I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is Bulletproof Mascara by Bethany Maines.
Okay, here’s a book for those of us with broiled brains. The perfect book to put in your carry-on and drag to the beach because while Ken Follett’s nearly thousand-page-opus on the 20th century (Fall Of Giants) may be worthy, I can’t lift it with one hand to help keep the sun out of my eyes while I read.
Now, I’m not implying that a beach book should be trashy or simpleminded, but I do ask for a certain amount of lightness of spirit. I’d also like to put my order in for exotic locales, maybe a chase scene, a hot/mysterious/brooding but sensitive male lead, and it would be nice if there was an empowering message I could get behind. And lo and behold, Bulletproof Mascara actually does all these things, and very nicely. You’ll love the premise: Carrie Mae Cosmetics, (not to be confused with another grand dame cosmetic company) that venerable employer of women around the world, has a super secret crime fighting arm that uses makeup sales as a cover for covert operations!Ê Our heroine Nikki accidentally lands a job at the same time as she meets what she thinks is a Canadian gangster at the bar…and before you have to reapply your SPF, she’s training at the secret compound in stuff like nerve gas perfume application and stilettos that contain real stilettos. Her mission? Something to do with rescuing a kidnapped human rights worker and off to Thailand she goes, with the Canadian gangster he’s obviously not close behind.
Bethany Maines keeps it all very fast paced and exciting, the slow building romance is adorable, and if this radio thing doesn’t work out for me, I am ready to go to work for Carrie Mae!