Friday, November 20, 2009

Review: Seduced by the Operative by Merline Lovelace

Title: Seduced by the Operative
Series: Code Name: Danger
Author: Merline Lovelace
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426844883
ISBN-13: 9781426844881

"You are my mission, querida."

For psychologist Claire Cantwell—code name Cyrene—the stakes couldn't be higher. Tapped for a top secret mission for the president, the OMEGA covert operative needed the unique expertise of a man with whom she'd shared danger—and her bed.

Lethally attractive special ops agent and ultrasuave diplomat Luis Esteban wanted more than Claire was ready to give. Now, with their very survival at stake, Claire has to trust Luis with her life...even if that means surrendering the one thing she vowed never to give: her heart.

My rating:

Wow. That's pretty much all I could say after I finished this one in a single sitting. And then I went on repeat. Wow.

A truly greatly-penned and well-thought-out story with interesting and well-developed characters (I loved both the hero and the heroine), great intrigue and suspense, wonderful descriptions of Prague (made me wish to visit the city again), and slightly paranormal elements (a recurring dream with flesh melting of approaching skeletons).

No matter how hard I try I just can't find any faults with this story. The two leads, though their age was never specified I'd guess they were in their late thirties or early forties, added a maturity to the whole story that is absent in books with younger characters. It certainly lacked in tantrums and silly, of-the-top-of-the-head decisions, acquiring a sophisticated, mature feeling that will be sorely missed in other stories from now on.
The two were already in an established relationship from the get-go, so there was not much romance development throughout the story, but it still grew and changed from the beginning to end. Yet the subtleness of the romance didn't deter from the enjoyment of the reading. All the elements flowed nicely together, creating a truly wonderful and gripping read.

Great writing and narrative style, even greater characters, a wonderfully chilling dream description, gripping suspense, subtle, yet definitely "there" romance, and an amazing final twist that you won't see coming.



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