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Double-Cross (Mills & Boon Romantic Suspense) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Jul 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373513283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373513284
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 10.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,840,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At *least* twice the fun 28 Jan. 2005
By Robin C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Double-Cross may be a romance at heart, but it more than holds its own in the action genre as well.

Samantha St. John is a higly trained CIA operative who finds herself accused of treason when a video shows up that appears to contain footage of herself participating in terrorist acts. To make matters worse, while on the run she learns that one of her friends from the Academy that trained her has been murdered. Pretty soon, she finds herself chasing knowlege that may help bring the killer to justice while trying to clear her own name, and the two plotlines converge into an exciting and ultimately satisfying read.

One of Double-cross's greatest strengths is its fast pace and flawless action. Fletcher paints smooth and plausible scenes, and leaves just enough clues to make the whole book an exciting read without giving everything away. Her combat scenes are well choreographed and easy to read, and the way she handles intrigue and discovery is with a deft but effective hand.

The other great strength Double Cross has is its romantic angle - namely, a flirtation with hero and fellow CIA agent Riley McLane. So often, scenes in romances are forced or contrived, but not in Double-Cross. Here both Hero and Heroine are focused mainly on their respective missions (which are sometimes at odds, but not always), and it is in working together and learning to trust that their relationship grows. Readers looking for tons of steamy sex scenes had best look elsewhere, but for those of us who just want to see a smart savvy herione succeed *and* find a spark of love on the way, this book makes it happen with style. Aside from a few slightly contrived sensual scenes, the working chemistry between Sam and Riley is right on the money. They're a sexy and well-matched duo, and their arc grows from the story in an entirely natural way.

Despite the fact that this book is one in a series, I found it to be completely sufficient as a standalone. It was the first Athena Force book I've read, so I can't speak for possible 'spoiling' previous novels, but I never felt information was being unfairly held back or skipped over. The resolution is ultimately a satisfying one by all accounts, and while it did leave me hungry for more Athena Force, there was no bitter aftertaste of "I have to buy the next book to find out?"

My one complaint - and the thing that keeps this book from a 5-star rating - would be the author's treatment of Sam's sexual experience. In one particularly jarring moment we're supposed to believe that our confident, sexy, CIA agent is more inexperienced/naive than your average high schooler, and two sensual scenes in particular are a little forced. But overall, the treatment of the main couple made this an excellent read.

Great action, a touch of genuine and well-developed romance, and a plot that kept me turning pages. 4 stars to Double Cross, and a big thumbs-up. I'll be watching for more of Merideth Fletcher in the future.
good story 7 Sept. 2014
By debk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Double-Cross is the fourth book in the Athena Force series and includes one of the original "Cassandra's", once a group of female students, at the Athena Academy. This school chooses very carefully highly intelligent and physically talented girls to educate in languages, fighting, weaponry, etc. Samantha becomes a CIA agent and in the course of this book is set-up to look like she is a traitor to the USA working with terrorists. Riley also an agent becomes involved in the investigation and eventually believes Sam is innocent. They work together and of course become attracted to each other as they find the people behind the plot. Good story and continues the sub-story of Rainy the leader of the Cassandras, now believed to be the mother of genetically enhanced test tube babies,carried by surrogates, from her stolen eggs while at Athena Academy.
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