Book Review: A Spy in the Struggle

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Since childhood Yolanda Vance has forged her desire to escape poverty into a laser-like focus that took her through prep school and Harvard Law. When her prestigious New York law firm is raided by the FBI, Yoland turns on her corrupt bosses to save her career. Her determination has taken her to a new position at the FBI, where she is sent undercover to infiltrate Red, Black, and Green, a Black activist group in her California college town that has been dubbed “extremist”. Yolanda is determined that this undercover assignment needs to be a success in order for her to get back to a life in corporate law. All of that is thrown into chaos when a suspicious death and a romantic connection open her eyes.

A spy thriller with a social justice aspect? Sold! Aya de León has created a fun, engrossing, educational, and timely book that spans beyond the crime fiction genre. From the moment I met Yolanda Vance I felt an instant connection that continued to build as I learned more about her past. Watching Yolanda work with and bond with the members of Red, Black, and Green were some of my favorite moments of this story, as we saw walls coming down on all sides and truly got to bond with the characters in this book.

In addition to an all-around delightful thriller, A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE has an intense romantic plotline that I normally wouldn’t be on board for, but found added so much more to this story. I really wasn’t expecting to read this book and find a whole lot of steam packed into the pages!

A huge thank you to BookishFirst and Kensington Books for my gifted copy!