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Source: review copy provided by author
Published: August 28, 2012
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"This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.
Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.
Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.
Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.
As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.
Warning: Features a strong, chocolate-loving heroine who takes no prisoners on the way to saving the world from an epidemic and winning a captain’s heart." (Source: GOODREADS)
You should know right off the bat that I LOVED this book. It's easily one of my favorite reads of the entire year and I absolutely will be buying my own copy. I will read it again and again for sure!
It had all the elements that I love in a book: romance (though not insta-love), intrigue (plenty of it), a saucy heroine (I want to be BFFs!), and a super-hot hero (I just want him, period). I might end up gushing a little bit, so bear with me. I just loved the book that much. Besides, blog tours are SUPPOSED to be gushy. Right? RIGHT?!
Let's start off by talking about the story. It was completely full of action and kept me riveted from the very beginning. In a word, it was awesome. I love a lot of action in a book. Mortal peril? Bring it on (as long as it's not REAL mortal peril, of course). I loved that things kept moving and didn't stall. I was never bored for a second. When I finished, I wanted to start over again.
Anna's writing is incredible. You may or may not know this, but she's also the force behind Of Poseidon under the name Anna Banks. If you've read that, you've had a taste of how awesome she is and how her writing flows. Degrees of Wrong is EVEN BETTER, if that's possible.
Let's move on to the characters, because you all know that I'm almost completely character driven.
The story starts off in the middle of an attack, so we get to see Elyse the doctor in action. Her first interaction with absolute Super Hottie is hilarious. I think she'd much rather stick him full of needles than go anywhere with him. I loved her reaction. Sure, she notes that he's hot, but she gets on with her life and doesn't bother with the swoonage. I'm not sure I'd keep my head, so props to her.
Then we move on to the ship and she's taken out of her element. It shows too, because she's totally Miss Awkward of America. Because that's TOTALLY how I respond to new situations, I was like, 'Hey, BFFs now!'
She's a very strong heroine and someone that is easy to understand and relate to. I feel like I know exactly what motivates her. Not because she's transparent and fluffy, but because she's so real.
And then we move on to Nicoli. Holy. HOTNESS. Batman. Seriously, you think the guys in YA are hot these days? Read Degrees of Wrong and then you'll know just how hot things can get. And I don't mean that in a sexytimes kind of hot either. (Actually, and to be completely honest, I found myself wishing that there were MORE sexytimes) He was the kind of guy you can count on to watch your back and then be all saucy about it. He'd do anything for you and do it with a completely maddening smirk on his face that you'd totally want to smack off and then kiss afterwards. Yes, dear readers, I am officially and madly in love with Nicoli Marek. Alas that he is not a living man! Ah well, fictional characters don't disappoint...
Actually, I'm going to leave it there. There's not a whole lot more that I can say, because clearly, this is a favorite book. I leave it to you to choose to get a copy (which you totally should because it's awesome!) and enjoy it for yourself. Actually, the more demand we have for titles like this, the more likely it is that the publisher will release it in paper form. Right now, it's e-book only (sob!), but I'd love to have it out in hardback. Or paperback. Or a ream of paper. I just want it on my shelves! The links under the picture will take you to places for purchase.
This is absolutely a 5 Eiffel Tower book!
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