Synopsis: Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.
There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.
As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.
Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.
Review: I did not know at all about this novel nor the author but I admit that I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis! I must say that I am very happy to have discovered this story because I really had a great time with it!
Laurel is a young girl who wants to go back to when she could spend time with her father. Since his company has grown up, she wants more than anything to spend time with him, but it is more difficult than expected. So here she has a plan, and working for him during summer would help her reach her goal! However, she did not expect to have to play the assistants for the students who participate to get a scholarship from the company, let alone to have double voice to decide on the winner. This last point does not please her at all! But as she gradually discovers the competitors, that she is particularly interested in one of the candidates, that they work together, she will develop more links with them. Links that tighten when they have to manage the right arm of her father, an intransigent and difficult man!
I really had a great time with this novel! I loved discovering Laurel and learning more about all the characters. On top of that, the author has thrilled the novel with references to Star Wars and it’s true that I loved it! It is well dosed, well brought and they made me smile several times! It’s a fresh reading, full of ideas and I loved the turn of the story at the end of the book. I was also curious to discover the person who was denigrating about the company on twitter.
You understand now that it is a novel that I really enjoyed!
Excerpt from Spies, Lies, and Allies:
“Let’s see where helping me on my project falls on this list.” Carlos picks up a pen and clicks it, eyeing me from underneath ridiculously long lashes.
Cautiously, I take a tiny step toward his desk so I can read the list.
“Number three.” I point to the napkin. “Teamwork.”
He nods and underlines the word. I notice he’s added numbers six through ten. Nothing is written next to those numbers, except for ten, next to which he’s drawn a smiley face.
“What’s that for?” I point to the smiley face. He leans back in his desk chair and grins up at me.
“Not sure yet.”
My heart throbs in my chest and my imagination is off and running, fantasizing about number ten.
Carlos points to number five: nicknames. “I think this is where we left off at lunch.” He clicks his pen repeatedly and I resist the urge to snatch it out of his hand. “I’d prefer not to be nicknamed for a pasta, but I gave you a cereal nickname, so…” He shrugs but keeps his eyes on mine.
“I…pasta…what?” He’s not making sense.
He bites his bottom lip, and I have no trouble picturing what will make me “smiley face” if we ever make it to number ten. Also, I’m pretty sure he’s a mind reader because his gaze drifts down to my lips, then back up to my eyes.
“The Manicotti. Who is it?” He glances across the room. “Elijah? He can be sort of cheesy.”
My mind analyzes his words, sliding them around like one of those puzzles where you have to move a string through twisted metal. And then it clicks.
“You read my notebook! You’re the one who—” Panic zings through me as I remember what I wrote about him, Carlos is trouble, and his editorial comment, True. Is Carlos adorable?
Apparently I’m not the only spy around here.
“Why’d you pick this desk?” I’m desperate to change the subject.
“I like the view.”
“But it’s better by the windows.”
“Depends on which view we’re talking about.” He gives me a cryptic smile, one that makes my stomach dip. “Anyway, I saved your notebook. You’re lucky no one else read your notes.”
Mortified and defiant, I cross my arms over my chest. “You didn’t have to read it. You could’ve just returned it.”
“I was just checking to make sure you’d listed all of Mr. Mantoni’s rules.”
Across the room, Elijah stands up and stretches. He glances at us, an amused smirk twisting his lips like he knows something I don’t.
Carlos writes on the napkin again. Number six: healthy disagreement.
“You’re kidding, right?”
His responding grin packs more heat than it should.
“I think we’ve gone off track.” I’m proud of how calm I sound, even though my nerve endings are exploding like firecrackers.
Wohoo SW references! I like books like that
it was a lot of fun
Awww, this sounds like a really good romance story to read this summer Melliane <3
yes it was a really sweet and fun one
This does sound really fun and thanks for sharing the excerpt!
I do love the sounds of this one. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the giveaway too.
I’m glad you enjoyed it immensely! It does sound wonderful.
This does sound cute for summer reading. Thanks for sharing about it, Melliane!
Well this sounds like a fun read to me. I will have to add it to my pile.
He picked up a penis??? That’s… odd…
Sounds fun, love the excerpt! And I like the sound of the Star Wars references too
Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
This sounds like fun! I like that she is wanting to spend more time with her father and Star Wars references are always welcome!
Star Wars references? Awesome! 😀
I’m such a sucker for fun books like this.
Huh! Sounds pretty good.
Oh I hadn’t seen this one. Sounds good 🙂 Fun when they sprinkle in those kinds of references.