Dec 4, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Covert Assignment by Missy Marciassa

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Covert Assignment blog tour for Missy Marciassa.

Covert Assignment by Missy Marciassa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Contemporary, Romance, Spy

Covert Assignment is a New Adult, Coming of Age Novel with a strong romantic element. Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.

Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…

Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.


I’m a sucker for spy books and television shows that revolve around girls kicking some major butt and not afraid of being super smart. Covert Assignment is a mix of Alias and Covert Affairs, it focuses on a young soon to be graduate trying to find her path by using her smarts and following her heart when it comes to her career. It has a mix of romance, college drama, family drama and of course suspenseful spy action.

Covert Assignment follows Elle who is about to graduate with her master’s degree in Information Science and then she plans to go on to get her JD/MBA. But things start to go down hill after her long time boyfriend cheats on her and she discovers her father pushed to get her into where he would like her to attend. She isn’t so excited about her so-called set plans anymore. She wants to succeed on her own without help, thus comes an opportunity she never thought of, the CIA wants to recruit her.

Elle is super smart and I mean even her conversations have discussions about metadata and such that I can’t really understand. But her impressive thesis catches the eye of the CIA and has been helping many operatives during missions. She is asked to work with one of their field agents to uncover a possible threat. The agent is Preston, he is everything her soon to be ex-boyfriend is not. Especially after her boyfriend cheated on her in the worst of ways that is actually went viral. I thought Elle was very relatable; she goes through what many college students experience, trying to find the right career and life path. My only issue with her character was that she couldn’t make up her mind about her terrible boyfriend, the answer was obvious but she was blind to what was right in front of her. She however earns a lot of points for her smart in choosing to go with her gut and sticking up to herself when it comes to her family whom I didn’t like one bit.

Preston Raddick is the CIA agent working undercover at the University with Elle; he needs the information that only she can analyze. The readers don’t get to know much about his background just yet, but in the next book I’m sure were going to get some answers. He does have a military background and really knows how to heat up a room, especially when it comes to Elle.

Overall I enjoyed the suspense, humor and romance. The characters were colorful and kept me interested from beginning to end, even the secondary characters such as Elle’s two best friends were hilarious and always kept me laughing. The spy aspects were exciting and seriously made me think about how life would be keeping so many secrets. I will defiantly be continuing this serious and look forward to what Marciassa has in store with Elle’s next mission.


This is a new adult novel with some adult language and sexual content meant for mature readers. Fans of Reunited in Danger by Joya Fields and Frigid by J Lynn will enjoy Covert Assignment by Missy Marciassa.

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Missy Marciassa loved getting lost in novels from the time she could read, so it’s no surprise she wanted to write. Her very first “novels” were re-writing the books she read to get the endings she wanted in second grade. Missy continued to read and write through grade school and high school.

After becoming rather disillusioned with fiction after writing literary criticism as an English major in college, however, Missy focused on her enjoyment of learning about people and studied psychology. Reading fiction fell to the wayside with all the reading and writing required for college and graduate school, but once Missy became a doctoral candidate, she rediscovered her love of fiction. Then she started getting the urge to write, an urge that wouldn’t go away (she refuses to diagnose it as a compulsion). Covert Assignment is the end result of that urge.

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  1. Great review! I like Elle already she sounds like a great protagonist. I also love that it touches on different issues that college students and graduates will be able to relate to. The CIA stuff sounds like fun, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. It was a great book and I totally love Preston and cant wait for more missions in the next book!