The first in a contemporary romance intrigue series by multi-published author Paula Altenburg about spies, lies, and the games people play.
The games are about to begin.
Au pair and ex-pat Isabelle Beausejour has been living abroad for most of her twenty-four years, traveling the world with her irresponsible father. When Isabelle finds herself stranded in Bangkok, with no job, no money, and nowhere to turn, she soon becomes desperate.
Intelligence officer Garrett Downing is on the hunt for military goods that have gone missing. Instead, he finds himself coming to the aid of a young woman with more resourcefulness than common sense.
Isabelle has no choice but to accept a stranger’s help in getting back home. Once there, however, as enemies turn into lovers, it soon becomes a game of keeping secrets. Garrett is more than he seems. Isabelle knows more than she’s willing to admit. Will she choose loyalty to her father over the love of a man who tells lies for a living?
Book One in the Spy Games series, stand alone
Books in the Spy Games series:
Her Spy to Have, Book One ~ available now
Her Spy to Hold, Book Two ~ available now
His Spy at Night, Book Three ~ available now
Spy Games Boxset Books1-3 ~ available now
Her Spy at Dawn, Book Four ~ available now
About the Author
Multi-published Canadian author Paula Altenburg has written contemporary romance, as well as fantasy and paranormal romance, for publishers Entangled, Tule, and Tor. Her Spy to Have, the first book in her new and exciting Spy Games series, marks her 13th published work of fiction. She lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys working from home and writing fulltime.
You can visit her at paulaaltenburg.com or interact with her at facebook.com/PaulaAltenburgAuthor and twitter.com/PaulaAltenburg
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
when garrett catches isabelle trying to sell her passport in bangkok in her spy to have, he's both furious and impressed. isabelle is clearly resourceful and up to something. and when it turns out that she might coincidentally be the daughter of the man he's searching for he's compelled to follow the lead. but he's also compelled to help her, because isabelle is clearly down on her luck and in need of rescuing. once back in canada isabelle ends up as garrett's sister's new nanny, she assumes that he has everything to do with her newfound employment. obviously, he wants to keep tabs on her. obviously, he's not just a government program officer. she's well aware of his interest in her father, but she believes that her father is misunderstood. she can't believe that the man who raised her would truly be involved in something illegal that could harm people. garrett admires her loyalty. but at the same time it presents a problem. he doesn't think she actually knows anything about her father's less than legal transactions, but his superiors don't want to miss the chance that isabelle could lead them to him. the problem is actually that garrett finds isabelle compelling and attractive. he can't stay away from her, and it's not just because he's been ordered to spy on her. he wants her any way he can have her. and at the same time he knows that he shouldn't. isabelle finds herself torn between her loyalties to her father and her attraction to garrett. it's even more difficult as it becomes clear that garrett is right about her father. being with garrett feels like a betrayal of the man who raised her. but her life is better when he is in it. she is happy when he is with her. garrett and isabelle are perfectly matched. her unconventional upbringing makes her the ideal partner in his unconventional life. and as long as they can get past her daddy drama, their future looks bright. which you know, it kind of exactly what you want in a romance novel. this one is surprisingly sweet, given that i was expecting more of a suspense thriller type deal. but that isn't a bad thing. **her spy to have published on march 4, 2016. i received a digital copy for review courtesy of netgalley/barclay publicity in exchange for my honest assessment.
LOVED this book! I loved the premise of Isabelle being trapped in Bangkok when she encounters Garret. Odd circumstances put them at cross purposes and make for a very entertaining novel that I couldn't put down. This novel had me turning pages just as quickly as possible, and yet sorry when it ended. If you enjoy smart and fast paced romantic suspense, you will love this book. While it's the first novel I've read by this author, it won't be the last. I can't believe that I've been missing out on her work until now and there is nothing better than finding an author new to you that you love. This author is in that category for me and I'll be working my way through her back list. This is a must read.
Loving and tender romance between a daughter of an international criminal and Canadian spy, who takes interest in her, in more than just professional meaning. The set up is interesting in this story, since Garrett first time meets Isabelle, when she is about to commit a crime. From the first moment, Garrett goes way beyond his duty, and gets tangled in Isabelle's life, maybe more than he should, considering the positions they both are, thanks to her father. The story takes a look at Garrett and Isabelle's life, and the difficulties her father and his crimes, bring to them, and the possible relationship they could have. It is a story of a troubled young woman, who can thank her lucky stars, that Garrett game and saved her, again and again, it seems. The story is a romance, with a shadow of a mystery in the background regarding to her father, and the secrets they keep from each other. There's no suspense or action to speak of, so I would have a hard time classifying it as a romantic suspense story. Garrett and Isabelle have a connection, they are attracted to each other, that is clear, but the situation they are in, is nearly impossible for them to act upon the growing feelings they have for each other. Garrett's family generously opens their home for her, and gives her a chance at life with a future, when it seems that there's no one else she can turn to for help. The tale provides plenty of fun, sweet, moments Garrett and Isabelle have with the kids of the family. The story is well written, the plot very thought out, making the story flow nicely and freely. At times the dialogue felt a little stiff, mostly when the characters were talking about their feelings. The emotions, for me, stayed rather superficial, I had difficulties connecting with the characters on the emotional level. They both, Garrett and Isabelle, seemed a bit cold, emotionless, and detached most of the time. The utter desperation of her situation could have brought much deeper feelings, even little angst to the picture, in my opinion. An interesting, noteworthy beginning of a new series ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Her Spy to Have, the first book in the Spy Games series. While in Bangkok to meet an informant, CSIS officer Garrett Downing posing as an Embassy employee, spots Isabelle Beausejour attempting to sell her Canadian passport. When he intervenes, he discovers her last name is familiar and wants to know what she knows about Marc Beausejour and if she is in anyway involved in the theft of national defense property. Confiscating her passport, he sends her back to Canada where he plans to keep an eye on her. Unbeknownst to him, his brother-in-law, Peter Mansford, a Nova Scotia Member of Parliament hires Isabelle as the summer nanny for his kids. Garrett and Isabelle meet up again when Garrett pays his family a visit, in hopes of getting more information out of Isabelle. Confession time......I am a romantic suspense snob. Her Spy to Have didn’t bring the level of suspense I’m accustomed to in a romantic suspense. There was no edge of my seat, heart-pounding moments. The story was nice. Isabelle is definitely more than she seems to be, which only adds to Garrett’s curiosity. I found myself trying to figure out what games were being played and by who. There was a little surprise where your heart does end up going out to a character. I definitely want to see where Paula takes this series next. I would loved to have had at least one of the characters from the next book introduced in this one. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**