In the second book of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, NSA tech expert Trevor Bauer is on the hunt for his missing parents who disappeared six years ago under suspicious circumstances. When a digital clue leads him and his new wife, Cassandra, a former CIA operative, to St. Petersburg, they must infiltrate the Russian mafia and outsmart a ruthless crime lord to get their hands on the critical information.
Their mission backfires, leaving Trevor a prisoner and forcing Cassandra to go on the run to protect him. Alone and in the middle of a gang showdown, Trevor must decide…will he do whatever it takes to escape the mafia and get to Cassandra before she flees the country? Or will he risk everything…including his life…to secure the clue he so desperately needs?
Intense & Thrilling!
What an intense and thrilling ride! If you have read Countermeasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey, well get ready for more in To Russia With Love. More action. More thrills (and chills). More emotion. More romance. More twists and turns. More story. When I finished with To Russia With Love I was exhausted, but in a good way. I can't even count the number of times tears ran down my cheeks or the number of times it felt like my heart was beating so rapidly I thought it would come right out of my chest. This is my favorite book of the series so far.
In To Russia With Love Trevor and Cassandra are caught up in the middle of the Russian Mafia. In their defense, they didn't quite know how deep they were getting into things until they were already in over their heads. But, what do an NSA and ex-CIA agent do? They think on their feet, try to get the job done and survive by all means necessary. Chris and Cecilia develop the characters so well that my skin would crawl every time a couple of the characters entered the scene and I wanted to read faster to get away from them. There were other times my heart hurt for a couple of them and wanted to help them them get out of their situation. And still there were other times I found myself talking (yelling) out loud at some of the characters who were just being ridiculous.
The romance between Stephan and Jessica comes to light in To Russia With Love. I am not going to say much about this one because I don't want to spoil it other than that I absolutely loved watching their relationship unfold. Whenever you have a vibrant, intense female like Jessica and a stoic, controlled male like Stephan, there is going to be some explosive, emotional highs and lows. There is also going to be some incredibly sexy times. I loved it all and thought it was written perfectly for those characters.
I was a little nervous at the beginning of the story because things seemed to be going too well for Trevor and Cassandra. They are a happy couple and I thought, "Am I going to read a long book about a happy couple with no problems?" Boy was I in for a treat. Most of the tears I shed were over Trevor and Cassandra and their situations. At times, the emotions that I felt for Trevor and Cassie were so real that my chest physically hurt along with them. And I was so incredibly happy for them at the end I had happy tears (we all know they get a HEA since it is a romance book, so that shouldn't be a spoiler).
As for the story? Well, Chris and Cecilia write brilliant stories. Every detail is thought out and you hang on each word because you don't want to miss anything. The order of events and the way they cut between the different story lines make it hard to put down. The twists and turns, while catching you off guard at times, do make sense and they do a fantastic job of tying it all up at the end, leaving no loose threads. If you like romantic suspense that gets your adrenaline pumping during fast paced action scenes and also warms your heart with sweet and passionate romance, you need to read To Russia With Love.