Cinderella Undercover by KyAnn Waters
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (73 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Victoria Rosso works for Echelon Shield, an elite group of special agents. Their assignments sometimes require they work outside legal boundaries. Her assignment—to help the one man who'd ever gotten under her skin. Jaron Quinn was the best lover she'd ever had—and the one who left her six months ago without an explanation.
Jaron is undercover and has missed his extraction date. He works best under pressure and as former Navy SEAL, he’s been in harried situations before. Apparently ES has concerns. What in the hell is Victoria doing on his mission? It doesn’t take long to realize Cinderella Undercover is there for Jaron. So much for a simple operation. Now he has to deal with the one woman who knows exactly how to push his buttons—especially the switch that turns him on.
Excitement, suspense, danger and sexual power plays abound and astound in this action-packed short story by the incomparable Ms. Waters.
Victoria and Jaron are two lovers who face death in their jobs and this time it might be permanent. I liked this take on the romance between spies and secret agents. Ms. Waters didn’t use the trite civilian and the special agent ploy, no. She presented this fast-paced tale with two very capable and talented agents and plopped them in a scenario where they have to face their own internal fears and external dangers at warp speed. What a rush!
Victoria doesn’t play coy or waste time. She knows the score, mostly. She is dedicated, professional and totally in tune with her inner vixen. She doesn’t suffer from doubts about her capabilities. Neither does she stew and worry herself to death about what might have been - she faces it and demands answers. I like that because it is empowering and strong.
Jaron is a man who is out of time. Yet, he’d give his life to see the job done. And that is the crux of his internal quandary. Someone put a bug in his ear about the unfairness of his job, a job he loves, believes in and does exceptionally well, and how it would influence any serious relationship he might have. So he does the manly thing. Except Jaron is a better character for not hiding from himself or the reader. I have to respect a man who doesn’t completely shut out his heart so that the truth penetrates and he can act accordingly. He’s a well-balanced man. I even applaud what happens in the swamp. It takes a strong man to ignore his initial preference and really listen to his partner – and then own up to it.
The external conflict haunts them throughout the book. I appreciated the gritty and brave actions that Victoria had to perform in the line of duty and how Ms. Waters kept it classy, intense and gripping. The dialogue is to the point, bringing a reader into the suspense and drama of the moment. When Jaron and Victoria get together in the way of passionate adults, it burns up the pages, as hot as the way Victoria feels for her man.
This is a must read for romantic suspense buffs who are short on time but want a book long in substance. Cinderella Undercover delivers what a reader looks for with enough heat to make you sweat, characters that are exciting and a romantic happily ever after with a twist that is perfect for the story.