Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: His Quiet Agent
AUTHOR: Ada Maria Soto
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 156 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 27th, 2017
Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubical writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.
Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.
Please note this book has a Heat Rating of zero.
Ok, I was worried. I’ll admit it. I’m a horn dog, I’ll admit that too. So, when I read the authors warning to readers about this story having ZERO heat, I hesitated. For days. But I just kept thinking about the blurb and how unique it sounded. A “Secret Special Agent” book that doesn’t have the characters risking life and limb in harrowing action sequences every other chapter? Not that I don’t love those because I do, I really really do. But this blurb had all the intrigue I needed to make me really, really interested. I’m so glad I listen to my inner self because this story was damn good. DAMN GOOD. I’ll confirm, there is no sex in this story. None at all…..there’s not even a kiss so you’ve been warned. But what this author was able to build between these men, while leaving out the physical stuff, blows my mind. There are so many instances of “OMG, wow…” between Arthur and Martin and those “wow” moments made up for anything else I thought I needed.
After a lateral promotion Arthur finds himself on a new floor, surrounded by new faces with strict orders to be friendly and open. While trying to win people over Arthur finds himself intrigued by his cube neighbor Martin Groves, Martin rarely talks, or eats, and never socializes. Immediately Arthur wants to know more about him, he wants to spend time with him, take care of him, and be his friend.
I can’t say enough about how amazing this story unfolded. I loved Arthur, his crazy, dysfunctional, loving family. I loved Martin and all his secrets and odd mannerisms and behaviors. I loved the children from the library.
This book is one secret after another to uncover so I don’t want to give too much away. This book is so different from anything I’ve read and I love that. This story is beautiful and painful and hopeful and so many wonderful things.
What a beautiful love story this was.