Covert Assignment by Missy Marciassa
Publication date: December 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Series: Covert #1
Source: ecopy from Author
Covert Assignment is a New Adult, Coming of Age Novel with a strong romantic element. Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.
Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…
Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.
Note #2: This is take 2 of this review. I got 3/4th of the way done with my last one and my computer crashed. –_-
Covert Assignment reminded me a little bit of the tv show Chuck. (Which is on Netflix right now and is AWESOME!) Chuck is about a spy for the CIA and NSA and part of what they do was recruit students out of a college. Elle gets recruited by the CIA in school because of the work she was doing on her masters thesis. They were really impressed with her analtyics work on metadata. They send over super hot agent Preston to oversee her research and to collect the data she gets for a mission.
Elle is super talented. She is so ambitious. She already got her bachelors degree and she is currently working on her masters thesis. Then she wants to go to law school and get her joint MBA/JD degree, she is all over the place! Not too many information science majors go to law school or business school. She has three completely different careers going on at once. I have to say after I got to know her, the information science major/career seems to be the best fit for her. I just couldn’t see her in business school. Elle felt like she is just a plain little mouse, but she couldn’t be more wrong. I loved that Preston never saw her that way. He thought she was one of a kind and he was totally right. Elle is bursting with passion and energy and she is just such a fun person.
I also loved how logical she was. She is logical to a fault. For example, when her D-bag of a boyfriend/ex boyfriend wanted to meet up and explain why he cheated on her with that skank Bella (Elle’s words, not mine! Alright, I completely agree.) Elle uses logic to break down the situation into a step by step analogy of how they are like a broken algorithm. It made me chuckle. And holy cow, I hated Adam! I can’t think of a single character in any book that I have hated more than Adam. He was just such a jerk! I can’t believe how awful he was to Elle. How cruel and mean he was to her. He wanted her back together with him, but at the same time he put her down and told her she wouldn’t be able to do any better than him and oh yea, he continued to cheat on her! I mean, how low can you get. I am so glad that Elle was so strong with him.
I am so excited to read the next book. Covert assignment had me on the edge of my seat. The main appeal for me was Preston and Elle. I just loved reading about the two of them. At first glance they seem to be so different but at the same time, they work so well together. This is going to be a series that I continue for sure. Covert Assignment was a total hit for me.
Missy Marciassa loved getting lost in novels from the time she could read, so it’s no surprise she wanted to write. Her very first “novels” were re-writing the books she read to get the endings she wanted in second grade. Missy continued to read and write through grade school and high school.
After becoming rather disillusioned with fiction after writing literary criticism as an English major in college, however, Missy focused on her enjoyment of learning about people and studied psychology. Reading fiction fell to the wayside with all the reading and writing required for college and graduate school, but once Missy became a doctoral candidate, she rediscovered her love of fiction. Then she started getting the urge to write, an urge that wouldn’t go away (she refuses to diagnose it as a compulsion). Covert Assignment is the end result of that urge.Connect with Missy:
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