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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: I, Spy by Jordan McCollum

Title: I, Spy

Author: Jordan McCollum

Publisher: Durham Crest Books

Published: June 5, 2013

ISBN: 1940096006

FTC FYI: I received an eCopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description:

Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets--and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there's one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation.

It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keeping her secrets. And then Talia finally catches a hot case: Fyodor Timofeyev. Russian. Aerospace executive. Possible spy?

She can make this work, too--until Danny needs her at the same time her country does. And when Fyodor targets Danny? Suddenly her schedule isn't the only thing suffering. Now to save her country and her secrets, Talia must sacrifice the man she loves.

Read an excerpt from the book:
http://jordanmccollum.com/books/excerpt-i-spy/ 

Review:

I saw a few cover reveal posts for I, Spy back in April, but I'll admit that I didn't look further into the book due to the sexy cover. Yes, I know you aren't supposed to judge books by their covers, but with so many novels on my to-read list, I tend to avoid those with covers that don't grab me, or those that imply content that I don't care for. BUT, I was totally wrong about the content of I, Spy, and I'm very grateful the author contacted me about reviewing her book. She thought I might enjoy it because I've liked books by Ally Carter and Traci Hunter Abramson-she was so right!

I, Spy is the kind of book that makes you avoid housework and other non-pressing duties. I read this romantic suspense novel in one day, and didn't feel too bad about my kids having some extra time on electronic devices (hey, it's summer vacation).

There is some violence, but it's not very graphic. The language and romance are clean, and Talia is a great main character. She's an excellent spy, and I really liked her humorous side too. It kept some of the very serious situations from giving the book a heavy feel.

I thought the writing was excellent and I'm looking forward to reading more of McCollum's work.

A Gift from the Author:

As part of the I, Spy book launch tour, Jordan McCollum's books are currently discounted through her website store. She has also offered Literary Time Out followers free eCopies of the I, Spy prequel,  Mr. Nice Spy, for the next week. Just use the coupon code LTO683 to "buy" your copy through the store on her site.

About the Author:

An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can't resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don't want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most--she's a mom.

Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah.