“He’s a spy, and he needs her help…
Emily Abbott is working hard as a coffee barista in downtown Phoenix, keeping one eye on her tiny college fund and the other on the mysterious new guy with his profound lack of coffee-making skills.
Just when she thinks they might be getting the hang of working together, she’s abruptly thrust into his world of espionage and danger. Brent Peterson needs her help to keep Red Rover safe and the information he carries out of the wrong hands. But she’s just a barista—what can she do?
Much more than she thinks.” (from Goodreads)
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
I love how I “accidentally” hide ARCs from myself and rediscover them at the exactly perfect moment. Especially when said ARC is the perfect blend of stimulating and lighthearted, a rare find indeed. Special enough to keep me reading late into the night and grab my Kindle first thing in the morning. 😉 You better believe that happened with this book. 😀
I expected this novella to be hilarious and banterful (same author as The Kitten Files, after all), but I was blown away by how clever and exciting the story was. If I ever have to be in a car chase, I know just who to ride with. XD These characters definitely stole my heart in just a few pages. 😉 All the Arizona references and Emily’s money concerns especially rang true for me, and I found the scenes with the coffee shop intriguing and fun. (Seriously, though, how do baristas keep all of that straight?!!) I look forward to Emily’s next adventure (and codename!).
Just a note, there was some peril and mentions of a gunshot wound, though not described. Also, a reference to a minor character “flipping someone off” and another cursing.
Best quotes: “You are without a doubt, the second-worst barista this shop has seen,” Emily said seriously, staring down at the splatter pattern made by 16 ounces of iced soy latte. “Second worst?”
When they’d entered the narrow hall and opened the freezer, Emily whispered, “Is something going on?” “You’re very perceptive.” She stared at him. “Well, are you gonna tell me what it is?” “I just did. What is going on is…you’re very perceptive.” Brent gave her a smirk.
Altogether, this was a great read. I’m sure this series and I are going to be friends. 😀
Series stats so far…
Car crashes: one
Awesomeness level: 101%