Series: The Agency

PASSIONATE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth LapthornePassionate Vengeance by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #5
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Abigail Turner only went to the doctor for a checkup and when her blood tests came back, she agreed to a series of shots meant to help her with a deficiency.  In reality, she agreed to the beginning of a nightmare of pain and confusion. Abigail can’t understand what is happening with her body lately, but in a weird dream a knight saves her and gives her hope.  One night the man with her knights face breaks into the room Abigail is being held in and rescues her. 

Lucas Sloane is an agent for the Agency and he knows better than to let anyone he comes across while working a case to affect him.  Yet, from the first time he learns of what is going on with Abigail, Lucas is driven to find and save her.  Research shows Lucas and his partner just where Abigail is being held now and that is all he needs.  From the moment that Lucas walks out of that place with Abigail, he is determined to be her hero in real life.

Abigail isn’t sure if she can believe the story that Lucas and his partner tell her about the shots she was given and the doctor who gave them to her.  However, Abigail knows that if they are telling her the truth, then she wants vengeance for all the pain and suffering she has gone through.  Lucas agrees to let Abigail help them track down and capture the doctor, but at a distance from the danger.  While this is going on, the passion that was instant from the minute they laid eyes on each other is distracting both Lucas and Abigail.  In Lucas’ profession distractions can mean you or your partner getting seriously hurt or killed.  When the doctor is located, it takes everything Lucas has to keep his mind off of Abigail and on the mission.  When things go sideways during the mission, will Lucas and his partner make it out to their loved ones?

An agent and a victim come together in a blinding passion amongst a dangerous case in Passionate Vengeance.   Lucas and Abigail have to find a way to finish the case that brought them together while getting a handle on the feelings that are flaming between them.  I wasn’t surprised to see Lucas pushed until he found the location where Abigail was being held.  I wondered if Abigail could possibly feel the same as Lucas after everything she had been put through but it was very easy to see that Lucas was helping her deal with it all.  I enjoyed watching as Lucas and Abigail worked to finish the case while exploring what they were feeling.  When the final battle unfolded, I wondered if Lucas would get out and be able to have the promising future with Abigail that seemed so bright.  Of course, love won that day for everyone.  Passionate Vengeance is filled with suspense and passion with bits of friendship and humor that made it a page turner.

PASSIONATE IMMUNITY by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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PASSIONATE IMMUNITY by Elizabeth LapthornePassionate Immunity by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #3
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Coming of Age, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

 Kimberly Melmoth is a scientist who has always craved a grand adventure.  When a friend’s husband requests her help, Kimberly jumps at the chance to help out an investigation with the Agency; it’s a dream come true to Kimberly.  She might admit out loud that it’s a simple task, but inside she is doing the happy dance and hopes that she can find some way to increase her part.  Kimberly is also hoping that she just might find her Bond and passion.

Tristan Walters has been a spy for a long time and when he is asked to investigate a mystery found in the records of the Agency mole, he jumps at the job.  After all, Tristan’s last partner was killed recently because of the mole.  This is a way for him to try and put that hurt behind him and to help the entire Agency move on.  However, Tristan is blindsided by the passion that springs up when he meets the fun blond scientist who has agreed to help out.

Although Kimberly was hoping for a bit of passion with her mission, even she was surprised how fast it hit and that Tristan feels the same.  That first day it was hard for both of them to keep their focus on the job and not on each other and their mutual feelings.  It quickly becomes obvious that something strange is going on at a laboratory from the data and when it’s decided that a break in is necessary, Kimberly wrangles her way into that job too.  Tristan might have agreed to bring Kimberly along, but he knows that keeping her safe is his and his partners’ job.  That instant passion bubbles over just as the most dangerous part of the job is about to begin.  Will Tristan be able to keep his mind on looking for the data and answers or will having Kimberly there beside him be one distraction too many?

An unexpected job brings an adventure seeking scientist the love of her life in a handsome spy as they look for answers in Passionate Immunity.  I could tell that nothing was going to slow Kimberly down when she was given the chance to help out the Agency.  I could tell that Tristan was still having a hard time from the killing of his partner.  Yet, when he is offered the task of investigating a mystery located in the mole’s records he never expected to find love at the same time.  The quickness of meeting to erotic explosion proved to me that both Kimberly and Tristan were meant to be together.  I was surprised that Kimberly was allowed on the break in.  Again, it was her expertise in lab work and data that brought her and Tristan together in the first place.  While Kimberly and Tristan’s future might be figured out, the things they found at the lab only brought up more questions and answers.  I can see that a book 4 will be needed at the very least to answer the additional questions.  Passionate Immunity is a quick moving story with erotic passion and deadly danger and just light hearted enough to bring a smile.

INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE by Elizabeth LapthorneIntimate Knowledge by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #5
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Steampunk
Reviewed by Jo

Jennifer Mabbot needed to get away and do some soul searching, so she took some time and went to a well-loved camping site.  One night Jennifer was awoken by the sounds of someone by her camp. Wondering what is going on, Jennifer followed the sounds and found a man burying something.  Thinking it was a personal thing to that man, Jennifer watched for a bit and then went back to her tent and forgot about it.  That is, she forgot about it until strange men looking for something attacked her in her home.  Scared to death, Jennifer calls the one person she knows will protect her.

Saul Haslen works for the Agency and knows very well what can happen to innocent people who get in the way.  When Saul receives the call from Jennifer, he instantly works out a plan to get to her, to keep her safe and discover just who is after her and why.  Saul has kept several things from his childhood friend, two of them being the reality of his work and his passion for Jennifer.  With danger surrounding Jennifer, Saul knows it time for him to open up about both and hope he won’t lose his friend and love.

Jennifer has always felt safe with Saul and it came as no surprise to her just what his work really entailed.  Protection just came naturally to Saul.  When they both open up about the feelings they had been hiding from the other, the passion that had been long denied came forth stronger than ever.  Balancing out the need to explore their love and to end the danger that threatens Jennifer, Saul and Jennifer team up to follow the clues and discover what Jennifer saw that night went much deeper than a man burying personal items and that the Agency was already involved.  Saul wants to be in on ending the threat to Jennifer, but he also wants to keep her safe.  The question is now, who are the good guys and who is the bad guy and just how is the Agency involved?

Lifelong friends finally open up to the passion between them when danger comes to call.  Saul and Jennifer discover just what has been between them all along in Intimate Knowledge.  I loved how Jennifer knew without a doubt she could call on Saul and he would help her.  I also loved how Saul dropped everything when he got her call to do just that.  When their passion blazed immediately and hotter than ever, I wasn’t surprised because it was obvious to me that it was only waiting for an opening.  The twists and turns that appeared during the course of Saul and Jennifer investigating just what was going on kept me off from figuring out just what was going on and who was doing it.  The only thing I know for certain is that the passion between Jennifer and Saul is one that will last for a very long time and that something odd is going on in the Agency right now.  I can’t wait for the next visit to that very interesting Agency for my next clues.  Intimate Knowledge takes Saul and Jennifer from best friends to passionate lovers to a mixture of the two combined with a strong love all while they work to end the threat to that very love.

FLIRTING WITH DANGER by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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FLIRTING WITH DANGER by Elizabeth LapthorneFlirting with Danger by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #1
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Skye Adams learned a few years ago what her father, Victor, actually did on the job and ever since then she never knows when plans might have to be quickly changed. After all when the Agency tells you do to something, you go take care of it.  That is why she is currently waiting for her father at a new Thai restaurant they both wanted to try.  Her dad is late and Skye is getting a bit worried but when his partner shows up, all heck breaks loose.  Skye is scared to death and has no idea where to turn – that is until she remembers something her father told her.

Jack Berick is a PI who agreed to help his friend’s daughter, Skye, if she should ever contact him.  So when Skye called him, scared and explained what had happened just minutes before, Jack immediately knows that something has happened to Victor and it’s time to carry out his promise.  That promise takes a back seat when Jack actually meets Skye for the first time and is instantly attracted to her and learns that attraction is mutual.

Jack and Skye quickly decide to work together to figure out what was behind the attack and just where Victor is.  Skye and Jack put their skills and knowledge together and the more they dig the more crazy everything seems to get.  Something underhanded is going on and it’s beginning to look like someone at the Agency might be involved.  Now Jack and Skye have to decide who they can trust to help them get Victor back from the blackguard who has him and what they are willing to do for his release.

Sometimes father really does know best which Skye and Jack will find out as they work together in Flirting with Danger.  Skye might not have known the truth about her father’s job growing up, but she certainly has no hesitation to step up when his life is threatened.  Jack is a tough PI who always knows the score, but even he was given a jolt when he met Skye for the first time – a jolt filled with passion.  I enjoyed watching as Skye jumped in feet first to find and gain the release of her father with Jack being the practical one with enough experience to make sure Skye was kept safe when things got very dangerous.  I had to laugh at the end when Victor finally told Jack and Skye what his true idea was in bringing them together.  Especially since they didn’t need any help in the love department once they finally met.  Flirting with Danger is filled with suspense, under handed backstabbing and a quicksilver passion – what more could you ask for?

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