Book & Author Details:
Covert Assignment by Missy Marciassa
Publication date: December 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Review Copy from: Xpresso Book Tours
My Rating: 4
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.
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.
What happens when the plan you’ve had since you were a kid has a wrench thrown in it? That’s exactly what happens to college senior Elle when she discovers intimate pictures between her boyfriend, Adam, and his project partner. As if that isn’t enough, Elle gets a new partner for her thesis, Preston Raddick, who she finds out is really funding her project as an undercover investigation for the CIA. As things heat up between Elle and Preston and she gets closer to completing her thesis, she finds herself thrown into a world of danger where she finds herself questioning if her plan is really what she wants.
The story showed a lot of growth for Elle. She is your typical good college student. She’s worked hard to stay in school funded by only scholarships since her parents find her more of an annoyance than an asset although she has finally come to terms with that. When her world gets turned upside down by her boyfriend’s betrayal and the deception of her thesis, she doesn’t know where to turn. Sure, her best friends and roommates can offer advice about her love life but how can she deviate from her paved pathway. The only person she can speak to about her project is Preston but she wonders where his intentions truly lie. As the bond between her and Preston grows, Elle find herself fighting for her life, showing strength and courage she never thought she had. And speaking of Preston, yum! I can just picture this sexy, mysterious secret agent. From questioning her life plan to sampling new things, he’s the one who really pulls her from her comfort zone. The only real question is if he’s in it for the long haul.
Missy has done a wonderful job of creating a coming of age story. The plot snatches you up and doesn’t let go until the very end. Her main character, Elle, shows a lot of growth throughout and the romance is ahhhmazing. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a hot agent involved either. The ending offers closure for this part of the story but offers a cliffhanger of sorts pulling you into the next book. I can’t wait to read Covert Interview which comes out on December 2nd.
I would recommend this book to fans of new adult romance. With the CIA angle, it would also be appropriate for those who like a good romantic suspense.
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.
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