I just adored the first book in the Sally Sin series (Original Sin – see my review here), as did everyone to whom I recommended it. So I was quite surprised to find out that the second book was only available coupled with the first in a compilation called Spy Mom.
Now this was fine with me because I am the type who re-reads earlier books in series before proceeding to the next, but it doesn’t seem to bode well for the future of the series. And it really is quite entertaining.
“Sally Sin” is the pseudonym of an attractive young woman now known as Lucy, who spent nine years as a spy for the “United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction,” or USAWMD. When she met Will Hamilton, she quit the service, or thought she did, to become a wife and mother. But Simon Still, her former boss, continues to call on her from time to time to help unearth illegal arms dealers.
Sally’s earnest and ingenuous husband Will doesn’t know about Lucy’s other life, and this role-reversal version of the movie plot for “True Lies” makes for many comedic moments.
While Will is at work, “Sally” tries to juggle preschool and play dates and potty training for her son Theo with dangerous assignments involving international terrorists. And much to her dismay, she keeps encountering handsome and enigmatic Ian Blackford, the man “most wanted” by USAWMD, who shares much in common with Sally, including an undeniable attraction.
In this second book, Sally is called back into service because Charles Gray, Director of the USAWMD, has been kidnapped, and the ransom caller insists he will only negotiate with Sally Sin. Sally proves motherhood has not slowed her down, even if she finds herself lecturing bad guys about wiping their hands…
Evaluation: These two books, Original Sin and To Sin Again, will have moms laughing out loud over Sally’s attempts to have a secret life while taking care of a three-, then (in book two) five-year-old energetic son. The spy operations are interesting and dangerous, but still quite humorous. This is a delightful series and I’d love to see it continue.
Published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2012