Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: Egmont USA
Page Count: 304 pages
Source: Blog Tour
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Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.Talia Vance's Spies and Prejudice is a fun play on the classic story of Elizabeth Bennet. While I didn't find it to be too similar in any which way to Pride and Prejudice, the story itself is fun and entertaining. As someone who doesn't read a lot of mystery, I enjoyed the suspenseful way that Vance presented Berry's search for answers. Berry is such a kick ass character that it was hard not to like her, but I did have some problems with her attitude on more than one occasion. She is just so confident on the fighting field that I became irritated when she's shut down or complain about Tanner. However, I do think that her behavior was fitting for everything that she had been through in her life. I know I'd be pretty insecure if I were her as well!
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.
Tanner is definitely a great representation of the Mr. Darcy that we all know and love. Charming, beautiful, elusive, rich, and a total asshole. I have to admit I was not swooning over him in the way that I swooned over Darcy until later in the book, but Vance did a great job with copying the Darcy appeal in Spies and Prejudice. Berry's job is also ridiculously awesome - she's a spy. How many sixteen-year-old girls can claim that they spy on people for a living? I loved this idea and I liked the playful aspect that Vance brought to such a serious plot. I'd definitely recommend Spies and Prejudice to fans of mystery, suspense, and thriller novels. However, don't expect a great retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that's what she writes.
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