Series: Covert Affairs #1
Published by Cygnet Books on November 9, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.
Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. She never expected to find an adversary in the man who had once touched her heart with kindness in her darkest moment.
Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie.
Not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.
Cassie Christo, a San Diego doctor, returns to her mother’s home in Mexico to try to get to the bottom of the explosion that killed her and her stepbrother. She also wants to oust her stepfather from the estate and find the man that provided her comfort during the funeral six-months before. Rio Santana is the man she’s looking for but she’s unaware that he’s an ICE undercover agent working for stepdaddy.
There’s quite a lot going on even though most roads lead back to Saul Flores, Cassie’s stepfather. In addition to being a moocher, he lacks a conscience and she’s in quite a bit of danger. Rio’s trying to balance keeping her safe while maintaining his cover and Cassie creates many extreme complications. He’s close to bringing this monster down but her investigation threatens not only her life but his sting and cover.
The chemistry between Rio and Cassie is pretty undeniable and Swan has written some of the most erotic passages I’ve read in awhile. She creates a vivid picture that leaves a steamy imprint. The foundation for their feelings for each other is just as strong as their passion. If there’s any downside it’s the romance that gets in the way as Cassie behaves so rashly, so often her intelligence is called into question. Rio’s reactions make it difficult to believe he’s been undercover for ten years.
The bottom line
The suspense and tension lurked behind every page and I was kept off balance throughout the story. I liked the relationship between Cassie and Rio and her conflicts about him were authentically presented, even when it got irritating at times…it was realistic. Where I struggled was with the many TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) moments Cassie presented. Her behavior was beyond naive and she just ended up being irritating. Alternatively, you could applaud her for being strong willed and independent, even if I perceived her differently. It was a good story despite my issues and kept me hooked.
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