Excited about Reading: From Russia with Love by Susan May Warren

The Cover Story ~ 
Kat Moore can’t believe that 24 hours after landing in Moscow, she’s on the run from the KGB. But after receiving a mysterious key, and an invitation to Russia, Kat can’t stop herself from hunting for her past. With her parents long gone, and her grandfather, Edward, strangely quiet about her identity, she knows there are clues to who she is that only she can unearth.

Decorated FSB agent Vadeem Spasonov lives for his job. And he’s good at it – so good, he can nearly predict the movements of the international smuggler, Grazovich. Which is why Vadeem intercepts American “tourist” Kat Moore before she is snatched. Kat might not be working for Grazovich, but Vadeem knows she has something the smuggler wants. Unfortunately, she’s only made it worse by escaping protective custody. Now he has to not only track her down, but keep her safe long enough to get her safely home.

Sharing my takeaway ~

“Life would improve about three thousand percent when he shoved her on an airplane for America.”

That sums up Kat’s initial response to Vadeem. After all, she traveled all the way to Russia to find answers about her heritage. Did the FSB agent really think she’d turn around and leave so quickly? Vadeem wants to trust her, especially when she unleashes those amber eyes on him, but trust doesn’t come easy after she escapes his protective custody.

“Faith, indeed. Oh, yes, he knew all about faith. How it deceived and hurt. How it killed.”

The occasional lapses into Vadeem’s past pulled my heartstrings. And he allows Kat (and, by default, us readers) glimpses of his vulnerability. A strong hero who’s not afraid to show his heart? Sigh…

I have to admit From Russia with Love got off to a slow start. It was tough to keep up with all the unusual names, and at times, this non-historical buff waded through too many historical details. But I’m glad I persevered because it wasn’t long before the pace rocketed into Warren’s typical bite-your-fingernails, heart-thumping action. 

“You will suffer in this life. It’s your choice to suffer trusting in God’s plan or to turn away and walk alone.”

A powerful faith thread. Fast-paced action. A bit of mystery. A strong, vulnerable hero and a gutsy, sometimes impetuous heroine who just screamed for a happily-ever-after. All components that kept me glued to my kindle all afternoon. 🙂

I’m curious about your reading style. If a book starts off slow for you, how long before you give up? Or do you feel compelled to keep reading to the end?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book while it was offered free on Amazon. I was in no way compensated for my fair and unbiased review.


3 thoughts on “Excited about Reading: From Russia with Love by Susan May Warren

  1. I just finished Susan's book “Take a Chance on Me.” It was really good and hooked me from the start. Perhaps I don't have as much patience as you do, Dora. If I'm not hooked by the first chapter, I move on.


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