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Covert Danger

(Mata Hari Series #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Covert Danger
The Mata Hari Suspense Series, Book #1
A single woman — A double life
High fashion model, Sadie Stewart, is a dedicated undercover CIA agent used to getting her man. But this time she’s chasing a power-hungry international arms dealer stealing ancient Egyptian amulets. Brilliant, ruthless and slightly wacko, he’s a hard catch. She’s willing to risk everything t
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Jo-Ann Carson Terpstra
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Sadie Stewart is a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel who’s traveled the world and been on the cover of countless magazines. Even though she’s aging gracefully, she’s almost approaching thirty and the bell is tolling. Time to think about her future and her cover. Sadie leads a double life... she’s a CIA operative.

She’s on the hunt of a crazed arms dealer on the hunt to steal rare Egyptian artifacts. He believes these amulets will bring him the power he needs. She needs to get closer to him, to earn
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author describes this book like a cross between ‘covert danger and Indiana Jones’. That’s a pretty apt description as this book has lots of intrigue and danger.
Sadie is a beautiful vixen. She is a model by day and a CIA operative by night. She is infiltrating a theft ring in order to access the criminal Anubis. I loved hearing about her modelling job and her famous ‘pout’. She’s a beautiful woman, but the mind underneath is as deadly as her legs. She inhabits a world that I can only imagine
Shannon Binegar-Foster
This book grabbed a hold of me in the first chapter and just wouldn't let go. It is loaded with action and secrets. I am still not sure what to think about one of the characters butt I am hopeful more will be revealed in books 2 & 3. I love the dynamic between Sadie and Sebastian, and cat l can't wait to see what the future holds for them. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review, which in no way influenced my opinion. I enjoyed the book so much that I pre-ordered books 2 ...more
Kathy Wideman
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance
Sadie Stewart leads two lives and they are coming to a head like she never imagined. Her cover is a fashion model and her real job is a CIA agent. She is undercover posing as a model nearing the ending of her career which isn’t so much a cover as the truth. The undercover part is where is starting to steal to help with her impending retirement. She starts by stealing some jewelry but only from the heavy insured, then upgrades to some art with hopes of gaining a certain persons attention. The gir ...more
J.C. McKenzie
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Sassy and smart, Sadie Stewart uses her beauty to model, and her intelligence and bravery to be a CIA agent at night. At first I was a little worried Sadie would be a Mary Sue—too perfect to be believable—but that definitely was not the case! She comes with a whole bag of faults and baggage and it makes her character not only complex, but intriguing. Sebastian is the love interest, and exceptionally drool-worthy. I mean, “his sensuous lips held a sexy, bad boy grin,” his broa ...more
Arlene Downey
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I want to know what happens from here. Ordered both thru Amazon!

The premise was fun: super model cover for a CIA operative. A fellow model best friend, an autocratic photo shoot boss, and a very hot gallery owner. Loved the opening - could see it in my mind as the opening of a Bond movie! Her sore feet after walking in unsuitable shoes rang true. And the fast paced end could have been out of the Thomas
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC ,but that does not colour my review in any way.
An all action spy story.
Sadie is a world famous model, but is nearing thirty. The contracts will soon dry up, so she needs another string for her bow. Part time jewel thief, CIA operative or smuggler. Which is she???.
Sebastian is a wealthy art dealer with a wild streak. When his eyes connect with the beautiful woman in a mad boat chase he can't resist helping her. Danger follows this woman constantly. For
Jacqui Nelson
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brave, intelligent, beautiful and witty - Sadie Stewart seems to be unbeatable in this face-paced suspense series. But like every great spy adventure the bad guys are just as cunning and complex as the good guys. Nothing, and no one, is black and white in this story. Not the sexy Dutch art dealer, the mysterious Egyptian arms dealer, the father-figure CIA handler, or Sadie herself. Add this compelling cast of characters to boat chases, fashion shoots, sumptuous palace rendezvous and museum heist ...more
Exciting Read

Ms Carson has woven a tale of intrigue and suspense that travels over Europe and into the depths of Egyptian beliefs. Sadie makes an awesome undercover agent and Sebastian is a hero any woman could fall for. A great first book by this amazing author.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-benches
Covert Danger is very reminiscent of the show, Covert Affairs. An empowered, strong woman uses her unique abilities to do what is right for her country. While on Sadie's journey, Ms. Carson allows you to visit various trip-worthy places: Amsterdam, Italy, Egypt, and New York City. The locations only add to the romance already building between the two main characters, Sadie and Sebastian. Their romance was of the James Bond insta-love connection type. The heat between the two of them was hot and ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this story! It was like someone FINALLY made James Bond a female.....only mad her better and badder! It was great to be able to read about a strong woman, but who isn't afraid to walk on the wild side with Sebastian! The chemistry between Sadie and Sebastian is so hot, it jumps off the pages at you. I could not put this book down because just when I thought I got to a part I could take a break, I would walk away and then wonder what was going to happen and head right back to the book. ...more
Joanne Guidoccio
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Covert Danger has all the makings of a potential blockbuster movie: drop-dead gorgeous supermodel turned CIA agent (aptly nicknamed Mata Hari), hot blond giant who captures her heart, and a fast-paced plot filled with unexpected twists and turns. Ms. Carson has crafted a book rich in mood and atmosphere and populated it with intriguing and unforgettable characters. A natural storyteller, she excels at descriptive detail and, throughout the novel, demonstrates ample evidence of her impeccable res ...more
Helena Korin
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadie Stewart is a high fashion model who ferrets out secrets for the CIA when she's not stealing priceless jewellery or smuggling ancient artifacts. Beautiful, bright and a bit too brave for her own good she catches the eye of Sebastian, a Dutch art dealer just when she needs rescuing. Smitten he makes it his priority to take care of her in bed and out. A wonderful romantic, sexy romp which takes you from the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Amsterdam, a palace in Cairo and to New Yo ...more
Shereen Vedam
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance, spy
A fun, fast moving and fascinating tale.

The language is not for the faint of heart, but it is appropriate for the genre.

The research was impeccable and I felt as if I were there in Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Cairo and New York, along with the characters. Both Sadie Stewart and Sebastian Wilde were very likeable, as were all the side characters, both good and bad, making Covert Danger a wonderful read.
Donna K
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recieved free in exchange for an honest review. Overall I enjoyed this book. There were a couple edit problems and the sex was more descriptive then I am looking for in my mystery book. Belonged in one of my romances. The story line was good. The characters were good. I look forward to reading the next book
Sally Harvey
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads free for an honest review. I found this story interesting and action pack. I can't wait to read the entire series. The chemistry between Sadie and Sebastian is hot but I can't help but think if only she and Bakari AL-Sharb were meeting under other circomstances. Just what would happen between them. ...more
Christine Hart
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on a road trip and I'm so glad I had the chance to read uninterrupted. I couldn't put it down! Sadie Sinclair is shockingly relatable for being a supermodel and a spy. And her love interest Sebastian came across as a European Chris Hemsworth. I'm not normally a spy or adventure reader, but the story had just enough supernatural undercurrent to keep me hooked. Highly recommended! ...more
Pat Amsden
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was one of my favorite books of the year. I love Sadie Stewart, fashion model by day, spy by night.
A fast paced, adrenaline filled adventure alternating between Venice, Amsterdam and New York it features a cunning and ruthless villain who will stop at nothing and a modern day Viking, Sebastian Wilde who loves her with al his heart, but is just a bit over-protective.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original Writing

This is a great read which takes the reader to Venice, Egypt, Amsterdam and New York.
Sadie Steward is a spy and relic hunter; a cross between a female version of James Bond and Indiana Jones.
The author is to be complimented for the introduction of a new genre, original writing.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in her Mata Hari series.
Gina Smith
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sadie Stewart is an undercover agent posing as a jewel thief with the cover of an international model. Nicknamed the Mata Hari by her superior Jeremiah, this became her code name. Her assignment is to find Bakari al-Sharif. A complication appears in the form of Sebastian. Who he is and what does he want. A good mystery.
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Carson writes an action-packed suspense with incredible pacing and well-developed characters that readers will thoroughly enjoy.

Read full review in the 2015 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A fast-paced, engaging romantic suspense, I cheered for Sadie as she navigated through a tangle of secrets and intrigue.
Sebastian, or Seb, is a hunky, alpha male, and perfect for Sadie. I enjoyed reading how the two interacted and danced around each other. A definite must-read.
Books & Benches
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Reader's Opinion: 3.5 Stars - "Read Carson's COVERT DANGER if you want a spicy romance to go with your suspenseful adventure about spies and stolen artifacts."

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**Reviewed by Rose for Books & Benches**
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like action stories with some action, some romance, you’ll definitely enjoy Covert Danger. It even had a scene reminiscent to a scene in "the Italian Job” movie. It had likeable characters and you enjoyed Sabastian and Sadie and each definitely had secrets and a sense of humor and each had a knack of getting out of any particular situation that may crop up. Though some did have a consequence or two that they hadn’t counted on. There was also a mystery that kept you interested. So if you g ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful start to an awesome series.......

WOW! Jo-Ann Carson has done it again! It's like being on a roller coaster ride of thrills!

Covert Danger, kept my interest from the first page until the very end. The action, drama, romance, suspense and intrigue are all nicely blended together, to make it a real page turner! Ms Carson had her words flowing and left me wanting more. I think I am now addicted to her new Mata Hari series!

It tells the story of Sadie, a high fashion model and undercover CI
*Complimentary review copy provided by Book Partners in Crime Promotions for the purpose of an honest review*

Review to follow on April 5th.
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