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Provocateur - Charles D. Martin Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

Provocateur is a novel of intrigue and womanly wile that follows the path of Nadia Borodin from her poor beginnings in Russia to her role as a top earner in the agency which rescued her.

The Writing of Provocateur was not quite what I expected from the novel. It was an easy read, but I found myself a bit disconnected and confused from time to time. The premise was fascinating, and I had no trouble sitting with the book for an hour or so at a time, but I felt like I was reading a documentary. The author inserted little tidbits of history and some great photographs into the novel, and it proved distracting. As much as I love history, I think that it took away more than it gave to this novel about a seductress. The narrator was also a little too omniscient, also lending to the documentary feel. Charles D. Martin provided the thoughts of various characters to us, whether it was necessary or not.

The biggest thing that confused me in the writing was when Nadia went undercover as a hostess at a yacht club, using the name "Tatyana". During those chapters, the narrator inconsistently refers to Nadia as Tatyana, as well as the other characters who know her as Nadia. It left me scratching my head because there was no real pattern or reason as to why. And as soon as the "job" was over, she was back to Nadia. Despite these things, I still enjoyed reading about Nadia and her conquests and was able to lose myself in the story. 3/5 Stars

The World-Weaving of the story was good. I was able imagine myself in high society with Nadia and right there with her on her assignments. Martin is obviously knowledgeable about the upper classes and brings that  to life on the pages. I did have trouble suspending belief in a few situations (extremely wealthy and successful businessmen can't possibly be THAT dumb), but it's fiction, so I just took it for what it was. 3/5 Stars

The Pace and my Attention Span (I'm throwing these together here) of the Provocateur was good. It was an easy read with lots of action. It's common to find dead filler in adult novels, but even what I found to be excess history in the book was fascinating to read, all the same. 3/5 Stars

The Extra Magic in this novel was the kickass heroine, Nadia. She was able to rise from her beginning in a Russian orphanage to become a strong, confident, and successful agent. It was stressed time and again that it was her intelligence, not her sexiness or beauty, that made her special. I think that was my favorite part of the entire book. 3.5/5 Stars

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received the book for free through JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.