If you like your spy novels with lots of sex, this is the book for you. Takes place in Djibouti, Africa, present time, so, Embassy spy, CIA, terrorists, U.S. Army Special Forces, bombs, kidnappings, treason, and more. It’s all together with a pretty-much-love-at-first-sight story thread. It feels rushed, without a lot of substance to the characters. It just didn’t grab my interest, even though I feel the author probably did a lot of research for the story.
What drew me to Ms. Grant's first books was her attention to detail, her complex characters, and her ability to make even the most complex issues readable and relatable. I feel that lately she's dropping the ball on her characters.
While I really liked Carlos and Kaylea, and thoroughly enjoyed their cheeky banter, I didn't feel the depth of these characters like I had with characters from previous stories. I didn't get a sense of who they really were because we were told their backstories instead of having them unraveled for us throughout the story. Two paragraphs on Carlos's backstory, two about Kaylea, and voila, that's it.
She used to write a slower reveal, allowing their actions to be the catalyst for discussions about their pasts and their motivations. I miss that.
I also feel robbed of the former complexities of her stories; the depth and breadth of the assignments her characters undertook. This story was more action driven rather than character driven. I missed the emotional connection between the two protagonists, how they complete each other. In a non-codependent way, mind you.
It was a quick read, which also boggled my mind, and overall enjoyable, but I miss how she used to write.
Fast paced suspense that brings us back to Horn of Africa continuing the conspiracy that's been running through out the series. Along with the action and suspense their are smokin times a plenty between SF officer Carlos Espinosa and undercover CIA operative Kaylea Halper.
Kaylea and Carlos have been circling each other for a while. They both felt the attraction but their jobs kinda precluded them from getting involved. But Kaylea needs backup at a social event with a possible terrorist sympathiser and Carlos jumps at the chance to be her escort.
Bu the glitzy get together soon dissolves into a passionate encounter between these BBB's - Beautiful/Brawny, Brainy Badasses! But when Carlos leaves to return to base the bad guys strike, Kaylea breaks her covert CIA cover to rescue him. The plot is still unknown so they have to dig in further to find the mole and determine just what the Sheikh's endgame is.
Love a hero who is secure in himself and feels no need to belittle his love interest. Kaylea is just as capable and talented as him, more so in some areas. And those boots...I'm not much a footwear worshipper but even I want those damn boots! You can understand their reluctance at starting something they can't finish but they do have a chance and they'd be fools to ignore their potential for a HEA.
I want MORE MORE MORE from this author after this read, a novella that was part of the Flashpoint box set and now a separate book. The story had it all, steam, action, surprises, suspense, kick but characters that took no prisoners and a fast paced read that had me flipping the pages. Special forces officer Carlos and Kaylea, a covert CIA operator get entangled in a mess that if they don’t get out of could mean a lot of trouble for the U.S. and could cost their lives. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the easy flow of their relationship, no games, no hiding, no second guessing, no fears between them being together and nothing they can’t work out. I LOVED LOVED the suspense and the action and not only that but the bada*** CIA operative Kaylea wanting to be just like her and owning a pair of her boots. The action and suspense kept me turning the pages and even though it was a novella, much shorter than this author’s other books, I didn’t miss a thing. It flowed beautifully without missing a beat, short and to the point and left me wanting MORE from this author, the same feeling I get when I have finished all her other books...MORE !!
I purchased this story as part the of 4 book set. While this story is shorter than the others, it is still jam packed with action, suspense, undeniable chemistry between Kaylea and Carlos, and spies. Kaylea is a very strong female character who is able to handle herself in most situations and has no issue with letting Carlos know that she is attracted to him and wants to spend the night with him. Carlos is pulled into pretending he has a relationship with Kaylea while investigating a bombing in Djibouti and then is asked to escort her to a political function.
Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down as I needed to know who was betraying who, and how things would turn out between Kaylea and Carlos. There were certainly some twists and turns along the way that will keep you at the edge of your seat.