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Posted May 2, 2008
Meredith Fletcher's BENEATH THE SURFACE, part of the ATHENA FORCE continuity series, is a wonderful read both as a stand alone and as part of a series. Bombshells fans will be happy to see the continuation of the Athena Force and also this particular book which has everything that so epitomizes the beauty of the Bombshell line --- romance, action, suspense with a heroine to match, a heroine who stands up to the challenge in body, mind and heart. As the tenth book in a twelve book continuity featuring the Athena Academy, Meredith Fletcher's BENEATH THE SURFACE adds a new dimension to ongoing series by taking a look at the black sheep of the Academy. Past and present merge giving new depth to series and the intrigue of the Athena Force's battle against Arachne's evil. BENEATH THE SURFACE works well as a stand alone read thanks to the author's careful presentation, revealing enough to entice both those familiar with series and new readers. Recaps do detract from the current story for series readers and yet new readers do not feel lost. (I jumped ahead in the series because I couldn't resist a black sheep story.) BENEATH THE SURFACE renews enthusiasm for the series itself.// Years ago, Shannon Connor's family sent her off to the prestigious Athena Academy. The school's ultimate bad girl, Shannon finally had to pay the price for her actions. Branded as a traitor, Shannon's very name inspires contempt. Academy history remembers her as the only girl to ever be expelled from the Athena Academy. Fifteen years ago, Shannon swore revenge on all those responsible. Now Shannon's past has come back in ways no one ever expected possible. A top notch reporter in Washington, D.C., Shannon's lead Vincent Drago lures her to a seedy bar. Over and over again, Shannon has broken stories about politicians and other leaders. Every time, someone has resigned or otherwise lost their position. Athena graduate Allison Gracelyn can't help but notice that Shannon's key stories all have some connection to the Athena Academy. With the finest computer networks at her disposal, Allison plans to hunt down the answers behind Shannon's stories. Who is the mysterious source trying to bring down the Athena Academy? Has Shannon allied herself with the Academy's enemies and upped her bad girl status? Shannon's new story places her at more risk than she has ever known before. Shannon's chase for the truth places her in the line of sight of mysterious figures who will stop at nothing and a sexy, rugged government agent now on her trail. With her life and heart at risk, will Shannon finally get her revenge on Allison? Will she join the fight to protect the Academy against this new evil or has she found a story that must be told whatever the consequences?// Meredith Fletcher's brilliant characterization and intricate layers of suspense make BENEATH THE SURFACE a fast-paced action read full of emotional depth. Shannon's history adds depth to her current struggle. Once unable to get at the truth, she now dedicates her life to a search for the truth. She may have been the Academy's bad girl, but the terrible events of the past did not squelch her independence or her career. She had no need of fancy credentials to get ahead in the world --- she did it on her own! Rafe Santorini, once an agent for the National Security Agency, is no desk man. Field work is his strength and he has the rugged body and good looks to prove it. When Rafe shows up in that seedy bar, she can't tell whether she can trust him. Will their attraction for each other complicate alliances? Rafe has a job to shadow Shannon and discover once and for all her connection to the current crisis. Rafe owes Allison. Knowing Allison is a master at tracking down information, something bothers him about his current assignment. Could Shannon possibly be an innocent or has his heart and attraction clouded his intuition?// Meredith Fletcher creates a multi-dimensional richness in both the hero and heroine that lWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
a great entry for fans of the series
In DC freelance information specialist Vincent Drago tells television news reporter Shannon Connor that he will kill her for exposing his stealth ninja operation to the Feds. Although frightened she is stunned when he mentions the government as she is having a difficult time accepting the Feds are cyber feeding her negative information on the Athena Academy that expelled her.-------------- Athena graduate Allison Gracelyn assigned Rafe Santorini to watch Shannon, who appears to have a grudge for her wrongful expelling evidence points to Shannon aligned with Arachne. He prevents Vincent from further harming her but is upset that he wants her because he fears she works for the enemy. However as they fall in love she persuades him of her innocence and they team up to try to expose who in Arachne¿s crowd is using the reporter and find out why although they think they know the answer to both questions.-------------- Shannon refreshes the latest Athena story as she is the one female kicked out of the academy and since she believes unfairly has a motive for revenge. Rafe knows all this while falling in love with her he struggles to remain open-minded, but fears his heart is hiding the truth about his beloved. That black mark from her salad days stands between them and with clever manipulation could lead to an Arachne success while definitely leading to a great entry for fans of the series.--------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2011
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