Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Uncharted by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey (Countermeasure:Bytes of Life #1)


In the prequel to COUNTERMEASURE, love is the utmost cardinal emotion and shines brightly as Conor and Maeve Brennan struggle with a life changing decision. In this glimpse into the hearts of the Brennans, you will see the strength of a love unlike any other—a love that transcends right and wrong. A love that remains unchallenged to this day.

Source: Free purchase from Amazon

My Review

I read this prequel to prepare for my audio book read of Countermeasure. It's pretty much a snippet of how Maeve and Conner felt for each other during their marriage. They were married and in love for 20 some odd years and have a son they adore. For some unknown reason, they must pick up and leave without telling anyone where they are going. Countermeasure is the next journey where Trevor looking reasons why his parents disappeared.

I liked the story but I didn't love it. I get that they are in love and they have some kinda hot chemistry even after so many years of marriage. I just don't feel the love. I feel like the story could have been a bit longer, going into more depth of their lives and time together as well as their relationship with Trevor. It is also left unsaid of why they left but I'm guessing that will give away too much of Countermeasures mystery/thriller appeal. I still look forward to reading the first book in the series.

UNCHARTED is a free read available from Amazon, Apple iTunes, Kobo, B&N, Smashwords, Diesel, ARe and other channels. It is the first Byte of Life.
Countermeasure: Bytes of Life is a tie-in series to the Countermeasure Series novels. This new series of shorts gives the readers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Countermeasure characters. Although the shorts are standalone stories, they are character-driven, NOT plot-driven. Please be advised that ALL shorts in this series contain EROTIC content. They are NOT recommended for younger audience. Some of the events that take place in the short stories might be referenced in the novels and vice-versa.

It is strongly advised that you read the novels and shorts in chronological order.
The reading order is:

0 - Uncharted (Short Story - Published)
1 - Countermeasure (Novel - Published)
1a - Ecstasy by the Sea (Short Story - Published)
1b - Cuffed at Midnight (Short Story - Published)
1c - Passion at Dawn (Short Story - Published)
2 - To Russia With Love (Novel - Published)
2a - Blindsided (Short Story - Published)
2b - Lost to Rapture (Short Story - TBA)
2c - Bound by Love (Short Story - TBA)
3 - Alternate Connection (Novel - Spring 2013)
3a - London by Moonlight (Short Story - TBA)
4 - Locked and Reloaded (Novel - TBA)(less)