Review of “To Sin Again” by Beth McMullen

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.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2012

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12 Responses to Review of “To Sin Again” by Beth McMullen

  1. Beth F says:

    This series sounds like perfect escape reading — and I mean that in a good way. Odd that they’ve combined the first two books, but I haven’t read either yet.

  2. This does sound like a good series but it doesn’t sound like the publisher is behind it.

  3. Rachel says:

    This sounds like a book I’d like. Putting the first two books together is weird though. Kinda like when a band puts out a Greatest Hits album that has one new song on it so even if you have all the other albums, you’ll still buy the Greatest Hits.

  4. Looks like a fun read – something to enjoy but not take too seriously. 🙂

  5. bookingmama says:

    These were just too fun. Wouldn’t they make a cute movie?

  6. sandynawrot says:

    They DO sound good! I am totally understanding why a mom would need to get out of the house and shoot bad guys or at least beat them up. I get that. I think it is a crappy trick to try to sell them together though.

  7. Lisa says:

    This does sound like fun. What a great way to work out all of that mom aggression!

  8. Jenners says:

    It does sound like fun! And just how fast do you read that you reread all previous books in series when you constantly read series? Are you a speed-reader?

  9. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks like this mom should get this one, or two. You are right about the packaging not boding well for the series.

  10. zibilee says:

    I had wanted to read these when they first came out, but somehow passed them over! It does look like I will need to address that since you loved them so. But that cover is kind of icky.

  11. I might give this one a try!! I like a fun book!

  12. Caite says:

    These books sound entertaining…odd the way they are putting the second out…

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