Title: Romancing the Undercover Millionaire
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 254
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Can poverty and privilege find a loving compromise?
Alexandre Bonfils, a rich and spoiled second son, is tired of being ignored and decides to help when the family’s exclusive wine business is in trouble. Going undercover in the warehouse, he loves the adventure—and the chance to be close to the sassy and sexy manager, Tate Somerton.
Tate is hardworking and financially struggling, bringing up his siblings on his own. A suspected saboteur at work is his latest challenge, but now he also has a clueless, though very attractive, new intern. There’s an immediate spark between the ill-matched couple, until a shocking accident cuts short Alex’s amateur sleuthing.
While recovering in the generous care of Tate and his family, will Alex realize what belonging really means? Passion and pride come together to fight for the company they’re both committed to preserving, but can a personal bond remain when the dust settles?
For the first half I was sure this would be a 4 star read. Then halfway I thought maybe 3.5, but then it went downhill even more and I ended up with 3 stars. I hate it when that happens.
Alexandre Bonfils is the second son of a wealthy businessman. Alex doesn’t really have to do anything, but he is still employed by his father, and Alex was sure that would be enough. But when his father tells him he’s had enough of his playboy ways and that he can no longer work for the company, Alex is heartbroken. He always thought it didn’t matter what he did within the company, as long as he showed up.
That’s when Alex comes up with a brilliant idea. He will go undercover as an intern in one of the company’s warehouses. That way he can start at the bottom, and also find out who’s responsible for the strange accidents at that warehouse.
When Alex meets his new manager, Tate, he can’t help himself and immediately starts flirting with the pretty man. But Tate shoots him down. Of course Alex doesn’t give up after one try, and it’s not long before Tate finds himself agreeing to go out on a date.
Tate isn’t sure he should date anyone, let alone an employee. He has his 3 brothers and sisters to look after, so there is no time to date. But of course Alex can be very persistent….
I really liked the second book in this series, and was sure this would be a winner too. But what bothered me the most in this was the romance. I wanted these guys te be more than what they ended up becoming.
Alex was a fun guy, but his overall cheerfulness did feel a little forced at times. Tate I had a harder time liking. I liked how sweet he could be and how cute he and Alex were together, at first. But he was kind of hard to get to know too.
I was sure Tate would get over his carefulness, his hesitation to start a relationship, but he never really did. And that ending.. That was the most (view spoiler) I can do careful guys just fine, but somewhere along the way there has to be a point where they both say, I really want you, I really love you, I really want to be with you. But Tate never really got there. And that really bummed me out.
After a promising start I just wanted more from these guys than what we got.