Countermeasure (Countermeasures #1)
by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
Published: January 20, 2012
Publisher: Eire Publishing
Length: 344 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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**Note to everyone: It would be beneficial to read the short story prequel titled Uncharted before reading this series. I did and I am soooo happy that I did. **
In this first novel of the Countermeasure Series, Trevor Bauer, a NSA analyst, is searching for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents’ disappearance when he crosses paths with Cassandra James, an ex-CIA operative with a big chip on her shoulder. By a stroke of luck, he becomes the key to her own mission while she becomes the center of his attention.
Struggling against an attraction as intense as their overpowering instinct to keep each other at bay, together they embark on a dreadful adventure that leads them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue and danger unforeseen to them. When faced with choices between life or death, will they learn to trust their own instincts and each other to survive?
When some computer files are stolen we discover swiftly who the robber is and the reasons but life does not go as planned. There is a series of twists and turns, double and triple crosses that take Cassandra and Trevor all over Europe. You never know what will happen next and even when you may think you may have it figured out, another twist. As they work together their bitterness turns to friendship and then to much more than friendship. Turn on the A/C; go to your favorite private place to read because the best is yet to come.
The authors were very skillful at description and dialog, bringing the reader into the story forcefully. As Cassandra and Trevor get nearer and nearer to their objective of rescuing the stolen goods and finding out who is behind the troubles, the story moves as fast as a bullet. These two improbable writers know the power of the written word and have done their homework to set up a story that is captivating from start to finish.
There is no word that can describe how much I enjoyed reading this great novel. I felt like I was one of the characters. I felt what they felt, when they felt it. In my opinion, a book can be considered well-written when you can feel your pulse quicken when things are getting hot and heavy between the characters. When something bad is happening to them, you can feel a pain in your heart. When you smile and beam when you know everything is going to be alright. Thanks to this book, I feel like I could meet the character in real life. Cassie is a sturdy and independent woman. Trevor is a sweet, strong-minded nerd, who is also sexy and most importantly Irish. This book has everything: romance, action, mystery, love, friendship, and betrayal. And we have to admit that the sex part is just okay. I felt like there was some kind of parallel between the chase for the truth, and the chase for love. It was perfect. Thank you to the authors; you did a great job at making us dream and smile. Your book is the reason why I love reading so much. Sometimes we come across a treasure, and your book is definitely one of them.
The separate mystery that is at the beginning of the book remains unsolved at the finish, which means a it is time for the sequel. I can’t wait for the next novel, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, which is book 2 in the COUNTERMEASURES series, as promised at the end of book 1.
This series, so far, would be an excellent read for people who are not into erotica or hard-core love scenes. This, I believe, is not a stand-alone novel. It is part of a series. The books, in order, are:
- Uncharted (Free Short Story – Published)
- Countermeasure (Novel – Published)
- Ecstasy by the Sea (Short Story – Published)
- Cuffed at Midnight (Short Story – Published)
- Passion at Dawn (Short Story – Published)
- To Russia With Love (Novel – Published)
- Blindsided (Short Story – Published)
- Lost to Rapture (Short Story – Published)
- Bound by Love (Short Story – TBA)
- Alternate Connection (Novel – TBA)
- London by Moonlight (Short Story – TBA)
All-in-all, I would give this novel 4.5 Harlies and would recommend this to everyone provided they read the short story prequel.