This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Spy Who Saved Christmas, The
Date of Review: 07/31/10
Lara Jordan has always lived by the idea that one should always live life to the fullest. When she takes over her uncle’s butcher shop, she does things her way. She has a one-night stand with the amazingly hot baker next door never expecting that later that night his shop would explode burning down both their businesses and leaving her alone and pregnant with twins. Despite this, Lara believes her children are a blessing and she has done the best she can to rebuild her life and to move on even though she can’t seem to get over her lover. Imagine her shock when she goes out to dinner with a date and sees the man she thought was dead at a nearby table! She doesn’t know what to think and then the world explodes and life is no longer as she knows it.
Reid Graham has lived his life undercover. He doesn’t know another way to be. Then he meets Lara and his life seems to take on new meaning. He never planned to sleep with her although the instant attraction made it hard not to dream. When he had to leave, he felt some relief that he wasn’t going to have a messy good-bye to contend with. When he sees her at the restaurant, his only thought is to get out before she blows his cover. He is so close to infiltrating a terrorist organization and learning of their impending plan. Reid has no choice, but to take Lara with him after she follows him out of the restaurant and into a hail of gunfire. When he learns that he is a father and his twins have been kidnapped, his mission takes on a whole new meaning.
From the beginning of this book, I was pulled into the story of Lara and Reid. I felt for her being left alone and pregnant and admire her courage in making a life that works for her and her children. Ms. Marton’s vivid description of Lara’s emotions when she sees Reid again made me feel what she felt. At the same time, I could also understand how Reid felt when he had to leave her the first time and his reasons for keeping his identity a secret.
The suspenseful aspects of this book are also well done. We travel with Reid and Lara as they try to figure out who took the twins and how they are going to get them back. Despite her inexperience with this kind of thing, Lara’s insistence on going with Reid as he searches for the toddlers makes sense. What mother would willingly sit back and let someone else search for her children if she thought that she could help in anyway? Realistically speaking, the FBI and the police officers would not have let Lara join them on the search for the kids, but it works for the story and Reid’s job as a covert operative without official ties gives him more leeway.
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. It was hard to put down until I knew what happened to the twins, how they were found and how Reid and Lara were going to work out their many differences. This is definitely one to add to the must-read pile!