Spies and Prejudice Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Posted June 4, 2013 by sophie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 25 Comments

Title: Spies & Prejudice
Author: Talia Vance
Publish Date: June 11 2013, EgmontUSA


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.

I think by now you guys realize how much I love Jane Austen and, of course, I may also have a slight obsession fascination with spies. So imagine my delight when I saw that a favorite author of mine Talia Vance (author of the Bandia series) wrote something that was titled Spies & Prejudice. If you assume I filed that under: #whee; you were right.

So then as I started to read it, I realized that yes, there was that familiar plot rhythm from my beloved Pride & Prejudice. Perhaps there was more so a familiarity in the cast of characters, but to my surprise this was a mystery plot. And I looooove those especially when they involve corporate espionage, and when a number of characters are potential suspects. The mystery in question is one that grabbed me from the start – was Berry’s mom’s death really a murder? I immediately understood why the spy-savvy Berry couldn’t let that case drop until she found out the absolute truth.

So, let’s talk about Berry. I love a super-smart protagonist and one that can think on her feet. I’m not going to be the only pointing this out, but if you loved Veronica Mars’ character as much as I did, just wait until you meet Berry. She’s inexhaustible in her search to find out the truth and along the way, she will drop her share of snarky remarks. A good spy story always has a great secondary cast of characters and in Mare and Jason you will find the kind of support that is found only in the deepest of friendships. There’s one more thing that Talia adds and it’s the feeling of loss. Her mother’s death left Berry fighting so hard to hold onto memories, those concrete ones of her mom that appear to be slipping away every day. These moments are so well written that they add a depth to the story that I simply didn’t expect. But, they are also the moments that made Berry feel like a real person to me.

And then, there’s the romance. I know what you’re thinking where, oh, where is Darcy? I think I could write a thesis on the subject of this classic character and the sighs he’s inspired. I also think Talia already submitted this thesis because she writes the Tanner and Berry scenes so beautifully. In fact, there’s this wonderful awkward scene where Tanner inadvertently wounds Berry with an insult that caused me to recall one of my favorite scenes in P&P. In a nod to the classic, the romantic tension between Berry and Tanner certainly scorches off the page.

Turn on that fan, pour yourself a glass of iced tea and sit back and read this adorable, tension-filled mystery. Berry Fields is now one of my favorite spy girls. And Tanner, well umm, just wait until you meet him.

My Over All Rating:

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We are thrilled to be part of Rockstar Book Tours’ tour of Spies & Prejudice. Take a look at the awesome giveaway Talia, Egmont and RSB have put together:

  • 5 winners total, US only
  • 3 winners will receive 1 Hardcover of Spies and Prejudice and a T-Shirt.
  • 2 winners will receive a T-Shirt

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.

Follow Talia:  Website/Blog/Twitter/Goodreads

Purchase Spies & Prejudice:  Goodreads/Amazon/
& Noble
Book Depository

And don’t forget to stop by all the tour stops for more reviews, fun guests posts and more chances to win those giveaway goodies!

YA Sisterhood– Review
Page Turners Blog– Review
The Review News– Guest Post
Two Chicks On Books– Guest Post
What The Cat Read– Guest
I’m a Bookshark– Guest Post
Debbie’s World Of Books
Guest Post
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Guest Post
Ravenous Reader– Guest Post
Taters Tall Tales– Guest Post
Fiktshun– Guest Post
Lit Explorer– Guest Post


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25 responses to “Spies and Prejudice Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

  1. Great review, and I really like the premise of the novel. Especially if there's a strong heroine involved. I think I'll be checking it out. 🙂

  2. I really loved the Pride & Prejudice. Not the recent one, the original one that was like 7 hours long and had Colin Firth in it. That movie is so amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

    • Elizabeth – I tend to forget about Persuasion until I pick it up to re-read it and then I'm all ooooh, Captain Wentworth. 😉

  3. Great review, Sophie! Berry sounds like such a fantastic character. And oh my goodness, if the romantic tension is anything like it was between Elizabeth/Darcy, I can't wait for the scenes with Berry/Tanner. To be honest, Pride and Prejudice is the only Austen book I've read so far, so by default, it's my favorite! 🙂

    • Sophia – Great name (my full name is Sophia, too) ;). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. When you can find the time, read the rest. Mansfield Park is also a great story. Jane certainly knew how to write memorable characters, and so does Talia. Anytime there's tension like that between Lizzie and Darcy, I'm there.

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