Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing. After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and comes face-to-face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as “The Serpent.” Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she’s come to love.
The author clearly knows and loves the Mexican culture and heritage. Once the group arrives in Mexico, Samantha uses her previous LDS mission experience to translate for the rest of the group. There are several instances where she is the only one (except for David) who behaves with compassion and understanding for the people there. There are also several scenes in the famous pyramids of Mexico. The culture, people, and ancient artifacts came alive in K.C. Grant's descriptions.
I was pleased to see the growth of Samantha, the main character, as well. Even though she seems very judgmental of others at the beginning, by the time she returns from her adventures you can tell she is learning that not everyone is what they seem on the surface.
Overall I enjoyed this light adventure story, and glad to read the "happily ever after" at the end.
Now for the contest. For one lucky commenter, I will send my copy of VENOM!!! Here are the rules:
You must tell me in your comment what country you've always wanted to visit and why!
Facebook or tweet about the contest and tell me in the same comment. That gives you a possible 3 entries!!!!
The contest closes on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time (i.e. when I go to bed, which is always after midnight, it seems.)
I'll announce the winner the next Wednesday. Be sure to leave your email address so I can let you know you've won!
Good luck, and I hope the lucky winner enjoys the fun read!