Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Operation Owl by Tara Quan - Review & Giveaway

Hi, all! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Owl blog tour, hosted by Masquerade Book Tours. Below you'll find a review of this romantic comedy novella and a tour-wide giveaway.

Operation Owl

Tara Quan

Contemporary Romance/Humor Novella
July 15, 2014
Decadent Publishing

Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”

After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Short and sweet, Operation Owl is a fast-paced romance with intrigue and adventure. I really liked that the story is character-driven, which is somewhat rare in novellas. The plot was modern and interesting... espionage usually is. The baddie is scum of the Earth who couldn't suffer enough in my opinion.

Maya is a breath of fresh air. Super smart, sassy, independent-- she's everything a reader could ask for in a heroine. Romantic interest Zack is also smart, but seems to be lacking in the social graces. Honestly, I'm rather surprised he managed to stay ahead of the government agents and mercenaries searching for him. He never quite lived up to to my expectations. He also had a bit of the "I know what's best for you" alpha thing going, which can drive me nuts.

The plot is fast-paced and very short from beginning to end. Unfortunately it never drew me in. I didn't feel anxious for the main characters as they fled capture. It was interesting, and I enjoyed the story, yet I never really felt it. The sexual tension between the two reached epic (and annoying) proportions. Some of Zack's thoughts about Maya were hysterical. Maya was interesting enough to make up for just about everything. Overall, I liked Operation Owl. It's a fun read, especially if you're looking for something quick and easy.

About the Author

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at

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1 comment:

  1. Hi. Thanks so much for hosting me, and for the lovely review. I really appreciate it!


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