Review: Operation: Endeavor by Christi Snow (When the Mission Ends #2)
January 4 2013
Received from author
Yummy Man – Cole Robertson
Kick Ass Chick – Penelope Pruitt
From Goodreads –
Colton Robertson left his career in the Air Force…
… to come home and help his family heal. Unfortunately, his reception was not quite what he’d hoped for and he ended up as roommate to hippy dippy yoga instructor Penelope Pruitt.
Penelope has spent her life under the restrictive thumb of her parents and she doesn’t want to do the same with the straight-laced, serious Colton. But when it becomes apparent that Penelope’s life is in danger, Colton won’t settle for anyone else protecting Penelope besides him.
Opposites attract and that’s definitely the case with Colton and Penelope. On the surface, they don’t have anything in common, but as the sparks fly and the danger ramps up, their passion is inevitable.
Operation: Endeavor is the second book in Christi Snow’s When the Operation Ends trilogy. I’m happy to say that this book was just as strong as the first book in the series. The characters continue to shine and the story-telling continues to keep you on your toes, which is a very good thing for a romantic suspense book.
In this installment, we follow Colton (Cole) now that he has left the military in order to help his family heal. Cole, Cassie and Chris has all been through quite a lot lately and Cole felt it was best he be there for everyone. He feels as though it’s his job seeing that he pretty much raised Cassie and Chris since he was ten years old. His parents passed then and he took on the responsibility of becoming the parent. But now that they are all adults, he has some trouble remembering that he is not their parent but their brother. Yeah…Cole has some control issues. Just a few *snort*. His siblings are ‘used’ to him, sort of, but he even gets on their nerves sometimes! So imagine being a love interest! Especially one who values her independence as much as Penelope does! Yes ladies and gentlemen, you are not in for an easy ride if you are that chick.
Penelope grew up in a very strict household. Her parents tried to mold her to fit into their idea of what a respectable young lady should be. But that isn’t her. And since she decided to do what was best for her and not for her parents, there is some, shall we say, tension between her and her mother. She is at a good place in her life so the last thing she needs is some guy (one of her best friend’s brother for that matter) to go all caveman on her and start demanding she stay here and do this and that. Okay, there may be some reason for his concern seeing she has been getting some pretty threatening calls and notes and she was pushed down the stairs at her shop, but still! She needs to be free. Free as a bird!
Okay, I may be going off on little tangents here and there. Let’s see if I can streamline things a bit. Let’s start with Cole.
I like me an alpha cave man type. There is just something so sexy about a man who is willing to act like a complete jerk in his quest to prove that you belong to him. But there is a limit and thank goodness I did not find Cole ever really came close to it. Yes, he was a bit of a jerky guy at some points in the story but how he acted made complete sense seeing the situation Penelope was in. Ultimately he has a big heart and it was nice to see his warm side coming through, especially when around his lady love. He truly cares about those around him.
And he is hot! In the bedroom he’s smokin’! He and Penelope both. Holy jumpin’! Wait ‘til you read it!
*takes a big sip of ice water*
Penelope leads a double life. She is a bookstore owner and she’s an erotica writer. I found this to be a fun fact about her. Also, she pretends to be a little on the ditzy side when really she is super sharp and very smart. I really enjoyed her character. There is so much more to her than meets the eye! She, like Cole, has a big heart and is willing to do anything for those around her. She is also very stubborn which is where she and Cole clash. Well, that is where they are eerily similar which causes them to clash. But it’s so much fun to see them clash! Penelope’s chemistry with Cole is very strong too.
When you get close to the climax of the story, a certain event takes place. This event is very similar to an event that takes place in the first book of the series. It all makes sense with the story and it does make you *gasp* a bit but I’m anxious to see if things will be a bit different in the last book or if Julie (the heroine of the next book and not me. Believe me, I asked. This Julie is petite and rather busty and I’m…not. Also, she does not twist balloons so she is definitely not me ;)) will see a similar fate. All I’m saying is that it would be nice for Julie to be put in more of a different situation than the first two heroines in the series.
My favorite part about series like this one is that we continue to see characters from previous books in each installment so we’re not left wondering ‘what happened to so and so?’ I found it was nice to see how Chris is doing after his long ordeal that ended in the first book. Well, nice isn’t really the best word seeing that he is not doing all that well, but who would really… I actually really enjoyed seeing his transformation in this book. It makes me even more curious about the next book because he’s the main hero. And Julie…what is with Chris and Julie?! There is past there. What is it?! One more thing I look forward to discovering while reading Operation: Endurance, due out in April 2013.
Overall, I found Operation: Endeavor to be a good read. Strong characters and an interesting story made it easy to breeze through. I am really enjoying Christi’s voice and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
Giggle worthy quote
“They pulled into a parking spot at the local cupcake bakery and Penelope smirked at Cassie. ‘I thought we were going to eat lunch.’
Cassie feigned an innocent look. ‘What? They’re full of cocoa beans. You’re a vegetarian and beans are good for you. Besides, all those tears means you need chocolate to revive your system. Chocolate is a known cure for dehydration from crying.’
‘Hmm, that almost sounded believable.’
‘Absolutely. If you say it with confidence, people will believe you. Trust me.’”
Books in the When the Operation Ends series –
Operation: Endurance (April 2013)
Before the Mission Begins (prequel due out February 2013)