Monday, June 10, 2013

The Blood Code by Misty Evans

The Blood Code (Super Agent #4)
Misty Evans
ebook:  250 pages
Release Date:  June 17, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing, LLC (Edge Line)
ISBN:  1622660994
Source: ARC from publisher

For more information about the author Misty Evans, and to read an excerpt from her book, check out her website.

From Misty Evans's website:

Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow to be his future wife in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.

Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan is happy to recruit Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her. He refuses to let her go it alone, even if it means risking his own critical mission.

Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.

My Review

I have to start off saying that nothing makes me happier or gets me more involved in a book than a really tough, strong, believable, female main character. And Anya Romanov Radzoya is absolutely that person. She doesn’t wait around for someone to save her. She fights back and fights hard for her loved ones. I love Anya and I felt her fear every time she put herself in a risky situation.

The entire story is based around Anya’s lineage and her Russian past that even she doesn’t necessarily know all the details too. There is mystery, action, and of course steamy romance. It’s a fun, summer read. I read it at the beach, which was probably a good place since the obvious redness in my cheeks from the intense heat of the book could be blamed on the scorching sun.

President Ivanov is a great villain. He absolutely oozes evil and corruption. From his actions to the plans in his head, there is nothing redeemable about this character. Which makes it all the more fun to root for him to fail miserably. The depth that one man will go to for absolute power is terrifying.

Then there’s Ryan. He’s that guy. He’s gorgeous, funny, a bit insecure at times, and a secret agent. How can you not fall in love with him? His admiration for Anya is endearing and when he realizes how it’s turned into love, you will long for them to be together. And when they get together? Well, let’s just say fireworks aren’t anywhere near what goes off between them.

There are plenty of wonderful secondary characters in the book from Truman to Del and my favorite, Naomi. I want to know more about them. There's a history between a few that I'm dying to uncover.

The Blood Code is an exciting adventure with plenty of secrets along the way.  Just when you have it all figured out another twist will keep you guessing about the final end game, exactly what a spy story should do. The ending is great and hopefully we will see bits of Anya and Ryan again. Misty Evans does a great job weaving real-life details and bringing the reader into the CIA world. Love this series. A definite must read.

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  1. Meredith, your review enforces my desire to read this book.

    1. Good! It's really a fabulous read. I haven't read a spy novel in a while and this totally changed my TBR pile!