Monday! Monday! And today I am excited to be on the Blog Tour for a fabulous YA contemporary filled with all kinds of adorableness!😻
About Spies, Lies, and Allies:
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.
There’s a crazy guy 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 that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.
As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo 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.
About Lisa Brown Roberts:
Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.
Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at www.lisabrownroberts.com.
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Excerpt from Spies, Lies, and Allies:
“Let’s see where helping me on my project falls on this list.” Carlos picks up a pen and clicks it, eyeing me from underneath ridiculously long lashes.
Cautiously, I take a tiny step toward his desk so I can read the list.
“Number three.” I point to the napkin. “Teamwork.”
He nods and underlines the word. I notice he’s added numbers six through ten. Nothing is written next to those numbers, except for ten, next to which he’s drawn a smiley face.
“What’s that for?” I point to the smiley face. He leans back in his desk chair and grins up at me.
“Not sure yet.”
My heart throbs in my chest and my imagination is off and running, fantasizing about number ten.
Carlos points to number five: nicknames. “I think this is where we left off at lunch.” He clicks his pen repeatedly and I resist the urge to snatch it out of his hand. “I’d prefer not to be nicknamed for a pasta, but I gave you a cereal nickname, so…” He shrugs but keeps his eyes on mine.
“I…pasta…what?” He’s not making sense.
He bites his bottom lip, and I have no trouble picturing what will make me “smiley face” if we ever make it to number ten. Also, I’m pretty sure he’s a mind reader because his gaze drifts down to my lips, then back up to my eyes.
“The Manicotti. Who is it?” He glances across the room. “Elijah? He can be sort of cheesy.”
My mind analyzes his words, sliding them around like one of those puzzles where you have to move a string through twisted metal. And then it clicks.
“You read my notebook! You’re the one who—” Panic zings through me as I remember what I wrote about him, Carlos is trouble, and his editorial comment, True. Is Carlos adorable?
Apparently I’m not the only spy around here.
“Why’d you pick this desk?” I’m desperate to change the subject.
“I like the view.”
“But it’s better by the windows.”
“Depends on which view we’re talking about.” He gives me a cryptic smile, one that makes my stomach dip. “Anyway, I saved your notebook. You’re lucky no one else read your notes.”
Mortified and defiant, I cross my arms over my chest. “You didn’t have to read it. You could’ve just returned it.”
“I was just checking to make sure you’d listed all of Mr. Mantoni’s rules.”
Across the room, Elijah stands up and stretches. He glances at us, an amused smirk twisting his lips like he knows something I don’t.
Carlos writes on the napkin again. Number six: healthy disagreement.
“You’re kidding, right?”
His responding grin packs more heat than it should.
“I think we’ve gone off track.” I’m proud of how calm I sound, even though my nerve endings are exploding like firecrackers.
4.25 Totally Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25
I’ve read quite a few books this week that were dark and had very unlikable characters, so I needed a pallet cleanser and this was perfect… fun, filled with lovely characters, a positive message, romance, and friendship…. nothing makes me smile quite like a good contemporary YA even though I am no longer part of that target audience… nor have I been for a very long long time…. but I am still young at heart!
Laurel knows the only way she will get to see her workaholic father this summer is to intern at his company… The company is hosting a scholarship competition for the interns this summer, so Laurel’s father decides that she can assist the interns…. Laurel and her dad have a good relationship…. dad is just a workaholic and not around as much as Laurel would like…. it was lovely to see positive Family relationships…. Laurel got along well with both her parents and her older sister…. Laurel also had a fabulous BFF named Lexi…. so this book checked off two boxes for me, when it comes to YA books… positive female relationships and good parenting…. but those weren’t the only boxes this book checked off….
Laurel was a smart girl with a bit of a nerdy side…. she was very into science fiction/fantasy and there were a lot of Star Wars references in this book…. I loved how the relationship between all the interns evolved throughout the summer… I especially loved the friendship between Laurel and Trisha, it was wonderful that two people that appeared so different had so much in common…. I also adored the romance between Laurel and Carlos…. Carlos was such a great guy, but what I like even more was that he was not perfect…. and he did something towards the very end of this book that was just so sweet….
So we have the adorable romance and the beautiful friendships, but we also got a bit of a mystery…. someone was trying to sabotage the company on Twitter… so the interns got all Scooby Doo on us and solve the mystery…. although there was no mystery machine?
Absolutely recommend this to people of all ages when you are in the mood for a fun charming Red… and if you are a parent wondering if this is appropriate or not, I’d say 12 and up, this was a pretty clean read…
*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
PS: loved all laurels nicknames for people the Manicotti being my favorite! But I also enjoyed Chocolate Eyes and Vader…
Have a lovely day! Berit 💛