- File Size: 1994 KB
- Print Length: 130 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076YZ5FKP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Undercover Star: Contemporary MM Action Adventure Romance Kindle Edition
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I didn’t really get why Josh had such a hard time understanding Matisse’s career demands. He was kind of a jerk to Matisse at times. The setting was awesome though, as part of the story occurs in Scotland, where Matisse grew up and where he now owns an island. Just a smallish one! But the story rollicks along and I just went with the flow. It’s not the most clear-cut relationship development and ends up with a HFN but it seemed quite promising. I like Jackie Keswick’s work and I found this story quite satisfying.
There’s not much more that I can say about this book that the blurb hasn’t already covered. Josh and Matisse are forced to work together to try and find an art and jewellery thief who commits his crimes at high profile fundraisers and promotional events, but who also murdered Josh’s detective partner when he stumbled across the sale of one of the items that had been stolen in Rome. Josh’s boss thinks that using Matisse as a way in to these events will help them get closer to the culprit, and give them a bigger opportunity to catch him, something they wouldn’t be able to do just going into the event as police. Josh will act as one of Matisse’s bodyguards and will be able to move in and arrest the suspect if he shows up while they’re there.
Josh is openly gay, but for the past few years, his love life has been put on the back-burner as all of his attention has been on catching the person who murdered his friend, and who keeps slipping through his fingers. Matisse knows he’s gay, but he’s in the closet and afraid to come out because he doesn’t think his fans will accept it, and all he really wants to do is make sure his fans are happy, even when it means putting his own wants and happiness aside. When Josh and Matisse meet, there is an attraction, but both men don’t want to admit to it and keep skirting around each other, even though having to spend a lot of time together makes it difficult to down-play the sneaking glances and flirty comments.
When Josh finally gets a break on the case with the help of Matisse, it leads the two men on an unexpected journey to Scotland, where Josh discovers there is much more to Matisse than his pop star persona, and Josh can’t help but fall for the man in front of him.
This book was enjoyable and entertaining and kept me hooked from start to finish, but at times I felt as if it lost it’s way a little. It almost felt like catching the killer/thief was pushed to the side, and all of the focus was on the developing relationship between Josh and Matisse. It was almost like two separate storylines. But don’t get me wrong, I really did like the story and the characters, and the author actually made my jaw completely drop and gave me goosebumps at one point when she mentioned the name of the town in Scotland they were heading to. Either the author knows the west coast of Scotland pretty well, or she’s done some really decent research, because the town name she used, Greenock, is kind of obscure and relatively unknown unless you know the area. I know this because I live in the very next town to it, and even some people who only live about 20 miles away probably couldn’t really tell you where it is. She also mentioned Josh and Matisse crossing the Erskine Bridge, which is the same bridge I have to cross every day to get to work. It just makes the story feel much more realistic when the places used are places you personally know.
This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and another that I’d happily recommend. A great little book to read on an afternoon while sitting with your feet up and coffee in hand.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Now, whether the police would actually use a civilian the was Matisse was used in this story…I have no idea, and even if its not likely that’s what suspension of disbelief is for. What using Matisse does do is introduce a variable for Josh that he’s not expecting—attraction and eventually a lot more. After the tragedy of losing his partner, this variable is highly welcome not only by Josh, but by those who know him and are glad to see his life looking more normal.
Matisse may be a music star (whatever you do, DON’T call him a rock star!), but he’s not some whiny celebrity. He’s intense when it comes to his music, a workaholic really, and gives his all to his job and his fans…something Josh doesn’t come to understand fully until near the end of the story.
Undercover Star has action and excitement, good relationship development (complete with all the ups and downs), and while the ending doesn’t give the reader full closure for the case—something I noticed in Leap of Faith as well—it will leave you satisfied and happy for Josh and Matisse as a couple.
4 stars for Undercover Star, and I’d recommend this to M/M romance fans who like a bit of action and case-solving in their story. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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