The Spy Who Left Me

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The Spy Who Left Me

An Agent Ex Novel, #1

Treflee Miller is really looking forward to her Hawaiian vacation. She just didn’t plan on running into Ty, her almost ex-husband, or on him looking so hot with bleached hair, a sun-bronzed and muscular body. If she had known he was going to be there, she would have brought the divorce papers for him to sign. Life is always full of surprises when you’re married to a spy…….

Ty Miller knows its hard being married to a spy, he’s never home, he’s always on a mission he can’t talk about, and he’s usually surrounded by some pretty exotic informants. Even he knows the perfect spy makes a lousy husband. But for the sake of national security and their safety, Treflee can’t blow his cover. Not now, not here and definitely not when he longs to take her in his arms and kiss her tempting lips. Too bad his enemies are so close.

The Spy Who Left Me is the fun and delightful first book in Gina Robinson’s Agent Ex series. The premise of the series, the reunion of spies and their estranged spouses, is a cute idea and this story is a good beginning. The characters are likeable, the dialogue is sharp and at times humorous and the mystery subplot is well resolved.

Elizabeth Miller, known to family and friends as Treflee, married her college sweetheart Ty, with the knowledge he would be working for the CIA. While Treflee didn’t have a problem with his job choice, she’s having a problem with the amount of time she spends alone. Ty is never home, he’s always on a mission. Deciding she has no other choice, Treflee is determined to get a divorce, only Ty’s not home to sign the papers. When her cousin’s wedding is called off at the last minute, Treflee is invited, along with the rest of the bridal party, to Hawaii to use the wedding package which couldn’t be cancelled. Thinking a vacation is just what she needs to clear her head, Treflee heads to Hawaii only to run into her soon to be ex, posing as the hotel’s tour guide, when they land. I really liked how Ms. Robinson introduced us to Treflee and her situation. As we get to know her, it’s easy to understand why she feels somewhat betrayed and is ready to give up on her marriage.

Ty Miller can’t understand what’s gone wrong in his marriage. He loves his wife and his job but suddenly Treflee wants a divorce. When he can’t get her to open up to him about what’s suddenly gone wrong, he leaves to give her some space. He didn’t expect her to try to file for divorce. Assigned to a mission in Hawaii meant to ferret out a traitor, Ty is shocked to see his wife arrive as one of the guests at the hotel where he’s masquerading as a tour guide. Determined to keep his cover safe and keep Treflee from harm, Ty has his hands full. He’s also determined to win back his wife and get her to call off the divorce. I also liked how Ms. Robison developed Ty’s character; it’s easy to understand why he’s confused about his wife’s behavior and her sudden desire for a divorce. It’s also great to see him in action as a spy.

The scenes between Treflee and Ty are a lot of fun. Their dialogue is sharp and their sexual chemistry is sizzling. Still in love with each other, neither one really wants a divorce. Their biggest obstacle is their lack of communication, Ty’s fear of having a family due to his dangerous job and Treflees’s lack of honesty about what’s really behind her push for a divorce. Having to act as if they are strangers, gives them both a chance to see each other again as if they were single people, and they still like what they see. Ty realizes men find Treflee attractive and want to flirt with her, while Treflee sees her cousin’s bridesmaids flirting with Ty and trying to get his attention. When they both feel jealous, it helps remind them of their love for each other and realize they want to stay together, if they can manage to stay alive and catch all of the spies.

The secondary characters in the story are well developed and I really enjoyed getting to know Treflee’s cousin, Carrie, and her bridesmaids along with Ty’s partner Greg, who will be the main character in the second book of the series, Diamonds Are Truly Forever, which will be released in May of this year. The villains are colorful and also well done and the action that takes place between all of the characters helps to keep the pace of the book going strong. There is a point where it slows down, about three quarters of the way into the book but the action soon picks up and races off to the finish.

When Treflee and Ty have a final opportunity to catch all of the spies, will their newest plan succeed? And will they give their marriage a second chance? You’ll have to read The Spy Who Left Me to find out. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for The Spy Who Left Me

If there’s one thing that can ruin a vacation, it’s running into your ex. Just ask Treflee Miller. If she’d only known that her husband Ty would be here in Hawaii—muscular, sun-bronzed, and infuriatingly gorgeous—she would have brought the divorce papers for him to sign. But life is full of surprises when you’re married to a world-class spy…

Ty Miller can understand why his wife is tired of playing Mrs. James Bond. He’s never home, he’s always on a mission, and he’s usually surrounded by exotic informants. He has to admit that the perfect spy makes a pretty lousy husband. But for the sake of Ty’s security and Treflee’s safety, they can’t blow his cover. Not here. Not now. Not when his longing is so strong, her lips so tempting—and his enemies so close…

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.25