Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Disclaimer – I’m a big fan of the Smartypants Romance books and have read all of the releases to date. I’ve also read all of Penny Reid’s previous books that started the spin off series of books that are a part of Smartypants Romance. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading the previous books as it creates more depth to reading the story and understanding the backgrounds of characters that may appear every now and then. I am also an ‘In the loop’ Patreon for Smartypants Romance which involves having access to one eARC per year, which this book is not.
Without further ado, let’s start the review. My first impressions of Code of Honour after finishing the first chapter are witty, impossible not to become captivated from the first word and incredibly enjoyable to read. All of which I’ve learnt to expect from the handpicked authors involved in Smartypants romance.
Each chapter is from the POV of the main protagonists and usually starts with a quote from a character in the book. I even found myself highlighting quite a few of the ‘quotes’ just because I enjoyed the simple sentences and the humour/insight included in many of them. I found myself enjoying these small quotes over and over and found they help to set the book apart from others of its genre by providing something a little different and quirky. I especially enjoy romances that include the POV of both the woman and man involved in the potential romance, rather than just the woman’s, so initially this book ticks all of the right boxes for me.
Anna and her twin sister Colette may be identical in looks, but in every other way they’re complete opposites. Unfiltered tomboy Anna finds herself attending Sterling Greys house party pretending to be her twin sister Colette to scope the scene for an art heist. Meeting Mr Darius Masoud wasn’t a part of the plan…
Romance meets crime drama in an enthralling and feeling-provoking ride.
I appreciate the fact that this romance included a main character of different ethnic origin, particularly him being Iranian. Being half Iranian myself I can honestly say I’ve never encountered a romance book previously that had any characters ethnic origin being that of my fathers country and made this book all the more intriguing and exciting for me. I found the storyline involving Darius’ family to be extremely believable and really enjoyed the ties to my own cultural background.
I’d definitely recommend this book to anybody who enjoys romances or crime drama or just wants an easy and thought provoking book to read.
“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.” – Anna Collins