Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by EgmontUSA
Pride & Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing’s as it seems.
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?
I really liked Silver by Talia Vance so I snatched this up at ALA midwinter. I thought it was a retelling but the person at the booth told me it had more to do with spies than the Jane Austen novel. Which didn’t bother me at all because I really like spy stories and for the most part, I liked this one too.
I liked Strawberry Fields and her best friend Mary Chris Moss (not joking, those are their names). I liked the love interest and I liked the how vulnerable Berry was despite her badass fronting. The book is fluff, pure entertainment. It could have been a lot more. Had the pace been slowed down and the author taken more time to develop both the character and the narrative, the novel could have had a lot more substance. The pace is too fast. Things happen at a dizzying speed.
I did like how Berry’s mistreatment of her best friend is addressed and there are certain consequences. I did not like the fact that the boy best friend is half-Japanese and gay. Not because I have trouble with his ethnicity or his sexual orientation but because it is so common to have the requisite POC character as a best friend and a gay best friend is the oldest plot device ever.
Also the plot is rather thin with gaping holes that appear when you question it. However, honestly, this is pure entertainment. If you don’t question the details and just read it for fun, you will be satisfied. Tanner is pretty hot. And the friendship between the girls is really strong and heartwarming. So if you have time and want to read something fun, this may be it for you.