Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: Degress of Wrong by Anna Scarlett

Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett (aka Anna Banks)
Series: Standalone (according to GoodReads at least…I’m hoping there will be another book though!)
Published: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
272 pages (ebook)
Genre: Romance
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.

Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.

Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.

Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.

As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.

Warning: Features a strong, chocolate-loving heroine who takes no prisoners on the way to saving the world from an epidemic and winning a captain’s heart.

I can’t believe I’d never heard of Degrees of Wrong until this past fall. As soon as I read the synopsis, I was intrigued and thought Elyse sounded like the kind of heroine I would love. I was right; sassy, spunky, and smart, with a strong voice, Elyse is now officially one of my new favourite book BFFs.

I should have guessed from the synopsis (and from Anna’s tweets), but this book is hilarious. I'm talking laugh-out-loud every few minutes hilarious. Elyse’s feistiness and her temper get her into so much trouble, and while I don't always like or connect with characters like her, it was that sass that made me love her. I never knew what she was going to do or say next, and it was comical to watch this incredibly intelligent doctor turn into an incoherent mess whenever Captain Marek walked into a room.

And oh Captain Marek. I’d turn into an incoherent mess around him too. Nicoli Marek is undeniably sexy. A little feminist voice in my head told me there were times when I shouldn’t like him, but I shut her up quickly. He was passionate and funny and a control freak, and that totally dominant alpha male thing worked perfectly for his character.

Elyse and Nicoli have instant chemistry. Despite their differences of opinions and often being at each other’s throats, it was obvious they were falling for each other. I loved their banter, and the sexual tension between the two had me practically fanning myself and screaming at them to JUST KISS ALREADY. I was surprised by how clean this book actually was, especially considering the sexual tension was off the charts. Mind you, that’s not a complaint…not that I would have minded a totally hot and sweaty sex scene…

While this was mostly a light and fun read, it had some great surprises and a few twists and turns thrown in that kept me guessing. It read like a contemporary romance with elements of post-apocalyptic and mystery added in, which I really enjoyed. And because it is a fairly clean read, I think it has a wide appeal and could be read by people who enjoy YA, NA, and/or adult fiction. 

Degrees of Wrongkept me captivated from beginning to end. It was the first book in a long time that’s held my interest and kept me reading for hours at a time (yeah, I’m a really slow reader). It was funny, sexy, romantic, and surprising, with a kickass heroine, and a swoonworthy hero. I really can’t recommend this book enough.

Have you read Degrees of Wrong? What did you think? If you haven't read it, does it sound like something you'd be interested in? Have you read Anna's YA books (the Syrena Legacy)?

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this book/author before now but it sounds like it has all the elements I tend to enjoy in a romance.

    Elyse and Nicoli both sound wonderful and I love books that give you a good laugh.

    A lovely review Marie :)


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