REVIEW – Shaken, Not Purred

3 out of 5 stars.

Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with this book, which also is not a surprise. I didn’t like the first one in the series. I was hoping this one would be better, and it was somewhat, but not enough for me to continue the series.


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Bree Watson traded her lab coat for a trench coat, expecting the life of a spy to be fun. But when a body turns up on her undercover mission she’s forced to handle:

* A murdered woman with more enemies than meets the eye.
* A hunky handler posing as her fake boyfriend.
* A sexy detective bent on wooing her-and wooing her away from espionage.
* A drop-out drug dog with a nose for trouble.
* Her cranky cat, curious coworkers, a cupcake challenge she can’t resist, and too many secrets, lies and cover identities to keep strait…

In the whirlwind of investigations and undercover operations, Bree developes a serious identity crisis. Who is she, really?

A spy pretending to be a chemist? Or a chemist pretending to be a spy?

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While this book was better than the first in the series, unfortunately, I think it will be the last one I read.

This second installment wasn’t quite as boring to me as the first book was, but the author still didn’t make me care about the characters. I’m not that fond of Bree or Matt or any of them really. I just don’t care what happens in their lives.

I get that Bree is supposed to be undercover, but it’s too much. We never see her being Bree, or rarely. It makes me wonder who she really is as a person. We don’t have nearly enough back story on Matt so he just comes off as totally fake and insincere. James I like more than the others, but we still don’t get to see much of his personality. Yes, we know he likes Bree, and he’d probably be good for her, but there’s just so little character development, it’s hard to know for sure.

For as much as I disliked it, the mystery itself was well-done and I didn’t have a clue about the villain until it was revealed (unlike the first book where I knew about 50 pages into the book who it was). That’s why I gave it a 3 instead of a lower score.

Maybe you’ll have a different response to it, but for me, I’m unfortunately done with this series. 😦