Playing the Spy

by Maggie Brown

Hollywood star and the nation’s favorite daughter, Eleanor Godwin wants nothing more than time by herself, especially from the persistent press. What better place to recuperate after a particularly gruelling round of interviews than a picture-perfect exclusive island resort in the Great Barrier Reef?

Political reporter Sophie Marsh is used to digging up dirt. When her editor underhandedly snags her the position as Eleanor’s housekeeper for two months, she reluctantly agrees to spy on the star. After all, her hard-won position at the paper is on the line.

Against the background of the breathtaking island, passions run high. As secrets are revealed, the assignment becomes Sophie’s worst nightmare—write the article or lose her job. She knows that succumbing to temptation can’t be an option. But tell that to her heart…



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Genre Romance
Length 274 pages
Publication Date January 15, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935756
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


GCLS Goldie Awards
Playing the Spy — Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Novels.


"The inspiration for Playing the Spy was taken from an actual TV interview. So I wrote a variation on that theme—Hollywood actress plays the role of a lesbian in a box-office film and is badgered on a current affairs program. A local newspaper editor underhandedly snags the live-in housekeeper position for one of his reporters and sends her to the exclusive holiday island resort to spy on the superstar. She has strict instructions to dig out the skeletons in the closet. And so it goes from there. This book is pure romance with a few twists and turns along the way.

One of the most exciting things about planning a new book is deciding where it’ll be set. I’ve always loved the Islands in the Great Barrier Reef with their snow-white sand, crystal-clear water and bluer than blue skies. Slices of heaven. What better place for a love story to flourish. I have to say it was a fun book to write."

—Maggie Brown


Lex’s Reviews - The characters in this book were great. It wasn’t just the two mains, but the supporting cast was well done too. Everyone was fleshed out and you remembered all of their names even if they didn’t play a huge roll. Brown definitely writes characters well. This is a book that is easy to recommend to romance fans. I really enjoyed this and expect others will too.

Pin's Reviews - We already know what to expect when a relationship starts with lies and deception. The question is only when and how it will crash. The author made a pretty good story with that "when and how" with a solid plot and nice epilogue. I liked the protagonists and the setting, and there were a few good supporting characters. Overall a good, well-written and enjoyable book.

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1 review for Playing the Spy – Paperback

  1. leah d. (verified owner)

    Well-developed characters, a lush, tropical setting, plenty of chemistry, angst, and the suspense of waiting for the secrets to explode. A great read!

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