Review: The Russian Temptation by Nikki Navarre

The Russian Temptation (Book Two) (Foreign Affairs) - Nikki Navarre

ARC courtesy of Aspendawn Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I am so happy that I went with my baser desires and read this book! I clicked for the ARC because the male character was Russian and I am shallow This time my one-clicking based on that didn’t let me down!

The book start with Skyler, the heroine, just arriving in one of Russia’s closed cities*(I am being nice calling it city). She’s a scientist, but thanks to her job she gained diplomatic status. She’s investigating chemical weapons plants in the ex-URSS. After she steps off the train, the welcoming comity headed by Nikolai Markov(the hero) is trying to determine her to leave. That doesn’t work, Skyler is determined to find out if anything that shouldn’t be happening takes place there.

Nikolai Markov, ex KGB, who’s name isn’t actually Nikolai Markov, is actually a contracted assassin/spy. His job is to make our heroine leave and stop her unwanted questions. Besides this job he has a personal vendetta against her: he believes her the one responsible for his brother’s murder.

You can imagine how thing will go from there: we have some illegal searches and surveillance, a few car chases, a fire, a few death threats, assassins… In other words: a fascinating story filled with action and unwanted emotions!

I enjoyed reading this book, it was almost perfect! The only thing that got on my nerves was the over use of the word dancer, I swear it was used to describe Skyler’s(her mum was a ballerina) figure, her legs, her walk, her grace, it was EVERYWHERE! I have to say though, that after the first 30% I stopped noticing it, I was just too caught up in the story!

The emotions between the 2 developed fast, but I can see how that happened. They were in each other’s company 24/7 for more than 5 days and he kept saving her life… Additionally all that adrenalin did make everything more sharp.

I like how Ms. Navarre concluded Skyler and Nikolai’s story: she kept them apart for 2 months, to let them be sure of their feelings and thoughts. She didn’t marry them after a few days after they met, it made the HEA more believable for me.

All in all I recommend this book whole-heartedly and I’ll definitely read more novels by this author.


*Closed city: it’s not on the map and nobody’s supposed to know about it… satellite imagery screwed those up

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