Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Romantic Suspense Review ~ SHADOW OF A DOUBT by Tiffany Snow

Shadow of a Doubt (The Tangled Ivy Trilogy, #2)
by: Tiffany Snow
Series: The Tangled Ivy Trilogy
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date:  May 12, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Montlake Romance

Ivy Mason has it all: beauty, a plush apartment, a fancy car, and a debonair British spy boyfriend who pays all her bills. If only her boyfriend was in her life—and her bed—more than just sporadically.
Part of an underground British agency called the Shadow, Devon Clay knows that secrecy is what has kept him alive. Anyone he loves is a liability, and being involved with him puts the other person in grave danger. Yet Ivy is someone his heart can’t resist.

When an enemy from Devon’s past returns, the spy and his girlfriend are thrown headlong into an international conspiracy that puts everyone Ivy loves at risk. From the Missouri River bottoms to the brothels of Amsterdam, Ivy and Devon must outrun and outmaneuver the forces allied against them, and no one can be trusted.

Shadow of a Doubt was both entertaining and annoying at the same time.  This is the second book in the series and if you don’t read the first book, I doubt you will fully understand the dynamics/relationships between the characters.  Rest assured, the relationships are the main attraction to the book.  Everyone has a dysfunctional relationship with each other.  Not to mention the fact that there’s a spy, an FBI agent, a bank teller, and a best friend that no longer wants to be trapped in the friend zone.  If it wasn’t for the Jame Bond like way the hero is portrayed, I would have no interest to continue reading this series.

Ivy is an American bank teller who settled on having a mainly sexual and part-time relationship with a British spy named Devon.  Devon comes to America a few times a year and drops in on Ivy for a tryst.  Sometimes, they don’t even speak.  He just shows up in the middle of the night, climbs into bed, has his way with Ivy, and leaves.  Heck, one time he even left $10,000 in cash. And that clearly doesn’t send the wrong message.  Ivy has gotten it into her head that their relationship is the best that she could ever get.  Devon awakens something in her that no one ever has, but that could be because of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepbrother.  An old enemy of Devon’s resurfaces and takes aim at Ivy and her family in order to draw Devon out. Everything else that happens call into question Ivy’s choices since her relationship with Devon always ends up putting her life in danger.

Ivy insists that she doesn’t need to be rescued but she continues to put herself in positions that someone else has to get her out of.  She is the ideal damsel in distress.  It was very difficult to watch her get upset that everyone else thought she needed to be saved although it was true.  She is addicted to Devon and no matter what happens, she can’t break away from him.  He even thinks she is better off without him.  There is a whole lot more to the story but I had difficulty seeing past the obvious fact that she had a deathwish.  I don’t know that I can suffer through the next book.  It’s hard to think that anyone is that stupid for love.

**Copy received courtesy of Montlake Romance for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 3

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