We’re so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Spies, Lies & Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts today! Before we dive into our review, here’s a bit about the book!Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story by Lisa Brown Roberts
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: The Replacement Crush
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story by Lisa Brown Roberts:
Summers 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.
This was such a fun and light-hearted read and I really enjoyed it. I had been meaning to read other books by Lisa Brown Roberts, but just hadn’t, but I’m going to make sure I get her backlist books right away!
Laurel’s father is busy… he started his company from nothing and after 15 years it’s super successful and growing. This year he’s sponsoring a college scholarship competition for a handful of interns, and Laurel suggests she spend her summer working for Dad Vader assisting the interns with their projects thinking it will give her the opportunity to spend additional time with her father, but that isn’t exactly what happens.
I really enjoyed how nerdy this book is. There are so many Star Wars references and Laurel’s love of comic con added a wonderful way for me to relate to her. She’s incredibly awkward and unsure around guys and girls and it was so great to see her get to know the interns and put herself out there in a way that allowed her form some new unexpected friendships.
I thought the forbidden romance plot really added some necessary tension to the story, even though there were some parts that I really just wanted them to talk about their feelings rather than misread situation after situation. That was probably the only really frustrating part of this read. Honestly though, these two couldn’t have been cuter. Especially with the ‘No Fraternization’ rule in place and everyone else knowing exactly how they were feeling.
There is a bit of a mystery in this story… Someone from inside the company has become a PR nightmare for Laurel’s father. They’ve been tweeting inside information in the hopes that it will make them look bad and ultimately cost them clients and employees. The group becomes the “Scooby gang” and starts trying to figure out who exactly it is, that said, it’s pretty apparent who it is from the outset, there are a couple red herrings. It was fun watching the team bond over a joint plan to find this person.
It’s wonderfully refreshing to see a book that revolves around a family that loves each other. Sure her father was busy, but it was apparent that he and her mom and even her sister who was off to college were a big part of her life. They were involved in a natural and realistic way. I always love when characters have an amazing family in YA.
If you’re looking for something fun and sweet and low on the drama this book is for you.