Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler (ICE: Black Ops Defenders #2)

Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa CutlerAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Tops on Avery Meadows’s bucket list is assisting in the capture of an international criminal mastermind…from the safety of her desk as an ICE Agency secretary. But when fate catapults her into the arms of sexy, brooding Ryan Reitano — an undercover ICE agent with dangerous secrets and a past he’s desperate to hide — Avery’s dream of saving the world takes on a whole new twist…

Secret Agent Secretary is Melissa Cutler’s second book in her ICE: Black Ops Defender series and also the second book I’ve read from her as well. When I looked back at my review of book one to refresh myself I noticed a sticking point with me was the lack of romance in it. While I don’t think that has really necessarily changed, the constant action, flirting and slow warm up to the eventual sex at the end of the book made this a page turner. In fact I read this over the course of two sittings only because my family wouldn’t leave me alone. This could have easily been a one sitting read had I had the opportunity to do so.

Avery has been working at the ICE, San Deigo  office as a secretary for a few years and she’s damn good at her job. Though this is certainly not what she dreams of doing, she’s content enough to stay on the fringes of the action instead of getting into the mix. When the elusive Agent Reitano calls her on New Years Eve to email him a highly classified file and keep quiet about it, she’s curious as to why but her instincts tell her to help him. Unfortunately his computer isn’t working and the paper file is missing so the only way to get him the information is by telling him about her photographic memory and recite him the information. When she arrives at the hotel he’s supposedly doing surveillance at she unwillingly gets thrown into a action packed battle for her life as bad guys emerge from every dark corner to take them down.

Agent Ryan Reitano has much more at stake in his search for the sole remaining brother of a criminal empire. Nothing he can share with the curvy, surprisingly agile, secretary who may be a double agent but as they run through the streets of San Deigo he begrudgingly admits she has some skills he didn’t see coming. When it becomes clear she’s not behind the leak of information in the office she becomes an integral part in helping Ryan turn the tables on everyone involved.

There is so much action in this I basically sped through the book at break neck speed. It moved the plot along really well and gave Avery multiple opportunities to shine as she worked side by side with Ryan. The peppered in comedy was a breath of fresh air and it definitely gave the characters a more human quality and kept me chuckling throughout. Avery loves gadgets and to actually see them in the hands of a hot secret agent has her melting all over herself. I loved how Ryan never exactly smiled at Avery’s retorts but his lips twitched an awful lot and his emotions shone clear in his eyes.

The constant flirting made the lack of sex in this one acceptable to me. Though Avery and Ryan don’t actually get together until very, VERY, late in the book, the gun fondling, body fondling and back and forth banter gave this book a very sexy feel…without the actual….uhhh….penetration. The few alpha personality moments Ryan had made me swooning with glee.

I will be looking forward to the next book in this series! Cutler is definitely on my radar now and I have a feeling she has some staying power. The action combined with heat make Secret Agent Secretary a book I can wholeheartedly recommend!

I give Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler 4.25 stars!

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