#review Undercover Star by @ackieKeswick @signalboostpr
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.
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A musician and a Detective seem like an odd pairing for sure, but boy were they great together!
Pop Idol Matisse is brought in to help Detective Josh Ingram help find a jewel thief – how can a musician help the police? He is able to get Josh into an exclusive Gala, one he hopes to have lured the would be thief to in order to capture him. There is more at stake to catching the thief though, Josh is hoping to track down and put his partners murderer away, and since his death Josh has stopped at nothing to catch him.
There is an instant attraction between Matisse and Josh, and the story is filled with plenty of passion and angst – Josh is openly gay whilst Matisse is still in the closet as he fears his fans wont accept it, the sexual tension builds to boiling point and when they get a lead that takes Josh to Scotland, Matisse offers his help seeing as he recognised the thief’s accent as coming from his home of Greenknock. I loved the banter between the two of them, the passion and tasteful way that Keswick made the steamy bedroom scenes, I don’t read a lot M/M but for me this short sexy read rates quite high.
I did feel that there isn’t much in the way of detecting happening if I am honest, and I did feel a little like that was pushed away to the side as the story concentrated more on their relationship, and I felt once the culprit has been found it has been brushed over, despite it be an integral part to Josh’s story. That being said it is set in Scotland, in places that I have been to and live not far from, so extra bonus points for that.
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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