Friday, January 22, 2016

Between The Shadows by Chanel Cleeton Review Tour

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A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series…

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her.

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change.

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill.

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.

I was so excited to learn that Chanel Cleeton had another book coming out. Between Shadows is different from both of her previous series – International School and Capital Confessions – because this time Cleeton brings us to spy school and it’s a dangerous venture!

I liked how the novel started with X on assignment. Its vagueness left me guessing as to whether she was the hero or the villain. All I gathered was that she’s hard-core, cynical and untrusting of everyone, save her younger sister. They have lived at the Academy for years where their lives have been mapped out for them. X dutifully follows the Academy’s directions and protocol because it’s the only way she knows to ensure her and her sister’s safety.

Lately though X’s conscience is weighing on her. Living with secrets, in secrecy day after day is taking its toll. She’s in for a mega surprise when she’s presented with her next assignment and an unexpected reunion with someone from her past. In seconds the lines are blurred and she’s unsure of what is true. Luke, her blast from the past, forces her to face the questions that she’s been unwilling to find the answers to much less ask in the first place. He is single-handedly dismantling her well-ordered world.  Trust is not a bountiful commodity in her line of work, and with a younger sister to look after, the stakes are extremely high. However, the temptation to unearth the Academy’s secrets and uncover the truth about her own past are too strong for her not to succumb to. She was already in a deadly line of work and now it seems that their security is threatened. 

What follows is a highly suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse where X and Luke have to uncover who their real enemy is and fight back. I had so much fun reading this; so much so that I even dreamed I was in spy school and Cleeton was one of the directors. Yeah – I got THAT into it! I wish I could be as fearless and fit as X.  

Cleeton is one of my “go-to” authors when I want something romantic or naughty. There’s always been something accessible about her characters and I was happy to see it be the case in this novel. X is loyal and devoted. When you finally win her hard-earned trust, she’s exactly the kind of person you want in your corner. Whether you’re a fan of Cleeton’s or enjoy stories about uncovering and destroying shady organizations, Between Shadows will certainly give you a thrilling ride!

~ Bel

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