Beloved Enemy

by Elizabeth Whitaker

When Ellie Birdsong, an ambitious young real estate developer, is sent from Atlantic City to Puerto Rico to “charm the panties off” landowner Carla Valdez, the last thing she expects is to be seduced by the lush island, Carla’s two troubled adopted young sons, and Carla herself.

But in her quest to buy Carla’s sprawling beachfront property on the Caribbean and turn it into a gambling resort, Ellie learns to love the land and its people. As she tours bustling marketplaces, rugged mountains, and historic sites she experiences the culture clash between rich and poor, and tradition and progress.

As Ellie’s love and respect for Carla grows, their relationship is threatened by a ruthless gangster who also wants Carla’s land, by jealousy and romantic rivalry, and by the disappearance of Carla’s younger son. Torn between her professional ambition and her feelings for Carla, Ellie may risk losing Carla’s trust and becoming her “beloved enemy.”



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Genre Romance, Mystery
Length 290 pages
Publication Date January 12, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642473773
Editor Kay Grey
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"When planning a new novel, I usually establish the characters then, because it is a mystery, I plan the twists and turns of the plot. The romantic and emotional elements tend to blossom as I go along. With Beloved Enemy, the process was entirely backwards. This book was born on the wings of a romantic memory, on the sights, smells and sensations of first love that came back to me almost like a dream."

—Elizabeth Whitaker


Nutmeg - This is a book that has two equally strong headed leads who suffer no fools, hold no punches and love with a passion. They burn with desire for the other but blend like oil and water. There were issues of trust, plenty of guessing and the characters could get messy but somehow carry an alluring quality to them.

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