October 12. 2013
Title : Covert Assignment
by: Missy Marciassa
3 Stars ★★★
Blurb ~ Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.
Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…
Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
What a cool idea for a book. Before even starting this I was intrigued. Elle has finally found a place she feels she fits in: college. That is until she find out her boyfriend is a horn-dog and sees nothing wrong with banging chicks on the side. This puts Elle in an understandable funk and she decides to focus on school even if she’s not really looking forward to it.
Rather than get a boring Library Science degree, Elle is studying how to analyze and track data. When CIA analysts visit her class she never expects her work to catch their eye and put her on radar. Sure she fantasizes about becoming a kick-ass undercover agent but she quickly brushes the thought aside. Well, until the CIA comes knocking asking Elle for help.
Her work is easy, continue analyzing data and share her findings with the Hot ‘Hollywood guy’. “So she got to work on her thesis with a hot guy. This semester was getting more and more interesting by the minute.” Little does Elle know, her entire life is about to become more interesting.
Heavy flirtations with Preston leave Elle wanting more. But his job with the CIA and her being a student complicate things, plus there’s the whole issue with her ex to deal with.
The first half of the book was great. Elle’s school work and life is turned upside down by this CIA offer. She learns about safe rooms, guns and criminals. Things she never thought to imagine for herself. Out of nowhere, Elle becomes a target and things become hairy. In regards of her relationship, she’s none too keen on continuing a relationship with cheating scum but at the same time Elle doesn’t want to be alone. Plus she’s unsure of she wants to throw away years over what could be one mishap. All the while her mind is in turmoil she can’t shut out thoughts of Preston. Needless to say her ex Adam is a tool and I couldn’t wait for her to wake up and smell the roses.
About 75% things just go crazy. Everything speeds up and happens so fast. Suddenly Preston is not shy in hiding his affection and the two begin a somewhat turbulent and smokey affair. But Elle is still in the dark. Preston works for the CIA and she is more unsure of her future than ever before. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, everything got turned upside down and she has to make decisions that will affect her entire future. Will she decide to join them? Is she doing it for the right reasons or because of Preston? Hell, she can barely even figure out where things between her and him stand.
When it ended I was briefly baffled until I realized the series will continue. Elle’s future will continue to change and her with it. I’m looking forward to see what other crazy situations she can find herself in and to see how things with Preston work out. I wouldn’t say there’s a cliff-hanger ending but it’s clear there’s a lot of unanswered questions. This was a very different idea and worked well as a NA novel. There was mystery, scandal and pure temptation in the form of Preston. There are a lot of small details that you just have to read for yourself to not spoil the surprise. But overall this was a very thrilling read and I can’t wait for the following book in the series.