Review: The Loving Daylights (B.L.I.S.S. #3) by Lynsay Sands

December 29, 2014 Review 1

Review: The Loving Daylights (B.L.I.S.S. #3) by Lynsay Sands

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands delivers a "madcap escapade" (Publishers Weekly) in this contemporary romance about a quirky inventor and unexpected love.

Shy Jane Spyrus loves gadgets. She can build anything B.L.I.S.S. needs in the international organization's fight against crime--although its agents aren't exactly lining up at her door. Some of them think her inventions are a little too . . . well, innovative. Like her shrink-wrap prophylactic constraints or her spray-on truth serum.

Of course, you can't use wacky inventions to fix all your problems; Jane knows that better than anyone. Her neighbor has been kidnapped, driving that point home. She will have to team up with another human being--and Abel Andretti arrives just in time. He will help Jane find her neighbor, stop a villain, and, most of all, he will show Jane how to love the daylights out of something without batteries.

Title: The Loving Daylights
Author: Lynsay Sands
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: One Lucky Vampire , The Immortal Who Loved Me, The Highlander Takes a Bride, The Highlander Takes a Bride
Series: B.L.I.S.S. #3
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: December 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Suspense
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Back when I was a teenager, *mumbles 196 . . . * just a few years ago, there was a couple of movies starring James Coburn – Our Man Flint and In Like Flint.  They were deliciously campy spy flicks, obviously capping on the James Bond craze at the time.  The best thing they had going for them was James Coburn who even the teenage me thought was terribly hot – for an old guy.  The names were outrageous, the story line verged on fantastical, the implied sex almost had this thing rated “R” but they kept it all suggestive.  Totally titillating to a teenager.  One of the few spoofs out there that I actually liked.

The Loving Daylights reminded me of that.  Although, the hero wasn’t a genus spy who had a harem of women.  Abel Andretti was an accountant.  Maybe a hot accountant, but still just an accountant who is in town to visit his sister.  She seems to be missing.

So the heroine must be the spy.  Not exactly.  She works for B.L.I.S.S – I don’t think they ever tell us what that acronym is supposed to stand for but really, who cares?  But, Jane Spyrus (See what I mean about the names?) is in the D and C department.  (That one means Development and Creation.)  Jane makes the gadgets.  She is a “techno geek.”  A rather shy one.  Has no time for men or dating.  Her latest inventions: “I came up with BTTs—B.L.I.S.S. Tampon Trackers.” Because one of their agents was killed the month before when her clothes and jewelry were removed. “I c-came up with the B.L.I.S.S. Shrink-Wrap Condom.” To prevent rape on assignment.  AND “The . . . er . . . B.L.I.S.S. Mini-Missile Launcher is highly nonthreatening in appearance and easily-carried in luggage into foreign countries. Made mostly of polymers, it will not set off airport alarms. Should it be discovered during a hand-search of luggage, it is unlikely to raise concern. In fact, most people would be too embarrassed to look at it closely. Even if they did, however, they will find a functioning vibrator.”  You can imagine what affect this presentation had on the monthly meeting.  It was entertaining, considering two of the three items were demonstrated.

You maybe wondering, who is the spy?  That would be Jane’s gran, Maggie.  She is a retired spy, but only because she is 70 years old and there was an assignment that went bad and put her in a wheelchair – forced retirement due to disability.  Maggie/Gran is a hoot.  Talk about your spunky grandmother!  *grin* Jane lives with her and has since her parents – who also worked for B.L.I.S.S – died years before.  She attempts to keep Gran out of trouble. Not always an easy task.

BTW, this is all in the first sample chapter that you can check it out on Amazon before buying the book.  That is what hooked me into wanting to read it, as well as being a Lynsay Sands fan.  I was laughing so hard and enjoying it so much I just had to see where it went from here.  This appears to be an expanded release of a previously published work and stands alone very well.

What a ride it was!  The group went from Vancouver, Canada to Sonora, California.  All of the wonderfully delightful new inventions of Jane’s were actually used at one time or another, plus a few more.  The bad guys were wonderfully clichéd with equally delightful names.  The main nemesis was the Ensecksi family.  This is pronounce something like “and sexy.”  (It does have bearing on the story.)  Oh – and look for “Dick Hedde.”  The name so fits.

Speaking of ride, I need to mention the van they travel in.  It has a bunch of neat gadgets like speed boost, police band detector, restraints, and a fold down bed. (Totally needed in any spy story! *grin*) It is soundproof, waterproof, fireproof, and yes, it floats.  It can also handle Gran and her wheelchair.  I so want one!

There is excitement and adventure with some romance for spice much like those old Flint movies, only with even more tongue-in-cheek humor.  Although, with all the stumbling around, but still coming out smelling like roses, you might think of Get Smart.  Either one, this is a delicious read for some light entertainment.




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Author Info

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at


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