Code Name: Bikini Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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Code Name: Bikini Ex-cop Gina Ryan traded in her Smith & Wesson to follow a dream. Now she's creating decadent desserts aboard a luxury cruise ship in the Caribbean. But a gorgeous passenger is about to send her perfect world up in smoke.-- Trace O'Halloran is a hard-edged navy SEAL, under strict orders to take some high seas R & R. There's a shipload of women in bikinis eager to help him unwind, so why can't he ta... Full description
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Gina Ryan is the head pastry chef for a cruise ship. The good news is that she may be getting a television show about making pastries. The bad news is that Gina is losing her eye sight. Within the next several months, she will become blind. Tobias Hale is the only one who knows about her eyes. Tobias is Chief of Security. Gina has more good news; Carly McKay is on board with her family. (Carly and Ford's tale is in the book titled "Going Overboard".) After ten years, it will be great to see her again. And, you guessed it, Gina has more bad news. Blaine is the head of beverage services and is gunning for Gina out of pure jealousness. All of this is more than enough for any one woman to deal with, but when Trace appears on board, Gina knows things will either get much better or all fall apart.
***** A couple of new characters appear in this SEALs installment. I fully expect to see them receive stories in the future. If not, they may at least serve as major secondary characters in the future. Some main characters from previous books appear, as secondary characters, in this novel as well. For those of us who have read the previous titles, it is great to get a glimpse and see how some past main players are doing. Yet none of this diverts from the serious plot or the romance blossoming between Trace and Gina. All the characters are very well developed and the author gives more of Izzy's background. As usual, Skye adds some startling surprises and a few twists that kept me reading late into the night. Excellent book for when you have long hours to devote toward reading. This is not a book that is easily put down. Fantastic! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Trace O'Halloran is a Navy SEAL. He is on the cruise ship for some R&R because he died on his last mission. It's taken him several months to get back to semi-normal after all the surgeries and rehabilitation. Oh, and he is on an undercover operation to ensure the delivery of some very important materials.
Mix in an ex-Navy SEAL, his photographer wife and their identical triplet girls. Add an old team-mate and now enemy. Add a vengeful crew member. Shake well and you have a mystery and a romance that will keep you up reading until late at night.
I like Skye's gimmick of bringing in people from previous novels. If you've read the novels, you're happy to meet old friends, if you haven't, it doesn't change your perception of the novel you're reading
Trace is on board the ship as an undercover assignment, not one that this SEAL is used to either. He is supposed to relax, but how can he with the spunky Gina on the same ship? But, when things start to get out of hand not only with his mission and his attraction to Gina will the two be able to get together and defeat the bad guys. More importantly will they figure out how they can continue their relationship?
I found Code Name: Bikini to be an intriguing action packed adventure. I thoroughly loved how Ms. Skye had Gina and Trace play off each other as they continued to be thrown together. I think after you read this story that you will find there was a lot more than baking going on with this pastry chef and SEAL. Not only that but it makes for fun interactions. I found the suspense to be well written and it did take me a while to figure out how it all fit together, which for me is a compliment and keeps me intrigued. I also enjoyed the romance and the well written sexual scenes. I enjoyed Code Name: Bikini and think you will also.
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I am not sure why, but I could not get connected to the book. This is one I stopped reading half way with a lot of skipping pages. Whatever about the style of writing, I just had no interest in finding out the end
Fortunately, it was quite enjoyable. Gina is a likeable heroine, and Trace, who we met in the previous books (he's the sister of book three's heroine and best friend of that book's hero), is a satisfying hero. That being said, neither really stood out from the pack, with neither character being much different than the heroes and heroines in the previous books.
Trace is basically on the cruise ship for an enforced vacation, but also as possible back up for the ship's security officer, who has his own ties to the organization Trace is with. Gina is the ship's pastry chef, and she loves her life of traveling with the cruise ship, and the family she's created around her among her staff and other members of the crew. But she has her own issues of course, knowing that she has a condition which is slowly causing her to lose her sight, which will eventually end her career.
Like all of the Foxfire men, Trace has invested himself completely in his work and has never regretted the decision to join the elite group, even though it means virtually no life outside the group and their missions, and no personal relationships beyond the occasional visit home to see his sister. But Gina of course gets under his skin from their first accidental meeting. Gina has also invested herself in her career, and she has a nemesis on board the ship who appears to be trying to sabotage her, and she has no interest in a relationship. But of course Trace gets under her skin, yada yada yada, you know where this sentence is going.
Since Trace is still recovering and building up his strength after nearly being killed in his last mission, his chips (the genetic enhancement all the Foxfire men have in common) have been inactivated for the time being. The chips were my least favorite plot points of previous books, and I liked this little twist, which left Trace a more vulnerable than the previous heroes. There's also a side plot line about a girl who Trace rescued in a previous mission having died, listed as a suicide but suspicious to Trace, and her ghost occasionally manifesting and trying to tell him something. I would have liked her to actually be more involved and make more appearances than she did, but she was almost like an afterthought thrown into the storyline.
There is also a cat, young triplets, and Izzy even gets a storyline with some family drama. According to the author's bio on her website, she is working on the sixth book in the series, and I'm sure I'll want to read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.