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The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn and Elle Brookes #Review #AuthorInterview #BlogTour #Romance #Suspense #Giveaway

 I am pleased to participate in the Blog Tour for this brilliant romantic suspense story that had me riveted to my seat as it is a really enthralling page turner ! In this post I’ve included information about the book, my review, information about the authors and, a real treat for you, an interview with Elle Brookes as well as an international rafflecopter giveaway – let me know if you win, please!
So good luck and keep on reading!

Book Title: The Fabergé Entanglement

Authors: Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes

Publisher: Lisa Kolber

Published: July 2015

Pages: 306

Category: Adult Fiction

Genre: Suspense/Action/Romance

Release date: July 2015

Content Rating: PG + M (There is some, not much, bad language, sensuality, one alluded sex scene but not described, possible triggers for sexual abuse/non-consensual sex as a plot point, action-style violence)

Description:

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!

My Review:

This is a superb romantic suspense with two brilliant lead characters. Sabinne Darrieux (aka Saber) is an elite translator, working around the world with some very powerful people. She’s also the daughter of the CEO of a global security company and when he’s kidnapped she’s the one required to obtain and deliver the ransom – and she’ll need to steal it to do so. Little does she – or the kidnapper – know but the same object is being sought by British Intelligence agent, Adrian Steele, as hidden in it is valuable intelligence information from an agent who was murdered in Moscow. The two meet as both set out to steal the object – and the action packed adventure begins!

This is a fast paced romantic suspense. The attraction between Saber and Steele is distracting to them both but they have tasks to complete and can’t afford to be distracted. The globe trotting story is a brilliant mix of danger, intrigue and romance with some laugh out loud moments, especially as the main characters interact. This is like James Bond meets Cat Woman, where both have hidden motives, they are surrounded by adversaries and not everyone is as they seem. There are plenty of twists and turns in the rapidly evolving adventure and survival isn’t a guaranteed outcome. 

I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys stories where the suspense definitely outweighs the romantic elements but they are still there. I look forward to reading more about these two main characters in future as I understand there is more to come! (Read the interview with Elle Brookes to find out what she said about it.)

To read more reviews, please visit the authors’ page on iRead Book Tours.

Buy the Book:

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Meet the Authors:

 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, LUST. MECHANICS. MINI COOPER. and SEX. COFFEE. TIME TRAVEL. 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.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Read on to find out what Elle Brookes had to say
in this Author Interview!

What is your next project?
I’m drawing together the pieces of a new story about Saber and Steele. I really love these two characters, and the dynamic between them. There is more to their stories as people, how relationships are like mine-fields for both of them. Their desire to be with each other, but the issues they have trusting other people, and each other.What genre do you write and why?
I love reading action-y romantic adventures, with a bit of humor. I thought it would be great fun to write one. So I did! I’m also a great reader of espionage novels. Adam Hall is one of my favorites. His Quiller series is amazing. I wanted to recreate the breathless intensity of his books but my main characters are very different than Mr. Hall’s. However, I did name my hedgehog “Quiller.”
Which was the hardest character to write?

Steele was something of a challenge, I wanted to find the right balance between his focus for his work. which is not at all a nice kind of job, and that yearning for something “normal”, which he is clueless about. He is a closed off person because of his work, yet tries to be honest, even though he lies for a living. One thing I enjoyed was his strange sense of humor. I’m not quite sure where that came from, because it is not at all me, and it sort of leapt onto the page all on its own (typical character takes over scenario.)

There are many books out there about spies and capable women. What makes yours different?
Even though my book is deeply grounded in real-life scenarios (ones relating to family dynamics and tragedies), I think it is the sense of humor/quirkiness that makes my book different. While it may not be “your” sense of humor or quirkiness, I feel that keeping things off-kilter makes for a more entertaining story. I know I’m not writing great literature. I just want people to have a good time, an enjoyable adventure for a couple of hours. The story is layered with references and asides. You may not “get” one but you should get the next one. I want my readers to have a good time.
What is your next project?
I have so much affection for these characters, even grumpy Emmanuel. I’ve been doing preliminary research, and making notes on a second book about these characters. They have such strong connections to each other. I want to explore that. I enjoy where the characters take me, and sometimes that’s a big surprise! There will be more traveling the world, I recently completed my second trip to Cuba, and literally just got back home from Japan. They will figure into the next book as I’ve got it planned out in my head. (At this point: things can change)
Do you snack while writing?
Not usually, the most I’ll go is coffee. When I’m in the zone, the world slips away and all that exists are the people and stories I’m writing about. Sometimes I forget to eat. Really.
Favorite travel spot?
One of my most favorite things to do is travel. I guess it is a hobby (of sorts). I love the adventure, meeting people who challenge the way I see things, those cultural differences. I love the pure delight of the different. I also try to study a bit of language, so that I can interact a bit with the people I meet. I was just in Japan and during a taxi ride realized that the driver was listening to the Sumo match on the radio. I asked him about it, and told him I had been at a match the week before (they run about 2 weeks.) He was surprised with my interest and that I had managed to get tickets to go, but we had a great interaction. There’s a whole other thing about taxi drivers in Japan, but that’s for another time. I really enjoy Japan, but there are others on my favorites list. Each place has it’s own special qualities. I can’t pick just one. I know I’m lucky to have been able to travel. But I make it a priority, and work toward it. If you don’t do that, it doesn’t happen.
Enter the Giveaway!
Ends Nov 18
Enter to have a chance to win a gifted Kindle copy of The Fabergé Entanglement. Two winners will also get a $15 Amazon gift card (5 winners total, open internationally)
 Follow this link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Many thanks to iRead Book Tours for organising this tour and providing materials for this post, including arranging the interview with Elle Brookes! The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.
 

 

2 comments on “The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn and Elle Brookes #Review #AuthorInterview #BlogTour #Romance #Suspense #Giveaway

  1. ellebrookes15
    October 18, 2017

    Good Morning from Costa Rica!

    Thank you very much Elaine for hosting my (and Lesley’s) book The Fabergé Entanglement. We also want to thank you for your positive review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed it! Mission accomplished!

    I also encourage your readers to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a free copy of the book and the chance to win an Amazon Gift Card.

    Hope you have a great day! Mine has already gotten off to a great start.

    Happy reading,
    Elle Brookes

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    • bicted
      October 19, 2017

      Hosting you both was definitely my pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope there will be a sequel released soon as I’d love to read more about your great characters! Thank you for letting me join in your blog tour and for your interview! Best wishes to you both for your future collaborations and you’re both always welcome on my blog!

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