September 18, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Fool's Game by Heather Huffman




At the request of the U.S. Government, Caitlyn O’Rourke faked her death years ago, only to be reborn as the Cat—a deadly black-ops agent tasked with working for the shadowy organization Chameleon and doing the jobs that can’t be done in the light of day. Now, on the verge of taking down a notorious drug lord and rescuing a captured Chameleon agent, Cat is targeted for assassination…from within. But who’s making the call, and why?

As she attempts to uncover answers and stay alive, Cat finds herself working alongside Cody Kingsley, the mysterious senator who broke her heart and betrayed her long ago. Along with an inner circle of fellow agents, Cat and Cody must untangle the web of lies that surrounds them before it’s too late.

From the sultry streets of New Orleans to a secluded plantation in Ecuador to Washington, DC, Cat must elude an agent hell-bent on her destruction while figuring out how high up the ladder the conspiracy reaches. At the same time, she must work through her tumultuous and conflicting emotions where both Cody and fellow agent Galloway—who may or may not have her best interests at heart—are concerned.

A thrill ride of emotions, suspense, and action, Fool’s Game intertwines matters of the heart and survival …and the only thing certain is that Cat will never be the same.
Never complain when things are too easy. 

This is a little bit different from the books I was used to read, although I sometimes read this kind of genre too. The book started out with a prologue in which Cody was dreaming about a tawny cougar. I can’t relate at first because I can’t understand the euphemism behind the tawny cougar cat. I really thought I had the wrong book because it was totally misleading. 

If there was anything I loved best about this book, it would be the kickass heroine, Caitlyn O’Rourke. She could definitely give Angelina Jolie’s character in Salt a run for her money. Yeah, she’s that good. I love her feistiness and I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude. She’s got a humor and is a tomboy when it comes to combat fighting. She’s part of Chameleon, a group created by the government to intervene in the drug operations that were becoming rampant. She was nicknamed Cougar because of her ability and speed in fighting. It was definitely not in her plan to accept this offer from the President, but because she was heartbroken, she finally agreed. Together with her brother, Jack who was codenamed Wolf, and her best friend, Ella, they staged their own death and had been living undercover ever since.


Though Cat maybe a tough nut to crack, she harbors deep regrets and anger inside her for one person she thought she had a future with. Ten years ago, she was a na├»ve teenager, who wants to prove something to her father who seems hell-bent to tell his daughter that she’s unwanted. She did her best but did not succeed because her dad died while doing an undercover operation. But she is thankful enough for having a brother who is so supportive of her. 

When she heard of Atlas, a co-Chameleon agent, who is being held hostage by Barrera, whom they suspected to be trafficking drugs and is being protected by the president, she took matters with her own hands. She is determined to find the best agent Chameleon has ever had. He was likened to James Bond, not only with his ability but also with his looks. Atlas is a force to be reckoned with and it will be a shock to both Cat and Atlas when they meet each other for the first time. 

Cody, on the other hand, who is a Senator already, had always regretted what could have been a long-time relationship between him and Cat. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like Cat wanted the same thing with him. Could it be that he didn’t pursue her enough? Should he have stopped her when it was still possible? What could have possibly gone wrong? These were still his questions ten years later and Cat still has the same effect on him. Could he still redeem their relationship? Maybe there’s still a chance for them. 

Maybe, what I found lacking in this group is its ability to let a reader brainstorm. There were no surprises, no ambushes, and no unexpected criminals lurking as friends. But then this plot tells us something about life. That sometimes, it’s just the way we see it. We don’t have to psychoanalyze everything that is happening around us.
Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is cheering one of her three sons on at a sporting event, making dandelion fritters, or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Heather’s optimistic and sometimes quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.

Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise and Roses in Ecuador. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land on a small farm, as well as her writing and charitable work, on www.heatherhuffman.net.



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