Friday, May 2, 2014

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "Countermeasure"

Countermeasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
Publisher: √Čire Publishing, LLC (January 12, 2012) 
Series: Countermeasure, 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In the first novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, tenacious ex-CIA agent Cassandra James is in hot water. A cyber thief stole sensitive information from her father's top client - information she was supposed to keep secure - and now she could lose her job, even if she is the boss' daughter. The only person who can help her recover the stolen data is sexy NSA analyst Trevor Bauer - a computer mastermind who's broken through her personal security and might break her heart as well.

Trevor is on the hunt for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents' disappearance. Following a promising lead into the missing Bristol files, he accidentally gets on the radar of a woman too hot to handle...and a mercenary willing to do anything to keep both of them from recovering those files.

To track down the thief, Trevor and Cassandra must embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue, danger, and passion. But as they close in on their target, their relationship begins to boil, jeopardizing their mission as well as their very lives. Will they learn to trust their instincts - and each other - in order to survive?

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Musing Maddie's Review:

In the first book in this series, Countermeasure, ex-CIA agent, Cassandra James throws herself into the spotlight as a gutsy, strong and believable heroine.

Cassandra was tenacious, beautiful, intense and courageous. Except with matters of the heart. Her brave facade hid a damaged and delicate heart eager for love and cherishing.

Trevor Bauer held a sad secret close to his heart. His identify. His loss. His pain. Yet, his warm, witty, intelligence and insightfulness earned him deserved trust with those he met.

When their paths crossed, Trevor believed it fate and the luck of the Irish. Cassandra feared their connection and what allowing him into her protected heart could ultimately do to her. Shatter her. Again.

Amidst the heartwarming and beautifully written love story was a very cleverly and intelligently constructed suspense and mystery. So, my favorite genre. The authors' attention to pertinent detail, and ability to credibly intertwine the intellectual suspense with the love story was impressive. Believable. Enjoyable.

Using supportive characters, in particular, Cassie's best friend, Jessica, perfectly timed moments of levity offset the intensity and at times, the sombre tone of Cassie's world.

Written in third person, past tense, swift yet fluid movement occurred between alternating POVs. I was impressed with the well constructed, plausible story arc, the character development, and the overall feel of the book. And for the romance lovers, yes, be warned, you will elevate the gorgeous, geeky and sexy Trevor high on your list of book boyfriends. The epitome of sensual and generous lover, the personification of Hero. Delicious.

So, I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book that challenges your mystery solving mind, energizes your soul mate fantasies, and enthralls your scintillating taste buds.


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Musing Maddie received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, MM! :) It sounds like an interesting read; it's going on my list! 

Have you read this author duo before? Do you have a favorite book of theirs?


Until Next Time,


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