Book Reviews

Lethal Affairs (Elite Operatives 1) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by jj on 24-July-2013

Book Blurb

Love has never been more lethal.

Elite operative Domino is no stranger to peril and impossible situations. Trained all her life to be just as comfortable fighting terrorists as mixing with the gala crowd, she is proficient at playing any role necessary to accomplish her objective and believes the cause sanctifies the means. But her latest assignment to investigate journalist Hayley Ward will test more than her skills, ingenuity, and courage, because this time she faces the ultimate dilemma: a choice between loyalty and love.

First in the Elite Operatives romantic intrigue series.


Book Review

This first book in the 'Elite Operatives' series is a winner. I was already smitten since I had read the sixth book, 'The Gemini Deception', and I wanted to know and experience the beginnings. Most of the considerable action in the trenches peppered with some scenes between the sheets happens in and around Washington, D.C. plus a few investigative jaunts to Brooklyn, NY. I could not put this book down. 

Domino, aka Luca Madison, is a brilliant and accomplished operative. Adopted at an early age from an orphanage in the Balkins by the EOO (Elite Operatives Organization), she was raised, educated, and trained within their system. Luca is highly guarded, with lightening reflexes, and skillful at avoiding personal questions. However, she is rather blown away by Haley and puts her life and career on the line for her. Rather awesome, I would say.   

Haley Ward is a reporter for the Baltimore Dispatch. She is low on the totem pole and hungry for that first big break. Voilà a first break opportunity shows up unbidden in her mailbox. Relentless in her pursuit of this story, she is also incredibly charming, loving, and seductive. She, too, is surprised how hard she falls for Luca. Together they are a powerhouse couple and quite a sexy pair. 

On balance, there is considerably more edge of your seat action than sizzling sex, but the heat generated by Luca and Haley permeates throughout and raises the intensity level for all. There is also a cinema graphic quality to this story that continues to make me wonder why no screenwriter has translated this to a visual medium as well. It would be marvelous!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 288 pages/81996 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-July-2008
Price $9.99 ebook, $15.95 paperback
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