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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Can’t make up my mind with this one – which is the case with the story itself

No Filter (No Shame Series Book 1)No Filter by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The plus points: This is well edited and isn’t plagued with poor punctuation and grammar as can sometimes be the case with, as I understand it, a debut novel.

Another plus point is the loyalty and friendship of Noah and his best friend Josh. Also a plus point is the scene setting and world building.

Sex is hot too and here’s where the first minus appears. The oddness of this possible menage a trois because it never really seems sure where it wants to go. There’s no real attempt at either making this a story about two men accepting a third to complete their own relationship or to just have the sexual encounters be threesome.

Instead it diverts off into two different storylines with yet another bloke introduced who is obviously the love interest for Josh in book two and a narrative about Indy’s dangerous background and him and Noah getting it on.

There’s not cheating in the traditional sense though, each of the three men is fully aware of what’s going on and there are reasons given for why each one behaves as they do.

Ultimately though it turned into a bit of an accidental sex-fest (as I don’t think that’s what the author’s narrative probably meant to be) and lost the impetus somewhat and it was left on a HFN with possible threat on the horizon.

I probably would read book two though to see if Josh and Connor work it out and because Connor’s real name is Ignatius 😉

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

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