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First Temptation

(Covert Affairs #1.2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  481 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker knows the Mexican cartel smuggling game. But posing as part owner of an adult store to ferret out the newest tunnel into the US is a first. So is Zoe Brooks, his partner, new to undercover and a sex-toy virgin. Taft’s up for the sexy challenge. At least until he sees the real Zoe beneath her tough façade and realizes, for the first time i ...more
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Published August 19th 2013 by Joan Swan
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This was the first book/novella I've ever read by Joan Swan, but after this delicious morsel, I want more. So much more.

Zoe Brooks was one kick a$$ heroine. As a Border Patrol Agent she was out in the field taking down bad guys left and right. She was tough, efficient, focused and definitely had the respect and backup of her team. It took courage for her to admit that the field work was getting to her in ways that could put her life and that of her team on the line if she got reckless. During he
Christi Snow
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
What a fabulous book. This is the second series I've begun that features ICE agents and I'm sold...I want more books featuring these incredible guys/girls.

This book starts off with an incredible, adrenaline-infused scene and I loved the fact that it was a scene featuring Zoe to show just how tough this girl is on the job. Wow! She's incredible. But then immediately, she is thrown into a situation with Taft and her boss, Rio, where she has to prove just how feminine and alluring she can
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

When I downloaded a review copy of this book, I’m not sure I looked all that closely at the blurb!

The ‘Covert Affairs’ title drew me in, because I’ve recently overdosed on sugary small town romances, and was in the mood for something a bit edgier.

I don’t think you’ll get much edgier than two people working undercover in a sex shop!

For a novella that is – ahem – rather focused on the sex, I was impressed by the attention to detail in the action scenes and the parts involv
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
Rating: 3 Stars - Liked It

Spoil Free Review:

The cover alone caught my attention. Sexy and eye catching. First Temptation starts off with great action with a kick butt heroine Zoe. Loved how it started and how her and Taft first meet. I was not big on the insta-love but like a lot of novella's that is what happens sometimes. It is a hot fan your self and enjoyable read. I did like Joan Swan writing voice and writing style but I was hoping to be more wowed with Zoe and Taft relationship. I do alre
As a big Joan Swan fan I'm a little mad at myself for putting off reading this series for so long. Joan Swan's writing is always great and both novellas from this series I have read haven been both sexy and fun. I loved that the heroine in this one was strong and capable but also was vulnerable. The chemistry between these two characters was great. I look forward to reading more in this series. For readers that haven't checked this author out yet, she is definitely one to put at the top of the T ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this quick read, but this is one that could've really used a longer treatment. I understand this is a novella, but this story has great bones and I really wanted to know more about the characters. Moreover, Taft really starts off as a douche and could use more time to redeem himself. He eventually does, but barely. I really liked the first book in this series, Intimate Enemies and am thrilled to get an "appearance" by Rio. I look forward to the next book in the series, but I ...more
Cindy ~
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix a tough border control agent and a Counterterrorist agent who have to go undercover in a sex shop to catch someone who’s helping terrorist? An extremely funny and very hot and steamy read. Oh there is plenty of action too to get your heart pumping along with the all the sex toys And as a added bonus Rio from Intimate Enemies is Taft’s boss and running the op. I loved all the stories in this book and didn’t have a favorite until I read the last one – First Temptation ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
*GEEZ* All I can say is that I needed to take a LONG COLD SHOWER after reading this to cool myself off!!!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this little addition to the Covert Affairs series; it was hot and suspenseful and did I say hot? ;) I loved how strong Zoe was and Taft... *SIGH*... i'd dance around a pole for him ANYDAY!!! LOL!!

WELL DONE Ms. Swan!!! This one is most definitely going on my loved-it shelf!

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Joan Swan*
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was fun but far too short to justify the deep love the h/h feel for each other. They've known each other less than a week--and been working a very dangerous undercover--and yet they become soul mates instantly. I also found the heroine to be portrayed primarily through her looks. She's supposed to be a top notch Border Patrol Agent and yet she's the hottest pole dancer ever, every man wants her, yadda yadda yadda.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Zoe and Taft were on fire. Zoe was a strong heroine who could kick ass. Taft...sigh.
Can't wait to read more from this series.
Zoe Brooks is a hard as nails Border Patrol Agent looking for a change of pace within law enforcement after some rough take downs and the death of her partner. When an opportunity to go undercover with ICE to bring down a new cross-border transportation mode for the powerful Mexican cartel drops in her lap she is ready to jump right in. The first speed bump is that Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker will be her partner and they have to go under cover as new sex shop owners.

I listened to the audi
Cindy Callahan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book in this series keeps some of the same threats that the first one mentioned but if you haven't read it, you will still be able to follow the story. We get a glimpse of the first book main characters which is nice but they are not the stars of this book. Tate and Zoe are hot together and the difficulties they face as a couple falling in love while undercover is well written.
Tracy Brant
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so good for how short it is!!

I was so pleasantly surprised with this story. I Liked the 1st book, but I loved this one. The characters were great and the story wasn't unbelievable or over dramatized like a lot of short stories are. I couldn't put it down!
Margreet Asselbergs
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

My rating: 4.5 of 5⭐

Zoe Brooks is a tough and determined Border Patrol Agent, but since the death of her partner Cody, she has been looking to move into a different direction of law enforcement. When an opportunity to go undercover with ICE to bring down a new cross-border transportation mode for the powerful Mexican cartel, she is ready and eager to jump in!
Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker is not happy being partnered with the rookie undercover agent, w
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

I admit, I was a little nervous to read First Temptation. Not because author Joan Swan doesn't deliver, she always does. No, I was nervous because of, get this, the blurb.

Why? Because it is a contemporary romance that used the dreaded "V" word. The heroine, Zoe Brooks, is a sex toy virgin and I was afraid that meant a boring, saintly, "innocent" little fool. I was nervous because I thought "W
Robin Malone
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay…let me just say “HELL YEAH!” “First Temptation” is a novella from her series “Covert Affairs”

This book was everything I love to see in romance stories. A tough woman, who can kick drug cartel ass, yet who oozes so much sex appeal she could be a stripper. A hot sexy guy who tries to be an overbearing Alpha, but then realizes he can stand with her or against her.

Zoe is trying to get away from her current job as a Border Patrol Agent. She wants to try something different and if she’s honest wi
Well-written, suspenseful, HOT!
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zoe has been ready to move on from her job as a Border Patrol Agent ever since the death of one of her partners, Cody. When a risqué undercover position with ICE comes up, Zoe jumps at the chance to be part of it. Her experience and knowledge will give her the edge she needs...even if it means having to work with Taft. Taft initially doesn't think Zoe has what it takes professionally or personally to get the job done, but Zoe soon proves him wrong!

Working together as a married couple running the
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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First Temptation (Covert Affairs #1.2) by Joan Swan Author: Joan Swan Title: First Temptation Series: Covert Affairs Cover Rating: Book Rating: Buy This Book:

Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker knows the Mexican cartel smuggling game. But posing as part owner of an adult store to ferret out the newest tunnel into the US is a first. So is Zoe Brooks, his partner, new to undercover and a sex-toy virgin. Taft’s up for the sexy challenge. At least until he sees the real Zoe beneath her tough façade
Snarky Mom
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Normally I like to start my postings off with a link to the book on Amazon, but as of this writing, there ISN’T a link up yet – boo :( !! This novella also has some name flip-flopping, because the cover on my ARC shows the title as “First Addiction”, but NetGalley & Joan Swan’s website show it as “First Temptation”. I’m mentioning BOTH names so that you can more easily find it when it reaches its release date of 8/19/13. (Of course, you can always just run a search by
Amy R
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
First Temptation by Joan Swan is one very hot romantic suspense story. It is the second book in Joan's Covert Affairs Series and much steamier than the first one, Intimate Enemies.

In First Temptation, we follow the story of Taft (Counterterrorism Agent) and Zoe (Border Patrol Agent) and their assignment to go undercover by posing as a couple that owns an adult store next to suspected Mexican cartel smugglers. It was quite entertaining to read about because Zoe knows nothing about the adult "toys
Wow!! That was a seriously hot little read!!!! The chemistry was off the charts and scrumptious!! I need to fan my face for a bit!

Zoe is more than a little bit awesome! She rocks and owns her sensuality. I love that she doesn't let Walker treat her like a helpless little lady. The way she schooled him in the cafe was priceless.

Taft Walker has his moments where he is a total ass. Fortunately, Zoe is fabulous at putting him in his place and showing the error of his ways. They have fabulous banter
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am really starting to wonder why in the hell I haven't heard of some of these authors that I'm reading lately!! Why have I never heard of Joan Swan?!? I'm just not understanding. Great authors should NEVER be kept secret! Who is it I need to be stalking in order to find out about these writers? All this lost time!! I could have been reading her books since last year!! Ugh. So frustrating.

Well, at least I've found her now because DAMN. Swan is an amazing writer! This novella had me hooked from
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

What a fantastic novella to accompany the Covert Affairs series by Joan Swan! After reading Intimate Enemies, which is one of my faves, I wanted more! I love these characters and was delighted that Rio is in First Temptation, too.

There were so many things I loved about First Temptation. Right away there is action and danger. Zoe Brooks is a border patrol agent who is ready to change jobs. Her first assignment working undercover with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) pairs her with
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

First Temptation is a novella following after Intimate Enemies of the Covert Affairs series by Joan Swan. I was a bit surprised that there was a novella for this series. Being that I enjoyed Intimate Enemies, I just had to jump at the chance to read this book. Well, I’m glad I didn’t miss it because Ms. Swan wrote another hot and engaging read.

Zoe was a Border Patrol Agent who is ready to do some undercover work. Unfortunately, in this line of work, women do not get the same credibility as men
Rene Lewis Mahood
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
What do you get when you mix Covert Affairs and Sex Toys? One GREAT book!

Zoe is a border patrol agent that is excellent at her job. But she's done it for a long time and recently lost her partner and is looking for a change. As she is beginning a meeting about a possible future position Taft shows up. He is in Covert Affairs. He is arrogant and condescending and tries to dismiss Zoe as he thinks his time is more important than hers. She doesn't let him get away with it and puts him in his place.
It's been quite a while since I read the first book in the Covert Affairs series, INTIMATE ENEMIES. In fact it's been almost 2 years!! When an opportunity to read and review the third book presented itself I grabbed it, knowing I'd have this second book to read too first.

The chemistry and banter between Zoe and Taft was off the charts from the very first meeting. I really loved how sassy Zoe didn't take crap from Taft. And let's face it: an undercover operation in an adult store? Isn't that the
Maria Rose
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sexy action packed novella is the story of Zoe and Taft. Pretending to be a couple while working undercover as managers of a sex shop, Zoe and Taft are really after the drug cartel members using a neighboring shop as a front. But while their intense attraction for each other makes their cover look good, is it possible that it will lead them to a real relationship?

I loved this story! Joan Swan is very adept at combining an intriguing story line with sexy love scenes and fast paced action. Zo
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Zoe Brooks gets her transfer from working the Border Patrol front lines to working investigations for ICE, her first assignment is working with Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker to put the stop to a new tunnel which will be used to smuggle drugs, weapons, and terrorists into the US from Mexico. Posing undercover as owners of an adult store which is located next door to the cigar shop which is the front for the local cartel, Zoe and Taft are confronted with a mutual attraction that goes dee ...more
Latochia Bell
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book started out with action and with a woman in charge, so it could only go up from there, but this woman had to deal with the dangers that were in the her field of work, along with the danger of overbearing men who didn't trust her ability... At First!

Zoe spent her life trying to be something she wasn't. Her father wanted a son, so she was raised to do all the things a boy would do, and became just as tough. This toughness gave her an edge, but also made her vulnerable in some ways.

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I live in the magnificent wine country of California's central coast with my husband and two daughters.

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Covert Affairs (1 books)
  • Intimate Enemies (Covert Affairs, #1)