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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  131 reviews
At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet and an American agent fall in love.

Soviet agent Gennady Matskevich is thrilled when he's assigned to work with American FBI agent Daniel Hawthorne. There’s just one catch: Gennady’s abusive boss wants him to honeytrap his American partner. Gennady doesn't want to seduce his new American friend for blackmail purposes… but nonetheless,
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published September 2nd 2020
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4.5 stars

This was really good.


My first book by this author and i was mind blown.

This is the story of Gennady a Soviet agent and Daniel an American FBI agent. The story is divided into 3 parts. Gennady and Daniel were awesome characters.

The character development is evident throughout the book. I fell in love with them hard. Gennady was sweet, practical and so lovable. Daniel was awesome, thoughtful and lovable. The chemistry between the two was so sweet and jumped off the pages. Their conversa
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

Told in three parts (1959, 1975, 1992) Honeytrap is a quiet romance between two men who should never have been in the same zip code much less the same car or house or dacha.

What makes this pairing inherently interesting his their being in opposite camps based solely upon their country of origin and the time in which Gennady and Daniel find themselves. They're "enemies" but in name only as they actually get on quite well almost from the beginning.

The bulk of the book takes place on a road tri
Xia Xia
On the surface this may look like a slow burn romance between an American FBI agent, and an USSR KGB (?) agent who become intimate friends while trying to solve a mystery. Going deeper, this book is about safety and security, love and belonging, vulnerability and choices. This is a book about wounds, and being lonely when surrounded by people. It's about finding temporary solace from the deep dark woods of one's existence.

Anyone who could afford special vodka glasses probably had less sorrow
Kaje Harper
4.5 rounded up. This story of two intelligence agents - an American FBI and a Soviet GRU agent - was engaging and unexpected, a story of love across boundaries, with setbacks and separations. Gennady is told by his GRU boss to try to honeytrap his new American colleague, as they collaborate on an investigation into a fumbled assassination attempt on Khrushchev. His boss has the idea because he's been sexually harassing Gennady for years, not knowing Gennady is actually bisexual, and not caring t ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq, historical
4,5 stars

This was not at all what I expected.
The title might suggest a romantic romp between two agents a la James Bond, but you would be totally wrong.
This is so much better than that!

Honeytrap is one of those books I would not classify as romance. It is a novel telling the tale of two men over the course of 35 years, two men who are quintessentially different, but fall in love anyway.
Nothing about their story is average or conventional.
Mainly, it felt utterly realistic, and very much like a l
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Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let's get the rating question immediately out of the way: this was for me a glowing 5 stars and I utterly loved it.

Set over the span of roughly thirty-two years (from 1959 to 1992), Honeytrap follows FBI agent Daniel Hawthorne and Red Army lieutenant (or KGB agent?) Gennady Matskevich as they travel across America on the trail of the mysterious person who attempted the life of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Their journey is slow and winding - while they go from small towns to bigger cities,
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has been a great surprise from a new to me author. Historical isn't my favourite genre, usually I don't want to deal with the anguish feeling those readings inspire me, but despite that, this book has been really good.
I went into this thinking this was going to be a spy novel, but it wasn't. Instead we get to know two strong men and learn how they affect each other life. Yesterday, I closed the book with a sad feeling despite the hopeful note in which this ends. Some of the themes addresse
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.75 stars, rounded up

For a story about a couple of guys working for opposing governments during the Cold War, there was very little in the way of espionage. Don't go into this expecting a James Bond or Alias, or even The Americans, type story structure or plot, because you won't find it. What you will find is a near unputdownable story about an unlikely romance between a pair of star-crossed lovers who have everything going against them.

In a rare moment of international cooperation, Gennady (US
Terri Jones
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was born in 1957; I learned about and lived the history this book covers. And that was interesting, and the author did a great job bringing it to life via these characters, but it is the characters who pulled me in and kept me reading. The jumps in time only made that more striking. The last line made me cry and smile. Highly recommended.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That was beautiful.

This book first came to my notice when I saw that Teal read it. Cold War, spies, historical. Count me in. Teal, also, said it was her best book of 2020. She’s not wrong.

I tried to read it right after that but pandemic brain prevented from it from drawing me in.

Then the Fated Mates podcast (mostly m/f romance but I love how the two hosts get SO excited about books and completely crack each other up) named it as one of their favorite romances of 2020. And I got excited a
Atty. Winston Pagador
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Honeytrap by Aster Glenn Gray is a big surprise for me because it is not often talked about and yet it should be given the spotlight it deserves. I am glad to have discovered this book on Goodreads. It even reminds me of Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston. You have two main characters: one is an American FBI agent and the other is a Soviet military spy. Two incongruous characters who must unite together to solve a crime so enormous it will create a thermonuclear war if not solved. As t ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Aster Glenn Gray’s Honeytrap is a compelling and unique story that charts the development  of the  unlikely relationship between an American FBI agent and a lieutenant in the Red Army (and possible KGB agent) over a period of around thirty-five years.  It’s extremely well-written, and the author does an amazing job of exploring the cultural and ideological differences between the societies in which the two men live in a way that is th
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Highly recommended! 18/20 4.5 stars
Very nice cold war story with a plausible straight-to-gay plot. Ms Gray takes her time to immerse us into her universe. With 30 pages less about the blurry line between friendship & love, the book would've obtained the last half-star. Still altogether an incredibly enjoyable book. In turn sad and funny, it doesn't read like the ubiquitous romance which have more stars on GR than they deserve IMAO. The clever division into 3 eras shows the change in mentalities
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4.5 stars

Everyone told me to read HONEYTRAP and everyone was right.
Karen Wellsbury
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Francesca Forrest
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(This review can also be found over on Dreamwidth)

“At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet and an American agent fall in love.”

Not only are their countries enemies, but the agents are both men, in an era when being gay was still taboo. Fans of Aster Glenn Gray know that she’s excellent at complicated and anguished love—and Honeytrap really lets her show her stuff.

She’s also in top form when it comes to another of her strengths: the intelligence of her characters. Gennady and Daniel are intereste
Iona Sharma
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
There is a lot of stuff to like about this book! It's well-written, wonderfully evocative of time and place, the characters are interesting and you can tell the author has done a lot of work both on evoking the US in the fifties but also the Soviet Union. And the central conflict - lifted with grace from The Man from UNCLE - is moreish as all-get-out, obviously. But structurally it's all over the place, with a lot of long interludes that don't advance the plot along much, and there is scarcely a ...more
Janine Ballard
4.25 stars

A lovely book, and likely to go on my best of the year list. Sirius and I now have a joint review on DA.
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Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: LenaRibka
Really liked this slow burn romance between two agents -one American, the other Soviet - that begins during the Cold War a deepens over decades. The author does a lovely job of capturing the different time periods as well as fleshing out the two main characters. I'll definitely read more by this author. This book gave me the feels. ...more
Chiara D'Agosto
You think love is the most powerful thing in the world. But really it's fear, because fear can compel love.

I savoured this book like you do a chocolate truffle. It was delicious, and I enjoyed it immensely, but in the end I just wanted to eat 20 more.
This was kinda the same, but in a good way. It's just that I fell so in love with the story, with the characters, that I wish I could stay with them a while longer. And I mean I already had been with them for more than 30 years by then. But hey! G
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku
4.5. This was lovely, the discussions between Daniel and Gennady, especially in the first part were fantastic. This is not a conventional romance but I liked the spy intrigue and their relationship was lovely too. I did not like the final conflict because it felt forced to me. I still liked the ending so really I did not love like 20 pages towards the end, a very small complaint. I would highly recommend this one because the plot is gripping, the characters are well drawn out and I felt their lo ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a long, slow and low burn about a tenuous love that starts off as an unlikely friendship between a Russian and US spy. Their story begins in 1959 and spans several decades, during the majority of which Gennady and Daniel are partners, and then friends but not yet anything more.

Given the premise (enemy spies falling in love), it was surprisingly low drama and low steam, but I loved Daniel and Gennady’s characters and the connection that they built over the years. There was definite
Bookshire Cat
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
More like 3,5*. I loved the first part so much but the other two made me rather depressed and gloomy which is not the feeling I read romance novels for :-/
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
Honeytrap is one hell of a journey. If you want to read a book doing serious work on bisexuality rep in historical romance, whilst also being equal parts angst and adorable, this is the book for you.

Also, if you thought Briarley was good, recalibrate your scale of perfection, because this is a serious escalation of ambition.
Helen Kord
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So. If you’ve read Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray that I’ve previously hyped up, you know that her stories are full of so much heart, and kindness, and humor. Her character work is stellar. I also knew she knows how to handle Russian culture, so imagine my excitement for Honeytrap. Honeytrap is a novel mainly set in 1959, although there are some massive time jumps. It’s about two secret agents, one american and one russian, who’s countries team up to investigate the botched assassination attempt o ...more
Eva Müller
This book was not what I expected from the blurb. I picked it up because I thought it would be a mystery/spy thriller (+ romance) and this was…not that. Gennady and Daniel are assigned to investigate a very amateurish assassination attempt on Khrushchev together. Since they’re only decent clue is a scrap from a somewhat obscure magazine they go on a road trip to visit all the subscribers but the story is far more interested in the road trip (during which they experience pretty much every romance ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Aster Glenn Gray for a while and I've really been looking forward to this book, and it did not disappoint me; I read it in one big gulp pretty much as soon as it dropped and in the end I felt very satisfied. It was a little more bittersweet than I was expecting, although given that it's a genre romance it still does have a happy ending.

I really do like how she fleshed out the parts of both leads' lives (the American spy more than the Soviet spy, but both of them even so) that
4.5 stars. That was really bittersweet. It’s a story about an FBI agent and a Soviet agent who work together during the Cold War under flimsy pretenses, each with ulterior motives but who end up falling in love. It’s sweeping in its scope in that it spans decades and eras, but also claustrophobic in that this romance had to be kept secret at all costs. This is not an era that I’ve read very much about and it definitely felt like a look back in time. It’s simply written and very moving in places. ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Endlessly interesting, engaging, compelling. Moving, so much so. Stayed up late to read it and then finished nearly first thing in the a.m.
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Aster Glenn Gray writes fantasies with a romantic twist, or romances with a fantastic twist. (And maybe other things too. She is still a work in progress.) When she is not writing, she spends much of her time haunting libraries, taking long walks, and doing battle with the weeds that seek to topple her tomato plants.

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