9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Close Quarters by Lucy Monroe
Contemporary Romance- Aug. 31, 2010
4 ½ stars
Close Quarters is the 5th in the wildly popular Goddard Project series. This series is known for its: action, suspense and steamy romance. The amazing men and women who risk their lives to protect our country and have the extra time to find love, too! Although many characters from prior books are referred to, this book can easily be read by itself.
Lines are blurred as Roman, a member of a special ops team is assigned to plug a leak. By killing the person who is distributing highly sensitive information. But all the evidence seems to point to a relief worker in S. Africa. Someone who Roman knows and is very attracted to. A woman named Tanya. Tanya and Roman met at his sister's wedding. But nothing comes between Roman and his job. He accepts that he may need to `quiet' her. But soon Roman feels that Tanya is not capable of being a spy however, he uses ruthless means to discover the truth. But if Tanya isn't the one leaking important government information, who is?
When Tanya immediately recognizes Roman and feels his cold exterior she is puzzled but wants to pursue the attraction she felt with him in the states. But her friendly overtures are rebuffed. Suddenly Roman changes and their desire spirals out of control but when she finds out he has an ulterior motive what will happen to their budding relationship? Can she trust a man who is so ruthless?
This mystery and passion between the 2 main characters makes for some HOT reading. There is also a member of the Goddard team who wants to protect Tanya and has his own love interest which was very poignant to read. The tension between the characters makes for steamy reading. The only problem I had was that while Roman is doing his job, his single-minded and cold efficiency made it more difficult to warm up to initially. But he does have a huge amount of sex appeal. In contrast, Tanya is like every woman, she was very human and easy to relate to.
The plot was very clever and I enjoyed the discovery of how information was leaked. Can Tanya forgive Roman for his ruthlessness? This was a wonderful story about love and how 2 people fight for what they believe in.
If you are already an avid fan of Lucy Monroe the latest installment in the Goddard series will not disappoint! If you are a new reader her easy to read and fast paced books are the perfect summer read when you want romance that sizzles!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Another fanatstic book by Lucy Monroe that makes me excited for more.
Roman Chernichenko is an assassin for a black-ops group and his next job is going to change everything. He and his team are ordered to take out a person involved in espionage who's cover is working as a medical relief worker in Africa. What sounds like a straightforward job get's complicated when Roman realizes that he knows his target. He met Tanya Ruston at the wedding of his sister who's married to Tanya's brother. He doesn't know a lot about Tanya besides that there is some serious attraction between them. When he and his team members realize that she may be innocent the plan has to be changed and making sure that Tanya stays safe is his new priority. Especially because this hard and cynic soldier feels more deeply for Tanya than he ever did before.
Meanwhile agent Bennet Vincent (member of the Goddard Project) is also in Africa to discover who's selling stolen US military technology. When meeting Roman and his group he knows instantly that they are no normal soldiers and that something serious is going on. He's also convinced that Tanya is innocent and will do everything to protect her and he will also do everything to convince Dr. Fleur Andikan, Tanya's boss, that she is his soul mate.
From beginning to end I pretty much enjoyed everything about this book. I liked the setting in Africa and especially the strong characters. They were likable, believable and I wanted to know more about them. I enjoyed the two love stories between Roman & Tanya and Ben & Fleur a lot. The first one was thrilling, sexy and even a bit kinky, the second one was extremly sweet and heart-breakingly beautiful.
I also enjoyed how Africa and the relief work was portrayed. On the one hand you have this beautiful country and people who care for the humans in it and on the other hand you have people only looking for power and money. Especially Fleur's past made a deep impression on me and I was so excited that she found happiness.
I enjoyed reading about Roman's team members and can't wait to learn more about them in upcoming books. Furthermore I enjoyed that at the end of the book there was no big showdown in which half of a country was destroyed. The way Lucy Monroe wrote the end of the book felt more real and fiting than any James Bond like final will ever be.
The cover is ok and nice.
Lucy Monroe once again wrote a beautiful book full of action, friendship and love. I especially enjoyed that for her there are no boundaries when it comes to love. I adored the two love stories which are sexy, cute and just beautiful. Her books don't need an over the top showdown to be thrilling and interesting.
The Goddard Project series
1. Satisfaction guaranteed
2. Deal with this
3. The spy who wants me
4. Watch over me
5. Close Quarters
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Close Quarters by Lucy Monroe introduces the daring and sexy men of the Atrati unit.
Roman Chernichenko and his team are sent into the wilds of Africa to terminate a national security leak. All the evidence points to an medical relief worker in the Sympa-Med agency. Roman refuses to take care of this threat on such flimsy evidence. He plans on getting to know the worker and then decide a course of action. Roman is shocked to find the aide worker is his sisters Elle's new sister in law Tanya Ruston.
Tanya Ruston feels she has found her place in the world by aiding those so desperate in need of medical care. Her boss Dr. Fleur Andikan is a shinning example of someone to emulate for she has overcome great sorrow. Tanya and Dr. Fleur try to serve the needs of those in such massive poverty. But a state department official and his security team both rock their lives. Tanya seems to have caught the eye of the lead of the security team. She really doesn't know Roman all that well but what she sees she really likes. Tanya is drawn to Roman but she knows it can't be permanent.
Roman will do whatever it takes to see if Tanya is the informant sell secrets to the enemy. Once he gets to know Tanya as a woman his thinking gets all out of whack. He thought he could seduce her and continue on with the mission but Tanya is so different then any woman he has ever known. Roman's feelings have changed towards Tanya but will she be able to forgive him when she finds out she was being used?
Before Tanya can even wrap her mind around what Roman really is, there is someone out there willing to stop at nothing to see her dead. Tanya needs to put her anger at Roman aside and trust in his training to save her life.
Close Quarters is compelling. The danger from the corrupt soldiers is vivid and you can feel the menacing stares leaping off the pages. Tanya and Roman dance around their feelings and desire for each other. Their chemistry is tantalizing and powerful. The secondary romance of Dr Fleur and the state department official is deeply moving. This book will touch your heart and stay in your thoughts long after you finish. Lucy Monroe's books are one of a kind and a must read. Enjoy.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Lucy Monroe continues her string of hits and misses with Close Quarters. This one misses the mark, but only just barely. The darkness surrounding the hero's black-ops past and current assignment works well, as does much of his relationship with the heroine - his assassination target - but some of Monroe's clunky writing and a secondary relationship that tries too hard for poignant and becomes gooey in the process are problematic.
Roman Chernichenko's task is to plug an informational/technological leak that could further destabalize the African continent. He suspects going in with his team that the target, aide worker Tanya Ruston, to whom he is related (by the marriage of her brother to his sister), may in fact not be guilty of anything and he does not relish the idea of her assassination simply to cover somebody else's ass. Tanya, an EMT for an aide agency, works in the field for Dr. Fleur Andikan, a beautiful African doctor whose past is filled with sorrow and hardship. Living with the doctor is her adopted daughter.
Roman's cover is to protect Bennett Vincent, a diplomat who in turn is also undercover. He's an agent of The Goddard Project, and his investigation of slavery at local mines bleeds into Roman and his team's sleuthing to determine whether or not Tanya is guilty of anything - willing or not. Tanya and Roman are mightily attracted to each other, and she decides she'll scratch the itch with him, knowing from the start that it'll lead to nothing permanent. Roman, on his part, is more than willing to scratch that itch, but "sleeping with a mark" might also help his investigation. Meanwhile, there are no hidden agendas where Fleur and Ben are concerned. They two fall in love at first sight and each begins to mentally map out a life with the other, regardless of their own current careers. The idea of Ben and Fleur worked for me, but their coming together is so dream-like that it simply doesn't fit the reality of their situation, and the fact that Ben is actually a trained killer makes this lack of fit all the worse. Prince Charming rescuing and thawing an Ice Princess does not compute in an Africa filled with pain.
Roman comes clean with Tanya only in fits and starts. It's one thing to discover your lover is a black-ops agent doing undercover work and lying to you...it's another to learn that you were having sex with a man sent to kill you, and still another to find out that during the best sex of your life, he was actively doing undercover work. But Roman's task changes when he realizes with certainty that she's an innocent, and as the danger ramps up outside the camp, he and his team devise a plan to ferret Tanya to safety. This is the part of the book I liked best. It's a road romance with danger, small children who will break your heart are involved, and Roman's team do their best to convince Roman and Tanya that they belong together. Tanya holds on to the justifiable anger of her betrayal just long enough to make Roman suffer. By the time they make love again I was able to overcome the squeamishness that developed during their first love scene, filled with some of Monroe's most egregiously clunky writing, in which Tanya reveals her large nipples and Roman revels in their raspberry-esque beauty. In her best books Monroe's purple tendencies show just slightly, but in her less good work, they stand out like beacons in the night - scratch that - like large raspberry-esque nipples.
Because there's so much good in Close Quarters, it's a shame that there's as much bad, as in the end I can only rate the book as somewhat above average. To read Monroe at her best, check out The Real Deal, Ready, Come Up and See Me Sometime, and even one of her Harlequin Presents, Blackmailed into Marriage.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read some of Lucy Monroe's earlier books but kind of got away from her in recent years. So, when I saw this on the discount rack, I thought I would take a chance on her again. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed the book and it is a good easy read.
I appreciate all the research she did with Africa and the issues in some of these countries. I just wish she would have extended the same to simple military terminology. I am a former Marine and there is absolutely no way two privates, who are E-1s, would ever be put on a protection detail. This is like expecting a freshman in college to sit for the bar exam. One doesn't even get out of recruit training(aka boot camp) with less than PFC(E-2)then there is school and then if he was going for MARSOC (which is special OPS, not special forces)he would be an E-3 or E-4 before he got through that training and was given that assignment. Plus, if you are going to use Marines as characters, have them speak as Marines speak. A dinning hall is a chow hall. A bathroom is a "head, a Marine is a Marine, he or she is NEVER refered to as a soldier, and they would not refer to each other by their first names. "Tommy" would not have been Tommy, he would have been called by his last name or possibly a nickname but not by his first name. And no self-respecting Marine would be caught playing gin rummy. The(un)offical card game of the Marine Corps is spades.
In the whole scheme of things, it may not seem like a big deal but after all the research she did for this book, it is just so glaringly obvious and that is what makes it really irritating which is sad because it is, overall, a really good book. I look forward to Kadin's story and I am going to read Elle and Myk's stories so I can catch up on the Chernichenkos, which btw, is a great name and it is really cool that Ukranians are featured which is not your usual background for most romance heros.
So, I will give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and hope that by the time Kaden's story comes out, the editors will research the Marine Corps a little more because I don't think I would able to get through the story if they make the same mistakes. It's just borderline disrespectful. The different branches are not interchangeable and it takes away from the story.