Title: The Spy’s Love Song (Stars from Peril #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Desires
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 2nd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 214 / 52,201 words
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
For a singer and a spy, love might be mission impossible.
Jaxon Powers has what most only dream of. Fame. Fortune. Gold records and Grammy awards. Lavish hotel suites and an endless parade of eager bedmates. He’s adored all over the world—even in the remote, repressive country of Vasnytsia, where the tyrannical dictator is a big fan. The State Department hopes a performance might improve US relations with a dangerous enemy. But it means Jaxon’s going in alone… with one exception.
Secret agent Reid Stanfill has a covert agenda with global ramifications. Duty means everything to him, even when it involves protecting a jaded rock star. Jaxon and Reid’s mutual attraction is dangerous under Vasnytsia’s harsh laws—and matters get even worse when they’re trapped inside the borders. Romance will have to wait… assuming they make it out alive.
When the State Department approaches Jaxon Powers to perform in the country of Vasnytsia (think North Korea, but European), all Jax knows is this could improve the US’s relations with a dangerous enemy. He reluctantly agrees, but quickly things go sideways when his assistant Reid Stanfill, actually a secret agent working to topple the corrupt prime minister, Talmirov, has to escape and it could cost both their lives. The two must work together and rely on the Vasnytsian underground to, hopefully, get out alive.
I love a good bodyguard falls for his protectee / forbidden attraction trope and Kim Fielding delivers a gripping story with suspense and interesting characters.
Jaxon looked at him solemnly. “I’d retire if it meant I could keep you.” Huh. He hadn’t consciously realized the truth of those words until he said them out loud. “Would you do the same?”
“What else would I be?” Reid said it angrily, but his eyes showed hurt and fear.
Jaxon framed Reid’s face with his palms. “You’d be you. Reid Stanfill. That’s more than enough.”
Glowering, Reid pulled away slightly. “You’re talking something serious when we’ve only known each other for a few days.”
“We could spend a year doing dinner and a movie and long walks on the beach and I wouldn’t get to see the real you as well as I have already. I guess being on the lam tends to strip away layers of pretense. We know each other better than anyone else on this planet knows us. And I like what I know.”
The story is told in third person from Jax’s POV, but I would have liked more background on Reid, as he remains pretty much a mystery throughout.
The Spy’s Love Song is a low steam romance with action and suspense. Overall I found it an enjoyable story with a fascinating cast of characters, a compelling plot, and a sweet happy ending.