In traditional romance stories, it seems like the men are the ones who have the glamorous, exciting careers. They get to be the rock stars, the cowboys, the vampires (is that considered a full-time job?), while the women ogle from the sidelines and swoon when said rock star cowboy vampires throw a little attention their way.
Well, where’s the fun in that?
Okay, okay, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in those scenarios. (I’ve been known to have myself a good ogle every now and then.) But in my preferred stories, the heroine has other things to do besides sit and wait around for her vampire cowboy rock star. Why can’t she be the one to be jet setting around the world, living an exhilarating life while she looks for love?
Luckily for me, creating the character of Anna and having her be a top CIA agent wasn’t entirely outside the realm of plausibility and accepted tropes. Sure, we’ve been watching James Bond strut around with scantily-clad female sidekicks in movies since 1962, but other precedents have been set. From real-life spies Mata Hari and Valerie Plame to characters like Sydney Bristow (Alias) and Sarah Walker (Chuck), the women can hold their own in this dangerous field.
Finding a way to balance international espionage and romantic relationships can be a challenge. Will Anna find a way to make it work in Second Skin?
Anna’s career as a high-level CIA operative is put on involuntary hiatus. When a trusted colleague passes along the information for the 1Night Stand service, Anna decides to take the plunge against her better judgment and seek some intimate company. But her CIA instincts can’t be ignored, and when she contacts Madame Eve, she uses an alias.
Brendan owns a lucrative manufacturing company, but he’s yet to achieve the goal of finding a woman with whom he can share his successes and joys. But beneath his polished, capable exterior hides the painfully shy teenager he’s never been able to escape. When his own efforts in the dating scene fall short, he turns to 1Night Stand.
It would be so easy to fall in love with Brendan, and Anna’s protective mask slides away, piece-by-piece, revealing more of herself than she should dare. Before she can slip away with the sunrise, Brendan shows their encounter in a new light. Will Anna take a chance on their future, or will she choose to return to her undercover, but lonely life?
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