Title: Transformed: Paris: A Quirky Queer Spy Novel, #2
Author: Jack Harvey (Author), Suzanne Falter (Author)
Genre: Mystery, Spy Mystery, LGBT
Transman spy Charley MacElroy travels to Paris to help French authorities break up a Neo Nazi plot to scatter dirty bombs throughout the city. His older lover Electra comes along to study French, but she soon discovers Dickie Borque, an sinister British aristocrat with lavender hair, may be behind the plot. Charley, however, is not so sure.
Meanwhile, she and Charley begin having love troubles when he suggests opening up their relationship to suit his pansexual desires. After discovering that he may have been fooling around with his attractive new male assistant, Electra moves out in a huff. Soon Charley is wandering the quays alone, trying to find the dirty bombs while wistfully longing for his love.
Electra enlists the help of Dickie’s feisty eighty-something milliner, Odile, to break up the plot. But then suddenly, Electra disappears. Now Charley must search frantically for both the bombs and Electra amidst the cafes, conversation, and the gleaming, rainy streets of Paris in winter.
Move over James Bond, Charley and Electra are taking over.
Charley’s a transgendered spy working undercover as a travel writer and Electra is a dominatrix known as the “Society Dom”. Charley’s been assigned to discover the terrorists planting bombs in Paris and he’s taken Electra along for the adventure. Electra hasn’t cleared spy security training yet but she insists she’s only there to study French.
Neo-Nazis are planting bombs in a last-ditch effort to get all the migrants (read foreigners) out of Paris. While Charley is on the case officially, Electra discovers not only who is responsible but suddenly disappears. Charley races against the clock (and his heart) to bring these terrorists down and save his lover, Electra.
I love the premise for many reasons but it all revolves around Charley and his pansexual desires. The authors bring to life a fun, flirty, exciting man (who happens to be transgendered) and all that comes with that. He loves Electra yet his infidelity and sexual needs could betray the one woman who loves him unconditionally.
The mystery sub-plot is solid yet sometimes gets lost in the relationship angst between Charley and Electra. The Neo Nazis are humorous (don’t tell them I said that) and it’s a wonder they get anything accomplished.
This was my first Charley and Electra book and I’m looking forward to reading their further adventures. Electra is brilliant and experiencing Paris through her eyes makes up for any drama between her and Charley.
If you’re looking for a fresh, diverse novel, 1-click this book (and the first in the series as well). You won’t be disappointed.
Electra. I loved everything about her from the way she handles herself in society (no thanks to Dickie) to the way she deals with Charley and his pansexual desires. Seeing Paris through her eyes is a special treat because it made me reminisce about my time in Paris.
My Rating: 4 stars
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Suzanne Falter is an author, speaker and blogger whose work has reached more than two million people. She has published both fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, Doin’ the Box Step (Random House), was featured in New York Magazine and Cosmopolitan among others. Her non-fiction titles include How Much Joy Can You Stand? and Living Your Joy (both Ballantine.) How Much Joy Can You Stand? was a Dual Main Selection of The One Spirit Book Club. Living Your Joy became a #2 bestseller on Amazon and was named a ‘Best of the Best Self Help Book’ by SELF Magazine. Suzanne’s online writing and videos can be found on Facebook, Google +, YouTube and Pinterest and on her blog.
Jack Harvey has retired from a long, successful career in finance, and is now partnering with his cousin, Suzanne, to create cutting edge fiction.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N