Title: Undercover Star
Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: self published
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Stars
Page Count: 130
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 standalone, 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.
Well, well. I was grinning like Cheshire cat once I started reading. That was a delicious first meeting.
Matisse is all ready to complain at being recruited to help catch a jewel thief until he meets his backup.
And what a gorgeous backup that is.
The POV switches between two men, keeping up lively tone of the story. It’s fast paced and enjoyable. I loved watching as Josh and Matisse volleyed snippy replies back and forth. Sparks fly from the moment they met. Funny remarks are scattered throughout the story.
There is a slow buildup of relationship deftly intertwined with the mystery plot. They dance around each other, fighting the pull between them. Sexual tension is subtle but there. Both of them have preconceived notions about each other and wrestle with differences between the way they live their lives.
The mystery mainly ends up being just a vehicle to get the guys together, but the story touches real issues of dating someone famous.
It has a happy ending and left me starry eyed and sighing in pleasure.