. At sixteen, the age of manhood among the People, he tried to claim the woman he loved and failed, and spent the next decade hacking his way through Uncle Sam’s enemies. Now a successful businessman, he’s given the task of tracking down the People’s enemies, including India Furia, the twin sister of his heart’s only love.

Duty demands that Indigo atone for the sins of her sister by helping to bring her in. India has other ideas, ones that draw Indigo and Bobby into a deadly game involving the Prophecy of Light, forcing Indigo to choose between her duty and her heart.

The Enemy Within” is the third installment in the “Daughters of the People” series. It follows Indigo Dupree and Bobby Upton, two characters who share a history and struggle now they’re forced to meet again. After fourteen years, Indigo has returned to Tellowee, Georgia. She refuses to spend any more time hiding, or running from the past. But when Bobby shows up again in her life, the boy she fell for all those years ago, and he makes a move for her heart all over again, she might end up getting more than she bargained for.

Bobby is tasked to track down India Furia, Indigo’s twin sister. Indigo herself wants to track down India too, bring her in to atone for her own sins. But of course India has other ideas and she draws her sister and Bobby into a deadly game.

The setting and world-building is brilliant. It’s a magnificent world, with its own customs and rules, and it all makes sense somehow. Bobby’s love for Indigo is surprising, and at the same time, heartwarming. He’s been in love with her for years, and he’s not about to give up now, even though she does everything in her power to stop her own feelings.

I didn’t get everything that was going on, courtesy of not having read the previous books, but it was easy to dive into the story and pick it up, even without prior knowledge. The characters were engaging. I loved India, even though she was bad, and pretty much the exact opposite of Indigo, she offered so much personality and showed that being a villain doesn’t always mean being ‘just evil’. Even real, developed characters can be the bad guys, and do a great job at it.

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a solid paranormal romance series, with great lore and an engaging story.

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