This isn’t your typical romance. This is a badass, Cold War, Russian spy romance that throws you into all the drama.
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When I was young, I spent a lot of time thinking about spies (like all kids who spend more time with books than with friends, I had a lot of niche fixations). Many of the nonfiction accounts of spying tried to dispel the idea that the job isn’t nearly as sexy as the movies make it out to be. Well. All I have to say about that is that while I begrudgingly accept this claim, it won’t stop me from wholeheartedly enjoying suspenseful Cold War stories full of double agents, stolen secrets, and lies.
Rosalind Porter is a brilliant woman who has been wronged. One of the Manhattan Project physicists who helped work on the atomic bomb, her career was ruined and her heart was broken by war’s end. Five years later, she’s living a nondescript life in Chicago when an FBI agent taps her to help figure out who could be leaking nuclear secrets to the Russians. Then, a former colleague and old flame gets in touch, forcing her to reckon with old demons even as her present fills up with shadowy new ones.
This is a suspenseful, character-driven story that is just as much about Rosalind’s life as it is about espionage. We get the spy stuff in spades—there’s wire-tapping, covert operations, and people who aren’t who they say they are—but there’s also romance with a capital R. Imagine a vintage James Bond thriller, except the hero isn’t a playboy in a tux but a savvy young woman thrown into perilous circumstances in the gritty McCarthy era. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations—in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her work in the lab, yet has almost resigned herself to a more conventional life.
Then Weaver gets back in touch—and so does the FBI. Special Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Roz helped to develop these secrets and knows better than anyone the devastating power such knowledge holds. But can she spy on a man she still loves, despite her better instincts? At the same time, something about Charlie draws her in. He's a former prisoner of war haunted by his past, just as her past haunts her.
As Rosalind's feelings for each man deepen, so too does the danger she finds herself in. She will have to choose: the man who taught her how to love... or the man her love might save?
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Harrison Twp, MI
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! I love this book! Read it in one sitting! Loved the strong female character that finds herself in a love triangle between a former flame/Russian spy and the FBI agent trying to catch him!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the depth of characters and a smart, strong female lead all wrapped into a nice love story. I also enjoyed the 50’s era in a Chicago setting. 4 and a half ⭐️’s...
This book incorporated so many different genres in one. I loved the mystery that was “weaved” ???? throughout the book, the two different romances going on, and the very descriptive historical contexts.
I read it in about 24 hours. While on family vacation at Cannon Beach. I loved the plot, the writing. I also loved how the main character didn’t ‘end up happily married’ but the promise of a future.
Murrells Inlet , SC
Really enjoyed this book. I didn’t want to put it down. Rosalind being so drawn to Weaver is very relatable. I’m sure many of us have been there and not wanted to be. The ending was very satisfying.
I have read other books about the making of the bombs that ended WWII. This one followed along with what I knew. I truly enjoyed this story and the beginnings of the woman’s lib movement it told about
Enjoyed the story and plot twists in this book. It was so interesting to see that some of the characters and their characteristics, were taken directly from the author’s own family and her real story!
I loved this book and the characters. I wanted it to be longer! Rosalind is such a smart and independent woman and she doesn’t lose herself in her relationships. I loved the intricacy of the mystery
West Chester, OH
Absolutely stunning. This was much better than I thought it was going to be. Love, betrayal, espionage, self-acceptance..it’s all there. An added bonus is the protagonist breaking traditional spheres
Grand Forks, ND
The characters of this book draw you in right from the start! I love the bits and pieces of Cold War history intertwined with a love triangle, and who doesn’t love a good spy plot? Hard to put down!
La Verne, CA
A love story. A story of a jilted lover who still loves a traitorous man. A story of a woman's love of science and her career. A story of a woman's love for her sister. Lastly a romance with fbi agent
I loved the science and spy aspect to this romance. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the characters were well written. I always enjoy seeing multiple points of view and this author did a wonderful job.
The ending is not a steriotypical romantic ending, I love that. Its more than just a book about love and who she will choose. Its about finding yourself even in adulthood and choosing to invest in you
As a woman who feels like she has given too many men the opportunity to take away her power, Rosalind really resonated with me. This book is about science, love, empowerment, and being your own woman.
Roz is the true heroine in this story. Chasing after her own happiness and not making sacrifices to please any man. Chicago painted a beautiful backdrop & longed for me to travel there in the summer
My only complaint about this book is the ending was too fast. The first half of the book was perfectly paced but the ending was wrapped up too quickly! I really enjoyed reading it though.. sequel plz!
Williamston , SC
The way this story unfolds had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down because I had to know what was going to happen next. Rosalind's story was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time!
Historical fiction which I love. Dealing with the FBI of the time and someone who has put himself and his lover in danger. Who is selling secrets and who is protecting the country...and who loves who?
This definitely felt more like a drama then a romance, but it was super addicting! I ended up finishing this within two sittings and could not put it down! Loved the mystery and spy feel of this book!
Great read! Loved seeing the comparison between the two sisters lives in the 1950s (one following a career, one following the norm) and was in suspense the whole time waiting to see what would happen.