Thursday, July 23, 2009

Agent in Old Lace

Shannon Tanner has it all—a perfect family, a perfect job, and a perfect boyfriend. Or so she thinks. What Shannon doesn’t know is that her boyfriend, Mark, is stealing money from her father and making millions doing it. When Shannon learns Mark’s secret, he turns on her, and Shannon’s life abruptly goes from perfect to perilous.

In an effort to protect Shannon, the FBI assigns their only female agent to go undercover as her personal bodyguard. But when the agent breaks her leg the day before the assignment, they turn to the next best thing: their top agent, Rick Holden—in a dress.

Quote from Agent in Old Lace: Life seems safe again for Shannon with Rick by her side and Mark apparently gone for good. Then Shannon gets word that her best friend has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that Mark isn’t going to stop any time soon. Shannon realizes the only way to save herself and her friend—and stop Mark once and for all—is by sending Rick, her only source of protection, away. Can Rick save Shannon before it’s too late?

Tristi Pinkston’s contemporary novel debut promises to entertain and uplift her fans and new readers alike.

He looked into her eyes as she stepped away. Her hand lingered on his shoulder. He reached around her waist and pulled her back toward him, slowly lowering his head to hers. He kissed her with a gentle passion, stroking the back of her head with his hand, then pulled back. She could have stayed in his arms forever.

“That was payback for last night,” he said.

“You kissed me a lot more than I kissed you,” she pointed out.

“Retribution is always somewhat off balance.”
When I was first introduced to Tristi's writing, I did not know that I had had a small taste of it before. It was 2008 and Tristi had a new novel coming out, Season of Sacrifice. As I read the bits and blurbs about this book, I had a strange feeling of deja vous. I was sure I had read this book before, yet it was still in the "coming soon to a store near you" stage. So when we next had a Blogging Babes lunch I asked Tristi why it seemed so familiar to me. Turns out, I had read it before, when it was in manuscript form. She had submitted it to Karlene, but alas it was just mere weeks before we were closing our doors, so we couldn't publish it.
This book, Agent in Old Lace, is a departure from Tristi's normal genre of historical fiction. This mystery and suspense at it's best with a side of romance thrown in for good measure. I was caught up in the story from the very beginning. I even put off doing a bit of homework so that I could finish, (I just didn't get around to doing the review until now, even though I finished it way back in May!).
Well, done, Tristi. Well done. I loved every single word from beginning to end. Except for one small thing. And that small thing is just a personal preference of mine and has nothing to do with Tristi's writing or storytelling ability. If I had had a say in it, the third to last paragraph would have happened somewhere else. But, like I said, that's just me.
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Product details
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Bonneville Books; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599553082
ISBN-13: 978-1599553085
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches

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1 comment:

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for this awesome review! And yes, I had to pull out the book to remind myself what the third to last paragraph was. :)