Alternate Connection

Alternate Connection

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ISBN-13: 9781927554197
Publisher: Éire Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

CHRIS ALMEIDA and CECILIA AUBREY
Chris Almeida began writing children's stories at a very young age. While Cecilia Aubrey has dabbled in writing on and off over the years. It was in 2010, when Chris and Cecilia met and began role-playing online as a hobby, that writing placed itself front and center-this time, writing storylines for the role-playing group.
The ideas and plots created for the game awoke their inner writers, and, a few months later, together they began writing romantic erotica. Together, they write suspense-driven erotic romance with sexy, technologically inclined men and woman, filled with intrigue and enough twists and turns to make a rollercoaster seem tame.
Chris and Cecilia have several published short stories to their credit and their first novel, COUNTERMEASURE, was published in January 2011. They are currently working on the second and third books in the COUNTERMEASURE series. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots, bringing their favorite role-play characters and stories to life.
You can find out more about them on their author and series websites:
http://hrisalmeida-ceciliaaubrey.com http://countermeasureseries.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CountermeasureSeries https://www.facebook.com/Authors.ChrisAlmeida.CeciliaAubrey

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Alternate Connection (Countermeasure Series, #3) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
This is Nathan's story. While Nathan Nelson has been in both Countermeasures and To Russia With Love, he was a supporting character to Trevor and Cassandra. In Alternate Connection he becomes a lead character and we see the man behind all the layers he has hidden behind. Nathan works for the CIA and at one time was partnered with Cassandra. What we didn't know is that there was more to his job than just being an agent. Who is he really? I have to admit that I did not like Nathan in the first two books. But the authors outdid themselves in making him a multifaceted character with a lot more depth and feeling than I thought possible. Rachael Moore was married to Philip who was a close friend of Nathan's. Philip was killed and Rachael is determined to find out the details of what happened. She was working at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv as a Foreign Service Specialist, trying to uncover details when they are forced to evacuate. The convoy she is in is ambushed on the way to the airport and they are taken hostage. Nathan is on the team sent in to rescue the hostages. When Nathan and Rachael reconnect, the feelings they had for each other become harder to deny. Can Nathan and Rachael discover who was behind Philip's death? It becomes a race against time as they work to uncover the traitor without being killed themselves. This book is the third in the series and can be read as a standalone. Although I recommend that you read the other two books first so you understand the dynamics going on between Nathan, Trevor, and Cassandra. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KellyTheRed More than 1 year ago
Another exciting and steamy adventure from this dynamic writing duo, Alternate Connection starts out strong and the action so perfectly paced I couldn't put it down. Yes, another all-nighter. But well worth it. The characters are so deep with all the flaws and foibles of real people. The situations are thrilling nail-biters. The relationships have honest ups and downs. The writing is engrossing. This awesome book has earned my highest recommendations.
Victoria Iankova More than 1 year ago
The ARC was given to me from the authors in exchange of an honest review. Before I say anything about the book let me tell you that this is the third book in the series Countermeasure. Alternate Connection is a true masterpiece. The authors have outdone themselves. This is truly remarkable. Though I read the book slowly I still had great time doing it. The story gripped me from the very beginning and kept me on edge to the very end. Nathan Nelson a CIA Agent is the one getting his HEA in this book. Though I didn’t like him in the previous two book here I finally understand him. With a hand on my heart I can say that now I’m in love with Nathan and I envy the woman that won his heart. What I love most about the series is that though every book has something new that is happening, the authors don’t stop developing their characters. For example Trevor and Cassandra met in the first book and their relationship continues to develop even now in the third books. I think that this is one of the main reasons why Countermeasure Series stands out. When Trevor had to make hard decision I was amazing of the strength he has. Because his choice was a difficult one. Rachael Moore a strong woman is missing. She was once married to Nathan’s best friend but now that he is dead she wants to know why he died but ends up kidnaped with her colleagues. With that said and all the action and mystery the authors managed to keep me on the edge of my bed. There were times I was afraid not to fall off when I jump up from some unexpected twist of the story. So I know it’s a short review but this is how I feel about the book. I give it 5 stars. If I was able to give more I would do it.
green____ More than 1 year ago
Action, danger, secrets, and more! So much happens in this book! It was an amazing read! You have a group of characters that interact in a way that draws you in... coming together to try to save lives and figure out what is going on! Their personalities come to life and you go along with them to see how they deal with their issues and working together. These authors have found a way to make everything come together and still have you wanting to know more. I loved seeing how things unfolded. You have a journey of intrigue, romance and second chances. You get to see what is happening in the lives of others you may have read in the previous books. An action packed read that I could not put down! It had a wonderful flow to the whole story. Looking forward to more in the future with this series! *copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Where do I begin? There is so much to tell you about Alternate Connection by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. In this third installment of the Countermeasure Series, we get to learn what makes CIA Agent Nathan Nelson tick and why he was such a jerk in the first two books. I was actually surprised he would get a story because he was quite the PITA to the main characters of the series, Trevor and Cassandra. Nate is quite the complex character, though, and it was awesome to learn more about him. The mystery surrounding the plot of this story is unbelievable. This one is quite detailed and I found myself hanging on each word to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Alternate Connection is one of those books that you can read several times and pick up something new each time you read through it. The authors did a fabulous job with their research. The action scenes in the book are why I read romantic suspense. I enjoy a good mystery, but it is the edge of your seat action that has me coming back for more. I enjoy the adrenaline rush of those scenes. Almeida and Aubrey do a great job of describing the scenes as if the reader is there with the characters and feeling the same tension. Now let’s talk about all the love going on in Alternate Connection, which is personally my favorite part. The authors continue to develop Trevor and Cassandra from the first two novels and boy did they put these two through the ringer in this one. It was actually welcoming after reading all the sexy Bits and Bytes of Life starring these two where you think their marriage is all bliss. The conflict in this one showed their vulnerable side and was the source of the tears I shed while reading. Nathan and Rachael’s love story was so unexpected. I had some preconceived ideas about them from teasers, the blurb, etc, but the way it turned out was much better than what I imagined. There are so many layers to Nathan and to see him peel all those away for Rachael was phenomenal. He is wound tight for so long and to see Rachael give him the freedom to let it all go just by being herself was simply amazing. Their chemistry was palpable even when they tried to hide it so well. I only wish we could have read more about these two after they reunited and were out of harm’s way. The ending felt a little abrupt, but other things had to happen in the story so it worked out. As for other characters in Alternate Connection, I enjoyed meeting the AWE Crew and reading more about Jessica and Stephan who we met in previous novels). This story is a mystery but so much of it involves relationships. We watch new friends being made, enemies learn to tolerate each other, families adding new members, friendships growing stronger and so much more. Almeida and Aubrey know how to create multidimensional characters. I only hit on the highlights for me from Alternate Connection in this review. As you read other reviews I am sure you will get a good overall feeling of the depth of the book. If you have read the Countermeasure Series you must continue on with Alternate Connection. If you are new to the series, I highly recommend you start at the beginning so it all makes sense. You will be so glad you jumped into the Countermeasure world. *I received an ARC of this book for review purposes.*
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Trevor and Cassandra Bauer have experienced some ups and downs while searching for clues towards Trevor’s missing parents. Instead of experiencing a relaxing holiday season with friends, they have been called to assist the United States Government. Working to help rescue kidnapped Embassy workers, means reuniting with someone from their past. Enter, CIA Agent Nathan Nelson, a man who is not well-liked in the Bauer household. Nate has been battling his own demons this holiday season, and now he is forced to work with the Special Ops Team and the Bauers. Nathan will do anything he can to rescue the woman from his past and make amends. Rachael Moore was married to Nathan’s best friend. Now she is on a personal mission to learn more about his death. In the middle of an assignment in the Middle East, she and her co-workers are kidnapped. Will they get to her in time? And if they do, will she even want their help? This is the third installment in the Countermeasure Series. The story’s emotional ebbs and flows can rival any ocean in the world. The authors clearly did amazing research into not only the history of the Middle East, but also the sentiments behind their traditions. Readers will be forced to travel to this area world and live with bated breath as they watch the events unfold. High action and high suspense, will keep readers guessing until the very end. Readers should start with the first novel in the series and work their way to this latest chapter. Alternate Connection is a heart-stopping tale that will leave readers anxiously waiting for the next book to be released. Notes: The authors provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I have read all of the countermeasure series books and am a huge fan. Alternate Connection is the best so far in my opinion. It was a long wait that was well worth it. The story-line was solid and fast-paced yet there were plot twists that the authors always expertly incorporate into their books. It is set in the Middle East and I thought the authors did an excellent job of illustrating how women are viewed in this culture. The military scenes were riveting. The characters are what always have me coming back. It was good to see Cassandra and Trevor again. I have to admit to not finding Nathan to be very likable in the first two books but after reading his story I have a different view of him. I also liked Rachael (I’m so glad they went with this spelling) a whole lot. She was smart and was always thinking. No damsel in distress waiting for rescue there. Although the book can technically be read as a standalone, I recommend reading all three books in the series. The other two books made this one make so much more sense and really add so much to the overall reading experience. I am anxiously awaiting the final book in the series. I received an ARC of this book from the authors in exchange for a fair and honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
One of the most difficult reviews to write is one for a book that you loved, that moved you to tears (forget tears – full on sobs with hyperventilation and flails) for emotions stay hot, and it is hard to step back and be objective and informative without spoilers. The combination of action, emotional climax points, heartbreaking decisions and some hard won redemption for a character many thought lost just culminated in a 3 am crying jag of epic proportions. I’m still recovering as I struggle to form coherent sentences. The premise in this story is the extraction of 6 hostages from an attack on a convoy leaving the embassy compound in Israel. Nathan, a former colleague of Cassie’s and huge thorn in the paw of Trevor, is tasked to lead the teams with help from some deep undercover, super-charged military operatives. These guys make SEAL’s and Rangers look like kids playing at cowboys and Indians. Even worse, there’s a traitor on the American side, and only one of the hostages has an idea that the ‘kidnapping’ was staged. And, add insult to Nathan’s injured feelings – Trevor and his fellow geeky bloodhound George, have the ability to put eyes on the compound, trace digital imprints and hopefully find the mastermind before it is too late. We have the tension and action from the search and chase, the conflict between Trevor and Nathan, the guilt at Trevor’s leaving Cassie behind in Dublin, Nathan’s stubborn habit of refusing to think outside the box if it conflicts with “policy and procedure”, a Hawaiian-shirt wearing, tattooed smart aleck in Hanson, team leader of the military guys, Jessica about to pop with her and Stephen’s first child and guilt. OMG the guilt. Everyone is guilty about something here – all emotional, all based in their feelings of failure and letting someone down. The only one NOT guilty is George, back in the States working away at the NSA, and tossing nuggets of information at Trevor, managing satellite tracking while fending off teasing and pushes from Cassie, who consistently re-nicknames him (G-String being my personal favorite). Most telling in this story is Nathan. I’ve maintained that he needed a hug – or several – to make up for some horrible events in his past. Until this story, he had buried those issues, although he was acting out in often uncontrolled ways. Full of regret, guilt and what-ifs, Nathan’s opportunity for redemption is right at his fingertips, if he is ready to grab an opportunity at honesty and learn to forgive himself. For the first time we get to see what makes him tick, and I wanted to cry for him and all he had lost. But Almeida and Aubrey don’t take without giving, and he was given opportunities and a future with the one he always wanted. And a chance for a real friendship with Trevor, unlike the adversarial relationship that had alternated between repelling and drawing the two together. But it’s not all about Nathan: Stephan is about to have his carefully orchestrated world turned on end, yet again, by the arrival of his and Jessica’s first child. These two are adorable together, his own worries about their age difference is wiped out with Jessica’s every utterance and adoration. She’s no doormat, she challenges his moments of moodiness and withdrawal from her with her own unique approach, and these two are magically delicious. Circling back to George, this guy needs a relationship and a woman, and perhaps there is something in the works on the “swipe left” tip, whe