Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Secret Service by Joy Jenkins - ESSENTIAL

A Secret Service by Joy Jenkins
, 399 pages. Girl Power Galaxy, 2019. 

 Language: G(0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some fighting, tranquilizer guns) 



 As the daughter of a Secret Service agent, a single parent, 18yo Carter has been raised with all the skills she needs to survive a Taken-like situation. Her bluntness and ferocity hasn’t made her any friends at her private school. When her school takes in a hundred displaced students from another school, two in particular, Link and Donovan, catch her eye, because her very bones know that the pair are hiding something – something big. A she tries to keep them at arm’s length, they keep getting under her guard. When she learns their secret, it really is a big one, and she realizes that their lives are in danger 0 but more importantly, so is Carter’s heart. 

Whew! I don’t know why this hasn’t been picked up by a major publisher – so good! In the acknowledgements Jenkins mentions that she is a Gallagher Girl – and Carter (the heroine) very much is. The build-up to the final confrontation is slow, but makes for great reading about relationship dynamics, giving a satisfying spy novel and a realistic romance, which takes 2nd place like it should. My only beef is the cover – I kept thinking this was historical fiction, not the modern novel this is; the cover is dull and doesn’t hint at any of the excitement and danger lurking within. 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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