Adella's Enemy

Adella's Enemy

by Jacqui Nelson


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"If you like Hell on Wheels (the AMC TV series), you'll love Adella's Enemy."
The War Between the States ended five years ago, but she still pursues her enemy...

Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser Adella Willows receives her mission straight from a Washington senator-play havoc with the Katy Railroad and derail its bid to win the race. The senator craves wealth. Adella craves revenge against the man responsible for her brother's death. But her plans crumble into chaos when she enters a battle of wits with the railroad's foreman.

An ocean separates him from his failures in Ireland, but he's still haunted by those who died...

Seasoned railroad foreman Cormac McGrady's sole desire is keeping his workmen safe and employed, which means keeping the Katy ahead of its rivals. But the beautiful spy bedeviling his railroad needs protecting as well. Cormac must choose between winning the race and winning Adella's heart, while Adella must choose whether she lives for revenge or dies for love.

Can the pursuit of an old enemy lead to a new love?

Adella's Enemy is a Western historical romance adventure that features subterfuge, saboteurs, and sweet romance by Golden Heart® and Laramie® award-winner Jacqui Nelson. It can be read standalone or as part of the Passion's Prize anthology in the Steam! Romance and Rails series.

Discover Adella's Enemy when you read this post-Civil War American frontier novella today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492216773
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/22/2013
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Fall in love with a new Old West... where the men are steadfast & the women are adventurous. You'll find Wild West scouts, spies, cardsharps, wilderness guides, and trick-riding superstars in my stories. Those are my heroines. Wait till you meet my heroes! My love for historical romance adventures with grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in northern Canada. I've been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® & the Laramie® - but my best reward is hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories.

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Adella's Enemy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story mixing fact with fiction delivering an outstand read of two railroad in a race to see who will finish first along with one women who wants revenge for the wrong that was done to her family. The most powerful things in life is fear, revenge and guilt which will drive a person to do things they might not normal do. The author gives you a story built from the above with a twist of right and wrong along with love, wants and needs. You have to love a woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in making hard choices going after what she wants, in this case it is revenge for her brother’s death. What drivers her is the last words she said to him before he went to war and the guilt of not helping him when he needed her the most. Adella is a wonderful character she is down to earth with her own fears, needs and wants but admits when she is wrong and tries to fix her mistakes even if the outcome is her own death. She is driven by the need to bring the killer justice for the death of her brother. The author gives heart stopping moments that make you hold your breath as danger takes over life and death driven by the need for revenge by so many who feel they have been done wrong. As you turn the pages you find many trying moments with danger, suspense and a little mystery entwined with a passionate love story and what each person is willing to do for those they love. There are spies all around as the table turns when one man steps forward trying not only to get the Katie’s lines laid in record time but to keep the woman who has stolen his heart safe even from herself. Adella and Cormac both have past that haunts them both have lost so much, neither can forgive or forget the role they have played in that lose. They are both headstrong doing their best to do their jobs. The outcome isn’t looking good for either of them as they have more choices to make that could lead to one or both along with a whole town at deaths door. Cormac characters is strong, alpha, his orders are followed to the T by men who would give their lives for him. He is kind, caring but demanding, fair and always a gentleman. Adella drives him crazy from the moment he pulls her out of the mud, he has doubts he will ever be sane again. Adella feels the same about him, every where she turns he seems to be in her way making demands of his own. Something has to give soon before their passion takes a lead, leaving them with broken hearts and death all around them. The author gives a very believable story full of so much pain and loss but at the same time she gives you humor that makes you smile as these two go head to head with sparks flying and tempers rising. She gives you different points of view from the farmer wife’s, the town’s people, the railroad workers and the investors which gives you a very well rounded story pulling you in from the first page until the last. You can feel the pain of each character not only from what they have lost but are still losing. The chemistry and passion between Adella and Cormac is strong as well as their doubt of what they believe is true. This was a very well written story that really pulls you in keeping you invested. My heart really went out to so many for many different reasons which leaves little doubt the only winners will be the railroad investors. This story has a wonderful plot with great characters you will love. I really enjoyed the authors writing style she has a way of bring the story to life givi
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of falling in love and hidden secrets. The main characters pull the weight of this story set around the building of railroads in the wild west. A hard working Irishman from the famine period in Ireland, and a young lady trying to survive from the war between the states. Death haunts Cormac McGrady's past, and revenge drives Adella. Sparks fly when these two come together in this fast paced, and suspenseful romance. I enjoyed reading Adella's Enemy, and look forward to reading the next two books in this, Steam! Romance and Rails Series by Jacqui Nelson.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A heroine who is out for REVENGE & a foreman hero who wants to win the Railroad race IGNITE this romance into a POWDER KEG! During the Civil War, Adella Willows dressed as a boy to be a rebel spy, but she couldn't save her brother's, Declan, life. His death was a slow, agonizing & painful starvation, so that a greedy & ruthless man could pocket the money. Now the war is over, all she cares about is REVENGE for her brother's death, so armed with some info from a maybe too helpful Senator, she is going to make Levi Parsons, the owner of KATY railroad, pay. What better way to make him pay than to stop his railroad from finishing the race to the Indian Territory, by any means necessary! Cormac McGrady is the foreman of the KATY railroad building crew, is a fair & honest man & also willing to get just as dirty as them, to get the railroad to the Indian Territory first. He doesn't care about his men's skin color because they all look the same covered in dirty & mud. All Cormac asks of his crew is to work as hard as he does & is often seen buying a round of drinks for his men. He will protect his men 24/7 & that includes searching out & stopping any ruckus causing troublemakers. Their worlds collide as Adella, wearing a slightly scandalous dress, (a female spy needs to look good) arrives with her cover as a newspaper photographer & a mud covered Cormac makes it to the train to collect his new men. As a masked man is seen messing with the train, he & his McGrady Gang are stopped in their tracks by the pixie seductress on the edge of the platform & then she tumbles bum first into the mud! Not a great first impression, but things change as an explosion rocks the platform! Cormac dives to cover her & Adella stares into the eyes of what her mama called a Celtic warrior, but all Cormar sees is a foolish temptress almost getting herself killed on his watch! Thus their war begins as she causes any kind of trouble to slow the railroad down, but Cormack knows she is TROUBLE, so he is either 1 step in front of her or right beside her 24/7! Adella pushes his "WOMEN ARE AN IRRITATION" buttons & Cormac pushes her “MEN ARE SO ARROGANT” buttons. With danger afoot, railroad hammering, old friends popping up, some whiskey, McGrady Gang not so helpful pixie dust, horse paddies, toe curling kisses, a dastardly Senator, planned & unplanned sabotage, UNDIES SCORCHING moves, a railroad owner that needs to brought down to his greedy knees & mutual SCREAMING satisfying endings to shake up this wild west romance! Can Adella let her REVENGE go? Will Cormac be able to replace her REVENGE with his love? When will they realize they are stronger together than apart? Does KATY railroad finish in 1st place? This is my 2nd book by Ms. Nelson & she sure knows how to bring the muddy & chaotic western historical world to live. Adella is an kick a$$ & leap than look kinda girl & fell in love with her on the second page! She is strong heroine with iron cojones & all she needed was a neon spandex disguise to make her SUPERHERO complete. Cormac was a hero that I couldn't not LOVE to death, with his loyalty, honor, a strong sense of right & wrong & was willing to help the little guy. I absolutely love FLAWED characters & Adella & Cormac were both defined from their pasts, but together they could get thru anything! Ms. Nelson had 2 strong willed & stubborn h/h, but she also gave them both OOEY GOOEY hearts that they couldn't keep camouflage & that made them even more real to me. Now all romances need sparks & sizzle & Ms. Nelson had many yummy & scorching scenes that woke up the girlie parts of my brain! Ms. Nelson had a cast of unique, flawed, hilarious, charming, loveable & even really dirty & muddy characters & I hope to read their stories, too! Thanks to Ms. Nelson's Between Heaven & Hell romance, I learned that I do LOVE American/Western romance as long as the are written well & I should add them to my reading diet! I am proud to place this Ms. Nelson's Western romance in my 5 fingers up & 10 toes category for her action packed, horses included, explosive, tender loving, shivers & quivers & hilarious tale!