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TALIA REYNOLDS

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Full Name: Talia Reynolds
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jordan McCollum
Time Span: 2013 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Talia Reynolds is an agent with the CIA.
       Some would say that her duty station for all the adventures we have of her is a cushy one, namely Ottawa, Canada, because the idea of spies having work to do in that city does sound a bit hard to imagine. Even she will readily admit that since early on she comments, "I realize being a CIA operations officer in Ottawa, of all places, is the bottom rung of the ladder in terms of detecting threats and being in danger". She also laments that "I might not be the best CIA operative in the word - okay, obviously not if I'm stuck here in Ottawa".
       Reynolds states that she is "technically in counterintelligence" and that she sometimes works hand-in-hand with Canada's CSIS and when not keeping an eye on her own embassy's security, she and her partner, Elliott, spend a good deal of time tracking agents from Russia (for the most part).
       One odd thing about Reynolds' posting to the Canadian capital is the fact that she is skilled in languages including Urdu, Russian, and Finnish, with passable French to go with them. The Russian of course helps out when handling the work already mentioned but the Urdu is interesting. Not sure how many Pakistani operations are brewing in the northern regions.
       In an early short adventure we are shown how Reynolds gets teamed up with Elliott and learn how their initial connection was one of competition and not so friendly behavior. They obviously get over that though because throughout the longer tales we watch them become the best of friends and stand up for each other, especially when Elliott meets his Shanna and Reynolds meets Danny.
       Danny will prove to be a major part of Reynolds' life because while she wants very much to be a part of his, hers is one of constant secrecy. Hard to build on that but she tries.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2014

Originally this series was released as a trilogy starting with what I label as book #2, I, Spy. A year after the three books were released, a prequel, Spy By Night, was published. I have reordered things accordingly but wanted you to know.


1 Spy By Night Spy By Night
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2014

Talia Reynolds has no good thing to say about marriage having watched her parents' go so badly. Plus her new job has her working incredibly long hours. Plus she has to find the Russian spy who is undercover at the aerospace company before he figures out she is a fake as well. That is why meeting and falling for engineer Danny Fluker was definitely not in the plans. But it happened and now she has to live with it.
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2 I, Spy I, Spy
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2013

Talia Reynolds' life as a CIA operative leaves no time for a love life and she was determined to keep it that way. Then she met aerospace engineer Danny and her 'simple' life of cloak and dagger undercover work got really complex and that is not adding in dealing with the Russian Timofeyev who may be a spy himself.
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3 Spy For A Spy Spy For A Spy
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2014

Planning a wedding is very, very stressful. Living an undercover life as a CIA agent is very, very stressful. Doing both can really mess a person up, as Talia Reynolds is learning all too quickly. And then there is the matter of the new boss at work, a man named Brand who is also her ex-boyfriend and who is definitely up to something not in the playbook.
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4 Tomorrow We Spy Tomorrow We Spy
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2014

CIA operative Talia Reynolds in on her honeymoon with hubby, and new CIA agent, Danny Fuker. They are in Paris and in love and nothing could be better. Then a case is dropped into their laps and it is not for Talia but for her husband. He is to contact a Russian aerospace executive but doing just that can get him killed.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Spy Noon Spy Noon
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2017

Talia Reynolds was not wanting a partner but she got one nevertheless. She could have dealt with that except the guy, Elliot, shows her up on their first assignment together so now it is payback time. Not to mention they have a new missions with a nasty enemy that can get them both killed.
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2 Mr. Nice Guy Mr. Nice Guy
Written by Jordan McCollum
Copyright: 2017

For Elliott, trying to find a leak out of the American embassy in Canada was enough trouble to deal with but he has the added burden of a long-time fiancee who now insists they move forward on the wedding or forget the whole thing. Now more than ever he will need the help of his best friend, Talia Reynolds.
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MY COMMENTS

       These adventures are a very enjoyable, very easy to read group of books about a gifted agent, albeit more than capable of making the odd mistake or two, working in an unlikely locale while falling in love and trying to keep her two worlds separate. They are most definitely rom-com meets spy-fi but the author does an excellent job in making the spy part of things the most important. By that I mean that while the romance part is always going on, it does so in the midst of the spying.
       I enjoyed the fact that we get a couple of short tales showing up how Reynolds and her partner Elliott meet. I also liked the prequel that came after the three adventures which to me are sort of a trilogy dealing with Reynolds and her beau, Danny.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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