Strategic Entanglements

Fiction - Womens
410 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2019
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Author Biography

I initially set out to write the kind of romantic novel I would actually enjoy reading. So I ended up with an action/adventure thriller about a sexy female spy, set on an alternative earth… What can I say, my characters won’t be told what to do - not even by me! Once I created them, they went off and did their own thing, and I wrote it down.
Because Kendra is a kick-ass girl, and romance (of sorts) happens to her while she’s busy Lara Crofting about the place! In this instance, in an enemy black site. Not the usual setting, but Kendra, Aran and Kai are not the usual kind of people. They have their hands full with playing their parts, behind the scenes, in the next big war brewing on Terra. When you’ve got that much going on with your spying career, you’ve got to improvise with your love life…
This is a book with complex, attractive characters, non-stop action, heart-thumping cat-and-mouse intrigue, dialogue that sparkles and fizzes like champagne bubbles, and delicious sexual tension. It’s going to rock your boat! Welcome to the thrill ride!

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Strategic Entanglements is a work of science fiction and romance penned by author D. E. Knightley and forms the first book of the Kendra Veiss Series. The series contains explicit sex, violence, and language appropriate to the action taking place. In this first short, sharp adventure tale, we find ourselves in an alternate Earth known as Terra, where the Basuri DSS intelligence service monitors life and hopes that the wars of the past are long gone. But when DSS spy Kendra Veiss escapes a dangerous interrogation and finds that she has picked up a shadow – the handsome and dangerous Aran Reiner – an inner war begins between what her mind knows is sensible, and what her body is calling for.

This steamy science fiction romance is equal parts sizzle and speculative, setting a dangerous liaison in the midst of a clever espionage tale from the near future. Author D. E. Knightley crafts the central pair of characters well, allowing readers a close narration to get to Kendra’s inner thoughts and those temptations which are building the more time she spends with Aran. This tension is matched by the political and social tensions of the DSS and their enemies, and the new wars that seem to be verging in the wider world. Here, the narration takes sharp turns with excellent action description, juxtaposed but complementary to the love scenes that are interspersed with them. Overall, Strategic Entanglements is a 'badly behaved' romp for those who want sharp action sequences and powerful romance in one well-formed package.

Samantha Gregory

Strategic Entanglements by D. E. Knightley is the story of Kendra Veiss, an agent for DSS, The Department of State Security, an intelligence service. She lives on a kind of alternate reality Earth called Terra. Once I got used to the world the author has created, I enjoyed the story. Kendra is a tough agent, but she finds herself falling for someone that she shouldn't. She did not have an easy upbringing and is a self-proclaimed former wild child. The relationship between her and Aran is an interesting one. She does not trust him, but he did save her and she soon finds herself falling for him. Forbidden love is bad enough, but when he is considered an enemy, one or both of them could end up dead.

D. E. Knightly has written an interesting and entertaining book with Strategic Entanglements. I have not seen many romantic science fiction books about, but it is a good combination This alternative world is well developed and the author made good use of the descriptions so that I could picture it clearly. The characters are well written and the dialogue is natural. The action kicks off fairly quickly and it kept me reading as I wanted to know what would happen next. It does have a kind of spy/ espionage feel to it and the characters were very believable. I would recommend it to sci-fi and romance fans. I also think it will appeal to thriller fans too.

Rabia Tanveer

Strategic Entanglements by D.E. Knightley is the story of a young woman who thought all she ever needed was herself, but things changed quicker than she anticipated. Kendra Veiss is a young woman with a reputation for being professional and great at her job. Being a Basuri DSS agent is not easy, but she seems to be effortless at what she does. However, being a part of this institution has its disadvantages. Kendra is abducted right in the middle of the street and while most would think the worst, she knows that this is not the end. She has Aran Reiner at her side and he will do anything to make sure that she is safe. She doesn’t trust him, but she desires him. There is something about this man that calls to her, but she has no idea what he actually wants. Understanding him would take too much effort and investment, so she is trying to stay away from temptation. But is it even possible?

This was a fast-paced and action-packed science fiction novel that shows great potential. I enjoyed how the story seemed to flow effortlessly, the narrative was exceptionally crafted and I loved how the characters had minds of their own. It felt as if they were guiding the story, bringing it to life and making it exceptional. I was invested in Kendra and Aran, I wanted to see more of them and where their story went. Their chemistry was very exciting, it was almost alive. I also enjoyed the flow of the story, the thrill, the mystery and how the author brought everything to life. The descriptions were perfect, the imagery was vivid and the dialogues were crisp. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series. Simply amazing. It really has the potential to become a long and popular series.

Edith Wairimu

Set in a different and tumultuous world, Strategic Entanglements by D.E. Knightley follows Kendra Veiss who serves in the Department of State Security (DSS) in Basur, the most powerful state on Terra. Kendra is captured by the cold-hearted Askari, who were once the most powerful people. For a long time, they established their power through merciless killings that left countless in Terra dead. After being defeated by the Basuri, the Askari were subjected to years of subjugation. Now, the Askari are rising and they are determined to re-establish themselves. While in the hands of the Askari, Kendra is tortured. Miraculously, she makes it out alive. Aran Reiner, an attractive Askari secret service agent who seems remorseful about Kendra’s torture, reappears later in Kendra’s life. But can Kendra trust him?

The work is shrouded in mystery and suspense which is driven by the chaotic background of the story. The antagonists are cruel and Kendra is apprehensive around Aran who can be ruthless and whose motives are unclear. The conflict between the Askari and the Basuri peoples is heightened, not only by their past which includes a vicious war but also by their differences in values and points of view. The sophisticated technology used by the Basuri - such as that used in Kendra’s treatment after her kidnapping - highlights the era in which the story takes place and makes the work even more exciting. The characters are also well developed and Kendra, the main character, is headstrong and brave. The first in its series, D. E. Knightley’s Strategic Entanglements makes for a fascinating sci-fi novel that fans of the genre will enjoy.

Astrid Iustulin

Strategic Entanglements is the first installment of the Kendra Veiss series by D. E. Knightley. It is a complex but engaging novel. First of all, the setting is not on Earth, but we find ourselves in a different time and place. The year is 2977, and we are on the planet Terra, of which we know the countries of Askar, Basur, and Vella. Kendra Veiss is a beautiful and determined woman who works in the Department of State Security (DSS), the Basuri secret service. Her job is not easy because of the hostility among the countries. One day, she is abducted and tortured, but when she meets Aran Reiner, she is free once again. However, Reiner is an enemy, and even though she is attracted to him, she cannot be sure she can trust him.

Strategic Entanglements blends the components of usual spy fiction with other elements that are a lot more original. I like the idea of setting the story on another planet. It allows Knightley freedom to create a background history that includes an account of a previous war and occasional remarks about local customs. They find their place next to the spy story, which is well developed with many turns of events. I like that Strategic Entanglements focuses both on Kendra’s personal life and her work. The reader understands her, and her involvement with Reiner spices up the story. Even though other books hint at the attraction between enemies, the present novel explores it thoroughly and makes it one of the main themes. I consider this one of its strongest points. Given the language and violence of some scenes, I recommend Strategic Entanglements to an adult audience.