Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sex, Lies, and Surveillance by Stephanie Julian

Title:  Sex, Lies, And Surveillance
Author: Stephanie Julian
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: - 
Main Characters: Janey & Mal
Release Date: January 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Janey DeMarco would love to have a sex life—and she has a serious crush on the new guy in her office. As manager for her family's P.I. firm, she knows an office romance would end in disaster. Not only are her parents former spies, but her older brothers are tall, dark and overly protective. Still, a little sex would go a long way to reducing her stress levels, and the man is hot...
NSA operative Mal Laughlin has been sent undercover to find a link between the DeMarcos and the gun smugglers who killed his partner. Unfortunately, the only evidence points to the woman who's making him hot, hard and ready—Janey.
Convinced Mal is hiding something, Janey's determined to find out what. Can she do that while keeping her own secrets? Janey and Mal plot a course of seduction to uncover the truth about each other but when they're thrown together on a dangerous assignment, sensual meltdown is imminent and secrets are about to be revealed.
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My Review:

This book starts out so funny and sweet with the hero of the story, Mal, slowly going insane with lust while he listens to the object of his desire, Janey, move around the office. His inner dialogue...I just loved it, especially his inner-lectures from his dead father!! But while this style started off really cute, there was a point at about 35%-50% into the book, where I was tired of it and wanted the story to really start moving forward. That did finally happen and I fell in love with the book again. There was just that section in the middle of reading it where I got a little worn down by the repetitive emotions and seemingly never-ending sexual tension. 

Overall this was a really fun read. Mal was a fabulous character although, at times, I had a hard time understanding his actions. In my defense, there were times when HE had a hard time understanding his actions too. I couldn't decide if the conflict was the way that he was written or if it was because he was working undercover and would let his real persona slide through. He is normally an undercover agent, but is working at the PI agency as a geeky computer guy with a shy persona. Unfortunately, it's hard for him to control his inner alpha when Janey is involved. Add to that, she throws him off-balance a lot of the time, and it's hard for him to stay in character...either of them and I honestly think that she brings out his inner-ditz sometimes too.

I would consider this book light romantic suspense. While there were elements of suspense and action, they fell within the realm of a really fun and entertaining contemporary romance. This story was definitely more character and romance driven than your typical romantic suspense. As such, it would be great for readers that are just dipping into the suspense genre or for romantic suspense fans who are just getting into general contemporary romance. 

I really enjoyed the family dynamic of the DeMarco family. All of their stories were so well-developed. I love the fact that they all work in the family PI agency started by the parents, who just happen to be world-renowned spies with LOTS of influence in the political realm. I really hope that there are more books coming featuring this family. Janey has two gorgeous older brothers, Nic- who is the tough-guy agent of the family business, and Jimmy- who is the brains behind the inventions of the family business.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it! 


Paperback Daydreamer said...

This is almost like Netgalley month for you...maybe that fact is just standing out more to me since I finally got back into the swing of Netgalley and I'm noticing all of these books I saw there while browsing. (I know that you say you received it from Netgalley, but it's a confirmation that I have seen the covers on NG). I'm glad that overall you enjoy the book and that it's set up where it can be made into a series about the DeMarco family! If that happens I'll be looking forward to your reviews. :-D

Julie said...

I keep seeing this one on NG and wondering about it. Now I don't have to. I love book with strong family dynamics so that's good about this. And it is frustrating when the middle of a story piddles out. At least it picked up again. :)