Friday 29 November 2013

Review: Lover Undercover - Samanthe Beck

He’s undercover. She’s in over her head.

Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club." But nothing could've prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.

Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie's hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers . . .

McCade Brothers Series:
Lover Undercover
Wicked Games (Novella in the Lovers Unmasked anthology also available as a stand alone ebook)
Falling for the Marine
Best Man with Benefits

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Kylie may look identical to her twin sister Stacy but they couldn't be more different when it comes to their personalities. Where Stacy loves the limelight and dreams of becoming a famous actress Kylie is happier to live a quiet life and just wants to make her yoga studio a success. But when Stacy has an accident and breaks her leg Kylie is forced to take her sister's place as a stripper in an exclusive men's club. The charade gets a whole lot more complicated when Kylie finds a dead body in the car park and it comes to light that someone is murdering Stacy's regular clients. Kylie is forced to work with undercover detective Trevor as he tracks down the killer but can she keep her own identity a secret, especially when things are heating up between them?

Having enjoyed Samanthe Beck's debut novel Private Practise so I was looking forward to reading her second book Lover Undercover. She has certainly proved that she can write sexy contemporary romances and I loved the chemistry between Kylie and Trevor in this story. I'm going to admit that I'd guessed who the killer was long before the big reveal because there weren't that many suspects to choose from but that didn't stop me from enjoying the romance as it developed. I also liked the side story with Stacy and Trevor's partner Ian, in fact you can read a follow up story about that couple in the novella Wicked Games which is Samanthe Beck's contribution to the Lovers Unmasked anthology and it's well worth checking out if you haven't come across it already.

Trevor is a great guy, he's a sexy homicide detective who is very sweet and protective. He knows that Kylie is hiding something and is determined to get to the bottom of it but he is attracted to her and doesn't want to scare her off before he convinces her to take a chance on him. I loved seeing the attraction between them reach boiling point in the club because they were forced to work so closely together with Trevor posing as one of Kylie's private clients. Kylie really didn't want to take Stacy's place at the strip club but she feels like she has no other option and once they've started the lie it is very hard to back out of it. She is so shy in the beginning but I loved seeing how much her confidence grew throughout the story and the way that the extra confidence helped her learn to stand up for herself with Stacy. Kylie really has been a bit of a push over when it comes to her sister so it was about time for her to stand on her own two feet and do what she wanted for a change. I think what I liked most about her relationship with Trevor is that he didn't try to change her, she was worried because he was a police officer and he thought she was a stripper but her job never seemed to bother him and he wasn't trying to pressure her to change.

Lover Undercover is an incredibly hot story, Trevor and Kylie have scorching chemistry that builds in intensity until they just can't help themselves. There is a good amount of action and I'm glad to say that there was no unneeded relationship drama. You'll also find plenty of amusing banter to keep a smile on your face. I will say that Trevor doesn't always follow official police procedure so if you're a stickler for the rules then this may not be for you but when the story is as much fun as this one was then I'm more than happy to see the rules get bent!

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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