Friday, March 3, 2017

The Russian Obsession

To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. 
The battle of hearts between them.  

Foreign Affairs #3
Nikki Navarre
Releasing Feb 21, 2017

Christabel Orlova remembers nothing before the night she woke in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her shadowy past. Armed only with keen wits, survival instincts and mad skills in the research lab, Christa has three goals. Stay alive. Stay one step ahead of her hunters. And find a cure for the Ebola bioweapon whose secret is locked in her brainbox—before it wipes out the human race. Gypsy, loner and wild child, her first rule of survival is never to trust.

Ex-Russian fighter pilot Max Vasylko is a gun-for-hire smuggler who’ll fly contraband cargo anywhere in the world, no questions asked. But he can’t fly far enough to forget the wife and daughter who died in an Ebola outbreak. When a bioweapon from a rogue U.S. program is to blame, Max’s mission turns personal. Find the scientist responsible for designing the super virus—and make her pay. The last villain he expects is Christa: a smart, sexy, scrappy survivor in hiking boots who’s lost her own brother to the virus.  

Now Max is flying high above the African jungle with enemy agents in his six and a sweet redhead he’ll risk his backside to protect. Christa’s tempted to trust this hot-as-hell jet jockey with his wildcat courage and Mafia past. But the vaccine isn’t the only secret locked in her head. To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. The battle of hearts between them.      

This is the first book I’ve read of this author’s work. It’s book three but reads fine as a standalone.
Max Vasylko is a mercenary on a quest for revenge when he learns the Ebola outbreak that killed his wife and daughter originated from a U.S. scientist testing a new strain of the virus. Aided by his grandfather in the Russian FSB, he’s given the mission to find the scientist responsible and obtain her notes. After that, he can take his revenge however he sees fit, and he has extraordinarily painful ideas how to carry that out.
Christabel woke up in a strange bed, in an unfamiliar hotel, with no friends, no money, and no memory of her life before awakening. When she struggles to clean a wound on her shoulder, she sees a one-word message…Run. The only thing she knows is that she has incredible skills in a science lab.
From the very start, this book was an incredible read. Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and this book holds an equal measure of each, wrapped up in a complicated, twisting, plot. Christa is a complicated young woman, strong, very self-reliant, even though grieving and hunted by two different governments.
Max was equally strong, drool-worthy, and true to life from beginning to end. His pain was so real and heartfelt; I couldn’t put the book down.
This author has a wonderful flare for great dialogue. Snappy, sassy, sometimes sarcastic. Her writing style is unique and entertaining.
I loved the way the author took us around the world, from concrete jungle to the wilds of Africa. Each scene left nothing to the imagination in a wonderfully orchestrated plot. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Five Stars

Subject:  Nikki Navarre
Assignment:  Double Agent
Cover:  Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of the Foreign Affairs series.

Nikki Navarre is the author of the award-winning Foreign Affairs series and the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre.  In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues.  In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue.  From her island compound in the Pacific Northwest, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for government clients.  Her notorious exploits in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days. 

The Russian Obsession may be the last mistake she ever makes.

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