The opening of the book gives the start and feel of how the rest will play out. From the first word on the page I was interested. Stella may not be in her twenties or the person some assume she will be but she's tough and knows how to take care of herself. She's in her fifties and has a daughter who's a well-known actress and wants to spend two weeks alone with her in the woods. While there she meets sexy Ivan, who is also in his fifties, and he stir up things she long thought dead. He brings the heat and makes her panties drip. It made me laugh, their reactions to each other. You would have thought they were teenagers.
I find it so fascinating that her daughter knows about her past. I fell kind of bad that she's not as close with her son but she does what she can. She's supposed to be retired and yet every time she turns around she has these "amateurs" who are trying to kill her. It amused me to no end because she takes care of them without a sweat and is still put out. She kills in class. The switch up on the style of the words threw me off once in a while but other than that it was a good read.
She's ex-CIA, a hunted woman used to relying only on herself. He's ex-KGB. with connections to those who can help her. Will she let him? Can glasnost (openness) lead to rapprochement (a bringing together), and maybe even to love as west meets east? And what about her daughter? Can she salvage any kind of relationship with the adult her child has become?
Stands Alone: Yes