Review: Covert Cover Cracked by Missy Marciassa

Posted 4 September, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Covert Cover Cracked by Missy MarciassaCovert Cover Cracked by Missy Marciassa
Series: Covert #3
Publisher: Self Published on April 28, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 317
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
When 23-year-old Elle can’t explain why her job as an Information Scientist at the Library of Congress keeps her so busy (because she’s actually a CIA operative who just became field rated), her boyfriend dumps her, so she decides to focus on her career and enjoy a fling.

Navy SEAL Reese Beckwith seems like the perfect fling material except the more he sees Elle, the more he wants to know about her, and she can’t resist him. Things get complicated when Reese spots her with her CIA partner, a known womanizer. His questions for Elle get more pointed: he sees the potential for more than a fling, and once he sets an objective, failure is not an option.

Yet Elle tries to keep Reese in the “fling” category as her first major assignment heats up, becoming more personal with each development. When her personal and professional lives collide, Elle is put to the test. Does she have what it takes to be a covert operative? Will she have to choose between love and her career?

Here Are My Thoughts

Check out my review of Covert Assignment (Covert #1)
Check out my review of Covert Interview (Covert #2)

Why I Picked It Up

I loved the previous novels in this series and wanted to see what else Elle gets herself into.


Elle, a newly certified CIA agent’s, life is going well. She’s completed her field training and has a wonderful boyfriend. That is, until he dumps her. So Elle decides to go the route of no-strings and hooks up with Reese. What she doesn’t know is that he’s a navy SEAL. Likewise, he doesn’t know that she’s a CIA agent. They connect and keep hanging out until things get complicated. Preston (he ex-fling and co-agent) and Elle end up on an assignment with Reese and things just get more complicated from then on.

I enjoyed this novel. The pacing was fast and things didn’t get boring. In addition to the spy aspect of this novel (that was present in the previous novels) there was a lot more personal drama in this installment which made it an even more interesting than the previous novels. It was definitely my favorite installment so far.

Leading Lady

Elle was stronger than ever in this novel despite all of the personal crap that she was going through. She has grown a lot as a character over the course of the series and I love watching her develop into a stronger woman. She was determined and kind-hearted. She wasn’t anything special-special but she was a great character to follow along with.


This novel’s romance aspect was complex, to say the least. Elle starts falling for Reese, a Navy SEAL. Their relationship is put to the test because Elle can’t tell him that he is CIA and can’t tell him that she is hanging out with Preston (the ex-fling) so much because they are partner agents. This stirs jealousy and drama that was surprisingly entertaining versus pitiful. Then things get even more complicated when another character is introduced. Throwing together so many people with such complicated and entangled histories definitely kept the romance aspect of the novel interesting. I really did enjoy Reese’s character. He was my favorite of all the guys that Elle has had relationships with (Adam, Preston, Lyle). I think that he is a definite keeper.

World Building

We get even more spy action in this novel with the added plus of Navy SEALS and a rescue mission. Like in the previous novels, the spy aspect of this novel was very fleshed out and realistic. I can’t wait to see more of the world that Marciassa has created.


Like the previous novels in the series, I really enjoyed Cover Cover Cracked. The series keeps improving with every novel that comes out. I can’t wait to see in what direction Marciassa takes the next novel.

4.5 Stars
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