From Goodreads: The Cold War was never this cold…
CIA analyst Julie Severin hates anything to do with Russia—the country that killed her cold war spy father. She also has a phobia about large bodies of water. Needless to say, she is horrified when she is ordered at the last minute to join an international team of scientists going deep under the frigid waters of the Arctic on an ancient Russian rust bucket of a submarine. Her mission: to recover a tiny data card hidden somewhere on the sub by a murdered CIA mole…and while she’s at it, acquire the sub’s arrogant but annoyingly attractive commander as the asset’s replacement.
When Julie’s life is suddenly threatened by an enemy agent hunting the same hidden microcard, she must turn to her nemesis for help. But the killer handsome Russian captain is hiding his own shocking secrets…
Or this hot…
Daring rogue submarine driver Captain Nikolai Kirill Romanoff is having the worst year of his life. Unfairly disgraced and demoted to driving the oldest, most dilapidated excuse for a diesel submarine in the entire Russian Navy, Nikolai’s youthful KGB past has come back to haunt him in a way he never anticipated: a compulsory undercover mission that will require all his considerable skill as an operative , a submariner…and as a man. Nikolai, his crew, and nine innocent scientists are now hovering at the bottom of the Bering Strait in a 2000 sq foot tin coffin, under attack from an unknown enemy, and he must extract information vital to their survival from a beautiful American spy—by any means necessary.
As Nikolai and Julie frantically join forces to save the floundering vessel from a treacherous blitz attack that threatens to send them all to a watery grave, the two former adversaries find themselves fighting a losing battle against a sizzling attraction that far surpasses international borders, ancient hurts, and a ruthless common enemy
Note: This is the first Nina Bruhns book I have read and it was really an entertaining action packed read. I was a little disappointed when I turned the page to find Clint’s book wouldn’t be out till winter 2012. So I went on the web, I found dates from Nov. 2011 to March 2012 so I am going to cross my fingers for the Nov. 2011 date and hope it was a misprint on the snippet at the end!
What I Loved: Can I move to Russia now? Wait! I have been there and I don’t remember any Nikolai Romanov at the ports I visited. Nikolai was hot, hot, hot! The navy in any country sure do pick their candidates well! The pure attraction between him and Julie was off the charts. It was a quick attraction but it didn’t feel forced to me. Usually, I am not a fan of the get right to it but in this case it really did work. Especially with their backgrounds, the things going on, and the characters that came into play during the story.
What I Liked: The story itself was pretty darn good. There were moments where you were like that couldn’t really happen but it worked for the story. All of these things could happen in extraordinary cases, so I always go with that POV when reading a story. I didn’t figure out the twist until about half way through and that was a nice surprise.
Complaints: Did I mention about the long wait for Clint’s book, who *gulp* I think I love as much as Nikolai?
Why I gave a 3.75: The was a great entertaining read that goes by quickly (read it one afternoon)! Perfect for a hot summer night of escapism!