Guest Review: Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

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.

Reviewer: Annika

Ok, so ignoring that the plot was anything but credible (I honestly don't think there was a single plot line that was even remotely credible), I actually enjoyed reading this book. It was a light and quick read for days when you're not looking for something heavy or angsty.

Undercover Star had some great bones to the story, but they were never really utilised in a good way. It lacked depth, character and plot development as well as genuine feelings and connections. It was entertaining while reading for sure, but it's not a book that will stay with you after finishing. To be frank, it's one of those reads that you'll forget about once you've put the book down.

Ok, so you might not forget everything. There is probably one thing that you might remember, as you will be frustrated to no end. You see, there were some (big) things left unresolved. For those of you that want to have everything tied up, to have everything finished by the end of the book you will be disappointed. There is a HFN, and there is no cliffhanger to the relationship part of the story, but for the conclusion to the mystery part of the book- that leaves a bit to be desired, as there isn't one. You will be left wondering how it all turned out in the end.

A thing that bugged me though, and maybe I'll be in the minority in this, but I never felt any chemistry or any real connection between Matisse and Josh. Reluctant respect maybe, cooperation for sure, but attraction and then love? Nope, that was absent for me. Maybe over time that would've developed some more, but I just didn't feel it.

An ok read to enjoy in the moment, but sadly not all that memorable.

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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