Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: The Faberge Entanglement by Lesley Meryn and Elle Brookes

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Sabinne ‘Saber’ Darrieux’s father, the billionaire CEO of Frontenac Global Security has been kidnapped. His ransom is not cash in a numbered offshore account, or a briefcase of Bearer Bonds but something utterly unique, incredibly valuable, and until recently, hidden away from the world.

The kidnapper seems to know Saber very well, and knows that the next day, through her work as an elite translator she will be in the same location as the Object. She must steal the Object and deliver it to the kidnapper to ransom her father.

Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent has just come off of two harrowing missions. Upon returning to London for a well-earned rest, he learns that his friend and fellow agent, has been murdered in Moscow, but not before he made use of a unique Object as a mobile ‘drop site’ for the valuable intelligence he was carrying.

The drop site is traveling from Moscow to England. Steele insists on completing the mission to honor the death of his friend, Gerry Cornell.

At an ultra-chic quasi-diplomatic gathering in a mansion in Windsor, England, Saber and Steele meet and find themselves faced with a powerful, undeniable attraction. But at the moment, this compelling attraction is very inconvenient.

In reality they are at the mansion to check out the security arrangements -- for their own reasons -- to steal the Object, a Fabergé egg worth thirty million dollars. But who will get to the egg first?

Fabergé eggs are very famous for their unique surprises. Saber and Steele are about to be very surprised, indeed.

And when Saber clashes with Steele; more than sparks will explode!


What a fun and exciting book!  From the start, this was a pretty easy read. The author has a smooth way of writing which puts you right into the story, seamlessly.  I really loved the characters, too.  Clearly defined, and well drawn, I enjoyed both Saber and Steele (though I have to admit that I spent most of the book wondered what the odds were two people with those names would meet and fall for each other).

The only thing I didn't love about the book were the short, choppy chapters.  It kept yanking me out of the action (several of them are only a paragraph or two). 

However, that wasn't enough to keep me from really enjoying this book.  It's a winner in the romantic suspense category! 

4 stars and I look forward to more from the authors.


As though aware of Steele's gaze upon her, she glanced up. From her size and coloring, he'd assumed she was Japanese. She wasn't. Her eyes, an extraordinary color of violet, rested momentarily on him as she continued without pause, effortlessly translating Hakata's response into English for Hennessey. For a moment Hennessey looked doubtful. From this expression the woman made an offhand comment in Japanese and winked.

There was an awkward moment of silence, then the group of soberly dressed men burst into laugher, and Hakata bowed first to her, then to Hennessey. Her smile was confident, not smug, as she observed both men. Steele was impressed at how she easily she managed these two immensely powerful men. Then the two men, potential adversaries on the battlefield of trade, shook hands, both smiling.

Though anchored to Samantha's side, Steele continued his surreptitious observation of Hennessey's translator. There was something intensely compelling about her. Standing next to Hennessey made her seem delicate, and she was petite, probably not much more than a few inches above five feet. Her straight black hair was cut in a blunt style that evoked the image of some long-lost film siren from the nineteen twenties, accentuating the feline curve of her cheekbones. Dark bangs brushed thick sooty eyebrows, framing those arresting violet eyes that flashed with keen intelligence. Her lips were lush, full, and painted the exact translucent shade of a well-aged margaux wine and looking just as delectable. From what was revealed by the thigh high slash in the body-hugging black velvet sheath dress she wore, she was as exquisitely constructed as a Fabergé egg.

Steele smiled slightly at the unconscious comparison, as he turned to regard the four incomparable Fabergé Imperial Eggs that rested in the spotlighted Plexiglas case behind him.


LESLEY MERYN: Enjoyed an exotic, adventure-filled childhood, following her anthropologist father and travel writer mother to the farthest corners of the world. She later took inspiration from her Aunt Sophia Francesca and became the author of romantic adventure novels. She alternates her time between Los Angeles, and a family property located in Yorkshire England.

ELLE BROOKES: She is the author of the first two books of the Time Frame Series. Loves travel, discovering new foods to try, reading and writing. She currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie and her hedgehog Quiller.

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

    1. (Elle here, Lesley is OOC-out of contact right now, so it's to me to answer this one. An easy one is Lord of the Rings which I thought would be impossible to pull off. It made sense to do it in New Zealand for many reasons. I was there years before the movie was made and was very affected by the scenery which in the movie is a character by itself. An ironic one is Bridges of Madison County which as a book was (to me) unreadable. I literally threw it across the room. By accident I caught the movie version on TV and thought they made a good story out of it. I really liked The Help. A great book made into a great movie. It hit all the high notes for me for story and characters and a sense of the time and place.

  3. Replies
    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Shannon! The rest of the book is not bad either!

  4. (Elle here) Lesley and I thank you very much for hosting us today on your blog! Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed the book!

    1. Thanks for writing it... I really loved your "voice". Completely engaging!

  5. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    1. Thanks Rita, you can read more on the Amazon page. (But I'm sure you already knew that!)

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

    1. Cali, thanks for stopping by to take a look! And I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. There's more where that came from!

  7. Really great review, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  8. I enjoyed the review and the excerpt. Thank you.

  9. I enjoyed the blurb, sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  10. I enjoyed the blurb, sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  11. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!