Review of ‘Playing the spy’ by Maggie Brown.

Sophie Marsh is a journalist who is forced by her boss to disguise as a maid to dig up secrets on Hollywood star Eleanor Godwin. As a political journalist, Sophie is annoyed with her assignment but once she gets to know the ice queen actress and starts to have feelings for her, she is confronted with a moral dilemma. Shall Sophie reveal Eleanor’s secrets to keep her job or shall she respect her privacy and the new feelings they have for each other?

This is a well written and entertaining book with the idyllic setting of the Australian Great barrier reef. Ms. Brown’s description of the landscape is vivid and is the perfect background for a romance. The main characters are skilfully portrayed, Eleanor is a typical ice queen, very talented but distant. Sophie is vibrant, caring and too well read for a maid. Their chemistry is sizzling and the intimacy hot. However, I didn’t find the story very realistic specially at the beginning and the end seemed a bit rushed. Anyway, it’s a well written and entertaining book worth a read if you are into I’ve queens or like romances between celebrities and ordinary people.

Overall, a good romance with a beautiful setting. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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