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Peek Inside Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story

My dad’s company is sponsoring a Survivor-like scholarship competition, and I’ve been roped into assisting the interns. Interns like Carlos, who is very distracting…until an anonymous informant takes aim at the company.

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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.

My boss is 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 like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant 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.


5 stars: "When Laurel and Carlos and a host of other determined teens spend the summer working for her dad’s company and competing for a major college scholarship, sparks fly, inhibitions crumble, and what’s left is me with a major book hangover. Simply devoured this story in one day. If you love sexy guys, savvy girls, and a sassy romance, then this book is for you! Highly recommended!" —Victoria Bunce, Teacher/advocate

4.5 stars: "If you like sweet romance and Star Wars, this book is for you. Super quick read with adorable characters and lots of geeky references." —Lissa Hawley, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "The characters start to come to life with a friendship and romance that readers will enjoy. The story is a cheesy, sweet and fun read that readers will be able to read sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun." —Book Him Danno

5 stars: "Well done and looking forward to reading more by this author." —Sarah, Educator at Canisteo-Greenwood CSD

4 stars: "The Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice. [...] Spies, Lies and Allies is a charming, witty read. It's for the inner geek."  —Danielle, Chapters Through Life

4 stars: "I loved it a lot and found the storyline really realistic but still packed with humour, friendship and romance." —Kayla, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Loved it. Great pacing, engaging characters, original plot. [...] Fabulous." —Pascale, Goodreads Reviewer

4.3 stars: "I've been on a huge contemporary kick ever since April started (read about 6 so far) and this is definitely one of my favorites! [...] The plot is really entertaining. I loved the friendships that developed and all the Star Wars, The Breakfast Club, Scooby Doo references. I don't even like Star Wars (sue me), but I found the characters' fascination with it absolutely adorable." —Camilla, @RoyIsReading

4 stars: "While I love a good romance, it was nice to read a book in which it wasn't the sole focus. Really, I felt like the author focused more on family, friendship, loyalty, and the difficulties of growing up." —Melena Torretta, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "[O]ne of my favourite novels I've had to review yet!" —Viv, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "If you're after a cute contemporary read for the summer, and want one that has a wide variety of cast, and extremely enjoyable plot, then Spies, Lies, and Allies is a book for you." —Sophie, Sophie Reads YA

4 stars: "Lisa Brown Roberts has a done an excellent job of making Laurel's voice that of a young lady with little work experience. She had a very black and white construct of how the world should be and work. I think this is actually a wonderful novel for young adults because it lets them know that not everything is so one sided in the business world."  —Kat, Skip to the Best of YA Literature

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756991
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 370
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers

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By Berit☀️✨ April 30, 2018

4.25 Totally Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

I’ve read quite a few books this week that were dark and had very unlikable characters, so I needed a pallet cleanser and this was perfect... fun, filled with lovely characters, a positive message, romance, and friendship.... nothing makes me smile quite like a goo ...more

By Danielle's April 14, 2018

The Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice. One summer to change fate.

Laurel is a huge Star Wars fan and has an overactive imagination. She's a super nerd with all the charms that go with it. She's funny, smart and desperate to spend more time with her dad. He is always busy and trying to run a succes ...more

RATING: 4.3/5

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

I've been on a huge contemporary kick ever since April started (read about 6 so far) and this is definitely one of my favorites!😍❤️

High school senior Laurel Kristoff doesn’t want to spend her summer worki ...more

By Cri (PaperbacksandPizza) May 02, 2018

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)

Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book.


By Ari June 08, 2018

Deliciously cute! 4.5 stars

Such a delightful (light and sweet) contemporary story about family, friendship, wrong first impressions and love. I stayed up late to finish reading it and I don’t regret one second of those sleepless hours. ...more

***4.5/5 Stars***

Spies, Lies, and Allies had me a laughing, sighing swooning mess!
This was such an adorable book and it almost had a Breakfast Club feel to it at times, which I absolutely loved! When I finished that last page, I realized that Lisa Brown Roberts has become one of my favorite authors ...more

By Sophie April 07, 2018

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Like with all the other Entangled books I’ve read before, this one did not disappoint, and was a really fun contemporary story. In Spies, Lies, and Allies, Laurel is desperate to spend more time wi ...more

By Miranda May 10, 2018

Spies, Lies, and Allies is the perfect summer romance book! This book was fast-paced, witty, romantic, and full of Star Wars references! My nerdy little heart was filled with joy!

There were so many lovable characters in this book, which is what made it such a fun book to read. Each character was un ...more

By Misty July 17, 2018

Well. I definitely should have reviewed this well before now, since I read it back in late April or early May (long enough ago that I can’t even quite remember), but frankly, silly blogger that I am, I couldn’t make up my mind on how I wanted to review it: written post or vlog. As if it matters. Fin ...more

By Jaime April 29, 2018

This was such a fun and light-hearted read and I really enjoyed it. I had been meaning to read other books by Lisa Brown Roberts, but just hadn’t, but I’m going to make sure I get her backlist books right away!

Laurel’s father is busy… he started his company from nothing and after 15 years it’s supe ...more

By Kayla April 09, 2018

I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

This book was so cute and entreating! I loved it a lot and found the storyline really realistic but still packed with humour, friendship and romance. ...more

By Nicole April 25, 2018

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
This book comes out May 4th, and you should totally check it out!!!

Summary: 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 ...more

By Shannon May 03, 2018


Although I’m no longer the demographic for them, (at least age-wise!), I’m a total sucker for sweet contemporary young adult novels like Spies, Lies, and Allies. Maybe because I can vicariously relive my youth through them? Maybe because I wish my teen years were as fun and entertaining as they’ ...more

By T.H. May 04, 2018

I love this book! Seriously, freaking LOVE! I’m a huge Lisa Brown Roberts fan and had the distinct pleasure of being her “seat filler” for all of five minutes at the RWA conference in San Diego a few years back; coincidentally, just a few days before San Diego Comic-Con. And though I’m sure she’s qu ...more

By Kristi Housman April 05, 2018

Laurel wants to spend more time with her dad, so she convinces him to allow her to work at his business, Emergent Enterprises, for the summer.  She wants to help out with the new intern program.  There are multiple candidates all fighting to win a $100, 000 scholarship for college.

Laurel is a big ne ...more

Same Review Also posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

I loved Lisa Brown Robert’s Playing the Player and when I heard of this book, I knew I had check it out because it sounds so fun. Well, It did not disappoint me. I quite enjoyed the story. It was an adorable read filled with cute romance, humor, f ...more

By Katherine May 02, 2018

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Wanting to spend more time with her workaholic father, Laurel comes up with a plan (and a lot of begging to get it approved!) to work with him at the office. Her job is to "assist the interns" but in actuality she will be a huge part of the selection ...more

By Erica May 07, 2018

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Young Adult age-range: 12+, includes kissing and cussing.

Laurel wants to spend time with her workaholic father, the geeky dad who used to spend a ton of time with her. She's willing to do anything, even be the assistant/spy ...more

By Melliane April 29, 2018

Mon avis en Français

My English 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 ba ...more

By Victoria April 17, 2018

I received a copy of SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

Five stars and here's why:

Lisa Brown Roberts had me by the title! SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY - I love a good spy story full of conflict and teena ...more

By Melissasfandomworld October 21, 2019

This was my second Lisa Brown Roberts book and this author has definitely made it to my favorites list when it comes to YA contemporary romance. Her writing is so good and truly addictive!

Spies, Lies and Allies was such a fun an fast paced read. This story was funny, lighthearted & heart warming. A ...more

By Laura's Book Addiction May 05, 2018

When thinking about Spies, Lies and Allies, I think survivor, The Apprentice and a sprinkling of The Bachelor.

Laurel was a fascinating character to read about and had a realistic voice. The whole premise of the novel was wonderfully executed and all the characters were the perfect add into the mix. ...more

By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids May 03, 2018

A fun sweet romance with friendship, and family at it's core. SPIES, LIES and ALLIES is a Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice during the summer time. Set at Laurel's dad's highly respectful office, this book is full of enjoyable characters all of whom I enjoyed getting to know.

FULL REVIEW https://m ...more

By Claire April 25, 2018

**Full RTC in my book blog. ...more

By Suze June 27, 2018

Laurel's dad runs his own company and spends most of his time at work. Laurel misses her father and manages to arrange a summer job at the company for herself, so she can see more of her father for a while. Laurel isn't particularly happy with her assigned tasks though. The company has an internship ...more

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Lisa Brown Roberts

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Lisa Brown Roberts

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at

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