Book Review | Withstanding The Enemy #BlogTour @rararesources

Today I am a stop on the tour for Withstanding The Enemy.

about the book

Withstanding Cover

Emma Andrews was orphaned at a young age with no family to turn to. Tired of the broken foster-care system, and believing it was her only option, she runs to a multi-millionaire with a reputation of hiring young women. It is only then that she learns what real monsters look like…

Emma uses her overactive imagination to help her get through the toughest of days. By daydreaming a life full of love and freewill, she manages her colorless prison, but even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined it could become a reality. That is, until she meets Chance, a man willing to lay his life down to save hers.

But what Emma doesn’t expect is to fight her own personal demons—her heart.


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my thoughts

Every now and then I enjoy a steamy romance, they are always easy to get into and of course very entertaining. Withstanding The Enemy was a bit different to me in that its storyline was a bit deeper than I was expecting.

There were a lot of layers to the storyline and this created an exciting suspense that ran through both the events of the book and the romance, I never knew what to expect next. This next sentence is kind of difficult to get my head around, but I liked the way it showed a controlling relationship, that it showed how people can get sucked into such a situation and why it’s not so easy to just leave.

Exploring Emma’s feelings about it felt so realistic and even though the rational side of most people would be willing her to get away from Rick, it was interesting to experience the doubt and uncertainty that his manipulation caused. I liked Emma as a character she was a bit innocent and naive but also resilient and I’m glad she still had a bit of a spark about her.

I also liked that she didn’t just jump at Chance, that she had other emotions that she was dealing with and things at times got a bit messy because of that. I did like Chance but it took me a while to warm up to him, not that I disliked him in any way I was maybe just a bit indifferent. Towards the end as we get to know a bit more about him I felt like I could start to get behind his feelings for Emma but I think I did miss out on the rush of their chemistry a little because of it.

There are some trigger warnings attached to this book but I think the author handled the subjects well and I’m interested to see where Emma’s story takes her next.


about the author

T. L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the country side with her loving husband and inspiring children and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love for writing. She has a love for romance and poetry where, her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and up beat lifestyle drives her inspiration for her writing.

T. L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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