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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Agency: Monkeying Around

The Agency: Monkeying Around by Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Shapeshifter
Length: Short Story
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Posing as lovers shouldn't be too hard. Not for Jessica and Chase. Fooling around during their training mission had landed them in this mess when they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Now they need to redeem themselves by gaining the trust of one of the country's greatest criminals. But with Erik Hardaway's suspicion of Jessica and Chase's relationship, his questions about their reasons for visiting his mansion, and Erik's obvious desire for her, getting out of this situation alive and unscathed will be their biggest challenge ever.

I enjoyed both Chase and Jessica's characters. I thought they both were very likable and very efficient at their jobs as agents, though Jessica struck me as trying just a little too hard to get the job done. It's mentioned in the story that other characters did not care very much for the way Jessica worked, but I thought that she just overcompensated for things she thought she owed. I felt she deliberately denied her feelings for Chase and had difficulties trusting in him. For instance, when Chase asked her straight out about her pet, I felt Jessica should have trusted Chase enough to tell him the truth. I thought it was great how Chase used sex when he became frustrated with Jessica. I loved that Chase stays with Jessica through thick and thin and helps her realize her true feelings.

This is a scorching hot book. Chase and Jessica went above and beyond the call of duty, especially when it came to the sexual side of their assignment. Ms. Hasker writes very detailed, sizzling scenes that had me reaching for a cool drink as I read them.

I look forward to reading the previous books in this series. The tidbits that were mentioned in this book whetted my appetite for more of The Agency.

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