To Russia With Love (Countermeasure Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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WARNING: Contains scenes of mature subject matter, graphic situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.

In the second book of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, NSA tech expert Trevor Bauer is on the hunt for his ...
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Overview

To Russia With Love was The TBR Pile's August 2012 Book of the Month.
To Russia With Love won the Seal of Good Writing by

WARNING: Contains scenes of mature subject matter, graphic situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.

In the second book of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, NSA tech expert Trevor Bauer is on the hunt for his missing parents who disappeared six years ago under suspicious circumstances. When a digital clue leads him and his new wife, Cassandra, a former CIA operative, to St. Petersburg, they must infiltrate the Russian mafia and outsmart a ruthless crime lord to get their hands on the critical information.

Their mission backfires, leaving Trevor a prisoner and forcing Cassandra to go on the run to protect him. Alone and in the middle of a gang showdown, Trevor must decide…will he do whatever it takes to escape the mafia and get to Cassandra before she flees the country? Or will he risk everything…including his life…to secure the clue he so desperately needs?

The suspense driven COUNTERMEASURE SERIES combines full-length novels and Bytes of Life short stories about sexy, technologically inclined men and women. The series is filled with heart-stopping danger and enough twists and turns to make a hair-raising rollercoaster seem tame. In the series, Trevor Bauer, a tough as nails NSA geek, and his even more tenacious love interest, Cassandra James, are on a quest for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Trevor's parents. Joined by fate, their search drops them into the mysterious and violent world of data espionage, one that tests their love as they sweep the world with romance, sex, and ingenuity to find answers that will have the power to change their lives forever.

"I love when a series goes from HOT to SCORCHING."
-- Cocktails and Books Book Reviews

"After an amazing first book, I couldn't expect less from the second novel, and I wasn't just not disappointed,"
--Vanilla Moon Book Reviews

"I'm eager to see what kind of situations these resourceful, beautiful people get themselves into next."
-- Ms. Condit & Friends Read Books

"If you are a fan of suspense with a blend of love, smoking hot sex, and consuming emotion you won't want to miss out on these books."
--Guilty Pleasure Book Reviews

"This series is both thrilling and highly engaging at the same time."
-- The TBR Pile

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NOTE:

The COUNTERMEASURE SERIES also has a tie-in series called Countermeasure: Bytes of Life. This new series of shorts gives the readers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Countermeasure characters.

The main novels in the Countermeasure Series are action-packed plot-driven stories, while the short stories in the Bytes of Life Series are character-driven and a way to develop the characters as the main series moves forward. Please be advised that ALL short stories in this series contain EROTIC material. They are NOT recommended for younger audience. Although some of the events that take place in the short stories might be referenced in the novels and vice-versa, the short stories are not compulsory for the understanding of the series. They enhance the experience.
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Editorial Reviews

The Oracle Reviews - Maria Mercedes
"Opening the book I submerge myself instantly into Trevor & Cassie’s world. New to marriage they are still feeling their way around. Their love easily evident in that they will do anything for each other, including crossing lines that may put their lives in danger. They follow a trail that leads them to the doors of the ruthless Russian mafia.What is there not to love in this book!!!!"
Maria Mercedes
"Opening the book I submerge myself instantly into Trevor & Cassie’s world. New to marriage they are still feeling their way around. Their love easily evident in that they will do anything for each other, including crossing lines that may put their lives in danger. They follow a trail that leads them to the doors of the ruthless Russian mafia.What is there not to love in this book!!!!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014976978
  • Publisher: Éire Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Series: Countermeasure Series, #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 118,405
  • File size: 725 KB

Meet the Author

CHRIS ALMEIDA (C. ALMEIDA)
Chris Almeida (also known as C. Almeida) began writing children’s stories at a very young age. Born in Brazil but currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Chris’s life took a totally different course when technology came into play, and the following 17 years were spent delving deep into the world of programming and web design.
It was in 2010, when Chris began role-playing online as a hobby, that writing wormed its way back into the picture—this time, writing storylines for the role-playing group.
The ideas and plots created for the game awoke the inner writer, and, a few months later, together with partner-in-crime Cecilia Aubrey, Chris began writing romantic erotica.
Now, still together, they have written a number of short stories and novels and are currently working on book two and three of their series, as well as several short stories as part of the spin-off series. Through it all they have continued to enjoy role-playing through their favorite characters.
CECILIA AUBREY (C. AUBREY)
Cecilia Aubrey (also known as C. Aubrey) has dabbled in writing on and off over the years. But it was in 2010, when she was offered a life-changing opportunity within a role-playing group, that writing placed itself front and center.
The development of story ideas, research, writing, and participation in bringing those stories to life spurred a desire to take writing to a higher level. A few months later, Cecilia and her partner in crime, Chris Almeida, began writing romantic erotica.
Together, they write suspense-driven erotic romance with sexy, technologically inclined men and women, filled with intrigue and enough twists and turns to make a rollercoaster seem tame.
They have several published short stories to their credit and their first novel, COUNTERMEASURE, was published in January 2012. They are currently working on the second and third books in the COUNTERMEASURE series.
Always gluttons for punishment, they have several projects in queue, screaming and waiting for their turn, including a spin-off series of shorts tied to their novels. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots, bringing their favorite role-play characters and stories to life.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Recommend,with caution

    I liked this book and ohe one before it. I will buy the third one too when it is out. Although, there is way wayt too jmuch explicit sex, and the Authors have a great imagination. The sex does nothinbg for the story, which is fast moving and interesting. Of course this is just my opinion, and everyone else is entitled tho their;s too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I found this book very well written, with constant action and interaction of characters, and a great story line. I liked the twists and turns as well as the side line relationships. As an avid reader of all genres of books, I tend to be critical of a storyline, grammar, realistic characters, etc. With that, I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

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    Let me begin with a small notice that was given by the authors (

    Let me begin with a small notice that was given by the authors (and copied from the Amazon site) “The Countermeasure Series also has a tie-in series called Countermeasure: Bytes of Life. This new series of shorts gives the readers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Countermeasure characters. Although the shorts are standalone stories, they are character-driven, NOT plot-driven. Please be advised that ALL short stories in the spin-off series contain EROTIC content. They are NOT recommended for younger audience. Some of the events that take place in the short stories might be referenced in the novels and vice-versa. It is strongly advised that you read the novels and shorts in chronological order.” I did receive an electronic copy of this book from the authors for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    This is my second adventure with Cassandra and Trevor: and my favourite of the two. Cassandra and Trevor are now married and living in Dublin, eight months into their marriage and searching for clues to the disappearance of Trevor’s parents. As arranged, George still has freedom to contact and work with Trevor from his position in the secret rooms of the NSA. George finds information about papers pertaining to Trevor’s father, along with a missing piece of software. Trevor contacts the man who bought the notes, and Devlin asks him to retrieve a piece of software, in return for handwritten notes from his father.

    This was a fast paced novel, tasting the worlds of corporate espionage, action, internet technology, programming and the Russian Mafia; as Cassie and Trevor find themselves in St. Petersburg to solve the case.

    Meanwhile, Cassie has convinced her best friend Jessica to pack up and move from California to Dublin, to join them and add her talents for financial tracing and tracking to the company. Jessica is smitten with Stephan, Trevor’s ‘honorary’ uncle and now the man running Brennan Enterprises. After declaring her interest at Cassie and Trevor’s wedding, she can’t get him out of her mind, nor he her. Here we watch them dance about their attraction, fall into bed with some light domination as Jessica works desperately to get Stephan to declare his love for her. Of course, Stephan is guarded and determined to never give his heart to anyone, a sure temptation for the gods, and he cannot remove her from his mind, or heart. The two storylines are intermingled throughout this book, while the focus is on Cassie and Trevor the story of Jess and Stephan are sexy, hot and heated interludes from the tension.

    It’s really difficult to decide if this series is written to appeal to romance readers looking for adventure or James Bond-type lovers where the characters are not so expected; for it hits on all levels. The characters are so neatly defined and developed that you will find yourself jumping when the doors open on Trevor, looking over your shoulder as Cassie wanders in St. Petersburg trying to settle her nerves, and often wanting to shake Stephen into realizing that he is older, not dead and should not resign himself to a life without love, and Jessica.
    These are not books that you finish and forget – the characters live on in your memory and you wonder where the next adventure will take them, and what tricks will Trevor pull out of his magic hat to impress and astound once again. His facile intelligence, wrapped up in a pretty package that just glows with the love he has for Cassandra, and the depression he feels over his parents disappearance. Cassandra is no damsel in distress; she is full of her own bag of tricks from years of training first with her father the ex-Navy SEAL, and then with the CIA. The two complement each other’s strengths, while drawing on a large pool of assistance from their connections. This is a series that has me wanting the next instalment NOW: I want to see Trevor have his answers to his personal mystery, see Stephan and Jessica find their own ‘happily ever after’, see George get the girl and even see what sort of man Nathan will be, now that he has realized and accepted that Cassie will never be, nor never was his; despite his dreams otherwise.

    You won’t be disappointed with these: again the sex is knee-shaking in intensity and the reading of those scenes is very voyeuristic in feeling – a good thing. The characters leap off the page in a way that makes the reading of the story as intense and captivating as watching a film. I can’t recommend this series enough, and cannot wait for the next instalment.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    I love when a series goes from HOT to SCORCHING. That is exactl

    I love when a series goes from HOT to SCORCHING. That is exactly what authors Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have done with geeky, computer nerd Trevor Bauer and his ex-CIA wife Cassie.

    Trevor and Cassie continue to investigate the disappearance of Trevor's parents. When Trevor's friend George comes across a conversation that mention's software Trevor's father was working on, he thinks they have the break they need. But that information leads them to direct involvement with the Russian mob and Trevor being ensconced within the walls of a mob compound and Cassie left wonder if she'll ever see Trevor again.

    I thought Cassie and Trevor were hot in Countermeasure, but their heat index jumps about a 1000 degrees with this one. They are truly each other's reason for living...their passion. Those feelings jump off the page at you. They still can be snarky with each other, joke around and question what the other is doing, but they always know the other is there to cover their back. When this latest assignment in Russia results in them being separated, you could feel how lost and desperate they felt not being with each other. But they both knew that they needed to do whatever was necessary to find out what happened to Trevor's parents.

    But Cassie and Trevor weren't the only couple burning up the pages. Cassie's best friend, Jessica, joins Trevor and Cassie's company. Once on Irish soil, it becomes Jess' mission to find Stephan Connelan (Trevor's "uncle") and discover if what they felt for each other at Trevor & Cassie's wedding was real or not. Stephen fights the relationship the whole way, sighting his age and inability to commit to a relationship as reasons why Jess should stay away. But Jess persists and Stephan caves, secretly knowing he wants Jess more than anything. Their relationship almost falls apart, due to Stephan's own pigheadedness, but luckily a chance run in with his ex finally sets him on the right path. Good thing, because chemistry like they have shouldn't be walked away from.

    This is a series I'm glad I was introduced to because I can't put the latest down once I start it. The characters and storyline drawn you in and don't let go, leaving a sense of loss when you get to that last page. Definitely one I recommend.

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  • Posted April 23, 2015

    Hot romance, kick ass action, great writing....do you really nee

    Hot romance, kick ass action, great writing....do you really need more? To Russia With Love is an excellent book.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    What an intense and thrilling ride! If you have read Countermeas

    What an intense and thrilling ride! If you have read Countermeasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey, well get ready for more in To Russia With Love. More action. More thrills (and chills). More emotion. More romance. More twists and turns. More story. When I finished with To Russia With Love I was exhausted, but in a good way. I can't even count the number of times tears rand down my cheeks or the number of times it felt like my heart was beating so rapidly I thought it would come right out of my chest. This is my favorite book of the series so far.

    In To Russia With Love Trevor and Cassandra are caught up in the middle of the Russian Mafia. In their defense, they didn't quite know how deep they were getting into things until they were already in over their heads. But, what do an NSA and ex-CIA agent do? They think on their feet, try to get the job done and survive by all means necessary. Chris and Cecilia develop the characters so well that my skin would crawl every time a couple of the characters entered the scene and I wanted to read faster to get away from them. There were other times my heart hurt for a couple of them and wanted to help them them get out of their situation. And still there were other times I found myself talking (yelling) out loud at some of the characters who were just being ridiculous.

    The romance between Stephan and Jessica comes to light in To Russia With Love. I am not going to say much about this one because I don't want to spoil it other than that I absolutely loved watching their relationship unfold. Whenever you have a vibrant, intense female like Jessica and a stoic, controlled male like Stephan, there is going to be some explosive, emotional highs and lows. There is also going to be some incredibly sexy times. I loved it all and thought it was written perfectly for those characters.

    I was a little nervous at the beginning of the story because things seemed to be going too well for Trevor and Cassandra. They are a happy couple and I thought, "Am I going to read a long book about a happy couple with no problems?" Boy was I in for a treat. Most of the tears I shed were over Trevor and Cassandra and their situations. At times, the emotions that I felt for Trevor and Cassie were so real that my chest physically hurt along with them. And I was so incredibly happy for them at the end I had happy tears (we all know they get a HEA since it is a romance book, so that shouldn't be a spoiler).

    As for the story? Well, Chris and Cecilia write brilliant stories. Every detail is thought out and you hang on each word because you don't want to miss anything. The order of events and the way they cut between the different story lines make it hard to put down. The twists and turns, while catching you off guard at times, do make sense and they do a fantastic job of tying it all up at the end, leaving no loose threads. If you like romantic suspense that gets your adrenaline pumping during fast paced action scenes and also warms your heart with sweet and passionate romance, you need to read To Russia With Love.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    I am simply hooked on this series! The action kept me on the edg

    I am simply hooked on this series! The action kept me on the edge of my seat. Those scenes were so well written I felt like I was on the side lines watching it all play out! The new characters introduced in this book are great as well! The romance...well....Phew *fanning self* Very HOT! You can't go wrong with reading this series! So if you haven't read this book...I recommend that you do..and if you HAVE read it...then tell your friends...and your friends friends! Everyone needs to experience this series!

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    Trevor Bauer¿s best friend, George Miller, may have just found s

    Trevor Bauer’s best friend, George Miller, may have just found some vital information that could help Trevor find his missing parents. Cassandra Bauer is missing her best friend, Jessica Forrester, and is determined to help Trevor find answers to his parents disappearance. Jessica jumps at the chance to work with Cassie again, so she immediately packs up everything and moves to Ireland. As Trevor and Cassie work a dangerous case in Russia, Jessica has time to explore her relationship with Stephen Connelan. Trevor risks everything, including his life and his love, in this latest chapter in the Countermeasure Series.

    Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey make a powerful writing duo. Their writing style flows with ease as though written by one author yet again. This time the action is amplified and the story is balanced with steamy love scenes from the secondary characters. Though there are a few grammar errors in this book, the chemistry and passion between the characters and the adrenaline-packed scenes are superb. Readers’ hearts will race as they turn each page. Fans of this series will be left desperately waiting for the next novel. Romantic suspense readers of a mature age need to place this series on their ‘Must-Read’ lists. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. This review was originally posted on my website, Ariesgrl Book Reviews.

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    Posted October 23, 2012

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