Book Reviews

The Gemini Deception (Elite Operatives 6) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by jj on 12-July-2013

Book Blurb

Agent Harper “Shield” Kennedy’s specialty within the Elite Operatives Organization is security, although she’s long lost any gratification from babysitting most VIPs. However, her new assignment—to safeguard the U.S. president—will prove to be the biggest challenge of her career. Shield’s mission to protect the first female chief executive is complicated by threats to her own life when she begins to question the president’s orders.

Loner Ryden Wagner is content with her life as a florist until she becomes a pawn in a political deception involving the highest office in the land. Trapped in a dangerous game where one false move could cost Ryden her life, she has to rely solely on the president’s new bodyguard.

As an attraction between the two women grows, so does the urgency for answers, but will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

Sixth in the romantic intrigue series: Elite Operatives.

Book Review

Totally tense from nearly word one. 

This full-length novel has a good deal of twists and turns and one of the scariest villains I have ever come across. Additionally, there are fast cuts between various cities in the US and a lovely winery in Tuscany, Italy. I was on the edge of my seat from the gitgo. We get to know two couples fairly intimately. The primary twosome is linked at the hip for security reasons and started out as total strangers to each other. The second pair is deeply in love and would lay down their lives for the other. One rarely gets to see such devotion. 

Harper Kennedy was adopted and raised by EOO, Elite Operatives Organization. I came to love and hate this group. However, they have extraordinarily talented and super dedicated ‘operatives’. Harper is an Agent Shield and is one of the best. She rarely failed to amaze, astound, and delight me.

Poor Ryden Wagner is thrust into a nearly impossible situation with life threatening implications. She just wanted to do her florist work and make her candles. A survivor of foster homes and institutions, she learned the hard way how to protect her core. The bad folks certainly did their homework, when they picked out Ryden to be the key to a most nefarious plot.  

Jack and Cass are the other female duo. I hope you are as impressed with each of them individually and as a couple as I was. Where they came from, what they’ve been through, and what they personify blew me away.

Hang on to your seat, it is not only going to be a totally bumpy ride, but the wildest and most engaging thriller I have ever read. Do sign up for the adventure and I truly hope you are as captivated as I was. Why hasn’t this been made into a movie?





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 360 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-April-2013
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
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