“No one likes to be a foregone conclusion.” –Shane P.I.
Prepare yourself. You will want to binge read this fantastic book from April White! I’ll preface my review first by telling you that I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) in April White’s reader group, Kick-Ass Heroines (go join on Facebook if you’re not already a member. It’s fabulous). Not only did I experience all the feelings while reading Code of Conduct, but the cameos from Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series were so fun that I went and read for the very first time (don’t gasp, you’ll make me feel bad) the entire series over the course of a long weekend.
Code of Conduct is that good.
Shane is the equivalent of a sassy Marvel superhero, and Gabriel is her perfect counterpart. You could not make a better pairing of female and male lead characters if you tried. While Shane and Gabriel have past experiences that shape who they are, they both surround themselves with people who not only support them, but also add some comedy, some interesting language (I’m looking at you Dan the Security Man), and in the case of Sparky, a plethora of gadgets that Shane has at her disposal. So between the main characters, and the supporting cast of characters the entire story is filled with such vibrant people that even if the book was about the daily life of a desk agent at Cipher Security, I would be COMPLETELY okay with it.
This book is NOT about the daily life of a desk agent at Cipher Security; April White completely spoils us with a Bond-level plot. The action is never-ending as we get to follow Shane and Gabriel on their hunt to bring down Dane Quimby. And yes, he is as pretentious as his name sounds. To counteract the action, the chemistry between Shane and Gabriel is HOT. Shane is as robust as a great cup of coffee, and Gabriel is as smooth as silk and delicious as chocolate…so yummy. But, if action and sexual chemistry weren’t enough, you also get cameo’s from Sandra, Kat, and Alex (much to Shane’s amusement/ horror). There’s also a giant fluffy companion in the form of Shane’s beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Oscar.
Personally, I love that April White has even thrown her fans a bone with a small historical anecdote as well. Honestly, I would really love to just gush about this book for days, but I’m trying to be eloquent. It’s incredibly difficult to be eloquent when I want to gush.
I’ll leave you with one other nugget: be sure to read and savor each of the chapter heading quotes. They are as delicious as the book itself. If you’re like me and you love the summer movie line-up of blockbuster superhero movies, then Code of Conduct by April White is the remedy for a superhero movie hangover. Shane isn’t your average superhero; she is 100% better.
A 5 star read for sure! The release date is October 15th! Go pre-order Code of Conduct! Do. Not. Miss.