Imagine – Stella Barcelona – Book Review

by Stella Barcelona
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Alt="imagine"Imagine (Black Raven Book 4) by Stella Barcelona

One cruise ship. Multiple kidnappers. In the dark waters of the South China Sea, a handful of Black Raven agents are the only hope anyone has of living to see Christmas.

From the back cover:

Seventy-five of the world’s wealthiest gamblers are ringing in the holidays with a high-stakes, three-day tournament aboard the Imagine. As the ultra-luxury cruise ship departs from Macau, financial risks are enormous and security is tight. Agents Sylvia (Leo) Leon and Adam (Ace) Evans lead Black Raven’s on-board team. Months earlier, they gave into feelings that caught them both by surprise. Now, Leo wants nothing more than to ignore what Ace is dying to confront.

While adversaries execute a seemingly perfect, diabolical plan, Leo and Ace operate in stealth mode to save the Imagine’s passengers. As danger tests the limits of their training and expertise, and their simmering chemistry hits a boiling point, their chances of living to see Christmas narrow. For these two best friends, the Imagine job could change everything…in more ways than one.


On Halloween night at two in the morning, two best friends and co-workers, after a night on the town in New Orleans, catch a pedicab together. Up until now, they have always remained just friends, as they work together for Black Raven security as undercover agents. While Sylvia Leon (Leo) has always tried to keep her distance from Adam Evans (Ace), she has sometimes let romantic thoughts towards him get the best of her. Now, as they are traveling towards the French Quarter, things heat up and they share a deep passionate kiss.

Weeks later, and days before Christmas, they find themselves working together as undercover agents aboard the luxury cruise liner, Imagine. Aboard the ship, are the world’s wealthiest gamblers, readying themselves for a high stakes tournament while on their cruise.

While, Leo would rather not acknowledge the previous kiss, Ace, on the other hand, wants to confront it head on and discover if they share the same feelings for one another. While the situation between them begins to heat up and the sexual tension rises, they suddenly have kidnappers aboard that have taken over the ship. They must put their feelings aside, and work together to save the lives of the passengers on the cruise ship, Imagine.

Imagine by Stella Barcelona, is a high-intensity mystery, romance story that is both intriguing and suspenseful. It’s an exhilarating ride aboard an ultra-luxury cruise liner. This is an intricately woven together story, made of crime, kidnapping and love on the high seas. For readers that are looking for a novel with a unique setting that is thrilling and utterly fascinating, Imagine by Stella Barcelona, will satisfy that desire. The storyline is gripping, compelling and riveting, filled with twists and turns and a solid well thought out plot. A Christmas theme is neatly and skillfully tucked within the story.

A first-class thriller with military and terrorism activities, Imagine kept me on the edge of my seat as I read on while the story unfolded. It’s an uncommon, exciting story that is filled with uncertainty and unpredictability. With outstanding character development and the intrigue of an ocean liner on turbulent seas with people’s lives at stake, readers won’t want to miss this one.

Imagine, held me captivate from the very first chapter all the way to the unforeseeable conclusion. I couldn’t put it down and read it late into the night. Stella Barcelona has a clever way with words, a clear concise voice and a remarkable writing style.

The narration and dialogue between the characters is superb. It flows well and the storyline and plot is unlike anything I’ve ever read. The setting really had me engrossed and entertained while the descriptive writing is fabulous. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends, Imagine, to all readers that would love to escape and climb aboard a luxury liner, become a part of a story filled with suspense, intrigue, danger and romance, while cruising on the high seas. A truly absorbing read.

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  1. My favorite genre is mystery/thrillers. I always find great book reviews and suggestions on your site. I am going to get this book. Thanks