Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – At First Sight by Sharon Michalove

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At First Sight; Global Security Unlimited #1 
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: October 22, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Intrigue Romance

Author: Sharon Michalove

Review Rating: 3.5 Gold Stars3.5 stars



A slow burn with underlying intrigue.

I had a hard time connecting with this book. While I tried to pick up and find something to connect with, personally I really had a hard time.

The author spends a lot of time describing places, people, and items instead of spending time with the two main characters and building their connection. While this is a slow build, which wasn’t the problem, it just lacked the chemistry build up to help that slow burn.

Cressida or Cress is a published author who begins receiving threats after her newly published book gets recognized for an award. Who is threatening her and why? That is part of the mystery.

Max is a former MI6 operative who now works cybersecurity and knew Cress when they both attended Oxford years ago. He believes in fate when meeting her again, but Cress isn’t exactly sure.

Can they both work out their past issues and find the present threat so they can have a future?


At twenty-five, American graduate student Cressida Taylor lost control of her borrowed bicycle. She barreled into a tall, gorgeous undergraduate, Max Grant, on a busy Oxford street. Her skirt caught in the chain, Cress flew over the handlebars and landed on top of him. Assured that only his dignity was injured, she scurried away.

Twenty years later Cress has moved on from the embarrassment of her Oxford encounter. Now a successful author, she‘s been nominated for a prestigious writing award. Her career is threatened when a rival accuses her of plagiarism. When Max turns up at a book signing and wants to renew their acquaintance, she isn’t sure whether to fall into his arms or run like hell.

As a MI6 operative, Max believed his career made lasting relationships impossible. Now working for a global security company, he must let go of his past beliefs if he wants a future with Cress. As their relationship deepens, Max feels driven to protect Cress as the persecution escalates to physical danger. They must learn to work together if they want to stop her tormentor and find their happy ending.

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