Someone said Lara is “driven in the beginning and loses all of her resolve almost immediately” and called her “a modified whore who wants to be a have for once and buy that $12,000 dress.”

Sure, Lara would like to be “a have,” but she’s not planning to bed the rich guy to get her hands on his money. She’s planning to take him down because she thinks he’s a menace to womankind. Everyone else who’s read the opening has been absolutely clear on that.

Was Mata Hari a whore? Or Cleopatra? Both of these women, it seems, were willing to take one for the team, so to speak. Both used sex appeal to make men believe she was on their side. When you go undercover, you have to make your opponents think you’re on their side.

And so, when Lara lets Clay think he’s seducing her, she’s actually seducing him, not “losing her resolve.” She’s pretending. It’s part of the plan. And I’m betting readers will be smart enough to figure that out.

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