After a failed mission, the company sends the team to cover separate jobs and Nikkie ends up in a tail spin adventure thru Europe. Someone should beware of hype. Someone should beware of hype. But in order for the plan to work, Nina had to be there. All her spy friends coming to help her was pointless as was the whole Camille sub plot.
Between the hard pops of gunfire she heard the sluff, sluff sound of the maid approaching. Once I got into it and remembered all of what had happened in the first novel, it was much easier to read. A scrawny calico cat sunned itself on top of the wall, ignoring Nikki, who was pretending to examine the inner workings of the engine. This is an enjoyable read that moved along at a healthy pace and kept my interest. And even though, it's not as good as the first one, I do plan on reading the third. Even if they are not going to become an item they really should stay in touch, they are good for each other. But she also has to keep her family — and her boyfriend — in the dark about what she really does for a living.
The ladies are trained in weapons, hand-to-hand, extraction and surveillance. And even though, it's not as good as the first one, I do plan on reading the third. When one of the real Carrie Mae ladies asks the Foundation for help they send in Nikki Lanier and her team of covert agents. Then, taking a tool kit out of her purse, she climbed on the console and inserted a bug into the junction of wires where they emerged into the room. I have to admit forgetting some of the details so getting into this second installment of the series was more difficult than I would have liked.
Kit's mom Camille is also a Carrie Mae agent. She ground her teeth in irritation and calculated her next move. There's no explanation of the structure of Carrie Mae, no explanation of the relationships - working or otherwise - and this feeling that the reader has been left out continues well in to the book. Kit is a bad-boy pop star on tour and he has threats against his life. Talking about his job on the phone was forbidden.
Like double-0 seven, the Carrie Mae ladies kick plenty of butt. Soon, Nikki learns that the powder and lipstick are simply cover-up for the Carrie Mae Foundation: a secret organization of international espionage and high-tech mascara founded for the purpose of helping women everywhere. International spies covering as your local Carrie Mae distributors? Who knew cosmetics could be so exciting. When Nikki Lanier signs up as a cosmetics rep at Carrie Mae, it's hardly her idea of a dream job. But I'm very glad that I picked series back up. Not to mention it seems as though Nikki almost becomes Kit's muse, like she is his cure for writer's block.
Q: What do you get when you cross Avon Ladies with Charlies Angels? Now in Compact with the Devil she is seasoned and ready for anything, um, or almost anything. I did enjoy this - I might even consider reading another but I'm not going to go buy the first one! Whisked off to Thailand with the legendary Carrie Mae agent Val Robinson, Nikki is soon in over her head. I just finished this book and found it a delightfully complex look at human nature. The monotonous tick of the cicadas should have made her feel alone; instead it simply seemed to underscore her feeling of being watched. Supporting the Girls Join Nikki and her covert team of make-up ladies on a brand new adventure! I will read the 3rd installment when it comes out! In book one, Bulletproof Mascara, Nikki was just getting her heels wet in the business. A: A world-class intelligence organization run by women who really know their foundation.
The far side of the road was a mass of greenery from which issued an occasional lonesome birdcall and the repetitive chirp of insects. Entering from the west meant that they were more likely to be spotted and get into a time-consuming and dangerous shoot-out … like they were doing now. Instead, Nikki does it her way and I loved her for it. Nikki's search leads her to Camille's son, bad-boy pop star Kit Masters, who's traveling to Paris on tour. Two days from now they were supposed to meet in Mexico for two weeks of Christmas fun, sun, and making out on the beach. Isolated from her family and married to the abusive head of a drug cartel, Nina Alvarez needed help. The makeup giant catering to women have their own specially-trained unit to help women in trouble.
Nikki paused her scan at the fireplace; there was a large fertility god on the mantel, large in a way that required the kind of hand gestures fishermen usually reserved for the best fish stories. When a complex mission and her relationship go sideways thanks to some Carrie Mae politics, Nikki is left stranded in Europe, babysitting bad-boy pop star Kit Masters, and on the trail of a Basque anarchist. If I were to get myself into major trouble I would want Nikki and her friends to be there to help me. This series is original and fun to read. Doesn't hurt that I've loved spy stories since I was a kid watching 007 with my dad. I'm looking forward to the next installment. The blast of hot air from under the hood added to the sheen of sweat covering her skin.
Nevermind that she was one of the bad chicks. What do you get when you cross Avon Ladies with Charlie's Angels? Avoiding one more depressing, obsessive holiday with her mother, for one thing. Update: I'm pretty sure half the book could have been cut out and was not necessary to the plot. A combination of humor, suspense, romance, and intrigue make Compact with the Devil a perfect summer read. The makeup giant catering to women have their own specially-trained unit to help women in trouble. With a degree in linguistics and a hard-core workout regimen, the twenty-six-year-old redhead once had hopes for a real career.
Nikki swore under her breath. I highly recommend both Bulletproof Mascara and Compact with the Devil, although you do not need to read them in order to appreciate these books! The team had deviated from her plan. There are some interesting twists and turns, some predictable events and some laugh out loud dialogue and descriptions. The premise of a women's protective service certainly allows scope for interesting shenanigans and, with branches in many countries, there are numerous characters who will be fleshed out in coming books, no doubt. I nearly put it down somewhere about the middle, but persevered and ended up liking it better than I expected, based on what was in the middle. There was a rogue agent and her friends, Jenny and Ellen were always in tow.