Spotless Series by Camilla Monk
Action & Adventure/Romantic Suspense
Spotless (Book 1)
Beating Ruby (Book 2)
Crystal Whisperer (Book 3)
Butterfly in Amber (Book 4)
This series is actually a 5 book series, but the primary arch of the story is resolved in book 4.
Overall Rating: 4 (xoxo)
Quick & Dirty summary: Island Chaptal is an ordinary, modern woman: an impressive IT Engineer by day, a romance bookworm by night. She’s surprised when she comes home one night to find a man standing in her living room organizing her tax returns. So begins Island’s adventures into the underworld and overworld of assassins, mercenaries, and CIA agents.
This series is wonderfully plotted. Each book is marvelous in its own right, although I enjoyed Book 2 the most. There is a murder mystery at the beginning of Beating Ruby, a lot of travel, but more importantly, a love triangle that is not drawn out but resolved with great integrity to the characters we’ve learned to love.
I will be honest and say that I didn’t like Island very much in Book 4. She is, in many ways, a completely different character at the beginning of Butterfly in Amber. She comes back to herself in this weird flash that was kind of unsettling to me. But in the end, I love the novel. There are so many surprises and twists. The whole series is like that, but Book 4, especially, has some great turns.
I cannot wait for the last book in the series! I love these characters and I love this author!
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99 each, books 1-3 & $3.99 book 4; approximately $13 total)
Normally I’d never read a series of books that costs $13 for one storyline. But these books feel like watching James Bond movies or something similar. Honestly though, I didn’t pay that much money. The first three books I read for free on Kindle Unlimited and then I paid to read book 4. In all likelihood, I’ll be buying book 5 as well.
Something else you might enjoy:
Try Agnes & the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie. It’s a bit more romantic comedy than action, but the hero is a hitman, so there’s a bit of crossover there. The added bonus is this is a standalone novel.