The Spy and I

Berkley. Feb. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593550304. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
YA author Smith’s (Match Me If You Can) first adult offering uses the spy romance genre to deliver thrills, both heart-pounding and steamy. Data analyst Dove Barkley, who is being interviewed by the hottest guy she’s ever seen, is mistaken for her sister by the kind of people one doesn’t want to meet in a dark alley. Unbeknownst to Dove, her sister is a spy for none other than the CIA. It also turns out that Mendez, the guy assigned to interview her, is a spy too. Before Dove knows it, she’s knee-deep in espionage with a man who is both annoying and annoyingly sexy. How are they supposed to beat the clock and save her sister when Dove can’t keep her mind—and hands—from wandering? Despite Mendez’s frustration with out-of-her-element Dove, sparks fly between them as she finds her way to saving the world.
VERDICT This mistaken-identity spy romance is fast-paced, mixing twists and turns with humor and not a small amount of chemistry. Recommend to fans of Gina Robinson’s “Agent X” series and The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter.
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