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Attraction bubbles between them - and for once, on Mallory’s part, it isn’t an act. For the first time in her career, Mallory struggles with what she must do. Can she ignore her heart for the sake of the mission?
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By Erryn Barratt on 03-19-18
Suspension of disbelief helps a lot
Mallory Scott is a British secret agent who, in the first few minutes of the book, admits she’s been used as a ‘honeypot’ in the past.
Now, I’m all for a woman who enjoys sex and since men have been known to use it to gain power, I suppose it’s only fair game. That being said, there is a lot of sex in this book. Just a heads-up.
There were things I really liked about the book. Mallory’s character is strong and she’s a good spy for a long time, respected in the agency. Strong kick-ass female heroines are among my favourite.
Of course, as smart and as prepared as Mallory is, I didn’t need to know every single thought and the reasoning behind every little decision. As a reader, I felt I should have been given a little more credit. It’s great the author wants me to know how much research she’s done (or just how creative she is), but it did get a little tedious.
Morally ambivalent characters are always much-loved for me. I want to be challenged as to why Baxter Collinson makes the choices he makes and how he faces the consequences.
That being said, suspension of disbelief is necessary here. Not only are all crimes forgiven, but then Baxter is trained for all of TWO weeks before being sent out into the field.
There are NO other agents in the entirety of Her Majesty’s Secret Service who could do the job? But it fits the plot, setting up both a moral dilemma and the opportunity for even more sex.
The narrator, Poppy Jae Fox, saves the book. She is British – which is obviously appropriate, but she narrates the story with gravitas, even though the situations are a little absurd. She was pleasant to listen to and I will definitely look for more books narrated by her. Her Belgian and Russian accents were good as well.
The book had potential that was never fully realized. A thriller doesn’t need to have guns and action sequences to be exciting. In fact, most spying is fairly routine and boring. Fair enough. But if that’s the world we’re portraying, the writing needs to be much tighter. I don’t need to know why or why not spies are going to have a hot breakfast.
I do need to understand the stakes. Bad for Britain was never adequately explained, leaving a gaping hole in a book where every little thing is explained. So my one recommendation would be to tighten up the writing. This book could have been told in about half the time it was and it would have been a better book. Also, the ending was just a little too pat.
I’m not discouraged, though. I have another Lucy Fellthouse book in my library and I plan to listen to it soon. I am still willing to give the author another chance
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By Ashley Hedden on 06-24-18
Hiding in Plain Sight by Lucy Felthouse was a great read. Mallory is a British Operative who is looking for a group of Diamond thieves. Mallory finds out that one of the thieves is a man she is attracted to. I loved reading Mallory and Baxter's story and can't wait to read more by Lucy Felthouse.