Meet My OTPs

The best books and movies are ones I think about days (or months, looking at you, Avengers: Endgame) afterward. Usually it’s noticing something new about the themes, a line of dialogue, or something as simple as a costume choice. Some of this is due to the communities I run in (nerdy Facebook groups, nerdy Goodreads friends, nerdy, nerdy lovely family), but it also has to do with how deeply I enjoy stories. I am a writer after all. 😉 It is my job to notice, to love, and to set those things I love before others.

One of the things I love most in a story is a great romantic relationship. I don’t read/watch much in the romance genre because my favorites are often a side plot to something greater. A happily ever after after the hard won battle, a friendship in tough times turned quite sweet, a duo against the world and rarely against each other. Friendship, loyalty, banter, and teamwork are recurring themes with my favorite fictional couples. 😉

This post was inspired by Katie Hanna’s blog post about her OTPs. (You can find it here. I don’t agree with a couple ships, but what else is new with shippers? XD 😉 ) I love what she says here about why we collect OTPs, and I couldn’t agree more.

“But for all its excesses, I firmly believe OTP discourse (if I may coin a term) serves a vital purpose: allowing young people, particularly girls, a safe space to thrash out what we believe romance is supposed to look like, using concrete examples.”

So basically, I can hereby say this post is “for science”. 😉 Here are my OTPs (One True Pairings), my ships to end all ships, ranked with a couple honorable mentions. 😉

Beware, spoilers ahead, and I don’t endorse every aspect of these relationships and their stories. If you’re interested in one specifically, I’d be happy to give you a content advisory. 😉

1. Aethelbald and Una, Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

(I don’t have a picture for this one, so please enjoy this fanart on the author’s site.)

This ship destroys me, and it has one advantage above the others that automatically rockets it to number one. It’s allegorical. The book is dark, shows the darkness of our sin, and how broken we are and how broken we make things, and the storyline of rescuing and redeeming Christlike love is the spot of light. It is amazing and helped me feel more deeply than ever how much we are loved by God.

2. Dawsey and Juliet, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie

I’m not sure I would have always ranked this fictional couple as first, but I just rewatched this movie (long-distance with the amazing Kaitlyn!) and was struck by its beauty again. Two people whose hearts and minds seem to know each other even before they met, who share the same goals, and deep, deep respect for each other. I loved their honest, down-to-earth interactions, and their honorable handling of the situation they found themselves in. For me, this movie is about finding home, and it brought tears to my eyes when they discovered home in each other’s hearts.

3. The Doctor and Rose, Doctor Who reboot, series 1-4 and a special

It takes literally one picture on Pinterest to send me spiraling into missing these two. He’s the broken, haphazard adventurer who needs to save everyone, she’s the ordinary girl with the big laugh and even bigger heart who wants to save him. Every time they almost lost each other, every word unspoken, every time they saved the world, all bound together into a strong friendship and a deep love they almost didn’t realize. I love them so much. ❤ Also, they are really flirty, and it’s hilarious to watch. XD

3 (Also). Mr. Knightley and Emma, BBC Emma 2009

I really don’t know how to properly describe this one. They definitely have the banter down since they’re fiercely witty Austen characters, after all, but the things that stands out to me is how they are always there for each other, how they forgive and forget, how Knightley is not afraid to point something out to Emma and how she is eventually willing to take his advice. They are also one of the slowest of slow burns and I adore those, so… 😉 Also, kudos to the actors and makers of the show for making them feel like real people.

3 (Hush, don’t you know ranking is impossible?). Brent and Emily, The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott series by Perry Kirkpatrick

If you’ve read any of the books in this series, you probably agree with me, they’re that fantastic. A super smart and clever team that always has each other backs and always makes each other laugh. Seriously, I could read an entire story about just the two of them serving coffee and talking for hours on end, no adventures needed, though I love those dearly too.

(If you haven’t read the latest book, yeet yourself to Amazon. It just gets cuter.)

4. Fitzsimmons, Agents of Shield TV show

From the moment these two came on screen, complete with a prepackaged ship name—a smashing of their last names Fitz and Simmons—I knew. I knew they were the reason I was watching the show, and I knew that even if I didn’t want to finish the show (I didn’t, for reasons), I still wanted to find out what happened to them. These two have been so close since they were geniuses in college together (hence the name smashing), they basically share a brain. They also happen to be the only two British team members, so they share that little world too. I love the loyalty between them, the inevitable growth to realizing that they love each other, and how their relationship makes it through anything.

5. Reese and Carter, Person of Interest TV show

Don’t touch me, I’m emotional. Since I finished this show about a year ago, every three months I want to rewatch it for several huge reasons (it’s my favorite sci-fi, splits my brain, has a huge value on life, Jim Caviezel plays the main character, etc.) but also for this one. Every vigilante (Reese) has a police officer (Carter) hunting/studying them, and these two did that for a while before teaming up in the team up to end all team ups. Seriously epic. I love their trust and respect. ❤ If you’ve seen this show, you know just how tragic it is, but it’s absolutely worth it.

6. Emerson and Saria, the Shallows trilogy by Denver Evans (Perry Kirkpatrick)

I love it when characters complete each other so much it’s just like, yes, YES. These two spend a lot of time in the cute, shy stage of friendship, and they’re literally always there for each other or at least inspiring each other when they can’t be. The ending of the trilogy makes me sob for 100 reasons, and these two are 80 of them.

7. Steve (Captain America) and Peggy (Agent Carter), Marvel Cinematic Universe

I will never get over how much these two built each other up and inspired each other, even when their storylines diverged. Peggy saw beyond his overly skinny, unhealthy frame to the heroic heart inside and loved him even before he was “suped up”. When he wasn’t sure of his place, she encouraged him to go on his first mission, and even later (I just watched Civil War) her memory reminded him to always stick to what he believed in and be the man she knew he was. He in turn respected her at a time when she usually had to fight for it, and she named SHIELD after his famous symbol. I get emotional every time I think about the end of their story, and I don’t believe it could be any more perfect. ❤

8. T’Challa (Black Panther) and Nakia, Marvel Cinematic Universe

Can we just appreciate how everyone on the royal staff and in the royal family has a joke about how much of a crush The Black Panther has on Nakia? It’s really quite heartwarming how a man so magnificent and in control of his emotions loves her so much. I especially love their honest conversations and the deep respect they have for each other’s opinions. They’d probably be even higher on this list if I had more content on them, so here’s hoping Black Panther 2 is fabulous. ❤

And folks, I’ve got Funko Pops of them. 😉

Aaaaannnd, honorable mentions. These are ones even less canonical but I couldn’t skip for obvious reasons.

Sherlock and Molly, BBC Sherlock 2010-2017

I hesitate (for mere seconds 😛 ) with this one since it starts out a bit toxic and she’s not even a character from the original books, but I love where it ends up. At the beginning, Molly is irrevocably in love with Sherlock and he either barely notices her or uses that affection to get her to do things for him. As the show progresses, this aspect begins to mend, and while Molly is still fiercely loyal, she’s not afraid to stand up for herself or give him what for when he hurts himself and others, and I honestly think Sherlock begins to truly value her in return, at least as a friend. (It’s all part of his brilliant character arc.) I’ll be forever grateful for that one episode where they solve crimes together. It’s adorable. 😉

Scott and Kayo, Thunderbirds Are Go

(It’s a screenshot, hence the mouse and thing in the bottom corner…)

Yes, I know it’s a children’s show, but it’s a very good one, and I’m highly invested, okay? XD This one I don’t ship very hard, they’re perfectly fine platonic (again, kids’ show), but they also have a very great dynamic and similar goals and are always looking out for each other especially. Also, no one said they had to stand thatttt close together.

So, there you go, those are my OTPs that inspire me and my writing and give me something to occasionally happily sob over. XD This list is subject to expansion, and I hope you enjoyed Kate’s brain. ‘Tis a silly place. 😛 😉 

Tell me who your favorite fictional couples are!

Book Review: Five Star Spy

“Friends don’t let friends fail their mission…

Brent Peterson is back in town after chasing operatives of the group known as The 10,000– and he’s much worse for wear.

Emily is delighted to see him, but she’s worried: Agent Nighthawk never fails at a mission, but if she doesn’t help him he just might fail this one and let a mysterious 10,000 criminal slip through his fingers.

Not to mention worsen the barely-healed gunshot wound in his shoulder…” (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.

New HQ? Check. Callbacks to the previous books and short story? Check. If it’s even possible, higher stakes? Also, check. Basically the perfect beginning to season two. 😀 ❤

I seriously had no idea how much I missed these, and I’m so happy right now. This installment started off with a bang and ended with one too. Brent and Emily were still a brilliant, adorable team despite Brent being a little out of commission, and he definitely managed to pull some CRAZZYYY stunts. XD Emily is always fun undercover, but I think this one takes the cake. She was so clever and her internal dialogue this time was especially funny. XD (Also, I need Derrick in charge of my wardrobe, because that dress = perfection.) While I’d take an entire book just of them bantering and *ahem* flirting at the coffee shop, it’s always fun to see them in the field, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Santa was surprisingly epic in this one, and the new character (who shall remain nameless) was a fun addition. O.o. Also, why can’t new HQ be real and have job openings?!! I won’t spoil anything, but it’s about as epic as you can get. XD

And could an epilogue be any more perfect?! ❤

Just a note, there were some mentions and brief descriptions of blood in relation to a gunshot wound. There was also some peril including kidnapping.

Best quotes: She stood and shook her head. “I must be glad to see you. I’m talking to you even while you’re unconscious.”

Brent snorted with laughter, squeezing his eyes shut and shaking his head. “Don’t make me laugh and fall off this chair.”

Altogether, I can’t wait for the next book. 😉

(And that random tech who Googled “how to kill wasabi burn” is my personal hero. 😛 )

Season stats so far…
Codenames: one (from the short story) + another near-miss
Car crashes: surprisingly, none
Awesomeness level: 107%

(I highly recommend reading the short story “Right Number” before reading this book. It is available on the author’s website: https://perrykirkpatrick.com/right-nu… )

The Return of My Favorite Series

Once upon a time, summer last year, The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott happened. Six novellas published over four months like a perfectly binge-able TV show. ❤

Like some of my favorite shows, these books are perfectly clean and HILARIOUS while having interesting, edge-of-your-seat storylines and really fantastic characters. 😉

Book one was amazingly red and did a fantastic job of setting everything up.

Book two was (ADORABLE) really clever. (And adorable.)

Book three = relatable and spy gadget-y. Also, things got real.

Book four was intense and fantastic.

Book five. O.o. Street smarts!

Book six tied it all up together into a crazy, beautiful finale.

And then, like an actual TV show, it was hiatus time. Seven months give or take (with an unmissable Christmas short story in there) until today.

Behold: Five Star Spy by Perry Kirkpatrick. 😀 😀

Guys, I’ve read this story as it was written–still need to read the final version ❤ –and it is sooo good. Another gamechanger and a great reminder of why I love these characters so much. 😉 Emily is even deeper undercover in this one, and Brent is… a little out of commission.

“Friends don’t let friends fail their mission…

Brent Peterson is back in town after chasing operatives of the group known as The 10,000– and he’s much worse for wear.

Emily is delighted to see him, but she’s worried: Agent Nighthawk never fails at a mission, but if she doesn’t help him he just might fail this one and let a mysterious 10,000 criminal slip through his fingers.

Not to mention worsen the barely-healed gunshot wound in his shoulder…”

If you’ve missed these characters like I did, go pick up your copy. Or, if you haven’t read any, now is the perfect time to begin. (Watch for sales, the author often does them in the first week of release.)

You’re gonna love it. ❤

Short Story Review: Right Number

“Cousin Beth and Izzy bring Christmas to Emily’s apartment even though it’s August and over 100 degrees! Brent has disappeared and Emily hasn’t been able to reach him by phone for several weeks. She guesses he’s off on an assignment and can’t make contact for safety reasons… or can he?

This short story takes place a few weeks after the end of Book 6, Once Upon a Dime and can be read for free on my blog at perrykirkpatrick.com.” (from Goodreads)

Okay, this was the absolute cutest thing ever! I loved Emily’s dynamic with Izzy and her cousin Beth, and it was fun to see more of Brent’s POV again. 😉 I loved the little hints of possible things to come in season two, and I think now I need to celebrate Christmas in summer sometime. ❤

Book Review: Once Upon a Dime

“It’s all coming to a head… or tails.

Emily Abbott is accidentally in danger. Targeted by the 10,000, a mysterious group of rogue spies, she’s been relocated to a safe-house, placed under the protection of an ICS agent, and given a new, temporary job in a political campaign’s call-center.

But when Brent calls her in a panic to say a bomb threat has been made against the campaign, she can’t help but become involved. As the threats ramp up, stolen RFID tech disguised as a pair of dimes shows up in Phoenix.

Is it a coincidence? Emily doesn’t think so.

What are the 10,000 planning? Only time will tell, and once the dimes are used, time is something Emily and Brent don’t have.” (from Goodreads)

Guys, I think I’m in love. O.o. This book did all the things season finales are supposed to do and also blew me away with the complexity, danger, and cuteness.

I really enjoyed some of the Easter eggs to previous books, and the character cameos were the best. Emily’s quick thinking and out-of-the-box ideas really shone in this one, and it was fun to see another ICS agent thrown into her and Brent’s dynamic. It was go-go-go throughout the book, and because of that, Brent only had time to give Emily one codename. Honestly, I really like this one, and half-hope she gets to keep it. 😉 They had a lot of sleuthing to do in this one since they weren’t sure for a while what they were up against. 

But the DANGER, GUYS. Remember when Brent’s van blew up in the first book? O.o. 

This case was especially interesting since they had to keep a low profile (a.k.a. hide from bad guys, bosses, best friends, and law enforcement) and not freak out any civilians while trying to solve this thing. Brent had some better disguises in this one, for sure. XD 

Just a note, there was some peril.

Best quotes: “Hey, don’t hate on my kidnapping skills,” he said, cutting his eyes at her. She snorted. “You do realize like 90 percent of the conversations you and I have would sound so wrong in any other context, right?”

“Do you need a minute to rant about politics?” he asked. “Nope.” Emily checked her watch. “I actually have to get back to my desk.” “Oh, okay. Just wanted to give you the opportunity.” “I’ll take a rain check. You never know when it might come in handy to have someone ready to listen to a political rant.”

“Ah, yes, the security camera looper-thing,” Emily said. “Please tell me that’s the technical name for it.” “No, but it ought to be, if you ask me. It would make radio traffic during ops so much more amusing.”

Altogether, this was a fantastic season finale, and I need more. 😉 

Series stats so far…
Codenames: twelve and a half + one friend-assigned nickname
Car crashes: still two, though some tires were abused
Awesomeness level: 106%

A list of (tongue-in-cheek) demands for next season…
I need titles and release dates for the entire next season, please and thank-you.
I’m gonna need an Emily and Izzy sleepover scene complete with spy movies. 
More Zero.
More Detective Frank. 
Ship, ship, shippity, ship.

Book Review: A-Spying We Will Go

“Camping doesn’t lead to kidnapping… usually.

When Emily goes on a group camping trip in Northern Arizona, she suspects her biggest danger will be mosquito bites and bear-sightings. The trip becomes far from relaxing, however, when she hears from a family friend that they can’t get in touch with her dad. Unable to call, due to spotty cell phone reception, she manages to send a text asking for Brent’s help in checking on her dad. 

But the spy has been incommunicado for several days, and it turns out he’s up North too–trying to locate a missing ICS agent with information about the Ten Thousand.

Not everything is as it seems. More than bears roam the woods, and information could cost a life.” (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.

Juuusssttt The Emily Abbott series making this a record-breaking good book year for me. Nothing new. 

This one started out slightly differently from the others in that Brent and Emily weren’t together for a few chapters. I know that sounds horrible to our shippy hearts, but it was actually really fun to see her make interact with her church family, make a new (absolutely crazy and best ever) friend, and talk to Brent in her head of course. XD 

Once Brent did show up (minor spoiler) things got realllly crazy. Crazier than they’ve gotten in the series so far, and it was fun to see Brent’s spy skills (and tech!) and Emily’s street smarts/ordinariness/special skills learned from her dad complement each other once again. (When in doubt, quote movies. :P) I especially liked how the unpredictable monsoon weather added an extra element of danger to their adventure. Without giving away too many spoilers, the ending did feel like they had failed somewhat in their mission, but there were some big reveals about the 10,000 and ICS itself and they did do some good. 😉

Just a note, there was more peril in this one, including death threats. There was also a mention of murder.

Best quotes: “Finally!” Emily murmured. “Someone who gets my spy movie references.”

I wish we would develop a sudden gift for telepathy like in all the Young Adult fantasy novels.

“It was all a big ruse.” “Yes, yes. Of course.”

Altogether, this was a great adventure. I’ll have another! 😉

Also, THAT EPILOGUE. 

Series stats so far…
Codenames: eleven
Car crashes: still two
Awesomeness level: 105%

Book Review: Tutor, Nanny, Spit-up, Spy

“He’s a tutor and she’s a nanny… but not really.

Emily Abbott, coffee barista and accidental spy, is asked to fill in for an injured ICS agent. Intelligence suggests a guerrilla group is plotting to assassinate the president of a small South American country while he and his family are visiting the U.S., and that the assassin may actually be one of his protection detail.

Undercover as nanny to the four young Gonzalez children, Emily will be perfectly positioned to keep an eye on things and report back to ICS, the spy organization Brent Peterson works for. Emily and Brent–who is undercover as the children’s tutor–must navigate long-division, spit-up, arguments over toys, and suspicious guards to discover a plot that’s far more complicated and time-sensitive than they realized.” (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.

Confession time: this book was actually the first Emily Abbott book I read. I had been planning to wait until all the books were out before starting the series, but the reports of early readers broke me and I gave in. XD It stood alone pretty well, but I enjoyed it more the second time when I read it after the first three books. 

To say this book was the cutest in the series so far would be a severe understatement. 😉 #youhavebeenwarned

Brent and Emily were fantastic as literally always and the added factor of their tutor and nanny roles made things even more fun. I seriously loved the kids. They were closeknit, accurately had their ups and downs, and were generally adorable. And the codenames Brent gave them were the cutest. Speaking of codenames… a certain mix-up had me in giggles. XD 

The spy tech in this was great, and Emily and Brent’s little mission was hilarious and super cool. Emily needs to get herself some less formal black clothes though. 😛 Boy, were the stakes raised in this one! The evil organization really showed what they’re capable of in a freaky, super smart way. (And Brent had me scared a bit too.) I can’t wait to see where this goes…

Just a note, there was some peril including children in close proximity to gunfire. 

Best quotes: Brent chuckled. “That’s movie stuff, Emily.” “Yeah, so what if it is… you’re still doing it!” “You got me,” he sighed dramatically in defeat. 

“Give it a minute more,” Brent whispered just above her. “It’s best if he’s back to sleep.”
“Was he ever awake, though?”
“Emily!” Brent made a hissing, strangling sound and she could tell he was trying to hold in a laugh. She bit her lip to keep herself from laughing at his bottled-up mirth. 

Brent called out when she stepped through the doorway. “Watch out for Pluto’s orbit!”

Altogether, this book was a delightful read that further proved the amazingness of the series (and the shippableness of the characters :P).

Series stats so far…
Codenames: ten
Car crashes: still two
Awesomeness level: 104%

Book Review: Bad Things, Small Packages

Head colds are bad… but the contents of the memory card are worse.

Emily has planned a quiet, restful evening at home, hoping to ward off the sniffles that might make her miss work. But the microSD card Brent stashed on her car is making more trouble than either of them expected. Getting it out of Phoenix and to the decryption genius before it self-destructs is going to take both of them.

But someone is after them and the card, and Emily discovers an eerie connection to her first accidental mission. To make matters worse, ICS is in danger and someone’s looking for Emily. 

It’s going to be a long night.” (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.

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, I’m loving this summer, and this series is why. 

This book picked up right where the last one left off and things are seriously ramping up. More clues on who they’re up against and the revelation of a surprisingly clever plot. O.o. But, thanks to Brent and Emily’s roadtrip conversations, her headcold, and a certain microwave, this installment was just as real and hilarious as ever. XD I especially enjoyed the very uncliche hacker, and how Brent is definitely not from Arizona. 😛 (He needs help with his disguises. And maybe a warning about cactus.) Emily and he make a great team–what with his skills and her ordinaryness and noticing things. I loved how she was faking it on their way into headquarters. 😉 I think I’m gonna like this “Detective Frank”, though let’s hope Brent doesn’t get into too much trouble with her. 

Just a note, there was some mild peril. 😉

Best quotes: She slid into the driver’s seat and smirked. “You get into a lot of car chases, don’t you, Agent Nighthawk?” Deepening her voice to mimic Brent’s, she answered herself. “That’s movie stuff, Emily.” “Sure it is.”

Now do you have a fever?” “No, Brent, I just say absurd things because it’s who I am.” She gave him a cheesy grin.

Altogether, this was another great addition to the series, and I can’t wait for the next case. XD 

Also, don’t work with super tall spies if you’re really short. 😉

Series stats so far…
Codenames: eight
Car crashes: two?
Awesomeness level: 103%

Book Review: Plan to Fail

“She’s just a coffee barista low on grocery money… does she have what it takes to go undercover?

When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn’t mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she’s ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York.

The Gremlin is planning to steal and sell top-secret blueprints from the aerospace company for which he works. When Emily literally bumps into him at the gala, she is able to plant an ICS tracking chip on his glasses. But the Gremlin is smarter than they thought, and ICS finds themselves in the dark about his buyer. With time running out, and the sale imminent, Emily must rely on instinct and quick thinking to save the day.” (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.

Soooo… how often do we get books this good coming out this close together?! Summer of 2019 will not be forgotten. 😉 😛

This picked up right where the last one left off, and I gobbled it right up. 😀 There were some very hilarious moments in this one, and Brent and Emily’s “date” was the right mixture of awkward and cute without being too cringey. I found Emily’s klutziness (even if it was just part of the mission), accidental forgetfulness, and tight budgeting to be quite relatable. XD She was really brilliant in this one, and I half-hope her cases eventually stop being accidental. (I mean, what would they do without her? The answer is, of course, have bad coffee.) Even Brent surprised me a few times in this one, and I’m excited about their next adventure. (Also, I loved their conversation about having to lie to people while undercover. That was interesting.)

Best quotes: “What do I have to do to get a new codename?” He looked pensive for a moment. “The prompting of a new codename for you is a dark and mysterious mystery. Nobody knows what triggers it.”

“I like how you call it ‘training,’” she said with a small smile. He shrugged and grinned. “It’s what makes sense to me.”

Altogether, this was the perfect read to spend part of a Saturday on. 😉 

And I need Emily’s entire wardrobe from this book. (Words I have never said about another book. Ever.)

Series stats so far…
Codenames: six
Car crashes: still one
Awesomeness level: 102%

Book Review: Red Rover, Red Rover

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…
Codenames: three
Car crashes: one
Awesomeness level: 101%