Rating: 3 stars
The Spy Who Left Me (Agent Ex #1) is one of those books where the plot is totally implausible, but is such a fun read. Spy is a fluffy, adorable, laugh-out-loud romance that takes place in the exotic setting of Hawaii, featuring a married hero and heroine on the verge of divorce.
Treflee Miller (Treflee is a nickname and one that made me go WTF?! at first) is fed up with her James Bond type husband Ty. When they were first married, she was all for Ty going off and saving the world, but now she wants a more stable home life and children. Ty is oblivious to this, but won’t be for long when Treflee serves him divorce papers—she just has to find him first.
Treflee goes to Maui with her cousin Carrie after Carrie dumps her cheating fiancé. Treflee wants a little R&R, what she doesn’t expect is to find Ty undercover—as their tour guide. The shock is mutual. Now, not only does Ty have to stay in character and take down a Chinese gang member, but romance Treflee and make her see that divorce is out of the question.
Ty’s assignment keeps him on his toes and Treflee doesn’t know when he’s pretending or not. His kisses and tender words tell her one thing, but then he’s off searching for the bad guys and leaves her to fend for herself especially when she’s attacked. All she wanted was a nice relaxing vacation but what she got instead was a big target on her back by some evil crime syndicate group who will use her to get to Ty.
The Spy Who Left Me is the perfect book to lift you up if you’re in a foul mood, or just want to read something light. I had a blast reading this loopy spy thriller. Ty and Treflee are a perfect match, and their banter, including their lusting for one another is great.
Gina Robinson’s writing reminds me of Marie Force or Susan Andersen and their romantic contemporaries. The writing is very easy to follow and the scenes with Ty and Treflee are quirky and very amusing, but you have to suspend your disbelief here when it comes to Ty and his spying.
There aren’t too many love scenes but the internal dialogue Treflee and Ty have about one another sets the romantic mood. The payoff is some nice waterfall loving.
Gina Robinson is a new author to me, and one I’m so happy I found. I look forward to the next book in her Agent Ex series: Diamonds Aren’t Forever, to be released in June 2012.
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition (November 1, 2011)