OPERATION PARIS by Misty Evans
Title: Operation Paris
Series: Super Agents (#2)
Authors: Misty Evans
Release Date: August 4, 2014 (original release date of March 2009 as I’d Rather Be In Paris)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.
Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.
But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.
With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.
USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.
The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.
Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.
Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.
Misty is giving away one digital copy of Operation Sheba, Book 1 in the Super Agent Series at each blog stop.
“What are you so pissed about?”
“I’m not pissed!” As Zara’s voice rang inside the car, she forced herself to take a deep breath and calm down.
“I’m just having a really, really bad night.”
Lawson got out of the car and came over to her side. He opened the door and pulled her out of the seat, putting his hands on her shoulders. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you. I promise.”
She looked into his face, and without warning, burst into tears.
Mortified at her lack of control, she brushed Lawson’s hands off her shoulders and walked to the rear of the car. The tears rolled down her cheeks, and she pressed the sleeve of the robe to her face in an attempt to hide them.
“Hey.” He came up behind her and rubbed her back. “It’s not that bad. I’ve been in a lot tighter situations than this.”
She shrugged his hand off. “You just killed two people and you think I’m overreacting?”
Lights from a passing car touched his face. He guided her to the other side of the Audi and leaned her back against the passenger-side door, planting his hands on either side of her.
“I didn’t say you were overreacting.” He dropped his face close to hers. “Yvette was going to kill you, plain and simple. I took care of her before she could do the job. At that point, it became necessary to stop Giovanni as well. If I’d left him alive, he could have followed us or reported back to Yvette’s friends and then we’d have a classic Chinese goatfuck.”
His gaze traced over her face. “Right now, we’ve dodged the police and whoever may follow up on Yvette’s death. We need to get on the road again before we call any more attention to ourselves, and I need to make contact with Langley.”
Zara wiped at her eyes again, took a breath and regrouped. As she was driving, her brain had red-flagged a couple things Yvette had said. “I think Yvette was tied in with the same group Varina Scalfaro is running for the Mafia. She kept talking about her clients and her business partner. I don’t think Yvette’s playing mistress for a handful of rich men solely for her own gain. I think she was actually running a prostitution ring in partnership with someone else, probably Varina.” She hated herself for what she was about to say. “And in that case, I’m not sure what Director Flynn has up his sleeve.”
In the deep shadows of the night, Lawson nodded. “We just ran out of people we can trust, didn’t we?”
“What are we going to do?”
Lawson eased her to him. “Shhh. Don’t cry.”
“I’m not crying, you moron.” She smacked his chest and attempted to push him away at the same time. Although she wasn’t sure why she was pushing him away. She felt better when he was close. “I had dinner all planned out. We were going to go someplace nice, but not too fancy, because I knew you wouldn’t like that, and…and… Damn it!”
Lawson smiled down at her. “So we have to take a rain check on the dinner thing. The mission isn’t over yet. We’ve still got time.”
“But I wanted to do it in Paris, and now we’re fugitives on the run from there. We can’t go back. Not even for dinner.”
He pushed a stray hair away from her face and hooked it behind her ear. “When the mission is over, our names will be cleared. We’ll have a proper dinner anywhere you want then, okay?”
She studied his expression in the dark shadows of the night. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re trying to placate me. After the mission is over, we won’t be partners anymore.”
“That doesn’t mean we can’t have dinner.”
Her pulse tripped over a couple of beats. “You want to have dinner with me after the assignment is over?”
He lowered his face and leaned his forehead on hers. “Jesus. I’ve spent the past twenty-four hours trying to come up with an excuse to do just that.”
“We don’t even like each other.”
He brushed her lips with his in response.
A jolt of electricity shot all the way down to her toes. This could not be happening. “You are bent, Lawson Vaughn,” she said, smacking his chest again.
“Then we make a good pair.”
This time, his lips were more insistent against hers, demanding and possessive. Zara closed her eyes and kissed him back. One of his hands went to the small of her back, and he drew her in close to his body, pressing her against the car frame and sinking his other hand into her hair.
He held her head as he parted her lips with the tip of his tongue, and she let go of the last of her hesitation and ahhed into his mouth. She ran her hands under his jacket, and the solid muscles of his back tightened under her palms. Rising up on her toes, she pulled their bodies even closer.
She wanted to forget about Yvette and Giovanni. She wanted to forget about being on the run from the police and whoever Yvette worked for. She wanted to forget she and Lawson were running out of people to trust.
At that moment, in the darkness of the French countryside, she wanted to forget all of it, to give up control and forget about everything except the tough, sexy man holding her close.
August 18, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Operation Paris by Misty Evans is a 2014 publication I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The only person who can truly betray you is someone you love”
Zara is no stranger to betrayals with first one thing and then another in her life. Once a promising ballerina, a severe injury killed all hopes of a dancing career. Now, Zara works for the CIA and has a reputation as a loose cannon. She does kind of fly by the seat of her pants but she managed to save lives and walk away relatively unscathed, well, except for a few nightmares.
Now one of the most dangerous criminals in the world has escaped. Alexandrov Dmitri put the “terror” is the word 'terrorist”. A biochemical terrorist that could even have mob ties on top of that is Zara's number one enemy. Now that he has escaped, she is could be on his radar.
So, with more knowledge about him than most, a fluent speaker of French and someone who knows the lay of land in France, plus she gets a glowing recommendation from her superior, Zara is partnered with Lawson Vaughn. The sparks fly as Zara and Lawson try take charge of the mission. There is no doubt they are turned on by each other but each has their own ideas about how things should be and they usually wind up trading barbs and jockeying for position. But, when things get serious, they both bring their A game because it is becoming more and more unclear who they can or can not trust.
I loved this spy caper and romantic suspense story. Zara and Vaughn have great chemistry although Vaughn may rub you the wrong way because he comes off as sexist. But, he does have a huge amount of respect for Zara. I think a lot of his blustering came from the fear Zara would get herself killed, and from the fact that he felt a little intimidated by her power over him and her well educated and affluent background. But, as you will see, the by the book Lawson Vaughn isn't always in complete control.
The suspense is a very slow build and I was very concerned about some of the people surrounding Zara. Who was on her side and who was only pretending to be in her corner? Was Zara being set up? The banter, wit, action, suspense and of course hot steamy romance was balanced very well. A few times I thought the conversations with Christian concerning Zara's former ballerina days might have dragged on a bit too long, but over all the story moved along at a good clip and kept me interested and engaged with the characters.
This is an entertaining read I would recommend to all fans of Romantic Suspense. This one gets 4 stars.
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