Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: Shaken, Not Purred by Kelle Z. Riley



Curtis Brown Unlimited

Release Date:
September 12, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Be Careful what you wish for…

Bree Watson traded her lab coat for a trench coat, expecting the life of a spy to be fun. But when a body turns up on her undercover mission she’s forced to handle:

* A murdered woman with more enemies than meets the eye.
* A hunky handler posing as her fake boyfriend.
* A sexy detective bent on wooing her-and wooing her away from espionage.
* A drop-out drug dog with a nose for trouble.
* Her cranky cat, curious coworkers, a cupcake challenge she can’t resist, and too many secrets, lies and cover identities to keep strait…

In the whirlwind of investigations and undercover operations, Bree developes a serious identity crisis. Who is she, really?

A spy pretending to be a chemist? Or a chemist pretending to be a spy?

My Review

Bree Watson went to school to be a chemist. She even has a diploma to prove it. So, how did she become a spy? She has no idea, but that’s what she is. She’s Bree Watson when she’s a chemist, but Dr. Catherine “Cat” Holmes when she’s undercover working as a spy for Matthew Tugood. Dealing with one job is bad enough, but juggling two is a bit much.

While investigating the possibility of a lab producing illegal drugs, one of the women turns up dead. It’s up to Bree, aka Cat, to find the murderer. This case has more suspects than she ever imagined. The murdered woman was not popular at all and made quite a number of enemies along the way. It doesn’t take long for Bree to learn there is more than the possibility of illegal drugs going on at this lab. She uncovers deadly secrets.

Keeping her two personas separate isn’t always easy for Bree, but with the help of a handsome detective and her equally handsome boss, she’s becoming a pro. Of course she finds herself the center of both of their attention and not just for business.

Two careers, two men? Bree has her hands full to say the least. Good thing she has a large orange cat named Sherlock to help her through it all.

This is a fun story…a sort of cross between James Bond, and the TV shows Covert Affairs and Burn Notice. The book is filled with humor, mystery and romance all wrapped in one package. The dialogue is witty, the characters are lively and well developed, and the story moves along at a fast pace.

This is the second book in the series, but I thought it could be read on its own. Although, I do recommend reading the first one to give you a real taste of what this series is all about.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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