Title: Degrees of Wrong [Goodreads][Amazon]
Release Date: August 28, 2012
In My Opinion: Must. Read. Now!
One Line: A strong romance, a snarky female lead, and an amazing storyline makes this one a knockout read.
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.
If I didn’t already love Anna Scarlett aka Anna Banks after reading Of Poseidon, I would definitely love her after reading Degrees of Wrong. Oh, where do I begin?! Elyse is as snarky as they come, my favorite kind of female lead, Nicoli is seriously swoon-worthy, I can’t get him out of my head, and this is basically a medical drama. All the makings of an epic book, I’d say. Anna throws you right into the heat of things and wastes no time grabbing your attention with a dashing young man who would definitely make me weak at the knees. Not to mention all the surprises along the way, although I could easily figure some out as they came, there were a few at really shocked me, and I loved it!
Elyse is so awesome. She definitely doesn’t let anyone push her around and is quick with the comebacks, asserting her strength and stubbornness from the get-go, even among powerful people. You don’t mess with this girl! She’s also incredibly smart and resourceful, and the leading expert in finding the cure for this deadly virus that has plagued mankind. I love that Anna gave her such an adorable quirk as the addiction to chocolate, I swear, the girl literally inhales the stuff throughout the book.
Most of the story happens in the “submarine” where’s Elyse is basically stuck with the soldiers and Captain Nicoli, which isn’t a bad way to be, mind you. Man, the way Anna describes him, it’s like he’s the godly version of Joe Manganiello’s body with Ryan Reynold’s face (at least in my head). Oh, I get all tingly just thinking about him! Anyways, he’s this very smart, brave, and fiercely strong captain who has to watch over Elyse while she’s looking for the cure because there are some pretty shady people out there looking to capture her for their own nefarious purposes. I love how there’s an instant attraction, not love, but then it grows into something more as they get to know each other and the ways that they do are so hilarious and sweet, I can’t help but smile when I think about it.
As Elyse slowly uncovers the answers to her research and comes closer and closer to finding the cure, a lot of things unravel about her past including things about her parents, Nicoli’s true identity, and about those who are out to get her. Not to mention a certain someone from her recent past comes back in a very (un)expected way that had me doubling over with laughter and excitement. Oh, I loved every minute of it.
And! I have to warn you, this one has got a killer ending! I mean that to say she stopped at the EXACT moment where you DID NOT want her to! That is so like her to, in that devilish way that she does so well. Honestly, when I was done I went, “Dammit, Anna! Why?! Why did you stop there?! Nooooo! I want more!!!!!” Damn these cliffhanger-type books!
Everything came together very nicely and the pace was great, I never felt bored. The action was subtle, but enjoyable. The romance, well that was simply amazing! I couldn’t get enough. Truly a well-rounded book and I’m dying to read more. I can’t wait for the sequel!