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Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

June 5th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Egmont

Rating: ★★★½☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan so any sort of take of that classic immediately catches my eye.  Spies and Prejudice was a cute, fun read that reminded me of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series.  I will say you need to go in suspending any disbelief because it is all pretty unbelievable but if you do that you will have a fun time with this book.

Berry was an interesting character.  She is admittedly “damaged” by her mother’s death and she isn’t your typical teen.  She has thrown herself into her father’s PI business and has been turned off of the good looking, charming guys due to her experiences catching cheaters.  It’s hard to get a solid feel for Berry which I suppose isn’t surprising in a teen.  One moment she is level headed and smart and the next she is impulsive and making decisions that are unbelievably dumb.  It did keep things interesting though.

I enjoyed her best friend, Mary Chris, much more.  She was the perfect foil to Berry’s up and down roller coaster of feelings.  She’s unbelievably smart and comes up with the coolest spy gadgets for Berry.  There are some moments that you really have to give her credit for sticking by Berry and she was one of the shining pieces of the story.

I had a harder time relating to Tanner.  Perhaps it’s because I’m such a Mr. Darcy fan and I found myself comparing their characteristics and Tanner suffered in the comparison.  Yes, he was good looking and arrogant but I never really felt like I was learning to love him despite this.  Nor did I really feel like he was growing past his initial disdain towards Berry.  It was more of one moment cold and the next he was in love.

Still Spies and Prejudice is a quick read that has it’s funny moments and great supporting characters.

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One Response

  1. melissa @ 1lbr

    This one left me feeling kind of meh. I definitely liked Mary Chris better than Berry too. And Tanner? Didn’t like him much at all. Thought it would be better without the Pride and Prejudice tie in.

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