Title: Undercover Boyfriend
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 236
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.
FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.
I’m in love. Jacob Z Flores is my new favorite author. His writing style is so smooth, easy to read and understand, entertaining and captivating. It’s like watching a movie that you won’t even get up to get popcorn for.
The plot of the story is like a beautiful woven tapestry. You have the comical speech of Marty, the aggressive, but loving protectiveness of his mother who no one can say no to or else, the funny brother-sister banter that goes on between Marty and his sister, and the He-Man FBI agent who will do anything to protect Marty and who is instantly loved by his family to the shock and bewilderment of Marty. Along with that main cast is the rest of the family who gets woven into this tapestry so perfectly.
The actual plot is simple yet complicated. Marty runs into Luke, the FBI agent, outside of a gay club, they strike up a conversation and Luke ends up being Marty’s pretend boyfriend for his sister’s wedding. Luke is also working on a case to bring in the head of the cartel. Marty gets pulled into that, of course, as well as his family. There are a few twists and turns to the case that you would think you would not be able to follow, but the author is brilliant and writes it so well that you do understand everything that’s going on.
This book is so movie-worthy that I could not put it down. I took every opportunity to read that I ended up reading it in a few days. I wished it was longer so I could have read more.
Marty has self-esteem issues. His ex-boyfriend cheated on him so that led him into not thinking too highly of himself, but Luke brings out the best in him. Luke finds Marty’s quirkiness and ramblings so adorable. They really hit it off right away.
The ending is the best. It has a beautiful HEA. All the mysteries are explained, surprises are revealed, and what you hoped would happen at the end happens. I only wish the author could have extended the epilogue to include a wedding for Luke and Marty. Since the story included the wedding of Marty’s sister I think it would have been appropriate to see Marty’s happy wedding.
I HIGHLY Recommend this story. I think everyone should get a copy. Sit down with some wine or hot cocoa or a Starbucks frappe, read it and put up the Do Not Disturb sign. This book is highly entertaining. It has a wonderful mystery, it’s a crime drama, it has a nosy but loving family, it has everything a good book should have. You’re going to love it.