Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Faberge Entanglement (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Faberge Entanglement 
Author: Lesley Meryn and Elle Brookes
Series: N/A
Pages: 306
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Thriller/Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Sabinne ‘Saber’ Darrieux’s father, the billionaire CEO of Frontenac Global Security has been kidnapped. His ransom is not cash in a numbered offshore account, or a briefcase of Bearer Bonds but something utterly unique, incredibly valuable, and until recently, hidden away from the world.

The kidnapper seems to know Saber very well, and knows that the next day, through her work as an elite translator she will be in the same location as the Object. She must steal the Object and deliver it to the kidnapper to ransom her father.

Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent has just come off of two harrowing missions. Upon returning to London for a well-earned rest, he learns that his friend and fellow agent, has been murdered in Moscow, but not before he made use of a unique Object as a mobile ‘drop site’ for the valuable intelligence he was carrying.

The drop site is traveling from Moscow to England. Steele insists on completing the mission to honor the death of his friend, Gerry Cornell.

At an ultra-chic quasi-diplomatic gathering in a mansion in Windsor, England, Saber and Steele meet and find themselves faced with a powerful, undeniable attraction. But at the moment, this compelling attraction is very inconvenient.

In reality they are at the mansion to check out the security arrangements — for their own reasons — to steal the Object, a Fabergé egg worth thirty million dollars. But who will get to the egg first?

~My Thoughts~
It's love (lust?) at first sight with Saber and Steele, and it really works for them. Why not? They're both attractive, intelligent individuals, who happen to have mad spy and thieving skills!

Saber and Steele were both really witty, fun characters. The chemistry, dialogue, and snarky quips they exchanged really helped build a solid relationship foundation that went beyond their physical attraction and really made you want them to get together. (Think Mr. and Mrs. Smith dynamics between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt). The insta-lust was a bit much for me. It felt slightly unreal because these two are supposed to be seasoned professionals at what they do and they both get SO unbelievably head-over-heels for each other that they can barely get their jobs done. 

The writing style was nice and descriptive, with a lot of detail and time spent on shaping the scene and characters. I enjoyed the plot as well, as it kept moving and had a good pace to it. The dialogue was by far my favorite part though; as I mentioned, the zingers and snarky talk were really entertaining and kept me invested in the characters long enough to be down with their love story. 

I'd give Steele and Saber another read if they happened to appear in a sequel ;) 

~Try an Excerpt!~
 As though aware of Steele's gaze upon her, she glanced up. From her size and coloring, he'd assumed she was Japanese. She wasn't. Her eyes, an extraordinary color of violet, rested momentarily on him as she continued without pause, effortlessly translating Hakata's response into English for Hennessey. For a moment Hennessey looked doubtful. From this expression the woman made an offhand comment in Japanese and winked.
There was an awkward moment of silence, then the group of soberly dressed men burst into laugher, and Hakata bowed first to her, then to Hennessey. Her smile was confident, not smug, as she observed both men. Steele was impressed at how she easily she managed these two immensely powerful men. Then the two men, potential adversaries on the battlefield of trade, shook hands, both smiling.
Though anchored to Samantha's side, Steele continued his surreptitious observation of Hennessey's translator. There was something intensely compelling about her. Standing next to Hennessey made her seem delicate, and she was petite, probably not much more than a few inches above five feet. Her straight black hair was cut in a blunt style that evoked the image of some long-lost film siren from the nineteen twenties, accentuating the feline curve of her cheekbones. Dark bangs brushed thick sooty eyebrows, framing those arresting violet eyes that flashed with keen intelligence. Her lips were lush, full, and painted the exact translucent shade of a well-aged margaux wine and looking just as delectable. From what was revealed by the thigh high slash in the body-hugging black velvet sheath dress she wore, she was as exquisitely constructed as a Fabergé egg. 
Steele smiled slightly at the unconscious comparison, as he turned to regard the four incomparable Fabergé Imperial Eggs that rested in the spotlighted Plexiglas case behind him.

~Meet Lesley and Elle!~ 

Enjoyed an exotic, adventure-filled childhood, following her anthropologist father and travel writer mother to the farthest corners of the world. She later took inspiration from her Aunt Sophia Francesca and became the author of romantic adventure novels. She alternates her time between Los Angeles, and a family property located in Yorkshire England.


She is the author of the first two books of the Time Frame Series. Loves travel, discovering new foods to try, reading and writing. She currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie and her hedgehog Quiller.
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  1. Saber and Steele - great character names.


  2. Replies
    1. Lesley and I would like to thank you very much for hosting us and our new book The Fabergé Entanglement!

  3. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing the excerpt and your thoughts!

    1. Eva, Thank you for stopping by and your positive comment!

  4. Really loved the review. Great excerpt. also.

    1. Hi MomJane, thanks for taking the time to check out our book. Lesley and I really appreciate it!

  5. Great post, thanks for sharing your review and the excerpt.

    1. Hi Victoria, Lesley and I thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  6. I really enjoyed the review. Thank you for the entire post and giveaway!

    1. Hi Ree Dee, Thanks for stopping by! Lesley and I really appreciate it!

  7. Costa Rica? Los Angeles? Yorkshire? Amazing how you write together! Lots of emails?

    1. Hi Laney4, I think it's all the magic of the internet, We Skype a lot, and to be honest we just know how to get into the others head.