Delightful romance with a criminal element

Undercover StarUndercover Star by Jackie Keswick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this book was a massive surprise and an incredibly pleasant one from an author I’ve not read before.

I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting given the blurb but what I got was a fast paced and strongly plotted story (although with one glaring plot point left hanging I’m hoping this is going to be part one of a new series otherwise it’ll be a huge disappointment and ill knock some stars off).

Josh was a typical grumpy British Detective Inspector – and believe me over my 20 year journalism career I met a fair few although not as attractive as our hero! – and Matisse proved to be the perfect foil for him.

The criminal elements of the story were also done well (minus hanging point as mentioned above) as Josh struggled to keep alive an investigation into a jewel heist which had seen his police partner and best friend murdered some years earlier.

The romance between Josh and Matisse was passionate and full of fire, ups and downs, confusion and compromise and a fabulous public declaration of love.

This book just made me happy and i hope there is more of Josh, Matisse and the mystery locket.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Cover Reveal: Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

 Release Date: November 22 2017

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Cover Design: Emma Griffin
Length: 41,000 words approx.
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 Blurb

It sounds like the stupidest idea in the history of stupid ideas. Detective Inspector Josh Ingram wants to find a deadly medieval locket and through it, a murderer. So why does his boss decide to team him up with Matisse Vervein, a pop idol many consider just a pretty face… and expect the two of them to hunt down an art thief?


Marissa Godwin, Matisse’s no-nonsense manager, isn’t stupid. Neither is her brother-in-law, Detective Superintendent Tim Montgomery. Each is looking out for a lonely man on the verge of quitting what he does best, and both believe that their charges would make a great team.

The attraction sizzling between Josh and Matisse is hard to miss, but there’s plenty of resentment, too. Focussed on pushing Josh and Matisse towards each other, Marissa and Tim haven’t imagined the kind of trouble a music star and a detective can find when they ditch their prejudices and accept that the attraction between them is mutual. Or how far each is prepared to go to prove it to the other.


A standalone, feel-good, action adventure romance set in England and Scotland, featuring a reluctant pop star who’s not out, a detective trying his hand at being a bodyguard, plenty of adventure, and a happy ending.

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Author Bio
 

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes, blogs about English history and food, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.

For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places:

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Barker’s birthday goes horribly wrong

Birthday Cake and Bodies (Peridale Cafe Mystery #9)Birthday Cake and Bodies by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Julia’s at it again only this time things are much closer to home as Barker’s nephew Luke is strangled during the preparations for his surprise birthday party.

There’s all kinds of secrets coming to light and the twists and turns take the story off into some unexpected directions. As usual, I didn’t guess what had happened until almost at the big reveal and it was done with the usual Peridale flair.

These books are just straight up enjoyable, for all that they involve murders, and have a real lightness to them to stop all the death from becoming too oppressive.

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Bitten by Desire: Annabelle Jacobs Review Tour roundup

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Length: 78,000 words approx.
 
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Regent’s Park Pack Series
 
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Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart?

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction.

As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.

Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.

If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.

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Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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As beautifully sexy as the material of the title

Satin (A Material World Book 2)Satin by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore K C Wells’ romantic novellas with a little bit of a twist. They’re sensuous, sexy but full of emotions and just the teensy bit of a hint of spice.

I also love books with a British setting and this one based in England’s capital with a Metropolitan Police detective constable and an aspiring dancer and nightclub singer who performs as a female impersonator is a delight.

There’s always a lightness of touch when K C writes this style, the emotions are heart felt and the angst is low but the situations still feel real.

We’re lucky here in the UK that our police forces are, in the main, supportive of their LGBT members and so Joel’s journey to admitting he was bisexual, which came with the odd ignorant and insensitive comment, had an element of realism grounded in truth.

It’s a lovely read and I adored Ross, his joy at life, his willingness to risk his heart even though he’d been burned in the past and his talent and love for his dancing.

It’s only not a 5* review because of the length, I wanted more and more of these two, they were a delight to read and I loved how Joel’s acceptance of his bisexuality was dealt with carefully and with honesty. He took some time but once he realised this was what love should feel like, he went all in.

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Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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Excellent follow up rounds off the royal romance

His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret, #2)His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s still no King of England and England and Britain aren’t the same thing but that’s just my own niggle about when people set a book in in this world but then Americanise it or mix stuff up.

The romance itself, however, is simply divine, full of rich characters in a world which is beautifully drawn out and filled with detail which does give the sense of just how bizarre it has to be to step into a life of eternal scrutiny.

Ben’s uncertainty was wholly believable and the way in which his fears were dealt with and overcome was superbly done. The epilogue was incredibly sweet and I would kill for a book three after James has become King.

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