Nikolas Jinsen works to bring down bad guys, hunting for those who steal classified information and sell it on. When he meets Sky, what starts as lust at first sight swiftly becomes something more complicated. Not only is blue-haired Sky a skilful thief, she’s also transgender, something the bisexual Nikolas hadn’t bargained for but certainly has no objections to. A hot night of sex has him coming back for more, but in this game of spy versus spy, who can he trust and who is using who?
Secrets And Spies is narrated from Nikolas’ point of view, and Ellie Barker gives him a blokey, laconic tone of voice and the air of a man who’s seen it all before, even though it soon becomes clear events are spiralling out of his control, both in and out of bed. As well as his sizzling-hot entanglement with Sky, he is also up against the Queen, a dominant baddie who demands pleasure from all her “subjects,” including Nikolas. The plot moves fast, even though there’s barely a page goes by in which Nikolas isn’t involved in some kind of sexy shenanigans, and it doesn’t fall prey to some of the usual clichés about hacking and computer espionage.
Sky herself is a well-rounded anti-heroine, secure in her gender identity and forthright about her needs and desires, and as such she’s a great foil for Nikolas. She’s involved in a brief (but necessary to the plot) scene of dubious consent with one of the Queen’s henchmen, but apart from that all the sex in the novella – and I may have mentioned there’s a lot of it – is enjoyed willingly and enthusiastically. Mild spanking play, exhibitionism, oral worship – it’s all there, and the two scheduled sequels to Secrets And Spies promise even more thrills to come.
If you’re looking for a straightforward romance, Secrets And Spies isn’t for you. This is a quick, quirky and satisfying read that proves blue-haired gals have more fun…
I was given a copy of the book by Lucy Felthouse at Writer Marketing Services in return for an honest review.