Title: Degrees of Wrong
by Anna Banks, Anna Scarlett
Publishing Info: August 28, 2012 by
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon
// GoodreadsDate Completed: August 18, 2012 Related Posts: Of Poseidon (Syrena Trilogy #1), Of Triton (Syrena Trilogy #2)
This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.
Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.
Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.
Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.
As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.
Warning: Features a strong, chocolate-loving heroine who takes no prisoners on the way to saving the world from an epidemic and winning a captain’s heart.
I really, really loved this book! I was pretty confident before I even picked it up since I enjoyed OF POSEIDON so much and I just knew we’d see more of Anna’s sarcasm and wit woven into every page of DEGREES OF WRONG. Right off the bat, I loved Elyse. She’s a strong personality and doesn’t take crap from anyone, even when she’s faced with a sour drill sergeant and stumbles upon (or literally into) gorgeous ship captain Nicoli Marek.
Unlike my usual reads as of lately, DEGREES OF WRONG takes us out of the realm of YA and into more of adult lit. Personally, seeing as Elyse Morgan is 24, I can almost categorize it as New Adult. As a 25-year-old, I tend not to relate to books where the main character is quite established in career, relationship (engaged/married), and home at 23/24/25. Although Elyse is quite the genius for her age and a well-established and decorated doctor, we see a lot of… what’s the best way to put this…? Immature tendencies in her that show us that Elyse is still growing up a bit — Or that we girls learn how to pinch, stick out our tongues, and give the silent treatment at a young age and hold onto those talents well!
Oh what fun it was to get to know our love interest of the story, Nicoli Marek! Somewhat of a genius himself and the captain of the Bellator submarine at only 29, Nicoli has no problem handling Elyse’s temper (which only infuriates her more), but has the exact smoldering demeanor and sexy grin that captures Elyse’s heart (okay, and mine too)! The descriptions of Nicoli Marek do not let us down in the book and make for a great, great romance. What I really loved is that it’s a slow burner. Yep, it’s got us dying for these two to get together all the way through the book, and I have to say, I think these are my favorite kinds of romances! Anna Scarlett’s elaboration on this relationship was just perfect for me!
Also, what a great plot! I admit, I was a little bit wary about how much the naval and military aspects were involved in the book at first, but it quickly became a non-issue as the plot unraveled and I got to know the personalities of the characters. There were a few plot twists that I never saw coming and I’m always baffled at how authors come up with these twists, so bravo, Anna! You really got me there!!
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. It’s straight romance with a lot of sarcasm and banter, so I think almost anyone can enjoy it! If you liked OF POSEIDON, I dare say you might like DEGREES OF WRONG even more!
And for a special part of the blog tour, I had a blast being able to create a soundtrack for the book! Here’s my soundtrack for DEGREES OF WRONG by Anna Scarlett (all links will take you to YouTube)
Want to listen to the whole soundtrack? Go to the mix that I created via 8tracks.com @ Degrees of Wrong Soundtrack
1. Where Nobody Knows – Kings of Leon
Lyrics: I can’t hardly reach you and I know it’s getting harder to be you/So I’ll be dropping you where nobody knows/City ought to take you/It would take a little second to break you/So I’ll be dropping you where nobody knows
2. Won’t Go Quietly – Company of Thieves
Lyrics: Said it all along, we’ll be dead and gone/It’s closer than you read, so batter up, kid/Everything, everything is caving in
3. Girl Sailor – The Shins
Lyrics: You’ve won one too many fights/Wearing many hats every time/But you wont win here tonight/You’ve made it through the direst of straits alright/Can you help it if plain love now seems less interesting?/You haven’t changed an ounce in my eyes/And I cannot lecture you
4. I’ve Just Seen A Face – Across the Universe Soundtrack
Lyrics: I’ve just seen a face/I can’t forget the time or place/Where we just met, she’s just the girl for me/And I want all the world to see we’ve met
5. I’ll Be Your Man – The Black Keys
Lyrics: Need a new love, yeah I’m ready/Want my time, yeah I’m willing/’Cause I’m the one who’s gonna show/When there’s nobody/I’ll be your man
6. King of Anything – Sara Barielles
Lyrics: You’ve got opinions, man/We’re all entitled to ’em/But I never asked/So let me thank you for time/And try to not waste any more of mine/Get out of here fast
7. She’s A Lady – Forever the Sickest Kids
Lyrics: She’s a lady and ladies shouldn’t be messed with
8. Hot Summer Night – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Lyrics: You make me feel like it’s a hot summer night/Even though it’s the middle of the winter/And it’s really bad weather/It’s a hot summer night/When I’m next to you
9. Pumpkin Soup – Kate Nash
Lyrics: You chat to me like we connect/But I don’t even know if we’re still friends/It’s so confusing, understanding you/Is making me not want to do/The things like I know I should do/But I trip fast and then I lose/And I hate looking like a fool/I just want your kiss, boy
10. Love You Much Better – The Hush Sound
Lyrics: I can love you much better/If you can’t see it you’re blind/I can love you much better/And you know someday I’m going to make you mine
11. Impossible – Anberlin
Lyrics: You’re impossible but lovely/So impossible to win or please/I’m wearing you out, just wearing you out/but I’m wearing you down
12. Sort Of – Ingrid Michaelson
Lyrics: And if I was stronger then I would tell you no/And if I was stronger then I would leave this show/And if I was stronger then I would up and go/But here I am and here we go again
13. Last Request – Paolo Nutini
Lyrics: Grant my last request/And just let me hold you/Don’t shrug your shoulders/Lay down beside me/Sure I can accept that we’re going nowhere/But one last time let’s go there/Lay down beside me
14. Hanging On Too Long – Duffy
Lyrics: It was just my false hope thinking we’d last/It was just my false hope, forgot all your past
15. Light Outside – Wakey!Wakey!
Lyrics: I know you want to stay in bed/But it’s light outsideIt’s light outside/So know I am going to stay right here/Because you saved my life onceYou saved my life
16. Back To You – John Mayer
Lyrics: Over you/I’m never over you/Something about you/It’s just the way you move/The way you move me
17. Where I Stood – Missy Higgins
Lyrics: ‘Cause I dont know who I am, who I am without you/All I know is that I should/And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you/All I know is that I should/’Cause she will love you more than I could/She who dares to stand where I stood
18. Kiss With A Fist – Florence + the Machine
Lyrics: You hit me once/I hit you back /You gave a kick/I gave a slap/You smashed a plate over my head/Then I set fire to our bed
19. Love It All – The Kooks
Lyrics: See I got this woman here/She loves me all the time/No need for excuses/A lone precious in my mind/And she said love it all, love it all, love it all