Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker knows the Mexican cartel smuggling game. But posing as part owner of an adult store to ferret out the newest tunnel into the US is a first. So is Zoe Brooks, his partner, new to undercover and a sex-toy virgin. Taft’s up for the sexy challenge. At least until he sees the real Zoe beneath her tough façade and realizes, for the first time in his life, he’ll have to risk his heart to win.
After the death of a teammate, Border Patrol Agent Zoe Brooks is ready to get off the front lines. She’s willing to tolerate a swaggering partner like Taft for a chance to work investigations with ICE. But she’s not prepared for the way he understands her deepest, sexiest desires. Or the fact that she’ll have to break her own rules to grab hold of the passion she’s always wanted.
When I downloaded a review copy of this book, I’m not sure I looked all that closely at the blurb!
The ‘Covert Affairs’ title drew me in, because I’ve recently overdosed on sugary small town romances, and was in the mood for something a bit edgier.
I don’t think you’ll get much edgier than two people working undercover in a sex shop!
For a novella that is – ahem – rather focused on the sex, I was impressed by the attention to detail in the action scenes and the parts involving life in law enforcement. I have no way to know if it was accurate or not, but it seemed to be well-researched. Of course, most government agents probably aren’t paid to work in adult stores, but this is supposed to be a racy romance!
I’ve never read anything by Joan Swan before, and this was clearly a bridging novella between books one and two, with characters other readers will no doubt be familiar with. I assume the tone of this one is similar to the first in the series, and if you’re in it for the steam, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.