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The Russian Seduction (Book One) (Foreign Affairs Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Navarre
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Book Description

State secrets have never been this sexy.

Victor Kostenko was the golden boy of the Russian Navy, a submarine captain with a maverick image, until he lost his command for an act of treason he didn't commit. Arrogant, aggressive, and super-smart, the captain pairs his daunting reputation with an appetite for adventure. And he's never met a rule he won't break. Now it's rumored he'll do anything to get back in his government's good graces.

Political Counselor Alexis Castle is one of the highest-ranked diplomats at the U.S. Embassy, a rising star who yearns to live up to her father's legacy as a legendary ambassador. Brilliant and driven, she's always played by the rules. She'll torpedo her career for sure if she falls for one of the world's most dangerous men - a bad-boy Russian sub captain who breaks every rule in the book.

When a hard-line Russian leader invades a country the U.S. promised to protect, war can only be avoided by a risky undercover liaison between one man who has everything to gain...and a woman who has everything to lose.


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Subject: Nikki Navarre Assignment: Double Agent Cover: Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of The Russian Seduction. Nikki Navarre is the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre. In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men. Nikki’s literary credentials are suspiciously similar to those of her innocent sister. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Published Author Network (PAN) and a 2009 Golden Heart finalist, she has won the Emily Award for Excellence, the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Award, the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, the Golden Pen, the Duel on the Delta, Hearts through History’s Romance through the Ages, and other awards. Nikki holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in National Security Policy from The George Washington University, and other alarming credentials. Based in Seattle with her screenwriter accomplice and two Siberian cats, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for U.S. government clients. Her notorious adventures in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days. The Russian Seduction (October 2012) may be the last mistake she ever makes. Nikki’s Coordinates: http://www.lauranavarre.com/book/nikki-navarre-books http://www.facebook.com/NikkiNavarreAuthor http://www.twitter.com/Nikki_Navarre

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  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479202754
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Valley Publishing (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DAG47Q
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Diplomat Alexis Castle's glamorous but stressful career dictates every move she makes. And in Moscow, where she's under constant surveillance and faces the very real threat of being compromised by a Russian intelligence agent, her moves are limited to a handful of carefully calculated cocktail parties. Briefcase always in hand, her poise is unbreakable--until the Russian navy makes a threatening move on fragile Ukraine, and she's forced to negotiate a solution with her new counterpart in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disgraced Russian submarine captain Victor Kostenko.

Kostenko, furious at losing his sub command for a trumped-up charge, refuses to engage the American on the Ukrainian crisis, but Alexis is persistent. The daughter of a legendary ambassador--and the new ex-wife of another top-level diplomat--she is driven by the need to prove that her success in her field has nothing to do with the men she's loved. She pursues Kostenko with all required propriety, but once she catches him, their diplomatic standards of engagement are slowly shredded. For now that Kostenko has seen her, he must have her.

And what the Captain wants, the Captain gets.

He agrees to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, but only on his terms. Kostenko teases Alexis, drawing her out of the highly structured world of Russian-American diplomacy. Each increasingly unprofessional encounter reveals another layer of attraction that Alexis struggles to deny, for to give in to her unshakable need for the Captain would mean trashing her career at best, and being arrested for espionage by the Russians at worst. For Kostenko, the possible outcomes of an affair with an American diplomat are no better. The facts are undeniable: they cannot be together.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable espionage romp! January 1, 2013
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"The Russian Seduction" was a very, very enjoyable read. I ripped right through it! If you love hunky Russian heroes and/or stories about state secrets and espionage, this is the book for you. I liked both the hero and heroine; they both had good motivations for what they did and how they handled themselves.

The story was twisty enough to satisfy, and the action moves right along. There isn't a dull moment in this story, and the conflicts between the characters feel real instead of manufactured.

The author, Nikki Navarre, has a gift for describing settings and almost turning them into characters of their own. I definitely felt the harsh beauty of Mother Russia in wintertime. And, important for any suspense story, the action scenes were tense and tightly written.

What would have made this book a 5 for me? I would have liked more time spent on the love scenes. The sexual attraction between these two was a major driver of the plot, so I would have loved more details about this part of the story. (I'm not saying it wasn't hot; I just wanted more!) Additionally, the ending felt a bit rushed. It would have been nice to have had a short epilogue scene that shows us where they ended up, since it's not clear at the end.

I also would have loved to spend time in Victor's head. However, I understand why the author chose not to do so, since not giving us that insight keeps us in just as much suspense as poor Alexis. That said, I really, really love getting the hero's POV in a book, and I missed it here.

However, those are relatively minor issues and certainly reflect my particular taste. I definitely recommend "The Russian Seduction" to anyone looking for a fast, fun, sexy, and intrigue-filled story. I plan to read the next book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot, steamy, and delicious! November 2, 2012
By J. Tate
Format:Paperback
Ms. Navarre has written a wonderful story filled with intrigue, a yearning to break free heroine, and a deliciously hot hero. Set within the sometime glamorous world of international diplomatic relations, Ms. Navarre regales us with a tale of two people from opposing countries who fall in love in spite of those out to ruin their reputation, credibility, and honor.

Ms. Navarre writes with accuracy and mastery. I'm looking forward to her next offering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant! Awesome story! January 31, 2013
By Chi
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I am hooked from the very first page. I was promised to an awesome ride from the start. The author is supreme in her choices of words and to have an inside looks on how the diplomacy at work, that to me is just cherry on top. For me, this is a spy romance thriller. Both Alexis and Victor are of privilege families of their own countries, but they did not cross the line and betray the responsibilities they were given. I love how Alexis can hold her own and rise to the challenges, I admire her poise and grace, the unmatched intellect and the way she turned the table on the Russian government officials, totally took my surprise. The love scenes are steamy, tastefully done with no vulgar language. Finally, I like how the author ended the story. No fairy tale "marry me ", she just left us to wonder and imagine. Dear Ms. Navarre, you've got yourself a loyal fan here. Please keep the good works coming, I can hardly wait for your next novel. Brilliant works you've done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense, Sexy Hero December 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this hero. He's a Russian fantasy man come to life. May as well admit I pictured Dolph Lundgren in the role, lol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed most of the book
I enjoyed most of the book, I would have enjoyed it more, had the sex not been so explicit.
Published 6 days ago by Edna Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Seduction
A very good read. It just shows what countries will do to find out about other countries and how secret agents will use anyone to keep tabs on each others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doris Dolton
4.0 out of 5 stars Substance as well as Sizzle
I enjoyed this book. It was a chick lit but one with a lot to it not just silliness not like a lot of the books of the genre can be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LondonDreaming
5.0 out of 5 stars The Russian Seduction (Book One) (Foreign Affairs Series)...Nikki...
I love the works of Nikki Navarre. Read Book two first in error, though. It is hard to close my Kindle...just want to read on and on. I recommend digesting her stories. <3
Published 8 months ago by Dorothy P. C. Kissell
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapism at its finest!!!
What a treat to read a romance novel that had believable characters and a plot that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lindakay520
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a spy novel with a great romance inside
I’m a blunt reviewer, so let’s cut to the recommendation: buy it.

This is one of the smartest romances I’ve ever read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shannon Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars a Sexy, intelligent read
The author relates an intriguing, smartly written story. Totally believable, given recent history. Each character is fully fleshed out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Twin virgo
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This was a really good read. Fast paced and pretty easy to get into, well after the first chapter. The first chapter had a lot of political talk that took some getting use to. Read more
Published 14 months ago by elgato
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
Wow this was a fantastic book, couldn't put it down, from start to finish it drew you into the suspense and intrigue of the Russian/American diplomatic circles. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars good from cover to cover
I really enjoyed this book. It had all the right ingredients, romance, suspense. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to be entertained.
Published 16 months ago by kelly p.
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Subject: Nikki Navarre
Assignment: Double Agent
Cover: Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of The Russian Seduction.

Nikki Navarre is the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre. In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who's lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she's been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world's most dangerous men.

Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue. Her literary credentials are suspiciously similar to those of her innocent twin. A member of Romance Writers of America's Published Author Network (PAN) and 2009 Golden Heart finalist, she has won the 2012 Pacific Northwest Writers Association award for romance, the Emily Award for Excellence, the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, the Golden Pen, and many others.

Nikki holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in National Security Policy from The George Washington University, and other alarming credentials. Based in Seattle with her screenwriter husband and two Siberian cats, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for U.S. government clients. Her notorious adventures in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days.

The Russian Seduction (October 2012) may be the last mistake she ever makes.

Nikki's Coordinates:

http://www.facebook.com/NikkiNavarreAuthor
http://www.twitter.com/Nikki_Navarre
http://www.lauranavarre.com/book/nikki-navarre-books

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