Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.
Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.
So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.
But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?
With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.
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Published by Egmont USA
Genre: YA Contemp | Released 11 June 2013| Source: From Publisher via Netgalley | Rating: Five out of Five
I just have to get this out there: I think I have author love for Talia Vance. Having now read all three books by Talia, I am in complete admiration of her writing style and her uber awesome talent.
This book is possibly one of my favourite contemporaries of the year. In saying that, I was already looking forward to reading it, but that anticipation was nothing compared to the joy I felt while reading. It was, to put simply, amazing.
To begin with, the mixture of spy and Pride and Prejudice just has to be one of the most amazing crossovers ever. Ingenious, really. And what I loved the most wasn't that this isn't just a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I loved how it wasn't just a by-the-book retelling. It's a remaining of such a wonderful story done by someone who can totally blow the plot out of the water by incorporating it into something modern and hip. I love retelling re-imaginings of Jane Austen novels (they're like a drug, I swear!), and this is definitely on that is high up on my list of favourites!
Berry Fields was an incredibly sassy and witty character from the get go. She had her fair few moments of flawed annoyances, like her instant distrust of Tanner and even Ryan to a certain extent, but you could see why she'd feel wary about them. Two hot guys taking a sudden interest in you? Sure, even I'd be weirded out. And strangely attracted to say, Tanner like Berry is.
The romance was steamy and just how I like it, with Tanner definitely making on to my Book Boyfriends list. He was such a good partner to Berry; just like Darcy & Elizabeth complimented each other in so many ways that they didn't know, so do Berry & Tanner. Their relationship is rocky at first, built on a series of misunderstandings, but as they progress through, they work through all this minor details and come to realize that they can actually be more than just friends. I love seeing two people who, while they are attracted to each other, fight against that attraction to begin with. There's something more sexy about lingering touches and forbidden touches that makes me squee like a little girl.
If you are a fan of Veronica Mars and are totally devastated that the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is over, then read this book. Full of little quips and funny one liners, Spies and Prejudice will have you swooning left right and centre. Beautifully written, Spies and Prejudice is definitely one of those books I'll keep wanting to re-read over and over again.