Love & Deception: Agents in Love #1 by Chantel Rhondeau
From the very first paragraph “Carlie Hollis gulped in a lungful of air, keeping a wary eye on her attacker. He made a feint at her left side, but she was ready for him, deftly blocking the right side when his fist punched near her face. He launched a roundhouse kick, tagging her ribs with stinging pain. Faster than she thought possible, his foot angled high toward her head. Carlie dodged, but not fast enough.” Your attention is grabbed and through twists and turns it is held until the last words “And they lived happily ever after.” Nick pulled away and stared at Carlie, hoping she could see the love in his eyes. “And we certainly will.””
Carlie is someone who I would aspire to be, she has gone through so much but still always sees the good in people, and strives to help others. And yet she is so likeable and you can see why Nick who has been hardened by life would fall for her, she isn’t prissy or pious but so down to earth and natural.
Nick “was handsome, in a rugged sort of way with black hair and olive skin” can’t you just picture him, has never met anyone like Carlie and his heart is being torn, for the first time in his life he is feeling love and being loved yet he is also being told things about Carlie that he can hardly believe, will his heart or his head win out in this battle.
The story unfolds with great dexterity and you never know which way it’s going to go next, this is a wonderful example of a romantic suspense, some steamy romance mixed into a suspense story that has you guessing who is who and what are they up to, until all is finally revealed. This was one book that I found incredibly hard to put down as the plot and the characters will draw you in and not let you go.
In hiding for six years, Carlie Hollis is tired of running. All she wants is to stay in Sayle, Washington and make a success of her struggling delicatessen. Because of her past, she’s suspicious of anyone who takes an interest in her.
Nick Kendall works as a spy in a top-secret government operation, protecting innocent people from danger. Sent to Sayle on a mission to infiltrate a suspected terrorist organization, Nick finds himself attracted to Carlie, an alleged key player of the group.
Despite her misgivings, Carlie develops feelings for the handsome stranger, believing he is there to help her. But when Nick finds evidence of her guilt, he’s given orders to do the unthinkable—eliminate the target, one he's fallen hopelessly in love with. Will he follow orders...or become hunted himself?
CONTENT WARNING: Violence, language, sizzling love scenes.
About Chantel Rhondeau
I once thought a great mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading my first romantic suspense novel, I never looked back. Before long, the need to create my own stories took over. I spend my days in the clinical profession of medical transcriptionist, but my passion is in the blissful hours spent with my characters in the evenings.
I live in the western United States, and when I'm not writing I love playing cards with my family, bowling, and snuggling with my lazy kitties.