Mallory Scott works for a covert intelligence agency, infiltrating her way into criminal gangs or getting close to those who want to sell government secrets. She’s good at her job, mostly because she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring the bad guys to justice. If that means setting up a honey trap and sleeping with them, well, that’s all in a day’s work. However, the one thing she’s never counted on is falling for the enemy, but when an operation to prevent a huge diamond heist in Amsterdam brings her into contact with handsome and charismatic thief Baxter Collinson does just that, everything changes for Mallory. She needs to keep things on a professional basis, but will her growing attraction to Baxter make that impossible?
Hiding In Plain Sight begins as a straightforward cat-and-mouse chase as Mallory works to foil the diamond thieves, but spins off in an interesting direction from the original premise. To reveal any more would be to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say that rounding up the gang doesn’t necessarily signal the end of Mallory and Baxter’s story.
The couple have plenty of chemistry from their initial meeting, and the sex they enjoy is just you’d expect from a Lucy Felthouse novel – sizzling hot but cute and playful. And when a box of luxury chocolates is incorporated into Mallory and Baxter’s sex play, things take a lusciously sensual turn.
Of course, the test of any erotic thriller is whether it would work without the sex scenes, and in the case of Hiding In Plain sight, the answer is yes. There’s enough technical jargon to make the work of the agency seem believable, without weighing down the plot, and an edge of tension to remind you how much is at stake for Mallory and her team. She is always conscious of the choices she has to make to protect her own security and that of her colleagues, which becomes doubly difficult when she’s in danger of blurring the lines between work and pleasure. Only a scene at the start of the story, where Mallory has a one-night stand with a hotel waiter, feels a little like a gratuitous effort to up the sex content of the book. Overall, though, Hiding In Plain Sight is a fun read that leaves you hoping for more adventures featuring this sexy spycatcher.
I received a copy of the book from Lucy in return for an honest review.