by Stephanie Doyle

March 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51350-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #36
Mass Market Paperback

Sabrina is known as G.G. or Girl Genius. She is called that because she is a whiz with numbers. She can figure out almost any puzzle within a few minutes. The distance of things, she can tell at a glance, just how far away it is. If it deals with numbers then Sabrina can help you. Which is the reason she was recruited in the first place, for the youth mentoring program with the CIA. Now she must make contact with the CIA to help them out with Simon’s project. It seems she is the only one that might be able to break the code.

Sabrina will only have one man for her backup and it turns out to be Quinlan, her mentor, trainer and lover from ten years ago. Can they work together without the past getting in the way? Well, Sabrina likes to make sure that Q remembers the past, even if he doesn’t want to. He clams up, but that doesn’t stop her.

From the moment Q showed up and arrived at Sabrina’s house, the game was on. Sabrina was contacting one of the world’s most deadly killers to give him the information about the program. This was all part of her assignment and one that Q didn’t know anything about. Can she keep it a secret? Will he trust her that she was playing for the right people and not the wrong one?

The flames were still smoldering between Sabrina and Q after all these years. But it did not interfere with the job they each had to do. The story is based on whether Sabrina can crack the code and give them the information it is hiding. The question is, can she? Also, can she keep one step ahead of Q as well, what about convincing him to go along with her plan? What a plan it is! Remember, she can tell the distance of things with a glance and she puts to use her shooting skills, that she has sharpened since leaving the CIA.

Calculated Risk is book that will leave you turning the pages to find out what would happen next or what happened in the past. Yes, we get to see how it all started and how it is today. That gave us the insight we needed on both Sabrina and Q to know them a little better and what makes them tick and how they react to each other. Sabrina and Q are good for each other. They balance each other out. Sabrina has matured since the last time Q has seen her and dealt with her. She has come into her own. Q is older and maybe a little wiser as well.

To know at just a glance the distance of something and what would happened if this or that happened or how it would be effected is put to use over and over again by Sabrina. To say she saves the day on more than on occasion well would be an understatement. She also risks a lot by doing it as well. But are the risks worth it, that is something you will need to find out on your own.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Pam.

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