Undercover Boyfriend (Dreamspun Desires Book 12) Kindle Edition
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Triggers: Gang violence, lying, attempted kidnapping, attempted murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
I want to start out by saying that I found the beginning of this story somewhat confusing. I understood the premise and kind of what was going on, but the story begins by just thrusting the reader in to Luke's situation.
With that being said, I did enjoy this story a lot once I was more in to it. I found that the characters were thoughtful and I liked how the story developed.
Marty was kind of annoying at times. I felt that he was too dependent on his imaginary friends, family and running from things. Despite him having a social life, it seemed that he was stunted in a way you normally read in YA stories. However, he did grow in to himself during the story.
Then you have Luke. He is the hunk of an FBI agent who finds himself in a tight spot. While I wouldn't say that he's stunted - he seems scared of commitment and we are not really given a reason for that.
When these two characters meet - you kind of see that opposites really can attract. But, then you start to unravel the story and you realize that this is much larger than just the romance between Marty and Luke.
I found the mystery aspect of the story somewhat predictable, but it was a good story, regardless. What I did find somewhat frustrating was that I was not satisfied with the "resolution" that was the betrayal that Luke was facing. It seemed too perfectly packaged.
Overall, this turned in to a sweet story, with good secondary characters who helped push the story along.
The pressure’s on now though, as his sister’s wedding approaches, and Marty has to produce a Tim to meet his family. He can’t keep avoiding his mother, so he decides to head to a local gay bar where he’s hoping he can hook up with someone willing to pretend to be Tim. As he arrives, he bumps into his ideal Tim, a gorgeous, sexy man who certainly looks like he could be the underwear model he’s told everyone his Tim is. And after some strange and dangerous events take place in the bar, and Marty has given up on finding the right guy, he bumps in to the gorgeous guy in the parking lot. Because it looks like the guy is trying to steal his car, Marty approaches him and eventually ends up taking him home as his Tim.
FBI Special Agent Luke Myers has been undercover for a year, trying to take down a major drug cartel. Somehow his cover is blown, and he has to kill a dangerous hitman inside the bar. He knows he has to hide until he figures out who on the inside blew his cover, so he sets out to steal a car. When the cute young man he met outside the bar shows up and claims his car and then offers Luke the chance to be a guy named Tim, he grabs the opportunity to hide out with him. What could be so hard about hiding out with the guy and his family, right? He’s soon to find out.
The dynamic of Marty’s family is really great. I loved his mother, though she was a bit overbearing sometimes, and his father who was the strong, silent type, and his sister, the bride-to-be, who was his best friend. And I loved to hate Christian, the former boyfriend who was so full of himself. Watching “Tim” handle him at the party thrown for the wedding party was one of the highlights of the story for me. When Christian was putting Tim down for being “just an underwear model,” he made a statement about how tough that must be and that he gets tired out when he comes home from the courthouse and walks around in his Calvin Kleins. Tim responds with the fact that Calvin Klein underwear is not for him. When Christian asks why, Tim replies by shaking his head and saying, “Too small for my junk.” So I offer this caution: do not read in public. Readers may encounter laugh-out-loud humor.
There’s so much more depth to the plot in this story than the blurb implies. There’s danger and intrigue, an extended family crisis, an interrupted wedding, and a Marty who becomes aware of who he really is and what he really needs and is willing to act on it. There’s also, of course, romance, love and commitment, and a beautiful HEA. Don’t miss this story in the Dreamspun Desires series. It’s terrific!
This book is my first experience with this author, this series and by proxy Harlequin. That's right. I've never read a Harlequin but if this is what they're like I need to rectify that travesty with a quickness.
Undercover Boyfriend is the classic fake to real boyfriend trope with a geek and a super hot dude. They seem an unlikely pair but Marty and Luke click from the moment Marty catches Luke trying to steal his Hyundai. It's pretty predictable and maybe a little OTT, but so sweet and romantic with loads of tension and two well developed characters.
Marty is our adorkable geek who's gotten into the habit of making up people to get out of uncomfortable situations. He's a comic book aficionado and homebody. I wouldn't characterize him as an introvert or anything he just isn't into peopleing; peopleing's a hassle. But his big sister's wedding is coming up and everyone is pressuring him to meet his underwear model boyfriend, Tim Drake, so in a desperate attempt to find someone, ANYONE he head's for the local gay bar armed with his lucky coin.
And meets Luke Myers, undercover FBI agent and sex on a stick. Dude is crazy, stupid hot and in a pickle since his cover just got blown on a cartel case he's been working for over a year, so if fake boyfriending it can get him off the grid for a bit so be it.
I don't think he ever imagined becoming so smitten with not only Marty and his extensive collection of superhero garb, but the Valdez family. Nor did I. The mother is larger than life and nothing's getting past her. The sister is brash, nosy in an affectionate way and her brother's biggest cheerleader. The extended family is gossip-y and loud, something I can identify with, but they will close ranks if you mess with one of them in a heartbeat.
Of course the cartel case gets brought to their doorstep which brings out all the things I like in an MC. Luke is protective and becomes increasingly possessive of Marty. There's also a significant size difference between the two, something that pushes my buttons. The way Flores threaded Luke's backstory into the story kept my attention and I loved that even though this is instalove it worked for me because both of these characters used their words.
They bond over throwback tunes, superheros and their shared dislike of Marty's ex-boyfriend and royal douchecanoe, Christian. Their first kiss was romance movie epic and swoonworthy. Flores did an amazing job of showing how much they care about each other, how having to work together betters them both and how their feelings expand and develop over the few days they're together.
There's nothing better than a romance wherein the two MCs bond through a harrowing experience and this harrowing experience brought with it sinister baddies and an all around badass partner in Crispy. I'm kind of hoping book two is Crispy's book. Whomever it is I will be there with bells on!
The sex scene was fade to black, but not before its made imminently clear just how turned on each MC is by the other. Yet another win in a romance read in my book.
Recommend this book highly to people who enjoy romancey romance that is sweet with a side of adventure.
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Book: Undercover Boyfriend
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Series: One Final Day/Dreamspun Desires – Book 1
Story Rating: # 5 stars out of 5
This was a fun story to listen to. It was full of action, drama, comic relief and sexy FBI agents.Read more
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