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Instigation (Clandestine Affairs, Book 1) by [Teevan, Tessa]
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Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet.

Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape.

Until him.

When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do.

Until her.

Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and this is only the beginning.

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.

Book One in the Clandestine Affairs Series. Book 2 will release August 2015.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously entertaining ... 20 April 2015
By Sarah - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gabriella Latham entered into a whirlwind romance with Adrian Morningstar. Their love was intense. All-consuming. He was everything she could ever want.

Until he changed. He’s harboring secrets and she can no longer see the man she once loved. He’s now cold. Distant. Unrecognizable.

Rafe Matthews is a man with an agenda. He’s also inexplicably drawn to Brie. It doesn't matter that she’s taken by his boss, he just knows he has to have her. But he, too, has secrets of his own.

And Brie is quickly learning that some secrets can get you killed.

Oh, where to begin? I’m a huge fan of Tessa’s and have read every single story that she’s written so far. And this book is unlike any other work that she’s published. It’s suspenseful and intriguing. It’s sweet and sexy as hell. It’s something that will grab a hold of your attention from the very first page and hold you captive until you've read the words, “the end.” And then you’re going to write her a letter demanding that the second book to be sent to you NOW.

Adrian is intense. He’s shady. I liked him in the beginning and found myself hating him as the story progressed. Then I found myself wanting to know more about HIS story. I’m looking forward to learning more about him later in the Series.

Brie drove me crazy. A part of me wanted to smack her for her stupidity. Another part of me wanted to shelter her from the storm that was inevitably coming her way. She was too trusting. Too gullible. Too sweet. But as the story progressed I got to see her transform before my very eyes. She became a vixen. She became more confident and more in control. It was nice to see her holding her own.

Rafe. Just typing that name makes me smile. He’s hot. Mysterious. Sweet with his words. He’s a character that I just gravitated towards and didn't want to let go of. I have some suspicions and guesses as far as what his story may be, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in future installments. All I know is that I want more of him in my kindle and on my bookshelf asap.

Instigation was a deliciously entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked it the first time I read through it and I loved it even more the second time around. And because of that fact, I’d have to give it 5 stars. But don’t take my word on it. One-click this book and try it out yourself. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 21 April 2015
By Shanoff Says... - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**I received an ARC for an honest review.**

This book has a great premise and is a bit mysterious and suspenseful, but I just did not really connect with the characters or the story until the end.

I am not sure how I feel about Brie and what she is going through. I feel for her and all that she has been through I just feel like there is too much mystery that is surrounded her and her relationship with Adrian and there is not enough light shed on it by the end of this book. I was left wanting more answers and not really in a good way. During this book I hated Adrian and was suspicious of him right from the start of their relationship, but I feel like there should have been more revealed about him. Brie should have more answers and I want and need more answers.

Rafe. I like his protective nature over Brie, but I missed their connection. It just seemed he walks into her home and then BAM, things are now so much different. I just didn't feel their beginning spark, it seemed like it came from nowhere. I wanted it to be played on more and it seemed like the majority of this book did not reveal anything that satisfied my curiosity. I would have liked more in Rafe's POV also just to connect with his character a bit more. I felt like there was a gap in completely connecting with him.

I still don't know who Rafe is or where he came from and why is he all of sudden in Brie's life. I don't anything more about Adrian other than he did show some remorse and seemed to be conflicted on what has happened, but still no solid answers. I am so confused for Brie because we meet her in the same fashion as we finish this book and she is still completely clueless. The only thing that seemed to be remedied in this book is Brie's decision to leave Adrian and move on with her life and even that did not play out like I thought.

The ending of this book and the sneak peek into Escalation is what will have me continuing this story. I really enjoyed the last 10% of this book and I will definitely continue this series to find out how it goes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately disappointing. 25 April 2015
By Cat Whisperer - Published on
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I'm a huge Tessa Teevan fan so I was surprised and disappointed to find that I don't know if I really liked this book. First, there is a cliffhanger which I really try to avoid. The book literally began and ended on the same scene but it was in between the beginning and the end that had me disappointed. I just couldn't seem to get into the characters or understand their motivations. I actually ended up skipping and skimming through pages here and there to get to the next scene hoping the story would move along.

Gabriella loses her parents and after shutting out friends and family she meets Adrian and instantly falls for him. What I didn't get is that it doesn't seem like she knows anything about him. After some time together she knows he's cheating on her and attempts to leave him. She gets a bit scared when he reminds her how isolated she is and how much control he has over her. Then he leaves for a month and she just stays put anyway. During this time she is supposed to be overseeing a construction project and meets Rafe, the head contractor. She falls for Rafe and he for her all the while knowing that Adrian supposedly knows everything she is doing. When she finally does move out Rafe tells her not to go back to the mansion for any reason but of course she does. She runs into Adrian and he absconds with her. There is also some mystery surrounding Rafe and I'm not sure if he's going to be a good guy or a bad guy or a bad guy trying to do a good thing. I feel like Gabriella went from the frying pan into the fire and didn't learn a darn thing. Overall this book left me feeling dissatisfied and not because of the cliffhanger but because it seems like there wasn't much a story just killing time between the beginning and the end which as I said before was the same scene.

I will probably get the sequel just to find out what the rest of the story is but I sure hope the story actually moves along instead of feeling like its spinning its wheels in place.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat! 20 April 2015
By Mara De Guzman - Published on
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5 Rafe Stars
Review also posted on Mara's Bookshelf

I’m going to start this review by saying that this is unlike any of the previous books written by Tessa Teevan. From sweet and funny to charming and sexy and now, suspenseful and intriguing, Instigation is a sure book that will leave you hanging on to every word that Tessa Teevan writes.

Gabriella “Brie” Latham is a young woman who has no one in her life. Being an only child didn’t help especially with her parents passing away. She’s left alone and wandering through her life. Brie, 22 years old, fresh out of college, looking for a job, and uprooted from her hometown an hour outside of Chicago to Philadelphia. I couldn’t imagine myself being in her shoes and how she was portrayed made my heart ache. Even in just the first pages, I can already feel how lonely she might be and how much she is struggling.

But that was until she met the alluring Adrian Morningstar.

Adrian Morningstar is a knight in shining armour. An answered prayer. A prince charming. While Gabriella was spending her time on her computer in a coffeeshop, looking for a job, in comes Adrian who helps Gabriella with her coffee. He was a prince charming, alright. He charmed the hell out of the unsuspecting young woman. Good-looking and seductive, how is that not going to attract beautiful and lonesome? Adrian used all of his charms to his advantage. It worked. It worked for me as well, if that counts! He made me smile and swoon until I wasn’t anymore. There are secrets and deception. Does he know from the start who Gabriella is? Why did he approach her that day at the coffeeshop? What are his plans for her? And why now?

“My mind reels, wondering if everything between us has been a lie. It couldn’t be, could it?”

After years of being with Adrian, the earlier days a whirlwind of romance and then when that whirlwind slowed down it became mostly of Brie conforming to what Adrian wants her to be. She stopped working as a receptionist and became Adrian’s assistant, they live together, Adrian provides for her. It’s safe to say that everything she has, Adrian gave her. Remember when I mentioned earlier that even from the start, her loneliness is palpable? That is the reason I can sympathise with her and her decisions. It’s understandable. It may not be how you or I will go about life but it worked for her at the beginning. I wanted to be her friend, someone she can at least talk to and someone who can give her advice or some friendly reminders. She didn’t have that and Adrian was there to be her person.

When the sparks started to dwindle and Brie started to realise things haven’t been the way it is for a while now. Something has changed and now she wants out. But how can she leave? Where will she go? What will she do? She has nothing. She has no one. She has nowhere else to go. And I wanted to just drag her out of Adrian's house already! It pains me how much she wants to get out already but can't because of Adrian.

Not until Rafe literally popped in her life.


Yet a welcome distraction

… and a possible escape.

“Never again will I fall for a pretty face. Or well, in this case, a ruggedly handsome one.”

Rafe slightly creeped me out at first. No, really. It may be hot but that first meeting was awkward. But unlike with Adrian who made me smile at first and made me want to punch him eventually, Rafe creeped me out but made me smiling as the book progresses. He’s a mysterious guy with his own agenda but even with that, he genuinely cares for Brie. He wanted to take care of her, help her, and not just by making her dependent on him like what I felt Adrian did but by making sure she can stand with her own two feet and providing her support and even friendship. I loved him for that!

Rafe is such a sweetheart. I will always think of him fondly as that creep from the start but he's the creep who made me giddy and feel hopeful for Brie. Although, Tessa did a turn and got me thinking who the heck Rafe really is.

Tessa Teevan managed to bring out all these contradicting emotions from me with these 3 characters and their story! I didn’t know who to root for, who to dislike, whether I should be happy about that one thing or be frustrated because of the other. And these emotions? The author pulled it off. It left me on the edge of my seat and thinking “What the hell is going on in here?!” and Adrian? I’m thinking Tessa has a soft spot for making not-likeable characters a lovable one (*ehem* Branson Wellington *ehem*). I think Adrian has something to tell us and I'm waiting to find out what it is!

Stars: 5 stars
Recommended to: If you like stories that make you think, with a bit of suspense… this is Tessa Teevan’s wonder book! Go get this!
POV: First person. Alternating POV.
Series: Yes. The Clandestine Affairs Book 1 of 3.
Extra Comment: Yes, this ends in a cliffhanger. No, you don’t have to wait long before the continuation comes out!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So different and yet so great!! 20 April 2015
By Polly - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is unlike anything Tessa has ever written. It has suspense, steam, and some anger inducing moments.

It kept me guessing the whole time and I still have no clue what it is going on and yet I LOVE that!!

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