Reviews of I, Spy

I, Spy coverFrom book reviewers and bloggers

Being a secret spy isn’t easy, especially for Talia Reynolds as she constantly battles to find balance. But like all good spy stories, Talia’s compartmentalized professional and romantic lives cross paths in the line of dangerous duty. . . .

McCollum’s storytelling is easygoing with an occasional splash of sass. She paints Talia not only as a strong woman, but a compassionate partner in both work and play. She’s the type of spy who doesn’t get lost in the adrenaline, values human life and is uncompromising in the risks she takes to protect the ones she loves.

— Cait Earnest, Deseret News



A fast-paced, crisply written story with entertaining plot twists, told in a first person, wryly self-deprecating narrative voice. . . . I, Spy is a well-crafted romantic suspense with humor, heart, and a uniquely engaging heroine.

— Vanessa Kelly, Love Rocks column,



Take sure-handed writing, a great main character with a lot of snark, an awesome plotline, a romance on the rocks, and a possible Russian spy. What do you have? The recipe for a great book, and also an apt description of I, Spy by Jordan McCollum. . . .

I, Spy started out with a bang and with the confidence that it takes some authors years to develop. . . .

You know you’re looking for a great read this summer—put I, Spy on your to-read list.

— Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters series



I knew by the first page that I was going to love [I, Spy]. I absolutely loved Talia’s inner voice. . . . The plot is enjoyable and I loved the action! I really could not guess what was going to happen next. There were so many surprises at the turn of each page, especially during the climax, it didn’t matter what time it was, I had to finish.

— Mindy Holt, LDS Women’s Book Review
One of her top reads of 2013


I could simply not put I, Spy down once I started reading. The action is nonstop and the nail-biting suspense never lets up. The book is written in such a comfortable, flowing style that it is easy to just forget to put it down. Action and scenes of fighting is described in a very realistic way. Unlike so many heroes and villains books where the heroes always win, I, Spy tells it more like it is; sometimes the bad guys are just too strong.

Talia, the main character, is the kind of tough female protagonist that I like. . . .

The other characters and specifically Danny, are very realistic with all the flaws and strengths of normal people. Although the book is written from Talia’s point of view, I got a good impression of Danny’s inner turmoil over him and Talia.

If you like spy stories with lots of action in a very realistic setting, this edge-of-your-chair read will definitely appeal to you.

— Ellen Fritz, Books4Tomorrow



I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. It moved along at a great pace and my interest and attention never waned. I loved the action and intrigue. It was just so fun and I’m excited to read more by Jordan McCollum.

— Aimee Brown of Getting Your Read On



I was pulled into I, Spy right away from the beautiful cover and intriguing first line into getting to know Talia. A saucy attitude and being good at her spy job mixes with Talia’s compulsive obsessions. A fun, admirable, and flawed character combination that hits its mark. Throw in romance and great spy adventures to win readers’ hearts. . . . A rare five stars.

— Renae Mackley, Renae’s Writespot



As soon as I started I was hooked staying up late into the night to read. I love the author’s voice and the books are fast-paced, interesting, and clean. I would recommend this series to anyone.

— Cami Checketts, author of clean romantic suspense novels including Poison Me



Full of drama, action, romance, danger, humor and a clean read. Every time I think things have calmed down something else happens and the danger is elevated again. Love the characters.

— Rhonda, readalot



I love how real this book felt. You could feel Talia’s indecision as to what was more important: her boyfriend, Danny, her “partner” Elliot or saving Government secrets. Her job was so ingrained in her that I could feel the tug.

— Tamera Westhoff



Talia is a wonderful woman who is very good at her job. She is used to taking risks, and now she might be taking one of the biggest she’s ever taken. . . . This book has lots of action, drama, and some romance. I love women CIA agents, they rock! And Talia is one of the best. I can not wait to read more. I highly recommend this book.

— Whit, Whit’s Book World



From advance readers

Clever, suspenseful, and charged with political intrigue and romance, I, Spy is the perfect combination for a fun and captivating read!

Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch




If you’re looking for a book filled with suspense, plot twists that leave you guessing and humor to ease the tension, I highly recommend I, Spy. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation from the start, and putting it down to do anything else was the ultimate challenge.

Deana Barnhart, author



Nonstop action, a sigh-worthy romance, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments all laced through with a spine-tingling mystery that will keep you turning the pages at lightning speed.

Emily Gray Clawson, author of A Way Back to You



Fall in love with the unique, snarky and quick-witted Talia as she goes you the low down on what it’s really like to be a CIA operative in I, Spy by Jordan McCollum.

Jump into this fun-filled spy adventure as Talia battles for balance between life as a spy and what a normal twenty-something girl should experience. Will Danny, the man she loves, be able to handle the truth about the girl he has fallen in love with and embrace her secret-filled life?

You’ll love this fast-paced, quick-witted, and enjoyable read to the last word.

Cindy M. Hogan, author of Watched



I love how Jordan McCollum blends the best of both Canada and the U.S. in her debut novel. With plenty of polite humor, cloak and dagger mystery and fun romance, there are great characters from both sides of the border, and a case that had me turning pages quicker than I could say, “poutine.” This Canadian author gives I, Spy two thumbs up!

Julie Coulter Bellon, author of Ashes Ashes



A great blend of humor, romance, and action—you had my interest right from the first page.

I love how upbeat and positive this story left me feeling. . . . I was really pulled into the story, and especially the increasing tension in Talia and Danny’s relationship, which was executed just right.

— Heidi Brockbank, editor, Eschler Editing



Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m completely biased about this book. 🙂 I loved, loved, LOVED the TV show Alias, and this story follows in Sydney Bristow’s footsteps. Like the Alias TV show, I, Spy features a fantastic, likeable spy heroine who’s trying to juggle her personal life with her work life. Talia Reynolds struggles with doing the right thing while under pressure to catch the bad guys.

The edge-of-my-seat undercover operations kept me turning pages, and just when I thought the story would go one way, plot twists sent it down another path. Thrilling, adventurous, and romantic, this book has it all for an Alias fan.

Jami Gold, award-winning author



Jordan McCollum’s debut novel is a delightful combination of mystery, action, and romance. Talia’s CIA training and almost OCD caution feed her quirky humor while exposing her very human fears and insecurities. Add in her boyfriend Danny, and it’s enough to twist your heart.

Donna K. Weaver, author of A Change of Plans


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