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Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother, as well as millions of innocent people.
Posted July 7, 2013
Suspense & Romance... What more could you ask for...
When I first started reading this book, I was worried that it would be hard to follow since it was part of a series. I am happy to say that I was able to enjoy this book without having read the others. I am sure the characters in the book are from the previous books, but the story wasn't lost due to the fact that I haven't read the previous stories (but I have loved the book so much that I plan to start from the beginning!)
The story deals with a CIA operative who has to trust the word of a woman who basically "falls into his lap" and tells him that she has information of national security. This woman turns out to be a beautiful Russian princess, Anya, who has gone through a lot of tragedy and is trying to find the truth and her family. She feels like she has no one to turn to except this CIA agent, Ryan. They have to learn to trust each other in order to survive their time in the Kremlin Palace.
The story built up suspense from the time you start the story. The love in this story was sincere. And it was only after they gained each other's trust. It made me love the story and want to keep reading it.
Posted June 28, 2013
The Blood Code by Misty Evans can best be described as a nail-biting, spine-tingling, edge of your seat thriller. The book is just chilling. I just couldn’t fathom how Ivanov would be stopped or how Anya would get out of the dreadful situation of being held captive before it was too late. Anya is so feisty and at times it puts her in further danger. Oh and President Ivanov is so creepy, I just cringe when I think about his character. He is so unstable that I couldn’t predict what he would do next. I liked Anya’s strong will. She added excitement to the story. She was a relentless character that wouldn’t let anything stop her and had no mercy on her enemies. The Blood Code was well-written and just had one of the most nerve-wracking endings. If you love suspense novels with a strong heroine, I would definitely recommend this novel. Rating 4.5/5 I received an e-arc of The Blood Code by Misty Evans from the publisher for an unbiased review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.
Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan recruits Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her.
Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.
As a child/teenager during the bulk of the "cold war", this novel really hit a nerve for me. I absolutely loved the kick-butt heroine, Anya Radzoya, and the equally adept, and hunky hero, Ryan Smith. Their growing attraction crept up on me, culminating in a very satisfying love scene close to the end of the book. The story progression of the suspense/intrigue is very well paced with just enough doubt in the truth to keep you reading. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good spy story with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
Posted June 24, 2013
I confess, I went through a stage of reading quite a lot of romance, but it’s been a while since I last sank my teeth into a good one.
I was not disappointed by my return to the genre. The Blood Code kept me engaged through all 340 pages. There is believable tension and attraction between Ryan and Anya, and I appreciated that Anya was as brilliant and courageous as Ryan (go girl power!). There was an element of Anya cast as the “damsel in distress,” but Misty Evans does a nice job of showing how Anya can more than hold her own in difficult situations.
When Ryan and Anya finally hook up (come on, this isn’t a real spoiler--it’s a Romance, for crying out loud!), the love scene is spicy and titillating, without overwhelming or distracting from the rest of the plot. Misty Evans is clearly comfortable in this genre.
I felt the book dragged a bit around the middle, where I started to feel a little claustrophobic being stuck in the Kremlin along with the key characters. I realize that’s part of the point--they’re feeling stuck, too--but I began to feel eager for more action other than the tension between Ryan and Anya and President Ivanov, a nutjob Hitleresque leader with visions of world domination. But even this criticism I had to think about after I had finished reading the book.
I haven’t read the other books in this series, but I got a kick out of learning more about U.S. and Russian intelligence agencies and Russian architecture, so I’ll likely try some of the others.
Overall, this is a very satisfying, well-paced romance, and I recommend it to anyone who dreams of meeting a man---at least in books--who likes his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”
Posted June 20, 2013
Wow, another one to add to my “lose sleep over” list! If you can’t handle nail biting suspense and driving yourself nuts by not being able to put it down and do normal things like house work (bleh) then you can’t handle this book. So worth the dirty house I acquired while reading. Kids need to eat? Throw some cookies in their direction and keep reading! I will neither confirm nor deny I did that. This book will hold your attention like a train wreck unfolding before your eyes. The author throws out the teaser hints to secrets that keep you hanging on just to know why it’s all happening. The action keeps up but not overwhelmingly where you can’t keep it all straight. I felt I WAS Anya, grossed out by the Russian President’s advances! You can’t help but fall in love with Ryan, an honest and loyal heartthrob. Aren’t spies always intriguing and handsome? Don’t take my word for it – read the book and get hooked yourself! HIGHLY recommended. No really, I dare you to read it and NOT get involved. Just don’t blame your undone housework and hungry kids on me.
I received this book for an honest review.
Posted June 18, 2013
Anya Romanov Radzoya is forced to return to the country of her birth when her grandmother is kidnapped. She is now held captive by President Ivanov, a power hungry madman. Taking a dangerous risk she is able to escape her guards and make contact with Ryan Smith, a top-notch CIA operative. He agrees to help her rescue her grams and save the world. Now the game of cat and mouse begins in earnest. The danger brings Anya and Ryan closer and they become lovers. With weapons of mass destruction aimed at the United States and Britain, the Russian President seems to hold all the cards, but he hadn't counted on a determined and resourceful Princess to put his plan in danger. Within the Grand Kremlin Palace many secrets are revealed that will change the future of Anya and Smitty. Misty Evans has written a tale filled with intrigue, danger and romance. Anya is a memorable heroine who is willing to put her life on the line for those she loves. She and Ryan are a perfect match. Who wouldn't love a strong, honorable man who treats his love with caring and tenderness. This is a compelling story that contains many surprises. A perfect summer escape.
I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 18, 2013
The Blood Code is based around Anya Romanov Radzoya's lineage. She is one of three remaining Russian princesses.
However, Anya is anything but your typical princess. She prefers jeans to ball gowns and sweaters to tiaras. Anya is an incredibly
spunky character. She's very set in her ways and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do.
Anya's grandmother is taken prisoner by the Russian President Ivanov. Ivanov demands Anyas presence in Russia at the nuclear
arms summit. You soon learn that Ivanov has insane ideas of returning Russia to its former "glory" by using his and Anya's "pure"
bloodlines. Ivanov is the perfect bad guy. He's insanely creepy and gives you the willys just imagining him.
Enter the hero of the story, Ryan Smith. After meeting Anya while she's running from the police, Ryan agrees to help Anya find evidence
against Ivanov. Under the guise of a pencil pusher for the President of the US, Ryan infiltrates the nuclear arms summit and lends his
expertise to Anya's predicament. Ryan is a strong character. He and Anya butt heads a lot.
Having read the previous books in this series, Misty Evans continues to deliver the fun, fast action and highly-entertaining I have come
to expect from her books. Reading Ryan's story was great fun and I already know whose stories I would like to read next.
In return for an honest review I received an ARC from the publisher.
Posted June 17, 2013
The Blood Code by Misty Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love it!
Secret CIA spies and Russian princesses!?!
Feisty and capable Russian Princess!
I read this book before I realized it was fourth in a series. I don't think it took anything away from this story not having read the first three. I believe they were each about different characters within a central group of people.
Anya is a Russian Princess with a problem and Ryan Smith is the CIA operative she finds to help her rescue her kidnapped Grandmother.
I enjoyed the fact that she was not completely helpless, that she had self-defense skills, and super-secret-spy skills even though she is a scientist by trade. Ryan also liked these traits very much.
A great story that made me miss one of my favorite TV shows (ALIAS) just a little less. Not so heavy on the detailed steamy scenes, but still gives good butterflies.
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Posted June 17, 2013
I don't normally read this type of book but really really enjoyed this one. Now I have to go and read the first 3 books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2013
I've been a long-time fan of this series and with each book I say it's my favorite. I'm saying it again! Michael Stone has always been my favorite hero but Ryan has quite possibly dethroned him. Ryan has all the qualities of an alpha hero, but there's a gentleness to him that drew me in. The heroine in this book is a real-life princess trying to locate her kidnapped grandmother which only adds to the excitement of the international intrigue. Anya is strong and capable and stops at nothing to save her grandmother.
The sexual tension between Ryan and Anya is obvious from the start. Throw in the international intrigue and this is a romantic suspense that shouldn't be missed.
Posted June 17, 2013
Love, love, love this series. Sometimes when I love a series so much it is hard to write a review for just one of the books because the characters all blend together for me in one long story. The Super Agent series is loosely linked together based on characters and their jobs, but all the stories are very different and Misty writes in a way that you can read them independently and still enjoy them. I love the characters, the dialogue, the action and romance. There are no wasted words on the pages, so you need to pay attention to them all. I have a thing about the CIA and FBI and really enjoy these types of stories.
The Blood Code is engaging from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until the last page when all was tied together for a fantastic ending. In this story, we watch Ryan try to rescue Anya and the world from a Hitler-wannabe, Russian President Ivanov. What starts out as training young CIA field operatives and a little asset recruiting turns into stopping a potential nuclear war. In The Blood Code things go wrong. Ryan isn’t always able to save Anya and things get messy. Misty is great at writing suspense because with her stories you never really know what is going to come next.
The Kremlin Palace sounds like such a neat place (when President Ivanov isn’t in it of course). I felt like I was actually there based on the descriptions in the book. I had no problem visualizing what was happening in the book. From the clothes to the food to the secret passageways.
The characters of both Ryan and Anya were well written. Anya was not a “princess” in the typical sense. She was tough as nails (one of the things Ryan loves about her) and wants no one waiting on her. She was raised to be very independent. However, now, her grandmother has been kidnapped, she has to play the part of the Russian Princess that she doesn’t want to be, she is held hostage by Ivanov, and she has to keep her feelings for Ryan to herself to protect them all. She is definitely spy material with the risks she takes and I was worried she was going to be caught more times than she actually did. My heart was always beating fast when she was on the move!
Ryan has his own issues to deal with and it was nice seeing him out of sorts and risking his job and the life that he knows for Anya. He gets himself into more trouble than I would have expected from him based on his character in other books. We saw him a lot in Operation Sheba helping out Conrad but he seemed more in control then. Probably because he didn’t have a fascinating princess distracting him at the time.
The romance in this book is light. There aren’t any scorching hot love scenes but the sweet love scene in this one is so appropriate for the story with Anya and Ryan. The romance is sprinkled throughout the story and a little heavier on the suspense. I think it is a great balance to this specific story and it is also a little more believable. If you are looking for a solid, engaging romantic suspense book that is part of a series I would personally love to see made into a movie, I highly recommend you try The Blood Code.
Posted June 17, 2013
The very best in romantic suspense. Although this is part of a series it can be read stand-alone. Non-stop action and intrigue. I was bowled over by the mystery and loved the chemistry between Ryan and Anya. Twists and turns, good guys and bad, a love story in a foreign land what more could you ask for?
Anya is a geneticist who was born in Russia. She and her Grandmother fled to the USA when Anya’s parents died. Now her Grandmother has been kidnapped by the Russians and Russian President Ivanov is blackmails Anya into returning to Moscow to be his future wife in exchange for her grandmother’s life. Ryan works for the CIA. Ryan is in Russia trying to turn an asset in Ivanov’s cabinet. Anya turns to Ryan in hopes that he can help her find her Grandmother and free them from Ivanov’s machinations. Ryan is CIA and doesn’t trust anyone lightly but his gut and his heart are telling him he needs Anya. Can he rescue the girl from the bad guy and maybe save the world? Of course he can he is a Super Agent