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This story was a little slow to build up as it was laying out the story but eventually became a dramatic story with lots of twists, turns, surprises and passion. I loved the surprises in the story which hit you in such a way that there was no way you expected them. It was a story of love, passion and how love really can conquer all if you give it a chance no matter what is going on around you. Definitely worth sticking with it through the slow start.
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 2nd in the Unlikely Spies series and ends with an HEA. Olivia works for the US government, stationed out of Hong Kong. Her father is a religious fanatic and was arrested from Hong Kong earlier. She is now trying to visit and/or get her father released. Hong Kong is an interesting setting and one I haven’t read about before. The different views, politics and corruption make for a setting filled with political landmines.
>Markus is an Australian spy working for seemingly everyone. He is a master of disguise and his target is Olivia. Once she finds out their one-night stand was part of Markus’ job, she finds it very hard to trust Markus. The story is filled with intrigue, double agents and high stakes gambling. Some of the intrigue is confusing, as there are a lot of moving parts to the convoluted plot. One part of the plot that is fun to experience is the ‘working marriage’ between Markus and Olivia. They have to get temporarily married to travel to the area housing both Olivia’s father and Markus’ uncle.
>Olivia has an interesting backstory of strange religious poverty. Markus reveals more of himself to Olivia than he feels comfortable with. Their interaction is very romantic. They are drawn toward each other, always protecting and caring for each other. This story was both romantic and suspenseful, set in a unique setting. The book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the story 5 stars.
Olivia Munro, is on a quest to find her father, who is in a detention camp. She meets Ian, and decides to throw caution to the wind for a one night stand. Believing that she'll never run into Ian again. Markus has had premonitions about his death and always sees an angel. When he first sees Olivia, he is struck by how much she resembles the angel in his dreams.
Olivia receives a note to which sends her to a Monastery to speak with the Abbot Sun about her father. Little does Olivia realize that she is being followed, and that Ian is one of many disguises used by Markus Wenger. He is wearing another disguise as a monk doing surveillance at Sun's request. Abbot Sun gives Olivia a book, where she finds a slip of paper with Chinese writing on it. When Abbot Sun is attacked, and Olivia tries to intervene, she is knocked unconscious where Markus steps in and whisks her away.
Olivia is called into her boss's office to look at surveillance footage of two men in a casino. She recognized Edward Mahoney but not the other, Markus. As luck would have it, Olivia's meeting Ian, who is Markus, is also on video. A plan is hatched to use Markus to gather evidence on Mahoney by dangling a carrot for Markus, to get a visa to enter China to see an uncle who is being detained.
Olivia and Markus are to pose as a married couple.
Olivia and Markus have both been damaged by their pasts. In the beginning, neither trusts the other, but over time, they come to realize they need one another. A fake marriage may be what they both need.
I loved this story! I highly recommend Noelle Greene's books.
Markus is a spy. In my opinion, he is a damn good one! He sees everything, can change on a dime which makes him fit into every situation and he seems to be able to play on whichever side needs him at the time. Olivia, on a quest to get her father released from a detention center, seems naïve and a bit out of her element.
I did like the twists and turns. I loved the impromptu wedding and I really liked how honest Olivia was with Markus even when it was uncomfortable. My heart ached towards the end. After all that Olivia and Markus had endured, to have Markus injured and for him to push Oliva away - that was a tough scene for me. I almost didn’t want to continue reading because I was worried there wouldn’t be a happily-ever-after but thankfully there was just that!
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The story is complex and full of twists.Read more
It says that this is a second in the Unlikely Spies Series but it can be read as a stand alone. You won't be confused.Read more