Q: What do you get when you cross Avon Ladies with Charlie’s Angels?
A: A world-class intelligence organization run by women who really know their foundation.
When Nikki Lanier signs up as a cosmetics rep at Carrie Mae, it’s hardly her idea of a dream job. With a degree in linguistics and a hard-core workout regimen, the twenty-six-year-old redhead once had hopes for a real career. But unemployed and desperate to escape life at home with her nagging mother, she’ll try anything—even selling makeup to housewives. Soon, Nikki learns that the powder and lipstick are simply cover-up for the Carrie Mae Foundation: a secret organization of international espionage and high-tech mascara founded for the purpose of “helping women everywhere.”
Whisked off to Thailand with the legendary Carrie Mae agent Val Robinson, Nikki is soon in over her head. Between investigating the abduction of a human rights activist, tracking down a murderous arms dealer, keeping up with her wildly dangerous new partner, and occasionally trying to date a hunk who may or may not be CIA, Nikki has to use all the courage and cosmetic technology she’s got to bring down the bad guys and get out alive.
With the support of the colorful Carrie Mae crew, Nikki will overcome even the most harrowing obstacles—including incessant phone calls from her mother—or die trying.
Maines's second thriller romp to feature sexy spy Nikki Lanier falls short of the standard set by its popular predecessor, Bulletproof Mascara. Having just bungled the rescue of the wife of an abusive Colombian drug lord, the Carrie Mae Foundation operative from the L.A. branch aims to do better on her next job protecting Brit rock sensation Christopher "Kit" Masters on his Hotel Hell tour through Europe. Kit, the son of Carrie Mae agent Camille Masters, has become the target of terrorist Antonio Mergado Cano, a former Basque separatist who recently escaped from prison. Years earlier in Spain, Cano killed Camille's husband and Kit's Irish father, Declan O'Dierdan, who was chasing Cano. A near lethal breakdown of stage apparatus, a near fatal bus accident, and Cano's relentless pursuit keep the action rolling, though the pacing suffers whenever Nikki moons about her missing CIA boyfriend, Z'ev Coralles.