by Camilla Monk


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Island Chaptal—nerdy IT engineer by day, romance novel junkie by night—just walked into her messy New York apartment to find Mr. Right waiting for her. No, wait…Mr. Clean.

A gentleman professional killer with a bad case of OCD and zero tolerance for unsorted laundry, March isn’t there to kill her…yet. He wants the diamond her late mother stole for a sinister criminal organization. Island agrees to help him find it, facing the kind of adversaries who dismember first and ask questions later. Good thing she’s got March to show her the ropes. And the guns. And the knives.

The buttoned-up Island is soon having a blast racing from Paris to Tokyo following the clues in her mother’s will, and for the first time, she’s ready to get close to someone. But falling for a hit man may be the very definition of loving dangerously.

Spotless marks the beginning of Island and March’s ongoing adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643160856
Publisher: Camilla Monk
Publication date: 05/28/2018
Series: Spotless , #1
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 1,140,381
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Camilla Monk is a French native who grew up in a Franco-American family. After finishing her studies, she taught English and French in Tokyo before returning to France to work in advertising. Today, she’s a managing partner in a small ad agency, where her job is to handle all things web-related and make silly drawings on the whiteboard when no one is looking. Her writing credits include the English resumes and cover letters of a great many French friends, and some essays as well. She’s also the critically acclaimed author of a few passive-aggressive notes pasted in her building’s elevator.

Table of Contents

Author’s note:

All quotes introducing this book’s chapters are—thank God—fictional. Well, except for chapter 31: I give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.


ONE - The Visit

The icy professional they called ‘the Nazi’ was the cruelest, most dangerous assassin in the world, a heartless madman whose sadistic fantasies could only be fulfilled by the darkest hobbies.

— Jayna Devile, From Russia with Lust

I could start by explaining why my parents called me Island, or even dissert on the many reasons why being the daughter of a Frenchwoman and an American curmudgeon can traumatize a child for life . . . but I suspect no one really cares. So let’s start with the day my apartment got cleaned—I promise this is more interesting than it sounds.

It was a Friday in late October, and much like the rest of my colleagues in EM Tech’s R&D department, I had spent the entire day looking for a way to fix a major bug in our latest banking app. Around 5:20, I finished the floor’s last Dr Pepper, pressed Enter, and announced to my colleagues that our software was back on track. I then proceeded to call them losers—in a common display of virile superiority over fellow engineers—and, for once, left early.

I can still see myself walking up Amsterdam Avenue that evening. I kept combing my auburn bob with my fingers and checking my reflection in store windows because I was particularly proud of my new duffle coat. Joy said it was too long, though, that it didn’t flatter a petite figure like mine, and that I needed to show some leg if I ever wanted to get laid. As my roommate and best friend, she had grown to feel it was her responsibility to ensure that I would lose my virginity before my lady-bits crumbled to dust, thus she spared me no amount of encouragement to update both my wardrobe and my profile on Yaycupid.

I mostly ignored her advice, because at twenty-five, all I had ever accomplished with men was some silent stalking and a few awkward dates. I blamed it on the combination of round hazel eyes and a childish gap-toothed grin that still occasionally got me carded for cocktails, but in truth, I feared it had more to do with . . . well, me. I wish I had been a blonde and blue-eyed hurricane like Joy. Surely that would have helped a little.

To be fair, this was a nonissue, since I had tons of romance books to occupy my Saturday nights with, whose heroes were much more exciting than any of my dates had ever been. Billionaires, vampires, werewolves, cowboys . . . you name it. And they all came wrapped up in super-passionate love stories where the heroine is not only smart but also beautiful, and no one ever tells her that real adults don’t use the Japanese restaurant’s chopsticks to pretend they possess antennae—this particular piece of advice is from my stepmom, Janice, by the way. She keeps a pic of Jimmy Kimmel in her wallet all the time, so you bet she knows what it means to be a real adult.

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Spotless 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's rare for me to give 5 stars to any book, but in this case I'm giving the stars to both the book AND the author. With an incredible sense of humor, refined sarcasm, and impossible plot lines made believable through sheer imaginative writing, the whole Spotless series of books are well worth your investment of time and money. I highly recommend this author.
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Hilarious, engaging, very well written. Perfect
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
This book blew me out of the water! There are so many things I can say about it but I don’t even know where to begin. I downloaded it on a whim and ended up staying up the entire night because I couldn’t put it down. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is the movie Red with Bruce Willis. Monk is very gifted writer who puts her own spin on a hitman romance. First, I must say that I absolutely love every character in this book no matter how big or small. Island, the lead female protagonist, is hilarious but also realistic! I found myself relating to her on multiple occasions. March, the male lead opposite of her, was enigmatic with just the right amount of charm. I felt like each character was well developed regardless of their role. I became so invested in the story, I think I actually cried at one point. While the overall plot wasn’t so complicated that I was blindsided, it was satisfying to watch everything fall into place. The only real issue I had with the novel was that sometimes the author would be describing something and I had no idea to what she was referring to. I would have to return to a couple paragraphs previous to understand what I was supposed to be currently reading. Spoiler though, the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. I am so angry that this book isn’t even out yet because I can’t wait for book two. Spotless is one of the novels that digs itself inside you and makes you want so much more. I feel that right now, no book can possibly compare and I will be stuck in reading limbo until a book half as worthy catches my eye. ❧ Arec
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Spotless by Camilla Monk is an awesome love story that will actually make a great rom-com one day. The story follows a woman named Island Chaptal. She is a romance novel enthusiast and a boring IT professional. She may seem like a stiff upper crust woman, but she is a warm blooded woman who is waiting for her Mr. Right ... yet when she actually comes across him, he is not someone she anticipated. He is a gentleman, but he is also after something. He wants the diamond that was her grandmother’s and he also wants her house … clean? Yup, he is a neat freak and together Island and March will try to trace the diamond, and she has to do all that while they fight off people who are not shy of killing and getting what they want. They don’t care if Island is innocent. She and March are going to different places, and maybe along the way they fall in love? Steam up the room and ignite the fire? Well, maybe. You will have to read it to find out. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great romance. This novel is clean (almost, there are some steamy scenes that I won’t trade for nothing), with a hero that is swoonworthy, and a heroine that is a little too straight and falls head over heels in love with this amazing man. The characters were beautifully done, they are fully developed, they make you laugh with them and appreciate their wit and charm. A truly 5 star novel that needs tons of attention.
H1lda More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend this book enough!! I loved this book, it surprised me a lot. It was so funny at times and I swear I could and will continue reading this series just to get back into Island's head. That girl is hilarious. If you want to read a good action/adventure/suspense story with a little romance and a lot of humor in the mix this story is for you!