Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012
When the Mission Ends Book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format(s): paperback (340 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author
About the book:
Colton Robertson left his career in the Air Force…
…to come home and help his family heal. Unfortunately, his reception was not quite what he’d hoped for and he ended up as roommate to hippy dippy yoga instructor Penelope Pruitt.
Penelope has spent her life under the restrictive thumb of her parents and she doesn’t want to do the same with the straight-laced, serious Colton. But when it becomes apparent that Penelope’s life is in danger, Colton won’t settle for anyone else protecting Penelope besides him.
Opposites attract and that’s definitely the case with Colton and Penelope. On the surface, they don’t have anything in common, but as the sparks fly and the danger ramps up, their passion is inevitable.
What B is talking about:
As if trying to deal with one sibling that’s hurting and angry isn’t difficult enough, Colton Robertson finds himself faced with the wrath of both twins. Having practically raised his younger brother and sister after their parents’ death, he’s quickly discovering that giving up control when they need him isn’t easy. But if he doesn’t get out from under his sister’s roof and into a place of his own, things will get a lot worse for the three of them—and fast. So, when Cassie’s flighty, yoga-loving friend, Penelope, suddenly finds herself in need of a roommate for her loft, Colton takes her up on the offer.
Penelope Pruitt is a self-sufficient, intelligent woman with a few hidden talents, who’s sacrificed plenty to live her life on her own terms. If playing the part of Cassie’s flaky best friend works to keep people from asking too many questions she’d rather not answer, so be it. But, when one of her employees goes missing, and mysterious threats begin piling up, she’ll have to come clean and learn to trust her own heart in order to save those she loves.
Operation Endeavor was a pleasant surprise to read, and the story itself unfolded very nicely. While certain aspects of the novel I was able to predict with some accuracy, there were plenty of others that kept me guessing and happily turning pages. I enjoyed Operation Endeavor as much for its suspense and mystery as I did for the romantic encounters of the two main characters, and was appalled as the bad guys began to reveal themselves towards the end.
As far as main characters go, Penelope and Colton are a lot of fun. They’re both hiding their true natures from those around them, and realize that, as they get to know one another, each is exactly what the other needs. That’s not to say that everything runs smoothly throughout Operation Endeavor. Both Penelope’s independence and Colton’s over-protectiveness create a steady stream of conflict between the two, yet they are both willing to compromise in order to make their new relationship work. And between Penelope’s free spirit, and Colton’s inner Alpha male, the sexual sparks flare brightly and fairly often.
One of my favorite things about reading authors who are new to me is finding myself in unknown territory, as well as being able to follow along wherever the story leads without any preconceived ideas based on past experiences. In Operation Endeavor, Ms. Snow has written a sexy, entertaining mystery that was a pleasure to read. Although there’s clearly some missing background on a few of the characters (and I’d love to know more about them), this story reads very well as a standalone. Colton and Penelope have a comfortable feel to them, without seeming obvious, and the balance between tension and humor was maintained throughout. This is definitely a series I’ll be adding to my list of “must-follows,” and I’m looking forward to the next novel due out in April, as well as a prequel novella due out in February 2013.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)