The Espionage Effect

Kat Bastion
The Espionage Effect
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Amazon Digital
Release Date
July 2015
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When desire sets you free…control is a matter of perception.

I'm Devin Hill.

Darkness taints my soul.

I'm suffocating. Drowning.

The sweet promise of air? Pure illusion.

Tested as a genius at age seven, I hide my emotions, become what they expect...bury my secrets. At nineteen, I trudge toward a predestined path, blinders on, heart safeguarded.

Until I dare to be wild.

Until Alec Marquez crashes into my world.

Until all that follows redefines everything I've ever known.

What happens when you stumble into a world of spies...and discover you belong there?

*** This is a standalone full-length novel. ***

Genre: Romantic Suspense / Action-Adventure Romance /
Erotic Romance (sensual, explicit, sexual awakening)

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Aug 29, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
3.5 "Lessons in Spying and Love" Stars. Deception, betrayal, revenge and vengeance abound in THE ESPIONAGE EFFECT. If you love quirky, genius heroines with twisted, save the world type danger-filled plots, then THE ESPIONAGE EFFECT may just be the next book you are looking for. I will say though, that while the plot of this romantic suspense took a while to set up, some patience will be well worth your effort, as the story does kick into high gear and contains some rather steamy adventures to boot, particularly towards the later parts of the book.

This is one of those stories where the less you know going in, the better, as a large part of the plot revolves around the mystery surrounding who the characters truly are and what truly motivates them. Therefore my description, like the blurb, will be necessarily short and vague.

Devin Hill, a nineteen year-old genius, experienced a devastating family tragedy that has shaped who she is today. A natural at just about anything she tries, given her extreme intelligence, she could be just about anything. The one thing she knows she no longer wants to be, however, is what she believes is the direction her parents have been steering her in.

Needing a change and opportunity to let loose, Devin goes on a vacation with her best friend, Anna, who encourages her to indulge in a wild affair. There, she stumbles into Alec Marquez who opens up a whole new world to her. A world of passion and spies, secret organizations and world changing missions. But just what is the true reality and does she really fit into this world, and even if she does, can she ever hope to officially become part of it?

I've always been intrigued by shows like Alias and 24. One look at this blurb, and I just knew I had to read it. I have to admit, that it did take a while for me to settle into the story. At first blush the plot seemed too simplistic and unrealistic. I urge you to get past the beginning, however, as nothing is what it first appears to be. Once this story did start to unfold, I was intrigued by the depth and twists and turns that the action, suspense element of this novel took me through, and the undeniable chemistry that maintains a sense of erotic passion throughout this action-filled romance.
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