Open Secret (FBI Joint Task Force #1) by Fiona Quinn (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton

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Russia is playing mind games…They’ve changed the rules.

Can 280 characters destroy a nation?

Avery Goodyear, a romance editor from the suburbs, becomes a player in an international game of psychological warfare.

The FBI watches the attacks unfold in real time. The enemy’s strategy: win hearts and minds to destroy American unity. The FBI focuses its secret weapon, ex-Army Ranger Rowan Kennedy, at the crisis.

With a PhD in propaganda, Kennedy puts everything on the line to expose the wealthy oligarchs and high-powered schemers threatening our way of life…and to protect Avery.

To beat the enemy at their own game, Rowan and Avery must break the rules. It only complicates things that they’re falling in love.

The game is on. The set is in play. Who will win the match?

Rating: Narration – A-; Content – B+

I don’t know how I’ve managed NOT to come across Fiona Quinn before, but I’m glad I spotted Open Secret (and I freely admit it was Teddy Hamilton’s name that actually caught my eye!) and decided to pick it up for review. Romantic suspense is one of my favourite sub-genres, but I’ve struggled lately to find books that achieve the right balance between romance and plot (moreso in m/f than m/m) so I was delighted when I started Open Secret (book one in the FBI Joint Task Force series) and found myself immediately drawn into the story, which is well-written, tense and compelling, with a premise so scarily plausible that it could have been ripped from the headlines.

Avery Goodchild is an editor of romance novels at a medium-sized publishing house, and is completely thrown when her boss tells her that her latest project is to be the latest novel by Taylor Knapp, the creator of a hugely successful video game and accompanying tie-in book called The Unrest. The game and book generated a lot of controversy and led to a discernible increase in hate crime, word is the next one – The Uprising – will be every bit as provocative – and Avery isn’t at all comfortable with the idea of being involved with the project in any way, shape or form. As she rightly points out, she has absolutely no experience in that genre, no point of reference, no skillset that qualifies her in any way to edit Knapp’s next book, but the author has specifically requested a female editor – and as the only female editor at Windsor Shreveport Publishing, Avery is told in no uncertain terms that this is a job she can NOT refuse.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

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