Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE VIPER’S KISS by Shannon Curtis

Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: 25 July 2011
ISBN 9781426891922
Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via author

Margaret Kincaid is a staid librarian who mostly works from home to care for her dying mother. She thinks her life is complicated enough when she’s mistaken for a nude model, but then she becomes embroiled in espionage. With the police, the FBI and a bunch of criminals all wanting her dead, she really is in trouble.

Enter Luke Fletcher who’s on his first job as lead agent with the McCormack Security Agency. One moment he’s convinced she’s sweet and innocent, the next that she’s a talented spy and brilliant liar. The fact that he’s incredibly attracted to her only complicates his feelings even further. Apart from all the guns, bombs, knives, escapes…

I asked to review this book because I enjoyed GUARDING JESS by this author, so much. This is actually the first book in the series, but they don’t have to be read in sequence. I enjoyed meeting some of the characters from GUARDING JESS though. This book did not disappoint. It’s just as good as the second one.

I loved the main characters, their habits, thoughts, and actions. Luke’s ambivalence and worry. The way Maggie acted way out of left field at times. There were some truly brilliant little twists. The forklift truck and the bomb were very clever indeed. As before, there are some excellent lines that made me laugh out loud. And this time, although I was correct about the villain, the intermediate step was totally unexpected and very nicely plotted by Ms. Curtis. The ending is endearing.

This book would have been a 5 except for a few tiny typos and since we don’t give .75 it has to be 4.5.

Note: this book is sensual, not erotic romance.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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