Cuba Undercover

Cuba Undercover

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Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond

His revenge will change her life forever...

Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez's success comes from playing by the rules. When she's kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage...or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father.

Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father's death. With his sister's life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn't taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they're immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It's a deadly game...and there are no rules.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633753419
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 42,371
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Linda Bond is an Emmy award winning journalist by day and an author of romantic adventures by night. She's also the mother of five, four athletes and an adopted son from Cuba. She has a passion for world travel, classic movies, and alpha males. Linda currently lives in Florida, where the sun always shines and the day begins with endless possibilities. You can become a Bond girl and share in her continuing adventures at www.lindabond.com.

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Cuba Undercover


By Linda Bond, Vanessa Mitchell

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Linda Bond
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-341-9


CHAPTER 1

Rebecca Menendez burst through the doors of courtroom 5A, her pulse racing. Like a guided missile on a mission, she swerved past a rival TV reporter also pushing his way out of the crowded courtroom.

This was her story. She broke the news a year ago. She'd be the first to report the verdict today. Then, maybe she'd finally get that promotion into the Special Investigation unit. Her lungs tightened as she hit high gear and sprinted down the hall toward the south side exit of Tampa's downtown courthouse.

"Slow down, Menendez."

Out of the corner of her eye she caught Ike, one of the veteran bailiffs, standing rigid against the wall.

"You're going to break your ankle on those stilts you wear for shoes," he grumbled.

"Sorry." Rebecca skidded to a halt, offering a guilty shrug. "Deadline to meet." But she couldn't stop a smile from stretching across her face. She was so damn proud. "Verdict came back. Finally. I've been working this story for twelve months."

Ike nodded. "You keep speaking out for the abused, like you do."

Her breath caught at the cynical old-timer's indirect compliment. She lived for words like that. If only her mother had lived long enough to see her today, following in her father's footsteps. If her papi hadn't been murdered, she might have earned his respect today, too. Her chest burned with an odd mixture of both satisfaction and regret.

Ike waved her on and, at the last moment, delivered a thumbs-up along with a rare smile.

Rebecca grinned, heat rushing into her cheeks. Glancing at the clock at the end of the hall, her heart jumped. Five minutes to five. She'd make the top of the newscast if she bolted.

She powered down the hall, arms pumping in a barely controlled walk-run until she exited the courthouse. The summer humidity slapped her skin in one hot wave. Despite that blast, she took off down the sidewalk, sideswiping an attorney she knew, stumbling, regaining her balance, and sprinting to the large Eyewitness News van parked on the side of the street.

Dallas "Dawg" Jones, her longtime friend and photographer, was clicking his camera onto the tripod on the sidewalk.

"Hey Dawg," she huffed, sweat dripping down the curve in her back. "You heard?" She couldn't do a live report breathless like this. She leaned over, hands on her knees.

"Guilty of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon." Dallas broke into a grin. "That fool got what was coming to him."

"Sure did." She stood up, swiping the sweat off her forehead and quickly brushing a hand over her long hair, hoping to straighten out any wayward strands. July heat always made her melt during live shots. "It took the jury less than an hour to decide."

Dallas raised his eyebrows as he handed her an earpiece. "That man's days were numbered after his wife put him on blast by talking to you. No one could look at that woman's burned-off face and come back with anything other than guilty. Wouldn't be surprised if the jury sentences him to life in prison."

Rebecca nodded. "Sentencing is set for Monday."

"No matter what his sentence, you know his jail mates are gonna get that ass in prison. John Fredrick's gonna belong to a guy named Snake or the dude with the most cigarettes."

Rebecca bit back a smile. Dallas always broke the tension and made her laugh. It was his way. And on stressful days like today, they both needed his fresh, blunt humor. "The judge ordered everyone to remain silent as the verdict was read. But Adrianna cried with relief when she heard the jury found her ex guilty. No one shushed her sobbing. Not even the judge." Rebecca bounced on the sidewalk, her heels barely touching the cement. She felt a little buzzed on adrenaline. "That moment made all of our hard work on this story worthwhile." She gestured for Dallas to hand her a microphone. She wasn't missing the top of the show. No way. She had too much to prove today. She was good enough to work with the investigative team.

Dallas put in his own earpiece first. "You ready?"

"I've been ready since the day her jerk of an ex-husband set her on fire." Her stomach churned, recalling Adrianna's ruined face in those first weeks — looking like raw meat, blistered and oozing puss. How could anyone value someone so little they'd set him or her on fire? Rebecca still had nightmares about it, but she couldn't let her personal fears show now, so she pushed her shoulders down.

Dallas handed her the wireless microphone, a knowing smile lighting up his eyes. "Thought you reporter types were supposed to remain unbiased."

Rebecca quickly clipped the microphone on her suit lapel. "Impossible in this case." She lifted her chin. "There are some stories that don't have two sides. Those stories simply have to be told." She pointed a finger at Dallas, hoping her words resonated with her ambitious young friend. "No matter what the cost."

"You're damn straight." Dallas nodded. "You hear Sandy?" He kept fiddling with a cord leading into his news camera.

As Rebecca shoved her earpiece in, her producer's voice from back in the studio came through. "Two minutes till the top of the show."

"Got it."

"Stand by," Sandy said.

Rebecca blew out a breath, wishing the fingernails of anticipation would stop scraping up her insides. Focus. Don't get all nervous now. Turning back to the camera, she took a deep breath and wiped her forehead again.

"You've got two minutes total," Sandy said.

Two minutes of airtime to sum up a year's worth of work on Rebecca's part. She rolled her shoulders. She didn't need to explain the devastating physical damage to Adrianna. That would be obvious. What Rebecca wanted to share with her viewers was what they couldn't see in two minutes on TV, like the way Adrianna flinched whenever she saw fire or blanched whenever a man raised his voice. Or the way she never made eye contact with strangers, or always held her head down. These were the details that still affected Rebecca as a reporter. As a human being. Adrianna felt worthless, and the man who supposedly loved her was the one who made her feel that way. She wanted her audience to realize some scars couldn't be healed, and some stories weren't just surface deep. They affected one's soul. Her breath caught in her throat, and for a moment she couldn't swallow.

Rebecca closed her eyes. Focus on the moment. Make everyone watching care about Adrianna and the bigger issue of domestic violence. No one should feel worthless.

Ever.

She opened her eyes, and the red light on Dallas's camera turned green. Her heart stutter-stepped. The main anchors threw to her, and with a deep breath, she began to recount what she knew would forever be one of the best stories on one of the best days of her life.


* * *

Not even fifteen seconds after Rebecca's live shot ended, her cell phone vibrated. She pulled it out of her pocket. It was Samantha Steele, her fellow reporter and best friend. Rebecca answered. "Okay, Sam, tell me you were watching."

"I was. I'm stuck up here in Spring Hill, waiting for my six p.m. live shot. Watching from the live truck."

"Sorry." Spring Hill was two hours away. Sam wouldn't get home until eight tonight. One of the downsides of being the station's top reporter. "Think Stan will be impressed enough to give me the investigative reporter job after my story today?" Her news director was supposed to make a decision on the position in the next week or two.

"You rocked that live shot, and the emotion in that story made me tear up."

Her heart beat faster. Coming from Samantha Steele that meant a lot. Sam had just uncovered a murder-forhire plot at a local adventure vacation company, making national headlines. "Thanks."

"So, listen." Sam sounded a little distracted. "I'm calling about that party at the governor's mansion coming up. You in?"

"Hell yeah, I'm in." Breaking national news had its benefits. Sam had just scored an invite to the biggest charity event in Tampa. Samantha knew how much Rebecca longed to finally meet the governor face-to-face, so she could lobby for him to sign a bill sitting on his desk right now. The bill would secure funding for her favorite charity, Tampa's domestic violence shelter. Sam had invited her to go with her and her fiancé, Zack Hunter. Hottest guy in town. A twinge of envy hit Rebecca's heart. She longed for the kind of romantic, I'd do anything for you kind of love Samantha and Zack had. "I can't wait. I just got my Alexander McQueen gown cleaned." After renting it from Luxury for Less, a consignment store in Tampa. Everyone assumed Rebecca was rich because she worked in TV. She made good money, but not enough to buy a thousand-dollar gown. But she wanted to fit in, look like the classy, South Tampa elite. No one would know it was rented. After a childhood of wearing hand-me-downs, Rebecca certainly knew how to play the part without spending the money.

"All right, then. I'm off."

"Thanks, Sam."

"You bet."

Disconnecting, butterflies tickled Rebecca's stomach. She looked skyward. Too bad her mom hadn't lived to see her daughter cross over Kennedy Boulevard into the South Tampa elite, succeeding both personally and professionally. Rebecca would soon be dining with the governor, for goodness' sake. Her throat tightened, and she hoped both parents were somehow watching. She was so close to achieving all of her dreams. And she had established a platform to do good for others in the process. She liked to think her parents would be proud.

"You gonna shake a leg, Becca?"

She jumped at Dallas's voice.

He snapped his fingers at her. "Let's do this."

"Sorry." She swallowed. They still had another live shot and package to prepare.

"You got that story for the six written?"

"No."

"Girl, get on it." Dallas's eyes widened.

"What?" Why was Dallas bugging out? "You know it won't take me that long to write the story."

"What in the Halle Berry is that all about?" Dallas stumbled back two steps, both hands shooting out in front of his big frame. "Behind you! Get the hell outta the way!"

Rebecca jerked around. Coño! A white construction van was jumping the curb and speeding down the sidewalk toward her. Her heart sprinted, but the muscles in her legs locked up.

The van skidded to a stop, so close she instinctively stumbled back to avoid being hit. The scent of burning rubber whooshed up her nostrils. The side door slid open and a man jumped out. Tall, muscular, wearing shorts, he had tattoos covering his entire left arm. Dear Lord.

And he had on a mask.

Oh shit! "Wait. Don't." Rebecca threw out both hands. Her heart was racing so fast it hurt. "What's going on?" She could barely catch her breath.

A second man sprang out of the passenger's side of the van. This guy was beefy, also wearing a ski mask. He gripped what looked like a gun in his hands.

Holy shit! The hair on her arms stood up, and her throat tightened.

"Metete en la camioneta!" the tattoo man grunted.

"Get in his van?" Rebecca spun around, sure the tattooed man must be talking to someone behind her.

"Oh, my damn." Dawg stood next to his camera, a statue on the sidewalk, his face frozen, mouth open.

A handful of other media members cluttered the walkway, gawking at the men from the white van. One reporter screamed and started running. Good idea.

"Rebecca." The tattooed man's voice remained calm. "I'm talking to you two."

Rebecca jerked back around.

"Just do what they say." Dallas's voice rose. "What these masked dudes want with my big two-hundred-and-fifty-pound ass, I do not know."

She was too scared to turn and see what Dallas was doing, but she knew her cameraman would protect her if he could. She also knew better than to get into a vehicle with an armed person. You do, you're dead. My watch! She took off the Tag she'd recently splurged on. "Here, take this. Please, don't shoot."

"You're coming with me." The tattooed guy gestured with the gun.

"Hey, someone's being robbed. They've got guns," a high-pitched female voice squawked from somewhere behind her. "Call 911!"

The robber's eyes flickered to a spot over Rebecca's shoulder.

Finally, a chance. Every nerve in her body fired. She dashed for the news van, expecting the hot sensation of a bullet to tear into her skin at any second. Blood pounded in her ears, drowning out all other sounds. She ran hard, toes pinched in her stilettos. One heel sank into a crack, and her ankle turned. Reaching out, her palms broke her fall. The pavement tore at the pads of her hands as she skidded across the sidewalk, her skin heating like an iron.

She pushed up with a grunt. Someone yanked her back by her hair, pulling her off balance. She stumbled and screamed, "Let me go," crashing into a big body, tattoos visible on the man's arm. He smelled like onions and sweat. Gagging, she pushed away.

"Man, what the hell are you doing? Let her go!" Dallas yelled.

A damp cloth clamped over her face. What the? She tensed. The rag stank of something chemical but sweet. Chloroform? Tattoo guy forced the rag hard against her mouth and nose. She couldn't breathe. Panic flooded through her. Her fingers started to tingle, and her head was spinning.

Lashing out, she dug into the man's arms, tearing his skin, feeling his warm, sweaty flesh lodge under her fingernails.

"Ready to go to Cuba?" The man dragged her backward.

Cuba? She'd die before she set foot in Cuba. Damn government would never silence her like it'd silenced her father.

Jerking her off the ground, the tattooed man stumbled toward the van. She had just enough freedom, and just enough air left, to drive her heel back up into his groin. Awkward and off balance, she missed.

A gunshot rang out. Rebecca's heart froze. A woman screamed, but it sounded so far away. Rebecca kept struggling and blinking to keep her eyes open. Jesus. Her arms felt like steel appendages, impossible to lift, and her eyes were having trouble focusing.

The man yanked her head back. Assaulted by the sickeningly sweet smell flooding her mouth and nose, Rebecca retched. Her feet suddenly hit the ground. She stumbled, slamming her shin against hard metal as the gunman pushed her through the van's open door. She hit the van floor with a grunt.

"No la lastime."

That was a new voice. Ordering the tattooed guy not to hurt her? Too late.

She strained to see who was talking, but her vision kept narrowing. The chaotic mixture of sound and movement shrank from a long tunnel into a small black dot. She was going to pass out.

Someone gently brushed the hair away from her face and helped maneuver her into a more comfortable position.

"I won't hurt you."

The new voice spoke in English this time.

Her heart pounded harder, but the sensation of a different man's soft touch faded.

And then ... nothing.

CHAPTER 2

Rebecca woke with a start, gasping for air.

What the hell just happened?

She tried to peel her eyes open. Dark. She blinked again. She couldn't make out anything.

Then, mental images of her kidnapping flooded her mind. She'd been thrown into a van. Jerked out of it. Pulled into some smaller vehicle. The tattooed man had set the van on fire. Holy shit. She could still smell the burning tires. Her pulse drummed in her ears. Where had the tattooed asshole taken her now?

Sweat snaked down her skin. She couldn't still be smelling burning tires. Burning wood maybe? What the ...? As she hauled herself into a sitting position, a sharp sensation ripped through the left side of her chest. She froze, unable to inhale further. She held her breath until the pain passed.

In that brief moment of silence, someone else took a deep breath.

An electric wave of fear shimmied over her flesh. "Who's there?" She sprang up, rocking back on her heels. "Dawg?"

No answer. Her heart stalled.

"Dallas? You okay?"

"My name is Antonio. Antonio Vega."

She recognized the voice from inside the van. The man with the gentle touch. Still, the hair on the back of her neck stood up. "Who are you?" Her gaze darted back and forth. "What's going on?" She felt like a cornered animal. Squinting, she tried to make out her captor's face, but her eyes were still adjusting to the dark. "What do you want from me?"

"I need your help."


(Continues...)

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Cuba Undercover (Entangled Select Suspense) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 25 days ago
This book was exciting, unpredictable, and I could not put it down! At the end, I was wishing for at least one more chapter just on Antonio and Rebecca. They were intensely exciting, to say the least! This author did a great job in developing the characters and I'm looking forward reading more of her stories!
niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
Antonio and Rebecca play off each other great. she gets kidnapped and taken to cuba where they meet and start to fall for each other. action runs plenty and this is a good first read for me from the author
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book was very intriguing and lived up to the intrigue. Antonio was very strong and very commanding. But he got as good as he gave with Rebecca. She was a spitfire and I enjoyed every minute of her time. She went for the underdog, helped those less fortunate than her, and didn't succumb to what others commanded her to do. She was a strong female character. I thoroughly liked her character. And the connection/chemistry between Rebecca and Antonio was intense amplified with their surroundings. I love the do-whatever-is-necessary-for-your-family theme that was woven throughout the book. Being a strong family minded person, I could relate. And I loved how fiercely protective they were for each other. Rebecca's friends were her pseudo-family. They were very supportive and knew what she needed. Dallas was a freaking riot with his comedic timing. Overall I really liked this book. It had action, betrayal, friendship, rooting for the underdog, and a whole lot of love. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Cuba Undercover is an action packed romantic suspense filled with intrigue, suspense (of course!), and a ton of sexual tension. Thrilling and adventurous, Author Linda Bond paints a portrait of Cuba with her beautiful and realistic descriptions and you can imagine yourself right there along side the characters. This is the first time I have read a book set in Cuba and Bond did a great job at describing Cuba to the point where I felt as if I had just been transported to another country. I enjoyed the fast-paced thrill ride Bond takes readers on and felt as if I was on a roller coaster at Cedar Park. Both Rebecca and Antonio are wonderfully, well-written characters and the attraction and chemistry between them sizzles. While not many love scenes, the ones that this book does feature are HOT and really emphasize the romance between them. I thought the sexy times were well written but I glad there wasn't an over abundance of them or it would have taken away from the adventure of it all. This is my first book by Bond and while I didn't realize it was the second in a series, this can easily be read as a standalone. Bond is a talented author and I look forward to discovering more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn’t realize that this was the second book in the series, but I didn’t have any trouble following along the story line. AS for my thoughts on the book, I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite book. I really thought that it would have had more action/suspense but it didn’t. There really wasn’t a lot of that. As for the character I liked them enough. They weren’t my favorite but I didn’t hate them either. I enjoyed it. I think that it people who like a little bit of action/ romance would enjoy it. I might go back and read the first book in the series, but I will not be on my priority list or the top of my TBR list. Overall, this was enjoyable read, but it isn’t anything to brag about. I did like it and it did keep my attention, but there was just something missing for me to love it.
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
*** This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** I like that Antonio is honest with Rebecca about why he was "kidnapping" her from the beginning even if he held back the part about her dad until later. I like the loyalty of her camera man throughout the story.
RochelleRosesandThorns More than 1 year ago
According to her biography, Linda Bond is an Emmy-winning journalist. She’s able to draw on her work experiences when she creates her characters, and has even reported from Cuba. That’s where she met her husband and adopted one of her sons. So when she describes the view of the Havana skyline from the wall of the Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro or Morrow Castle, or the feel of balancing on that wall, it’s from being there. She has seen the poverty of that island country firsthand, and felt the struggle of its people for a better life. In addition to putting you there as though you’re seeing it through her cameraman’s lens, Ms. Bond takes you on a nail-biting ride across the Florida Straight, through the Cuban jungle, and into the heart of Havana. And along the way, you meet and fall in love with the people. You feel the hunger, the poverty, and the heartbreak of broken families. I once went an entire school year in which I only got to spend five minutes with my children. I spoke to them weekly on the phone, but it was one of the worst years of my life. I can’t imagine going ten years without seeing them. I think I’d die. Yet so many Cuban families are broken with no hope of ever again seeing their loved ones, because that trip can be fatal, and it’s one way only. Oh, yeah—Cuba Undercover has a hot hero and plenty of sexual tension as well. You’ll devour it, and want more from this journalist-turned-novelist. I can’t wait to see what awards Ms. Bond wins in this phase of her career.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
His revenge will change her life forever... Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez's success comes from playing by the rules. When she's kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage...or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father. Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father's death. With his sister's life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn't taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they're immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It's a deadly game...and there are no rules. Review: I found this a great, timely read. I liked that it was different in that it is set in not just Florida, but Cuba too. I don't think I have read anything set in or around Cuba before that is a contemporary romance and that drew me into the story. The Author did a good job combining fact and fiction. The story is filled with action, adventure and intrigue. I have not read this Author before, but you can tell she knows the subject matter and is quite good in blending it into an interesting story. Now, this story does have some sexy moments, really just a few, but they are well-done and add to the story and the budding romance. Both Rebecca and Antonio (even when he is kidnapping) are likable, interesting characters, who manage to fall in love and understanding of each other. Technically this is not a numbered series but they share some of the same characters in "Alive at 5", but totally an independent story. Intriguing, fast-paced, thrilling romance! 4Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fast paced romantic suspense that takes us to Cuba and back! The story was exciting, fast paced, and very well written. While all the events weren't completely factual, they weren't so for off the mark you can't accept them as artistic license. Being a native Floridian, I have been exposed to the Cuban culture my whole life and the depiction of their love of family and hatred of Castro was right on the mark. Whether you know a little or a lot about the culture, this story gets top marks for suspense and excitement. I highly recommend it.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
"Undercover" full of twists. Rebecca and Antonio great characters. This is a great read ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This was a great romantic story about a Cuban-American TV reporter & handsome Cuban man. Story starts as TV reporter Rebecca Menendez just finished giving a live TV report and she is about to get back in the tv van when she and her camera man are kidnapped and taken to Antonio Vega. He needs Rebecca’s help in saving his sister’s life in Cuba. Also he wants to use Rebecca’s media profile and political clout for more personal reasons than what he has told her. Rebecca is more Cuban than what she knows and for that, Antonio plans to exploit that. When Rebecca finds this out, she becomes torn between the truce that had going, the feelings she is developing for him and the fear to run away and not help. There is some inaccuracy in this story about the illegal alien smuggling and how the characters did things legally. I found after doing some research that you can be prosecuted under 18 USC 1324, 1325 and 1326 of US Laws. I think the author for writing sake wrote the story in her viewpoint and didn’t think about the laws in that sense, I would like to think. When we come to the MC, Antonio is very ALPHA in the silent sense. He is sensual and tough. At first, I thought of him as a jerk and very all about what he wants but as he gets to know Rebecca, I think he realizes there is more out there and he starts to see he is hurting people and he thaws in his feelings, especially when his feelings change toward Rebecca. Rebecca is very independent and feisty. She is beautiful and yet inside, it hides a core of a woman who is scared girl, who craves love and protection. Put these two together and watch the fireworks. I do like the secondary characters in the story. They add layers to this story and show Rebecca has a good support system. There are some major twists and the ending was one I didn’t see coming. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue to know how the MC ends up. That bothers me. Just the fact it alludes there could be a possible sad outcome/happy outcome and leaves it up to the reader. That is my opinion. Overall this is a good read. My rating: 4.0 stars ****
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Life was going well for reporter Rebecca Menendez, she was even eyeing a promotion into Special Investigation. One evening while on her way to a fundraising, she and her cameraman Dallas Jones are summoned to climb in a van by armed men. One of these men is Antonio Vega, who says he needs Rebecca’s help. He’s going to Cuba to rescue his sister and he knows Rebecca can help him document his sister’s rescue. Rebecca, who is Cuban-American, wants nothing to do with Cuba because she was told her father had been murdered by the Cuban government. Rebecca is livid about being kidnapped, but what Antonio tells her about her father makes her review her position: she’ll help Antonio. Although I am not a fan of kidnapping tropes, I had loved Alive at 5, Ms. Bond’s first book, and I had to read CUBA UNDERCOVER: I was not disappointed. CUBA UNDERCOVER is richly detailed, whether it concerns Cuba or the life of a reporter. Both Rebecca and Antonio are complex and appealing characters, and the progression of their relationship is believable throughout the story. CUBA UNDERCOVER is very fast-paced, action-packed, there are plot twists that will make your head spin – in a good way! The story is solid and pretty fascinating in view of the political angle. The writing is impeccable, smooth and fluid, the descriptions cinematic and vivid, and the romance is steamy. Linda Bond made sure I remained a fan! Very well done indeed! Mission accomplished, Ms. Bond! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Between the pages of Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond was a great place to be! Having been to Cuba a few times, I was excited to read a book in which a lot of the setting was in Cuba. Through Linda's vivid and accurate descriptions, I could not only see the place and people she detailed in my mind, but I could feel the humidity and the heat. I really liked the overall plot and theme of Cuba Undercover...especially since Linda manages to draw attention to a lot of ongoing political and humanitarian issues that are real. By doing this she made her characters and their situations believable. The way Rebecca and Antonio get to the situation they find themselves in, with her being kidnapped, was an interesting initial twist to the plot, but I felt that this not really necessary to move the plot forward, instead it was somewhat distracting. The way they quickly moved past the kidnapping and worked together to reach goals was admirable. Antonio and Rebecca develop a connection quickly, even as danger pursues them. Antonio is determined to save his sister, and Rebecca is determined not only to tell the story of her and other's like her, but to find out more about the father she's never known. This makes Rebecca and Antonio two people who are not welcome in Cuba...and even as the goal is reached the cost to them both might be heavy. When all is said and done, can Rebecca forget Antonio and move on? Cuba Undercover really makes one think about the issues that country and it's people are facing. I know that this is a fiction book, but Linda has written it so well it could be real. I loved the main characters and the secondary characters (especially Rebecca's cameraman Dallas). I liked what Rebecca and Antonio stood for, what they believed in and stood up for. I could feel the hope that each of them felt as well as their fear. Cuba Undercover was so easy to immerse myself in...with a nerve wracking and dangerous at times plot with just enough romance the plot is strong and the characters are powerful. I'd recommend Cuba Undercover to any romance reader.