Author: Jordan McCollum
Publisher: Durham Crest Press
Published: June 2013
Paperback: 310 pages
FTC FYI: Received a PDF from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets--and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there's one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation.
It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keeping her secrets. And then Talia finally catches a hot case: Fyodor Timofeyev. Russian. Aerospace executive. Possible spy?
She can make this work, too--until Danny needs her at the same time her country does. And when Fyodor targets Danny? Suddenly her schedule isn't the only thing suffering. Now to save her country and her secrets, Talia must sacrifice the man she loves.
I knew by the first page that I was going to love this book. I absolutely loved Talia's inner voice. She loves being a spy, and she is doing her best to keep her relationship with Danny. So many clever lines filled with lots of snark and heart. Everything about this book is enjoyable. I even learned Russian. :) Jordan did a great job of explaining the Russian and worked in the phrases and abbreviations that could have been confusing, and did it well. I loved Talia the most, but all of the characters were well-written and memorable. Elliot and Danny were fav's too. The plot is enjoyable and I loved the action! I really could not guess what was going to happen next. There were so many surprises at the turn of each page, especially during the climax, it didn't matter what time it was, I had to finish.
5 out of 5 stars. I, Spy has also been nominated for 2013 Whitney Award. There is a prequel short story out called Mr. Nice Spy that I can't wait to read. In I, Spy, there was a hint of something between Elliot and Talia in the past. This prequel is about that... Also Spy for a Spy should be out this November!