Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts

Title: Spies, Lies, and Allies
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Genre/Age: Romance/YA
Series: None
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisSummers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media...and I’m afraid it's working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

The Romance Review

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Forbidden love...with a side of geek!

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Laurel misses her dad. He's always working and they don't get to spend time together anymore. That's what compels her to volunteer to work at her father's company for the summer. However, she starts to regret that decision after she becomes the person responsible for choosing a winner of a scholarship. She can't possibly see how she's supposed to choose one intern, all of whom are deserving of the money. And her job becomes even tougher when she starts to fall for one of the contestants. All is not fair in love and summer internships...

This book was adorable in so many ways. Our hero was more interesting than I predicted he would be. And while we never see things from his point of view, I think his expressions and behavior is detailed well enough to get a good idea of what he's thinking and the kind of person he is. There were a couple of times when he did things that I didn't quite understand and that would have been a good time to switch to his POV, but it didn't diminish the story much for me without it.

The whole idea of Laurel choosing the winner of the scholarship made some sense to me. The way her father constantly acted as if there was a secondary reason he chose her for the job, however, did not. He and Laurel's mother made comments that hinted toward there being a significant reason for allowing Laurel to come work for him. I kept waiting to see what it was, but nothing was ever revealed. I never got a good idea of what her plans for the future were either. But the plot was pretty interesting, though. I was never bored by the story and the pacing was steady.

As for the romance, it was certainly the best part. I think I fell for Carlos the moment he wrote those cute notes in Laurel's notebook. And he just continued to impress me throughout the book. Laurel was cute and her geeky side made me laugh on more than one occasion. The pair together were simply adorable. I rooted for them to find a way to be together and I have to say that the ending was super cute, as well. Overall, this was a good read that left me smiling.

In closing...
This was my first book by this author, but likely won't be my last. Four suns!

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