Ivy Mason has it all: beauty, a plush apartment, a fancy car, and a debonair British spy boyfriend who pays all her bills. If only her boyfriend was in her life—and her bed—more than just sporadically.
Part of an underground British agency called the Shadow, Devon Clay knows that secrecy is what has kept him alive. Anyone he loves is a liability, and being involved with him puts the other person in grave danger. Yet Ivy is someone his heart can’t resist.
When an enemy from Devon’s past returns, the spy and his girlfriend are thrown headlong into an international conspiracy that puts everyone Ivy loves at risk. From the Missouri River bottoms to the brothels of Amsterdam, Ivy and Devon must outrun and outmanoeuvre the forces allied against them, and no one can be trusted.
Right, so you should be aware this book is not a standalone! I had no idea what was going on when I started it!
This series is romantic suspense of the extreme variety, with larger than life characters and situations. Not always my favourite thing, I do like it when it’s done well. Sometimes over the top is fun. After all I do love Tara Janzen’s books.
The Tangled Ivy series follows the recent trend for trilogies with first-person narration, and you have to count on liking your heroine if a book takes that route. I didn’t dislike Ivy, though I thought it was a bit strange more time was devoted to describing her clothes than to the bomb in the apartment! Occasionally I thought the scenes jumped around too much. I wanted more time spent on the action than on the minutiae of her existence.
If you like spies and drama and hot, caring guys – and a whole lot of mystery – you might try this series. Be aware everything is huge and dramatic, and whatever you do, make sure you don’t start the series here (like I did)!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.