Monday, February 20, 2012
Book Review - "Venom" by K.C. Grant
Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project, including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing. After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and comes face-to-face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as The Serpent. Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she's come to love.
Samantha learns some important things about herself in this story, including whether or not she's got the disposition (or venomous lack of scruples--pun intended) to succeed in her chosen field. Her natural curiosity and interest in people lead her to notice things going on around her, and she discovers that something's not quite right. While she struggles to find her place in the group--with a boss determined to put her down at every opportunity--she also deals with news about her father's cancer diagnosis and surgery.
If you've never traveled around the Mexico City area and wondered about some great places to visit, this book will help you make a list. Should I ever get to make a trip to Mexico, I would love to visit the sites in the book and compare them with Samantha's experiences. I would hope my trip would turn out less eventful, since Samantha's was full of mystery and intrigue, to say nothing of a fight for her life.
And a dang cute guy.