Series: Mission: Impassioned
Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2007
Posing as the fearless assassin code-named the Sparrow had nearly cost Danielle Moore her life. Now the Lazlo operative must finish her mission. Then she meets her new partner. Agent Mitch Lama. Her former lover. A man who is supposed to be dead.
Years ago, as he lay desperately wounded in her arms, Mitch knew he loved her. If only she could have trusted him with the truth back then. Now he's recovered in time to smoke out a killer within their ranks. But Dani poses a greater danger, rekindling desire that puts them both at risk.
Former SIS agent, Danielle "Dani" Moore, had infiltrated the criminal organization SNAKE as a world-renowned assassin Sparrow. But her undercover operation had not only cost the life of her lover three years ago, but also her own twelve months ago.
Now, Dani is back, working for Lazlo Group presided by the man who saved her life and gave her purpose again, Corbett Lazlo. She's about to start Operation Lazarus to uncover the truth behind who wanted her dead and who is behind the vendetta against Corbet himself.
As the mighty Lazarus, she's risen from the dead, but so has someone else. The lover she thought dead for the past three years, Mitch Lama.
Now Mitch and Dani must overcome the betrayals, the guilt, and their mutual passion as they sweep from Rome through the Abruzzo region and ultimately end up in London, dodging enemy bullets and betrayal from within their own ranks.
Ugh. How many bad books can a miniseries have? Because this one was as bad as the first (My Spy). The plot was flimsy at best, with the author reaching for the bad-trick bag to keep things moving and the H/h simply grated on my nerves.
Dani was an obtuse Wonder Woman wannabe with no idea of her limitations, and beside her anger at Mitch's betrayal (she betrayed him as well) she didn't have much personality to speak of. Still she had more of that than her counterpart, who looked more like a mannequin for her to boss around, despite the tribal tattoo on his arm. I have no idea why the author kept returning to that sodding tattoo, because it contributed zilch to the story and added nothing to the character, least of all an extra dimension of god forbid depth.
And their interaction and supposed romance left me completely cold (even the sex wasn't any good).
I found myself skimming the pages as I read, hoping for something to shake things up, and actually looking forward to the scenes with the villains. Cassandra and Troy were more interesting than all the characters combined...Except Corbet Lazlo, the enigma. Now, there's someone who can stir things up a bit. Can't wait for his story, and I sure hope Troy isn't who I think he is, because...Damn.
And now, the final two bones to pick about this book. The first are the little discrepancies in the names from the first book. I know this is a multi-author miniseries, but the ladies could've talked about the naming stuff. The villains' surname in the first book was DuMont, but they've apparently changed it into Dumont for this one. Hmm.
And the second, the thing that got on my nerves the most, was the abuse of the Italian language. This isn't the first time I notice the lack of an Italian speaking editor in the books I've read so far, and I have only one thing to say to all those authors who decide to sound posh and use a foreign language. If you have no clue as to what you're doing and you know people who will read your work before going into print also have no clue as to what you're doing, leave the foreign language out of it...Or consult a dictionary to at least write the words correctly. There's a nice little freebie on the Internet called wordreference.com. Maybe you should make it your new best friend. It translates (roughly) and gives the correct spelling as well.