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I, Spy (Spy Another Day #1)

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Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets--and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there's one thing she can’t do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about he ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 5th 2013 by Durham Crest Books
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Katie W
There is no way I could ever be a spy! My heart races at the thought of a sticky situation and I'm sure my mind would be a muddled mess. Yet, I love reading these types of suspenseful books. This one definitely had it all: suspense, action, romance, and mystery. Add to that some foreign languages and it was fantastic! What I'm really wondering is this: Is this author really a spy??? How can she write stories like this! Wow.

Talia is a likable character. She's human and no some superhero, yet she
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Tristi
Jun 10, 2013 Tristi rated it it was amazing

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.
First novels tend to be a little timid. The author isn’t quite sure of themselves yet, they’re still navigating the market, they’re figuring out who they want to be as a literary artist. “I, Spy” started out with a bang and with the confidence that it
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Ranee Clark
Nov 08, 2013 Ranee Clark rated it it was amazing
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Romantic Spy Thriller
Length: 312 pgs
Rating: ***** (Loved it!)


Review: To be honest, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while and for good reason. It caught my attention right off. The characters. The conflict. The pacing. Then about half-way through I could not put it down. Considering everything that should be happening during our move right now, I spent the afternoon on my rear reading a fantastic book. Ms. McCollum does a fantastic job of making everything seem re
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Lindzee Armstrong
Aug 30, 2013 Lindzee Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I loved this book. The main character, Talia, has a wit and slight cynicism that makes her a delight as a narrator. I'm a huge fan of first person, and this book had first person narrative at its best.

I really enjoyed the "spy lingo" used throughout the novel. It immersed me in the story. I really liked the unique setting of Canada. How many spy books are set in Ottawa? So fun! The pacing was fast and I liked how the various subplots all connected at the end.

I wish we had gotten to see more of
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Mindy
Oct 12, 2013 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Right away I knew I was going to love this book. Such great characters and exciting plot. I loved Talia instantly. So many clever lines. I smiled and laughed a lot. Jordan wrote this perfectly. Excited to read the next book. Full review coming to Min Reads 10/14/13.
Melony
Jan 13, 2016 Melony rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was very fast-paced, lots of action, with a little romance thrown in. I'm looking forward to more from Jordan. And I'm not just saying this because she's my niece. She's a talented story-teller.
Donna Weaver
Jun 06, 2013 Donna Weaver rated it it was amazing
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Canada is probably the last place you'd expect to find an American spy. But even idyllic Ottawa has its deadly secrets--and so does CIA operative Talia Reynolds. She can climb through ventilation shafts, blend in at the occasional diplomatic function, even scale buildings (small ones). But there's one thing she can't do: tell her aerospace engineer boyfriend Danny about her Top Secret occupation.

It worked for a year, keeping Danny in the dark, keeping him away from danger, keepin
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 30, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: lds, thriller
This was a very fun book, even if there were parts where I was worried it would go into sitcom-land—you know, where the boyfriend just happens to drop in on your date with the foreign guy you're gathering information on. Fortunately, McCollum is a much better writer than to do something so amateurish, though I think it was a mistake to leave it as a possibility.

It's a strong show for a new(ish) author and I enjoyed it immensely. Indeed, I couldn't put it down, once I crossed about the midway poi
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Books
Jul 20, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a page turner! Although Talia Reynolds had been a CIA officer for a while, she has never killed a person before. This changes when Fyodor Timofeyev becomes her next case. As the operation progresses, Talia's love life as well as the life of her boyfriend, Danny, hangs in the balance.

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
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Tamera Westhoff
Jun 03, 2013 Tamera Westhoff rated it it was amazing
The author asked me if I would like to review her book and I said: "YES!" I love how real this feels! Talia loves her boyfriend Danny, but has a hard time with commitment (history). Especially when there's so much to do at work and she can't tell him what's going on, because she's CIA. You will sit on the edge of your seat as you find out what is going to happen! Talia makes a big mistake that could affect everyone around her and she has to decide what the truth really is. This is a book with re ...more
Jami
Dec 16, 2015 Jami rated it it was amazing
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
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Stephanie
Sep 13, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Talia Reynolds is a powerhouse, no-nonsense kind of girl. Strong, yet sensitive. Determined, yet compassionate. She is quick and witty and I became quite fond of the thoughts that swirled around in her mind. In a world where so many of us look out only for ourselves, I loved her dedication to her partner - even when he had fumbles that jeopardized her life. This was a fun, adventurous, fast-paced book that had me turning pages. Not a dull moment. Definitely a must read. Can't wait for the rest i ...more
Ane
Apr 03, 2014 Ane rated it it was amazing
I ran across this on my kindle and was pleasantly surprised to come across this on a couple different websites with great reviews. AND THEY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!! I LOVED this book!! It had it all!! Action, suspense, spy thriller with a dash O' romance and how cool is it that the main character is A Mormon? It made my whole day (and I read it in a whole day- just look @ my house! Hahaha!!)
I would recommend it to all my friends!!
Stephanie
Jul 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Excellent book! Thrills, danger, and plenty of humor. McCollum is a superb writer.
Julie
Apr 29, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Karlene Browning
Dec 20, 2013 Karlene Browning rated it really liked it
Fun spy story.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jul 18, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
Ooh, ooh, I really liked this book! :)

This book is told in the first person and it really felt like my best girlfriend was just telling me a fantastic story. It was personal and witty and it just felt real.

Talia is tough but she has a big heart. She tries really hard to take care of the people that are important to her. Her job as a CIA operative is dangerous and requires her complete attention but it is also a secret she can't share with her boyfriend which of course, leads to just a few bumps
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Jessica
Aug 01, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
CIA operative, Talia Reynolds, finds herself in a predicament. As an agent working in Canada, she lives a double life. Her boyfriend, Danny, doesn’t know she’s an agent and thinks she’s a lawyer. She constantly has to break dates with him and yet, she can’t quite imagine a different career. Added to the craziness of her life is her partner, Elliot and having to keep him focused on the job at the hand. When she’s assigned a job that involves romancing a Russian aerospace executive, Talia realizes ...more
Melissa Haggerty
Jun 15, 2013 Melissa Haggerty rated it really liked it
I, Spy was fast paced and incredibly exciting! From the very first sentence I was drawn into the book. Talia was an awesome protagonist. She was witty and fun. Her funny little asides throughout the book made me smile. She was really tough, too. She was in some potentially dangerous situations, and she kept her cool.
The secondary characters in I, Spy were great. Elliot always seemed to have something funny to say. He was a joker, but very dedicated. Danny and Talia's relationship seemed to be o
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Rhonda
Jun 05, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

5 STARS

I was contacted last week and was offered this book I Spy to read. Told me it was about CIA agent working in Canada and a clean read. One person brought up Alias show it reminded them. So I thought I would sample it and see if it was a book I wanted to read this week for their blog tour. I did not want to put the book down. It grabs you and keeps you wanting more.

I did not realize it was published by a Orem company. When she talked about not having to make excuses because she did not d
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
The spy books I have read I have really liked, so I was happy to accept this book for review. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed reading this, staying up late one night to do so. The author seems to have a quirky set of humor, which comes through in her book.

The book kind of meanders along, with the plot slowly thickening until about two-thirds of the way through and then it gets rather intense. I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen and how things were going to end. I was surprised a
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Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

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Talia Reynolds is a CIA operative. She is having a hard time right now, because her boyfriend Danny is demanding a lot of her time, but so is her job.
She's always thought that loving someone would jeopardize her job, so she didn't really let herself get to that point. However when bad things start to happen with the Russian's she's not so sure she was right any more.

This is a wonderful story about a women who has to do some very dangerous things for
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Andrea
Jun 11, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I saw a few cover reveal posts for I, Spy back in April, but I'll admit that I didn't look further into the book due to the sexy cover. Yes, I know you aren't supposed to judge books by their covers, but with so many novels on my to-read list, I tend to avoid those with covers that don't grab me, or those that imply content that I don't care for. BUT, I was totally wrong about the content of I, Spy, and I'm very grateful the author contacted me about reviewing her book. She thought I m
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Rachel Devaughn
May 13, 2014 Rachel Devaughn rated it it was amazing
I, Spy (Spy another day series-Book number 1)
This book was written by character Talia. She lives two separate lives-one where she goes to church and has a boyfriend Danny. The other where she works with Elliott and is a CIA operations officer. Then her two separate lives collide and people start getting hurt and she doesn't know who to trust. This book was fast paced-great adventure! I felt like I was reading a "James Bond" type book and couldn't stop reading it! Good clean reading and definitel
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Heather Green
Nov 19, 2015 Heather Green rated it really liked it
This was a fast-paced, action packed thrill ride in the spirit of the Bourne Identity or Mission Impossible. I like Elliot's personality and his relationship with Talia. There is humor and a bit of clean romance. Great story line. Good resolution. I can't believe the amount of research this book must have required to write. The reason I gave this one a 4 instead of a 5 is because the story is a little confusing at the beginning keeping all the acronyms straight. Some of the explanations about Ru ...more
booksthrubifocals
Spy thriller with a side of romance and a dash of fun!

Talia is a CIA operative working in tandem with a similar Canadian entity. Her partner Elliot has been a bit addled lately waiting for the arrival of his first child. Her boss is suggesting it might be safer for her to work alone, and although she too has had her doubts, out of loyalty she agrees to take responsibility if he fumbles the ball again. Talia's mom and dad had a rough marriage that ended after 15 years in divorce and a few marriag
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Emily
Feb 03, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
I read this as part of a 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, under the category "a book based in your hometown." While the descriptions of touristy Ottawa landmarks were accurate, the timing to get around was unbelievable (they drive to her apartment in Nepean then change their mind and go to Tim Hortons downtown? so strange.) It read as though the author had taken a nice vacation to Ottawa once and wanted to put everything she'd seen into one book. Can't criticize that, I guess, it's a beautiful ci ...more
Trisha
Oct 21, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it
I have been meaning to read this book for ages, and have only just got around to it. Although it took up quite a few precious days in which I could have been reading more than one book and catching up on my reading goal for the year (I've been behind for most of the year!), this was well worth reading. :D

It was a pleasure to read a book that was well written, as well as witty and entertaining. I am not religious at all, and the heroine in this book is Mormon, but the story doesn't preach to the
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Dlora
Talia is a CIA operative in Canada, which makes it difficult to maintain her relationship with her boyfriend Danny--lies, secrets, and missed dates being just a few of her problems. I thought this book would be just a light chick novel but i found instead that the author did a good job making Talia as a spy believable both in terms of her training and abilities. After all, the best spies are the ones that seem as normal as apple pie. The suspense and action ratchet up nicely as both the plot and ...more
Zoe and the Edge
What concerned me upon starting this book was that Danny didn't grab me. He and Talia don't have much chemistry. They're, to put it plainly, boring. I found Danny so unattractive that I had to check the end of the book so that I would know that I had no choice but to root for him. Danny comes across as whiny and sullen – constantly needing to be reassured. I know that this is what their romance has come to but it is not.a.good.look. Talia struggles to juggle her work commitments and her relation ...more
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An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can't resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don't want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most--she's a mom.

Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbie
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