Author: Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Release Date: July 14, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Heartbreaker
About The Espionage Effect: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. ***
The Espionage Effect Review:
Oh – I don’t read suspense often. So when I do, it tends to be very hit or miss. Too much romance and not enough suspense? The suspense feels forced. Not enough romance? Well, I’m a dirty birdy. I get bored.
I’m excited to say The Espionage Effect was a hit in my book.
There were a few things that really annoyed me, which I’ll get into. But although they annoyed me a lot, they mattered very little. In the grand scheme of the book, at least. So I can overlook them when putting together my review.
What did I like? The plot – it was the right amount of sciency plotting and actiony violence. I’m so precise in what I’m looking for, right? 😛 I hate when something is just all action and violence – practically explosion porn. But when it’s super scientific, things can get confusing. This book’s evil villains were the perfect mix of both.
Also, the chemistry. Hellooo, the chemistry. Alec and Devin were dripping with it both physically and verbally. And it’s amazing how their two chemistries would mix – their physical reactions to each other while having innocent back and forth about what they were doing at the moment.
However, I sometimes found it to be too descriptive. Especially in the beginning. Once Alec is introduced and there’s more dialogue, it wasn’t as noticeable most of the time. But in the beginning it was so hard to read. The in-depth descriptions that didn’t seem to serve a purpose were begging me to skim through. But then when I would start skimming, I realize I’d missed the one sentence of dialogue or plot on the page. This also tended to happen in action scenes.
I really liked these characters and this story – I’d love for it to continue. But we’ll just have to wait and see (hint hint, Kat and Stone).
About Kat & Stone Bastion:
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.