Title: Kiss Me While I Sleep
Author: Linda Howard
Series: CIA’s Spies – #3
Publisher: Ballatine Books
Release Date: January 1st 2004
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Format: Paperback; 368 pages
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Efficient and unapologetic, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can’t be touched by the law. Now Lily is playing a deadly, unauthorized game, seeking her own vengeance, compromising her superiors and endangering her life.
Fellow CIA agent Lucas Swain’s orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope, trying to avoid a major international incident while battling a tenacious foe dogging their every step. Vigilantly watching her back, Lily doesn’t see the lethal peril directly in her path…or that loyalty has a price.
This book was definitely full of surprises, and cliffhangers.
At first I didn’t think I’d like it, mainly because I was put off by Lily. But like I was the first time I read a book by Linda Howard, I was again surprised by the plot and emotional feelings I felt.
Lily was by far after the first chapter my favorite character. Her disguises were hilarious and totally a surprise. My favorite being the bright loud wild child that lost the Nervi Org. at the airport. She made a large emotional life change throughout the plot. Going from this woman who seemed like she was emotionally disconnected but blinded by grief as she went on this rampage to take down this company. Then she met Swain and that’s where the change started. She started very slowly to be able to deal with her feelings and grief. She also started to feel remorse in the killings…shown in the end when Swain ended things for Dr. Giordano.
I pretty much wanted to murder him with my bare hands the entire book, for hiding who he was and his true intentions from Lily. With the way things progressed in the novel I figured he’d give up his job and go underground with her permanently when it was all said and done.
The very last few pages of the final chapter when Howard lead us to believe that Swain had after all betrayed Lily, I bawled buckets. I threw a fit and envisioned his very tortuous death and tried to come up with a reason as to why or how a human being could do that to another human being, Especially when he had admitted that he truly loved her and her him. I was filled with rage ad the “tragic” ending and almost closed the book before reading the epilogue.
He was definitely swoon worthy. He can definitely take me for a speeding ride down a highway in a sports car anytime.
This novel was full of lots of twists and turns. Things that I did not see coming and probably would never have imagined. It kept the book interesting and it was hard to put down.
I can’t wait to read more of Linda Howard’s novels.
My Rating: 4/5
“She had decided something important, however: Swain couldn’t be CIA, in any capacity, because she was still alive. It was always a bonus if, at the end of a date, the guy didn’t kill you.”
About the Author
Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, joining in 1981 shortly after it was formed. She currently serves as Region 3 Director (until 31 October 2008).[2:]
Her husband is a professional bass tournament fisherman, and she travels with him to some very unglamorous locations where she works on her laptop. Linda and her husband live in a big house on a farm in Alabama, where they raise cattle and have two dogs. [3:]