Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow to be his future wife in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she join forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan is happy to recruit Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her. He refuses to let her go it alone, even if it means risking his own critical mission.Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother, as well as millions of innocent people.
As far as romantic suspense, go this had some great moments, and some moments that were cheesy but still enjoyable, and moments where I felt let down. It was an overall okay read that took me a bit longer than normal to get through because it didn't capture my complete attention. I could set it down and work on other things without fretting. It's like that old late night infomercial "Just set it and forget it..."
The plot has a James Bond feel to it- CIA going undercover, handsome operative falls for the girl, lots of danger around every corner. The beginning I did enjoy, and had great expectations for Ryan and Anya...there was a lot of passion in those first few pages. Two people thrown together during a dire situation that forced them to work together. I like those stories, but this one fizzled about midway.
I found Anya and Ryan's romance cliche. There were stolen moments together that seemed forced and contrived. It didn't really happen naturally, and I was frustrated at times with the lack of build up between them. It was also heavy on the science mumbo jumbo that bore me. A lot of it seemed like something out of a sci-fi fiction, and I just wasn't wholly into it.
The villain Ivano had a crazy element to him. I'd compare his role as to that of Hitler's. He was hell bent on purifying Russia's blood lines and creating a world with a perfect race. This is where the science comes it.
Overall, good read for those people who don't mind the things mentioned above. Good triumphs over evil and all that. The writing was alright, but I'm not interested in continuing the series personally.
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