Scarlett Lang always dreamt of becoming an Interpol agent. When her hard work pays off and she's given the chance to work as an undercover agent with London's biggest drug lord, Armand Sayer, she can't help being ecstatic about it.
She's employed by Armand's sister (to aid in his recovery from a gun attack) as both caregiver and bodyguard. Her resourcefulness in both areas helps her win much more than Armand's trust, to the dismay of both his right-hand man and her ex-boyfriend / colleague.
As she makes her way into the business she swore to help tear down, she's faced with the dilemma of choosing between being loyal to her profession or her heart. And we all know it can't be both.
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Scarlett is hired as a live-in nurse for Armand Sayer. She is well qualified and quickly assumes her responsibilities. That would all be very simple if Armand was a normal person and not a drug lord recovering from wounds received in an attempt on his life. And if Scarlett was just a nurse and not an agent for Interpol, undercover to gather evidence to prosecute drug dealers. Scarlett is well suited for that also, as her grandfather, a hit man, raised her after her parents are killed. The story carries on and feelings develop between Scarlett and Armand. Will they discover that Scarlett is an agent? Will Armand or his body guard, George do to her what others are trying to do to them? The story comes to a smashing conclusion when another drug lord decides to remove Scarlett, the Interpol agent, from the story. This novel is well written. The story moves ahead at a suitable pace. There is often a mystery of what some of the characters may do next. When they are gruff, you never know what will occur next. When they act friendly, it is unsettling as they must have a reason that may not be nice. It is a hard novel to read casually as there is always something coming and it is always just a few pages ahead. An excellent start to the series.
This novella is a bit of a police procedural (the protagonist is an undercover agent for Interpol), part thriller, and at times feels like noir (bodies are stacking up, yet no character seems too bothered or finds that strange). However, amongst all the blood, guts, and intrigue, is an interesting question. Can you love someone who seems to be everything you are not and, if so, what might you do about it? A quick and enjoyable read that refused to follow the route I expected, zigging when I expected it to zag. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Overall, this was a good short book. It had a lot of good stuff drug dealers, espionage, undercover cop from a bad family, etc. At times I found that the writing could have expanded on the details and because it was a short novel, it came across as clunky at times. I would have like a bit more character development, but that's sometimes hard to do with shorter books. I loved how it the last half of the book was no stop action and ended with a cliffhanger. Note: I received a free copy of this book in trade for a review.