Wednesday, April 17, 2013

**Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Just the Messenger ~ Ninette Swann**

Welcome to my first of two stops on the blog tour for 
Just the Messenger by Ninette Swann. Today's stop includes all the necessary info on the book, my review, and a giveaway. Stop back by tomorrow for my interview with Ninette! ;)


When Graciela Merced fumbles a package she’s delivering for her mysterious and sexy boss, Gene Hardy, she finds out he’s more than just a wealthy photographer. Prepared to lose her job, she confronts him…and ends up embroiled in the tricky takedown of a powerful drug cartel pushing cocaine into the heart of New York City.

Marco Valencia is an undercover agent, working against time—and against Gene Hardy—to crack Angel’s Drug Cartel before the story makes it to the press. When Hardy’s luscious Venezuelan messenger literally falls at his feet, he has no idea just how well he’ll get to know the beauty or how difficult it will be to drop her.

Hardened by experience, Gene Hardy takes his undercover work seriously, and charges a hefty price. When Grace makes a careless mistake and hurls him back into the visage of Marco Valencia, he must either fire her, or involve her in a twisted plot that could kill them all.

As the two men battle over their feelings for Graciela—and their attraction to each other—one thing becomes perfectly clear.
Grace is much more than just the messenger.

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My Review

Just the Messenger is a pleasant and entertaining read. This is more a novella than a novel and that's my only real complaint. It lacks a little in character/plot development due to it's length. However, I completely enjoyed it nonetheless.

Graciela "Grace" Merced has been working for Hardy Photography for quite awhile now. This job started out as temporary for her when she couldn't find a job as a librarian. She's now working as a messenger for the head of the company, Gene Hardy. She's always followed all Gene's rules until the day she stumbles and drops the folder of information she's delivering. When she eyes the contents, Grace realizes she may just be in over her head.

When Grace stumbles, a gorgeous young man comes to her rescue and helps her right her folder of information. He introduces himself as Marco Valencia and shows her to her destination. Marco, however, is working undercover and the information he just eyed in Grace's folder gives him some important intel.

Gene Hardy, founder of Hardy Photography, and Grace's boss, is a rather enigmatic man. We don't know much about him as he only gives information on a need to know basis. We do know he, too, is working undercover and his mission seems to coincide with Marco's.

Gene "promotes" Grace to a spy position and when they attend a function together they bump into Marco. The three form an alliance of sorts. And then things get interesting. :)

The action in Just the Messenger is great. I loved the covert ops angle and the way in which Ms. Swann spun the tale. It was exciting and relevant. The climax occurred rather quickly - an example of where added length would have been nice. I would also have liked more background on Grace, Gene, and Marco. It would have made for a richer experience for me.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the sexy scenes! ;) They were smoking hot and very well written. I do have to warn that there is M/F/M action here so if that's not your thing, well, you've been warned. But you'd be missing out! ;)

I waffled between 3.5 and 4 worms but ultimately, I really enjoyed Just the Messenger and it's well written. So I'm going with 4. I will definitely read Ms. Swann again!

About Ninette

Ninette Swann is a journalist turned novelist who writes her books from sunny Florida in between parenting, freelancing and editing. She writes all genre of romance, including contemporary, thriller, suspense, and dystopian. Her books include Hit and Stay, Body Combat, Finding Home, Just the Messenger and Direct Combat.

Twitter:, @ninetteswann


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  1. This sounds like a good one! :)

  2. Thank you so much for having me and reviewing Just the Messenger!

  3. This sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for sharing :) And of course, I've entered the giveaway as well :D

    1. I enjoyed it, obviously! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This sounds like a great escape! I just had to enter the rafflecopter. I like the covert ops angle done right too.

  5. I like novellas a lot, but sometimes they are hard to really connect with. I'm glad you ended up liking this. Great review!

    1. I like them too, Andrea. It's just that sometimes I like them so much, I want more! ;)

  6. I agree with the novella thing. I really like it better when they are full-length, but they can still be enjoyable. This one sounds really interesting. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. I guess it can be a good sign when you want more, right?!? This is a great read, though.


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