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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743292774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743292771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Maines's delicious spy spoof debut, wide-eyed linguist Nikki Lanier joins the confidential side of Carrie Mae, a cosmetics giant like Mary Kay or Avon, whose charity foundation uses covert means to help women. Nikki doesn't bat an eyelash as she undergoes rigorous training at the company's academy in Santa Clarita, Calif., where female spies are stylishly equipped with gizmos like pepper spray perfume, flash grenade lipsticks, mini-scanner compacts, knockout breath mints, acid nail polish, plastic explosive foundation, and stiletto stilettos. With Valerie Robinson, a jaded pro, Nikki embarks on her first mission, to rescue Lawan Chinnawat, one of the loudest voices protesting the sex trade that flourishes throughout Asia, who's been abducted. The plot takes a few surprise twists before reaching the exciting climax. Maines deftly combines humor with action in this fashion-forward thriller, which will remind many of such TV shows as Charlie's Angels, Alias, and Heroes. (Mar.)
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With a linguistics degree and no other prospects, Nikki Lanier takes a job with the philanthropic arm of Carrie Mae, a cosmetics company, to get out of her mother’s house. She doesn’t expect the training to involve target practice, intelligence techniques, and identifying explosives disguised as make-up. The Carrie Mae Foundation is actually a network of secret operatives charged with protecting women around the world. Nikki passes her training with flying colors. Her boss, the enigmatic Mrs. M, then pairs Nikki with flinty agent Valerie Robinson and sends them to Thailand to find the missing director of a women’s clinic. Mix in double agents, human trafficking, and repeated run-ins with a charismatic stranger who’s hiding something, and Maines turns in a tale full of surprises. This debut novelist may lack polish, but she makes up for it with a clever premise in this madcap romantic adventure that is as humorous as it is action-packed. --Aleksandra Walker

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It was an easy, fun read.
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I planned to read it on my week of summer vacation and I read it in two days.
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By LeeS1957 on April 1, 2010
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I loved this book. I just ordered a backup copy to share with friends. I really hope more is on the way I could not wait to get to the end but was sad at the same time when I did because I had to say goodby to the characters until hopefully the next book comes out. I live in the Seattle area and althought I was not able to get to the book store to have my copy signed in person I was able to have the store reserve a copy and have it signed for me. I have it in a safe place because I know that this author is going somewhere. Think Janet Evanovitch with less sex but all of the fun. This nice because I have a young niece that is an advanced reater and there is nothing in this book that I would make it inapproprate for her. Nikki is smart she thinks things through but there is also some luck involved to get where she needs to go. I love that the women work together as a team each having their own strengths to share with each other. I also like the mixed age and background of the group. I really cant wait for the next installment
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Ryan on April 16, 2010
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What do make-up and espionage have in common? Nikki Lanier! I very much enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down. Finally, there's a female answer to James Bond. Not as suave, maybe, at least not in the beginning. :) Bethany Maines does a great job of weaving important issues into an entertaining format. Her characters stand out from the page and the story is just downright fun. I was very entertained by this debut book of Ms. Maines and look forward to the next installment.
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Bulletproof Mascara was a great mix of drama, suspense and humor. This book drew me in with the adventures and twists of Nikki Lanier. Was Zev a good guy or was he a spy? Is Val really who she says she is? The combination of these intriguing questions and the humor of Nikki's character made it hard to put this book down. What an incredible adventure story with a female lead! I can't wait to read more about Nikki Lanier through the eyes of Ms. Maines.
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By Wanderlust on July 7, 2014
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Any easy and enjoyable read. CIA meets GI Jane. :-)
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By Patti Kaye on February 16, 2014
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I bought it because it was on sale. It was an easy, fun read. I'll probably look to see if this is a series.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book - great plot, characters, pacing. It was a light, easy read that made my plane ride go by quickly and caused the the person sitting next to me to think I was crazy because I kept laughing out loud.
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I have to admit when I first picked up the book I looked at the cover and the idea of a woman spy and I was on the fence. But it didn't take long before I was drawn into the adventure. The book has a great mix of humor, suspense, and action. Nikki is a great character who is thrust head first into the action. I can't wait for the next book.
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More About the Author

Bethany Maines, a native of Tacoma WA, is the author of the Carrie Mae Mystery series (from Simon & Schuster), and Tales From the City of Destiny. When she's not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her fourth degree black belt in karate, she can be found at her job as the co-owner of the graphic design firm LILT.

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