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Monday, July 30, 2012

Undercover Lover by Tibby Armstrong

Undercover Lover by Tibby Armstrong
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Breathless
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (198 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Good girl Jenny Ainsley never hoped for more than her nine-to-five existence. Then her famous brother hires a bodyguard to protect her—a sinfully sexy man who gets drawn into a plot to take down an international drug syndicate. At first an unwilling participant, Jenny soon realizes she has the opportunity to break away from her timid past and do something important. And getting her hot bodyguard into bed will be a delicious bonus. He resists her at every turn, however, and she discovers that no amount of training—or seduction—can crack the code to this man’s heart.

Ex-MI-5 agent G√ľnter Faust is no stranger to watching the beautiful Jenny Ainsley. For years he’s seen to her safety, hiding in the shadows and pining for the woman he can never have. Bedding a client is not an option. But fate has put her by his side, working up close and personal. And with Jenny’s relentless determination to seduce him, it’s only a matter of time before she blows his cover—and his heart—wide open.

Imagine being the dowdy sister of a huge music star. For Jenny Ainsley, this was her reality. She'd been separated from her brother, David, for most of her life, but now that they had been reunited, she just wanted a good relationship, despite their different lifestyles.

When David receives threatening letters that specifically mention his sister, he pleads with her to stay in his New York penthouse where she can be protected. She reluctantly agrees, but she gets attacked when she tries to shake her security detail. That's when David calls in the big gun - Gunter Faust.

Gunter is your typical alpha male, and there's little about him I didn't like. He was strong, arrogant, and very good at his job. He was the one David calls when no one else would do. What David doesn't know, however, is that Gunter has had an infatuation with Jenny for years, so when he's charged with protecting her, his internal battle with his desire begins.

Jenny is also a lovable character. While she starts quiet and reserved, the real woman emerges as soon as danger lurks. She proves herself a very capable warrior and a reliable asset in the battles Gunter is soon faced with.

The character who stole my heart, however, was Gunter's number two man, Simon. He was a loyal friend, dedicated sidekick, and a wonderful man. I enjoyed the relationship he and Gunter shared, and hope to see more of his story in possible future tales.

Undercover Lover is filled with adventure, action, suspense, and fantastic love scenes. The writing is powerful, and the story was easy to follow, despite the intricacies of the mystery. I had trouble putting it down once I got going!

The only negative I'd have for this title is the climax seemed a bit rushed. There was such fantastic build up, and the twists at the end were well worth waiting for, but as soon as the action started, it was over. The culmination of the story was told through the point of view of a character who was fading in and out of consciousness, so some things were skipped over, and I would have liked to have read through that. We also didn't get much time to spend with the characters after the climax to resolve all the issues that were brought up.

Even with a few slight negatives, this was a fantastic read. I'd certainly pick up other titles from this author. If you like a great action and suspense filled story, this is definitely one to consider!

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