AudioBook Review: Countermeasure by Chris Almieda and Cecilia Aubrey

AudioBook Review:

I had previously reviewed the eBook copy of this book, and while I was excited to hear the book in audiobook format, I was also concerned about the narration.  I should not have been, the care that Almeida and Aubrey put into crafting this book in the written form extended to their choice for narration.  And I will gush a moment here and say that the choice of Tim Gerard Reynolds to narrate the story was genius!  With a soft touch of Irish lilt in his speech, that deepens to brogue when required, his narration was the perfect counterpoint, enhancing the story while not detracting with an overly-exaggerated series of accents or tones.

This book brings forward a whole mix of genres: thriller, mystery, romance and even has some clever comedic romance – and there is erotic content, made even steamier by the palpable emotional foreplay and electrifying connection between Trevor and Cassie.  While the main story centers on corporate espionage in a pharmaceuticals company and manages to incorporate IT geeks, security, the CIA and even international intrigue and black market trade deals for business gain.  A little something for everyone, much feeling as if it is ripped from the headlines.

This is a character driven story, where each is revealed in little painstaking bits like a puzzle, then each piece fits and makes sense, bringing a 3D version of the character into your head.  Each character is given the same deference and care, even those who feel superfluous to the main story – be warned: those who seem unimportant at first are often larger pieces of the puzzle – that piece that sits in the middle and provides the final picture.  I can say that I have read all of the books in the series – finding a new thing to love about the stories with each one.  This audiobook version rekindled the early excitement I had for this series, and cannot wait for the next release.

Stars :  5 Overall  5 Narration  5 Story

 

AudioBook Review:  Countermeasure by Chris Almieda and Cecilia Aubrey

Title: Countermeasure
Author: Chris Almeida, Cecilia Aubrey
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
ISBN: 9780987921734
Published on: 31 March, 2012
Format:Audiobook
Source: Audio Producer
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 13 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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COUNTERMEASURE is the recipient of the indiePENdents seal, 2012 book of the year at the TBR Pile, and Readers' Choice award in Romantic Suspense in 2013.

In the first novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, NSA analyst Trevor Bauer 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.

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 a sexy computer mastermind who's broken through her personal security and might break her heart as well.

To track down the mercenary willing to do anything to keep both of them from recovering those files, Trevor and Cassandra must embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue, danger, and passion. 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?

NOTE:
The Countermeasure Series novels have two tie-in/sideline series: Countermeasure: Bytes of Life and Bits of Life. These short stories and novellas give the readers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Countermeasure characters. They are voyeuristic glimpses into their married life, proof that the heat of romance begins with I do.

These short stories and novellas can be read as standalone Romantica, they are character-driven, NOT plot-driven. Please be advised that ALL shorts in these series contain MATURE content. They are NOT recommended for younger audience. Some of the events taking place in the short stories are referenced in the novels and vice-versa.

Although the three series are interconnected, the short stories are not a necessary read for the unraveling of the mystery in the series, yet each book pushes boundaries in the development of their intimate relationship and that reflects in their behavior/actions in the novels.

About Cecilia Aubrey

Cecilia Aubrey is an Air Force Brat born by chance in Oregon, but now living in the Bay Area, California. Although she has dabbled in writing on and off over the years, the majority of her career has been spent putting her marketing degree to good use.

It was in 2010, when she joined a role-playing group that the desire to write was reignited. A few months later, together with partner in crime, Chris Almeida, she moved on to write suspense driven erotic romance with sexy, technologically inclined men and woman.

Today, they have several published novels and short stories to their credit and are working on the third installment of their series. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots bringing their favorite role-play characters and stories to life.

About Chris Almeida

Chris Almeida (also known as C. Almeida) began writing children's stories at a very young age. Born in Brazil but currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Chris' life took a totally different course when technology came into play, and the following 17 years were spent delving deep into the world of programming and web design.

It was in 2010, when Chris began role playing online as a hobby, that writing worm its way back into the picture. This time, writing storylines for the role playing group.

The ideas and plots created for the game awoke the inner writer and a few months later, together with partner in crime C. Aubrey, began writing romantic erotica.

Now, still together, they have written a number of short stories and novels and are currently working on book two of their series. Through it all they have continued to enjoy role playing through their favorite characters.