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I've been reading Linda Conrad for several years and I know I can always count on her for a suspenseful read, full of passion and adventure, and more than a little danger. The Covert Agent's Virgin Affair delivers all that in spades. Don't let the title fool you, this book is so much more.
Jake Pierson is an FBI agent, undercover investigating a money laundering scheme in the little town of Honey Creek, Montana, planning to use seduction to get information out of the daughter of his dead prime suspect. He never expected that this innocent... in more way than one... young woman may be his undoing.
Mary Walsh has new ambitions for her life. After reinventing herself, this small town librarian has learned a lot of hard lessons, not the least of which is who she can trust after her supposedly long time dead father shows up again... dead for real this time.
After a wildly passionate evening between Jake and Mary, they find themselves in a bind. Mary knows he is hiding something big and Jake finds the innocent Mary to hard to resist. However, someone wants them dead and will stop at nothing to see that accomplished. If Mary and Jake can't move past their fears, The Covert Agent's Virgin Affair may wind up costing them a lot more than their hearts... it will mean their lives.
Jake and Mary are such a delightful couple. And interestingly enough, the roles are somewhat reversed here. Jake may be a tough as nails FBI operative, but he is the emotionally vulnerable one. Full of remorse and guilt over believing himself responsible for the death of loved ones in the past, he fears that the more attached to Mary he becomes, the more danger she is in. Mary on the other hand, is very strong on the inside, where it counts most. She has suffered a lot in her life, but fights through it all, to rebuild herself from the inside out. These two need each other in so many ways, and never is this more evident than in a very powerful scene towards the end of the novel when we see just how deep their love goes. I can't go into details as to what happens since it will give too much away, but trust me, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about when you reach that scene.
Suspense is nail-biting from beginning to end in The Covert Agent's Virgin Affair. From the opening scene between Jake and his assailant, to the final showdown, action and adventure is unceasing as we wait in breathless anticipation to find out who is behind the attempts on Jake and Mary's lives and why they want them dead. While key elements of this novel are resolved by the end, the larger overarching mystery behind The Coltons of Montana is left wide open, with a few clues revealed, to be further explored in later books of this continuity series.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, read August 2010. All rights reserved.