Jenny Moore is good at her job. Her colleagues have become family, and her life is enriched by good friends and a cat with personality. If she ever longs for passion or adventure it should be in a well-ordered, moderate dose that will fit in with the rest of her life.
When charismatic Alexei Roshenko steps over her threshold, the tall, dark, and handsome stranger sweeps her off her feet. He appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had, and to make things better, he's mysterious and exotic.
There's more to Alex than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. Jenny acts on a whim and follows him to Russia, where she finds herself entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination. Survival depends on an inner strength she didn't know she possessed, and only one thing is certain: life will never be the same.
The Americans and their constant bickering amused Alex. They weren't putting up a show, this seemed to be their everyday life, and it must be nice to work with friends. As soon as Mark, Tom, and Leonard left, the restaurant seemed empty. There were still a few people at surrounding tables, but the silence was almost tangible.
Jenny played with her cup, and he kept his eyes fixed on her hands. There was some power at work he didn't fully understand, something about this girl he couldn't resist, and he wanted to investigate it before he had to leave. He wanted her, of course he did. She was an attractive woman, but that wasn't it. He wanted to learn everything there was to know about her, and not just in a physical sense.
He realized what was missing, and grimaced, "Back home, all this would have come with vodka. Would you like to... go somewhere? For a drink?"
She glanced up and he held her gaze, hoping she would say yes. A smile reached her eyes. "I would like that very much. It's a small town, but we do have a bar, and it will be open." He held her jacket up for her, and worked hard with keeping his eyes level with her head instead of staring at her body.
The winter cold was a stark contrast to the warmth in the restaurant, and the woman by his side shivered. It made him want to wrap his arms around her to protect her from the weather, but he didn't. It wasn't his place. Instead, they walked arm in arm down the street.
It took only a few steps before she slipped on an icy spot, and he hurried to catch her, for a moment carrying her full weight in his arms. Holding her made his heart race, and he controlled his face carefully.
She seemed flustered and he smiled, wanting to appear as non-threatening as humanly possible. Not kissing her was difficult when their faces were so close, but he forced the impulse down.
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing for Bookworm Ramblings on 9th Jun 2013
"...a great novel filled with romance and suspense."
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing for Faerie Tale Books on 9th Jun 2013
"Maria Hammarblad has written a faced paced, quirky romance that combines action, adventure, comedy, and danger. From the first page to the last the reader is caught up in Jenny’s life and her adventures that follow after leaving America for Russia. The suspense and drama bring the character’s closer together.The character’s worm their way into the reader’s heart, while the plot ensnares the reader’s interest page after page. Will Jenny and Alexei get a chance to be together? Sit back and hang on for the ride of your life!"
~Samantha Martin, Faerie Tale Books
Posted by Patty Froese on 27th May 2013
Hammarblad writes about dangerous men and the women who hold them back from the edge. This is a fast paced story about a woman who falls in love with a man before she knows his history... and about a dangerous man who is changed by the love of the right woman. Alex is sexy and intriguing, and Jenny is naively sweet, with a backbone of steel. Spies, intrigue, international locales, guns and love conquering all... this book has it all! I loved following their story, and I recommend it as a great read!
Posted by Paula L. McElwee on 26th May 2013
Undercover is a fast-paced romance and an action-filled spy thriller with interesting characters and world-wide settings. From their love-at-first-sight meeting through chases, murders, and switched identities Hammarblad keeps us engaged in the life and love of her characters. The sometimes scary, always sexy and often sweet story is one you won't be able to put down, and the twist at the end has me wanting a sequel. Great read.
Posted by Mrs Michael on 26th May 2013
Undercover by Maria Hammarblad was not my usual choice for reading, but I found it both exciting and original. A novel of the spy variety, filled with action and adventure that takes you on a long voyage, battling between the grey line of right and wrong.
Maria has a smooth way of introducing you to a love for even the most un-heroic of characters and I found myself completely smitten with the Russian accented voice of Alexi. This unlikely love interest takes the main character Jenny for the adventure of a life time, where she not only finds what she has most longed for in life but also most frightened of.
The book was wildly imaginative, yet at the same time visually comprehendible; it was so well written I could literally see each detail of character, as well as space and exploit. I found myself at times so engaged that I consciously had to force my muscles to relax, from the tension.
This book was riveting and just when you are sure you know what to expect, Hammarblad completely takes you by surprise with an incredible finale. Amazingly fun and enjoyable, I definitely recommend this book to those who don't mind a bit of bloodshed, thrown in with their romance!