Title: Spies and Prejudice
Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.
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?
With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.
So I’m not really sure how I feel about Spies and Prejudice for one I don’t get the name or the cover. Nothing to really do with the actual story, and I don’t see how it’s a play off Pride and Prejudice yeah, nothing to with that. The cover is nice, but it doesn’t really mean anything to the story, and then there were a few elements that I wasn’t so sure about. There were far too many plot twists, things were random and predictable, and some of the things way to out there to even go along with the story. It’ll make more sense after I explain, and for the record, I really did enjoy reading Spies and Prejudice, it was a fun read.
Strawberry Fields, or Berry as her friends call her, isn’t your typical 16 year old. Sure she spends time with her friends, attends school functions, and gets good grades. But she also works for her father’s detective agency, spending most of her afternoons and nights stalking two timing husbands, lying workers and the likes of them. She’s fallen into a normalcy juggling her dog Lulu, work, and school; when things take a turn for the worse. In one day she gets hit on (ambushed more like it) by Tanner Haltson the egomaniac new kid, finds out her best friend Mary Chris’s dad is hiding information about her dead mother, and things keep getting worse.
Berry makes it her top priority to figure out what Mr. Moss has to do with her mother that, according to the police report, committed suicide eight years ago. Which means going against her father, and best friend’s back, enlisting the help of the other not as new kid Drew. Not to mention dodging Tanner's unlikely interest being that she overheard him decide she was “nothing special” the very first day. Things become way too coincidental and Berry finds herself in the middle of something way bigger than a simple work agreement.
Now this book is just about as cool as it sounds, it’s got some hi-tech(ish) gadgets, lots of wit and humor, family and friend drama, three uber cuties, AND a Saint Bernard!! The only thing I didn’t fall for was how intense things were supposed to be, it was like all the characters we so sure they might die at any second but nothing happened. It didn’t really have that intensity level so I pretty much felt like the characters were over reacting the whole time. Other than that Spies and Prejudice is a great read for a boring day, and scores a 4 for me.