Monday, November 27, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway: UNDERCOVER STAR by Jackie Keswick

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Length: 41,000 words
Cover Design: Emma Griffin


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 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.

Carra's Review

This is the second book I’ve read by this author (the first was Leap of Faith), and I was pleased to find that Undercover Star was just as enjoyable. The story concentrates more on the mystery of the case Josh is looking into than on the romance, but the sexual tension is still evident throughout the book and when it becomes more than just tension, the scenes—though few—are hot and sexy.

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.

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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