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This plot/story is absolutely unbelievable - a top female US diplomat in Moscow has a steamy fling with a handsome and enigmatic Russian ex-submarine Captain (who is clearly a spook and associated with the Russian Mafia) to find out the reason for military tension between Russia and the Ukraine (the Captain's birthplace). The diplomatic situation is critical because a US Presidential visit is days away.
I liked the main characters because of their charisma, strengths and weaknesses and magnetic attraction to one another. The diplomatic stuff is well written, the Russian stuff well researched and the steamy stuff is entertaining and not too over-the-top.
This is not my normal genre. I read it as an interlude between heavy reality espionage stuff and even heavier historical sagas and I enjoyed the interlude. It was a pure romp in the land of escapism which I probably need from time to time.