Close Quarters by Lucy Monroe
published August 2010
bought my copy
Roman Chernichenko is an assassin for a black-ops group and his next job is going to change everything. He and his team are ordered to take out a person involved in espionage who's cover is working as a medical relief worker in Africa. What sounds like a straightforward job get's complicated when Roman realizes that he knows his target. He met Tanya Ruston at the wedding of his sister who's married to Tanya's brother. He doesn't know a lot about Tanya besides that there is some serious attraction between them. When he and his team members realize that she may be innocent the plan has to be changed and making sure that Tanya stays safe is his new priority. Especially because this hard and cynic soldier feels more deeply for Tanya than he ever did before.
Meanwhile agent Bennet Vincent (member of the Goddard Project) is also in Africa to discover who's selling stolen US military technology. When meeting Roman and his group he knows instantly that they are no normal soldiers and that something serious is going on. He's also convinced that Tanya is innocent and will do everything to protect her and he will also do everything to convince Dr. Fleur Andikan, Tanya's boss, that she is his soul mate.
From beginning to end I pretty much enjoyed everything about this book. I liked the setting in Africa and especially the strong characters. They were likable, believable and I wanted to know more about them. I enjoyed the two love stories between Roman & Tanya and Ben & Fleur a lot. The first one was thrilling, sexy and even a bit kinky, the second one was extremly sweet and heart-breakingly beautiful.
I also enjoyed how Africa and the relief work was portrayed. On the one hand you have this beautiful country and people who care for the humans in it and on the other hand you have people only looking for power and money. Especially Fleur's past made a deep impression on me and I was so excited that she found happiness.
I enjoyed reading about Roman's team members and can't wait to learn more about them in upcoming books. Furthermore I enjoyed that at the end of the book there was no big showdown in which half of a country was destroyed. The way Lucy Monroe wrote the end of the book felt more real and fiting than any James Bond like final will ever be.
The cover is ok and nice.
Lucy Monroe once again wrote a beautiful book full of action, friendship and love. I especially enjoyed that for her there are no boundaries when it comes to love. I adored the two love stories which are sexy, cute and just beautiful. Her books don't need an over the top showdown to be thrilling and interesting.
The Goddard Project series
1. Satisfaction guaranteed
2. Deal with this
3. The spy who wants me
4. Watch over me
5. Close Quarters