Book Review – The Frogman and the Spy by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Royal Powers II #2
Publisher: Prescourt Books
Pages: 164
Characters: Jim/Enzo
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Spy vs Spy

Jim Calhoun and his sister Lori are just two Americans in North Abarra exploring their roots. They are definitely not off-duty CIA agents.

Enzo da Silva is the head groundskeeper on Princess Odile’s country estate. He is definitely what he seems to be – the guy who trims the hedge maze and measures oxygen levels in the national forest.

The Princess’s birthday bash is a major celebration every year. As the big day approaches, a series of accidents plague the preparations. It’s almost like someone wants things to go wrong. But it’s not as though two commoners like Jim and Enzo – with absolutely no super powers – can stop a rogue supervillian. And if Jim and Enzo keep showing up at the same crime scenes, it’s not because they can’t keep their eyes off each other.

Definitely not.

Buy Link


I love this series, and this story is a great addition to the Royal Powers shared world. I loved Jim and Enzo, and the misdirection of the book’s title. I thought this was a fun read, especially given Enzo’s power. I got hooked into it as soon as I started reading and ended up finishing it off in one sitting.

One of the things I love about this shared world is that other characters pop into the books. I enjoyed catching up with Bastien, Sander, and Tarik in particular, and the references/cameos by Remy and Mickey. I love Bastien.

Enzo’s power is a lot of fun, and very original. Jim’s is interesting as well, and I liked the way Enzo picked up on the other side of it, although Jim hadn’t. I guessed very early on that Enzo wasn’t exactly what and who he appeared to be, and I thought the authors did a great job in sprinkling red herrings as to who the bad guy was, although when I found out the truth, it made a lot of sense and the signs were there all along. Nicely played! I liked how Enzo and Jim are drawn to each other despite telling themselves and each other there’s no trust between them.

The scene where everything comes to a head and the villain makes their move was wonderful, and funny despite the situation being a very real threat in a kingdom full of royals with powers.

I enjoyed the ending, and of course Bastien has time to play matchmaker. I liked that the next chapter of Jim and Enzo’s story is just beginning and hope to see them in future books.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
This entry was posted in book review, gay romance reviews. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.