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Posted December 9, 2013
Blindsided by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey definitely lives up to its name. I was completely surprised by this book. It isn’t like any of the other Bytes of Life stories, and the time frame in which it is set is the same time as the end of To Russia With Love, so you get to see the ending of that book from a different point of view. It is just so very cool the way Chris and Cecilia wrote this one.
Blindsided shows us Nathan and Nikol’s last encounter from To Russia With Love. Holy smokes was it an eye opener. I learned so much about Nathan and Nikol from this short story that my opinion of both of them has changed considerably. I don’t want to give anything else away or the effect of the book will be ruined, but let’s just say, if you read To Russia With Love, you HAVE to read Blindsided. The next full length novel (which I believe is Alternate Connection) in the Countermeasure series is not out yet, but I think Blindsided sets us up for that one. I highly recommend you read Blindsided even if you don’t read any of the other Bytes of Life short stories (but I hope you read them all).
Posted May 19, 2013
I absolutely love this series! The shorts are amazing! I highly recommend all of the Countermeasure Series and The Bytes for Life as well! Trust me you don't want to miss it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2013
This is the fifth installment in the Bytes of Life portion of the Countermeasure Series. This short story is told from the points-of-view of Nathan Nelson and Nikol Petrovna. This is their story that took place in the morning, while everyone was in Russia. Even though the story only covers a few short hours of time, it dives deeper into the Nathan’s past and Nikol’s future.
Written with the same excellent style, that fans have thoroughly enjoyed, Blindsided takes a slight detour away from the hectic romantic suspense filled plot that consumes Trevor’s and Cassie’s lives. Nathan is a character that fans will either love-to-hate or hate-to-love and this is the story where his inner turmoil begins to shine through. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey are an incredible writing duo. They keep the readers craving more. This is yet another must-read in an overall captivating series.
Out of all of the short stories, this was probably my least favorite, only because Nathan hasn’t fully redeemed himself in my eyes. However, I am excited and hopeful that Nikol returns. I see a lot of potential for this always-kicking-butt character.
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review.
This review was originally posted on my website, Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Posted December 22, 2012
In a short that covers only a few hours in the midst of a harrowing escape from St. Petersburg, this story brings some insight into one of the more controversial, and often least sympathetic of the recurring characters: Nathan Nelson, Cassie’s ex-partner in the CIA. It is often said that like recognizes like, and that recognition of another deeply wounded soul provides the basis for a very emotionally raw conversation between Nathan and Nikol, that is after an ‘almost’ sexual liaison, several physical alterations and more than a few glaring silences.
The authors have created another satisfying short story to fill in the blanks in the history of one of their more controversial characters. Written with the style that readers of the Countermeasure series have come to appreciate, this is a truly satisfying short with just enough questions unanswered that we know more is to come.
I was provided an ARC copy by authors for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.