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All the Queen's Men (CIA Spies #2)

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No one knows the dangers of getting close to legendary CIA Black Ops specialist John Medina better than communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, she and her husband worked with Medina on an explosive mission that ended in a tragedy. Although she has slowly recovered from her terrible loss, Niema planned never to see Medina again. Until
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Atria Books (first published August 1st 1999)
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◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆

Loved it! The hero was yummy - quiet, dark, dangerous and deadly, just my type.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 5/5
Heroine: 4/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 3/5
Angst: 3.5/5
Darkness level: 3/5
Humor: 2.5/5
Depth of the book: 4/5
POV: multiple, 3rd person
Triggers: (view spoiler)

Wow, Linda Howard continues to impress. So hot and so so good! Review maybe...
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews  ❤️

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5 Yummy Secret Agent Stars!!

I'm rereading and (finally) reviewing a lot of my old favorites, and this book is absolutely a most memorable and favorite Linda Howard book.

John Madina was first introduced to us in Kill and Tell, he's a super spy for the CIA like his legendary father who we also met briefly and learned about in Kill and Tell. Well the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. After meeting John in K&T I couldn't wait to read his book and let me tell you, LH did not disappoint!!

Lady Heather

1994 Iran

An American covert 5 person team is in place to blow up a manufacturing facility that was developing and supplying Anthrax. The team was made up of Sayyed (a native Iranian who was now an American citizen, a tough, wiry man in his late forties), Hadi Santana who was of Arabic and Mexican heritage, but an American. Husband and wife - Dallas & Niema Burcock (Dallas as former SEAL and contractor for the CIA, and Niema an electronics specialist), and their leader Darren Tucker.
Spies. Espionage. Slow-burn love.

This was a solid 3. I was set on not liking it at first because I wasn't getting good vibes. However, after the time skip, things went along nicely. This book wasn't particularly eventful or emotional - but something about it was addicting. I felt entertained and comfortable by it. Were there ever any doubts that Niema and John weren't capable of accomplishing their mission? No. I just really liked seeing the characters doing their shit in the mission, and finall
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not very happy with this one. John Medina was a terrible romantic interest. I would rather have seen a romance between Niema and the French arms dealer, that would've been way more interesting.
I love a book with a strong beginning...something that keeps me intrigued. This was my second Linda Howard book and what a wonderful read! There was plenty of sexual tension between Niema and John, our hero and heroine, throughout the story and what happened between the two of them in Ronsard's office was unique. Also, how often do you read a book where you actually have empathy for the villain? I finished ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN in less than a day. FYI, it is a follow up to "Kill and Tell" but can ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It rubbed me all wrong. Secret services are not in my book the good guys, and I found offensive their way/view of the world. So all the supposed justification of their actions was irritating to me.

This book saving grace was that the villain wasn't Bondified too. And even if the justification was ridiculous, at least he was nuanced.

The romance was meh at best. He met her 5 years ago, ordered her dying husband to commit suicide and promised him to take care of her. From this week interaction I was
Jane Stewart
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Lena Papanikolaou
Το πρώτο βιβλίο που διάβασα από την Howard αν και θέλω να πιστεύω ότι έχω μαζέψει ότι κυκλοφορεί από τη συγγραφέα Δικαίως κάποιες μου έφαγαν τα αυτιά για τα βιβλία της...Εξαιρετικό με πολύ δράση και έντονο ερωτισμό.Άνετα θα μπορούσε να βγει στη μεγάλη οθόνη.Το ρούφηξα στην κυριολεξία.Θα ήθελα σίγουρα περισσότερες σελίδες. Ενώ κλείνει όμορφα και δεν αφήνει κενά θα μπορούσε σίγουρα να έχει συνέχεια .Αν πέσει στο χέρι σας να του δώσετε μια ευκαιρία το αξίζει.Ελληνικός τίτλος :Έρωτας και κατασκοπεία ...more
Audiobook narrated by Kate Forbes (unabridged), Megan Gallagher (abridged)

I’ve often said that I came to romance through the door marked romantic suspense and All the Queen’s Men is that door. Back in 1998, I picked up the paperback on a mass-market table at a mall bookstore. I’d been reading a lot of man thrillers and my joy knew no bounds as I sat in the food court falling in love with my new discovery. A thriller with romance, a hero who falls hard when he zeroes in on his mate…and sex!!! Do
This book was okay but not one of my favorites from LH. I didn't feel that the relationship was as satisfying as it could have been. I did feel the desperation that John felt for Niema and some of the sex scenes were pretty intense and hot. The suspense part was okay but I didn't like that he put her in a dangerous situation just to spend time with her.

The ending was unsatisfying for a romance. (view spoiler)
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Davina D.
First thing's first this was a DNF for me, but I read almost to the end so I feel qualified to give this review.

I read KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP (book # 3 in the John Medina series) before reading this book, ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN (book # 2 in the same series), and probably that was a bad idea or probably Linda Howard shouldn't have recycled the plot from ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN into K M W I S. What should have been an exciting and thrilling read on international espionage turned out to be a rather dull,
A very good read, you won't feel overwhelmed with information and characters like with its prequel. Characters are lovable, even the villain. It's got action, suspense, steamy romance and humor. Just a very enjoyable and entertaining book.
Perfect for a potential book slump or actual book slump rescue.
Tetty Marlinda
#75 for 2017 RC
Genre : Suspense Romanca
Katherine 黄爱芬
Ternyata baca buku ini tidak seheboh yang dibayangkan (atau gw terlalu high expectation dgn buku ini ya?), tapi juga tidak jelek. Masih menarik utk dibaca buat pecinta suspense romance.

Diawali dgn prolog, kematian suami Niema, Dallas di Iran pada saat penugasan rahasia CIA, dimana Niema juga ikut dalam operasi intelijen tsb. Tucker, kepala tim, bertanggungjawab utk membawa kembali Niema ke Amrik selamat hidup-hidup, tugas wasiat terakhir dari Dallas.

5 tahun kemudian, Niema bertemu kembali dgn Tu
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

Kate Forbes did a great job narrating this Linda Howard story. Of all the books I've read by this author, this one has the lowest key romance thread, although its definitely there.
I enjoyed this book in audio format much more than I recall enjoying it when I read it a few years ago. Forbes did a good job in the various voices and made the tension and suspense fairly believable.

Whenever I read a spy story it makes me realize how much I would hate to live in that world since I
A 3 star read in print (read 2009), I bumped this up one star on audio. In print I remember struggling to get into the book after the exciting first part. I liked it, but wasn't wowed by it. On audio, narrated by Kate Forbes I found myself enjoying all the details and never getting bored. Forbes does an excellent job with both the male and female voices. Her style is to change tone and inflection without trying to make her voice sound masculine. It mostly works and I rarely had trouble following ...more
Another of my favorites by the incomparable Linda Howard. She has more books on my 5 stars shelf than any other romance author, I swear. This story is about John Medina, the HOT, but supercool CIA agent that we first met in Kill and Tell. He falls for Niema, a brilliant and beautiful woman who works at developing superspy stuff for the CIA. They go on a mission together in France where they fall in love while engaging in superspy covert action. It's fast paced and action packed, but we never los ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Review to come, but I love a kick-ass heroine and hot hero who appreciates her!
Çok sevebileceğim bir kurguydu aslında ama bir türlü içine giremedim. Yayarak okuduğumdan mı yanlış zamanda polisiyeli bir şeyler seçeyim dediğimden mi bilemedim. Karakterlere ısınamadım gitti neyse.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buyuk maceralar sonunda kavustugum kitabim...Linda Howard okumayi cok ozlemisim.Bayildim...Ancak bu kitap seri imis ve serinin ikinci kitabimis.Keske serinin ilk kitabini da okuyabilseydim.
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 1999
Length: 4104 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Iran, Atlanta, Georgia, and Paris and Nice, France.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Rape-y.
Hero: CIA
Heroine: Communications specialist.
Trigger: Rape.
Includes: Excerpt from Kill and Tell .

Before writing this review I pulled up my review for Book 1, Kill and Tell , and realised I had quite a few problems with the book.

So I guess I’m not that surprised I had problems again.

Once more, while the BadGuys ar
Ana T.
I was somewhat surprised when I realised that although I've read plenty of Howard books in the past this is the first one that I am reviewing. And while I have loved many of her books (Open Season, After The Night, Dream Man, etc) I found this one to be just an average read... I'm not sure if it's me or Howard but since I have at least two more of hers in the TBR pile I sure hope I like them better.

Five years ago Darrell Tucker (also known as John Medina) led a mission in Iran that saw one of h
Monique Atgood
This is an older Howard novel, a spy suspense romance genre.

No major spoilers, just the general story outline.
The novel opens with a heart wrenching scene where the heroine loses her new spouse. The event sours her taste for adventure and field work. Cut to 5 years later. The man who ordered her husband to kill himself is still drawn to the lovely young widow. A bumbling attempt at matchmaking by his superior ends up with the heroine being assigned to him for a one shot only field job.

Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised that I have given it three stars. The first part seems nice backdrop for a promising thriller,second part keeps that hope high with a high tension romance blooming slowly in addition but in the middle part with the introduction of negative hero and his gestures towards heroine it seems converted to a historical romance. A very good part was spent with the story of anti-hero(??I think,like me author is also smitten with Luis Ronsard)trying to court the heroine,his helplessness,his ...more
Howard, Linda - 2nd in John Medina series

CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niema Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and John, whose love for Niema has only grown over time, is determined to keep her in his life for good. Having spent the intervening five years living a solitary, staid existence--due to feelings
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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CIA Spies (3 books)
  • Kill and Tell (CIA Spies, #1)
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep (CIA Spies, #3)