Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Release Blitz Review: Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

Undercover Star
by Jackie Keswick
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2017

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.

My first book by Jackie Keswick and she gave us a celebrity musician paired up with a disgruntled detective who is chasing after an art thief. I thought the theme was rather fitting for my mood. It was light in suspense with a light dose of humor. The only thing that might heightened my interest will be some extra heat. The limited sex scenes was told in a classy and tasteful way, which translate to being too tame and clean from my usual read. But is still acceptable for me, as the romance is definitely the forefront of the story with Matisse and Josh feeling the instant attraction towards each other, but they took time to act on it. I appreciate the way both character portrayed as the professional that they are. Matisse really love creating music and Josh can't stop wanting to avenge his partner's death. They grow to respect each other profession. 

I'm quite puzzled towards the end though. Why is Josh is not as anxious about the capture as I thought he would be. Was the case even solved? All I know is that there is an abrupt HFN without an epilogue.

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.

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