Publication date: December 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Blurb:Covert Assignment is a New Adult, Coming of Age Novel with a strong romantic element. Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.
Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…
Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.
Apparently FBI/CIA/DEA stories are becoming a favorite of mine because from the second I started reading about Elle and her CIA secret missions I was hooked. We meet Elle in her final year of college and going through some pivotal moments that are changing the direction she thought her life was heading. She is wicked smart and graduating isn't a problem but the 10 year plan she had in her head seems to come to a complete halt when her boyfriend is caught cheating. Enter the CIA and hot supervising officer named Preston with a new challenge to help them with cases. Of course she will take the opportunity to help and she is more than capable but she doesn't know how this will change her whole outlook on her life and future.
Elle was an approachable character in my eyes. She wasn't the hardcore government agent who kill you with her pinky finger, but more of the nerd/smart/computer-y type of person. She had a strength in here that I'm not even sure she realized throughout the story, but at the end of the day she is going to find you hacking a system over busting in your door. It worked for this story because of how much growth you see from beginning to end. She builds her confidence both as a techy and as a woman throughout and that's what I love to see in a female lead. She only bothered me when it came to her ex-bf Adam and his cheating. She was going to take him back, MULTIPLE TIMES, even though he was clearly alright with cheating. That is never cool with me, I wish she just had the gumption to say scram and that be that. I did, however, understand why it took her longer to really get that it wasn't something to forgive and look past. She came from a divorced home where she never felt comfortable interacting with her parents because of it and she was so focused on making her life plan work that it got in the way of the logical side of her brain. The part that looked at data and found patterns and loved those patterns. I did appreciate the fact that she slowly came to terms with everything around her and really made a gut decision that was good for her.
The relationships with other people where what spurred this book on for me. Of course there was all the high stakes danger and CIA-ness going on which was fascinating, but the way Elle and Adam, or Elle and Preston or even Elle and the CIA interacted with each other was what made this book awesome. Character development and dealing with situational problems moved this story along and fast, especially at the end of the book. Preston and Elle's vibes were hot and heavy enough that you could feel their connection through the pages, even if they didn't even know what was going on at first. Adam is just a tool, but at least he was a helpful tool to get Elle where she needed to be in the end. The crime fighting college nerd will have you intrigued from start to finish and really love reading about her coming-to-adulthood phase.-My Opinion- Buy it!
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About the author:Missy Marciassa loved getting lost in novels from the time she could read, so it’s no surprise she wanted to write. Her very first “novels” were re-writing the books she read to get the endings she wanted in second grade. Missy continued to read and write through grade school and high school.
After becoming rather disillusioned with fiction after writing literary criticism as an English major in college, however, Missy focused on her enjoyment of learning about people and studied psychology. Reading fiction fell to the wayside with all the reading and writing required for college and graduate school, but once Missy became a doctoral candidate, she rediscovered her love of fiction. Then she started getting the urge to write, an urge that wouldn’t go away (she refuses to diagnose it as a compulsion). Covert Assignment is the end result of that urge.
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