Monday, November 30, 2015

Splendid Isolation by Helena Maeve

Old spies make dangerous hostages.

A prisoner at the tender mercies of the British Secret Intelligence Services, Manuel has to believe that trading freedom for protection was his only hope of avoiding payback for his crimes. Yet his chequered past is neither forgiven nor forgotten. Every day, Manuel is tasked with providing his handlers new intelligence about the bloodthirsty power players he once served. And if he refuses, there are consequences.

In charge of Manuel’s debriefing is Cole, a high-ranking Section officer whose history is intimately intertwined with Manuel’s misdeeds. He has made it his mission to unearth Manuel’s secrets, however long that takes. He will break Manuel because it is necessary. Avenging a broken heart has nothing to do with it.

But time is not on their side. When Manuel’s former employer targets the safe house where he is imprisoned, his usefulness as an asset is called into question. As old passions awaken, both Cole and Manuel discover that letting go of the past may not be as easy as they’d hoped.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have read all three of the series, and can honestly say that this is the most confusing, but also the most interesting. I really enjoyed the first two, and the genre of spy, counter spy, etc. worked well, and I could see the possible exit points, etc. After reading this, I wanted to know more, and to know why, and ... well I guess they just got under my skin!

It is always very interesting when the main protagonist is ‘in theory’ the bad guy. Once you read how he is treated, and what his expectations are ... well it is difficult to decide who is good and who is bad – let alone why! That a long ago denied love affair somehow infiltrates the story ... well it is ... complex. I love the detail, the little things which ground the events in a plausible reality, and which make it all the more disturbing.

I shall be pondering this one for a while! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Best Kept Lies post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Price of Freedom post.

Helena Maeve has always been globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she's collected in her excursions. When she isn't writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Splendid Isolation (Shadow Play #3) by Helena Maeve to read and review.

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