Saturday, March 8, 2014
Book Review: A Spy for a Spy by Jordan McCollum (Whitney Finalist 2013)
Author: Jordan McCollum
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Digital Copy
This book would be rated: PG-13 for violence
In A Spy for a Spy, Talia no longer has to keep her profession a secret from Danny. And instead of dumping her, Danny has decided to marry her. The problem? Talia is terrified. She can fight bad guys without fear, but she's seen all of the marriages around her fail, and so she's spinning her wheels about wedding planning. Danny, once again, is impatient. To make matters worse, Talia's new boss, Brand, is the only real boyfriend she ever had before she met Danny. And he's no less of a jerk now than he was five years earlier.
Talia soon has reason to suspect that Brand might be an agent gone rogue, willing to sell off secrets to the highest bidder. Most of the action of the novel, when Talia isn't off trying on wedding dresses or avoiding trying on wedding dresses, she's following Brand around (he's the least suspicious CIA agent ever because he never seems to notice). There seems to be a lot more romance and a lot less mystery or suspense in this novel, and I missed the puzzle aspect of the story. I also find myself a little more frustrated with Danny's character in this story, since he doesn't seem willing to cut Talia a break, and continues to be impatient with her work and lack of interest in planning a wedding. I guess that's what happens when a traditionally raised Mormon boy marries a CIA agent?