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Short Reviews – Undercover Lovers Anthology

Publisher: self-published
Release Date: out now!
How I got this book: copy from author

Four ultra-sexy stories by four great authors, with one theme.

Who’s undercover?
Shane Madison – Dead sexy private eye posing as a Strippendale’s dancer
Tucker Lamb – Smooth as butter former conman posing as nerdy professor
Saffron Burton – Sensual food critic posing as just another customer
Katrina Killian – Brazenly sexual cop posing as a gang member
*Blurb from Goodreads*

A few weeks ago I put a call out to my Twitter followers to recommend me some good smut. Dee Carney quickly threw out her new self-pubbed anthology with other greats Cari Quinn, Chloe Cole, and Dee Tenorio, and I just knew I’d want to get my hands on this one! Dee sent it over to me, and I have to say… Wow *fans self*

Conquered by Cari Quinn – Serial monogamist, Emma Donegan, has never had a one night stand. But when she sees the sexy cop-stripper at a friend’s bachelorette party, she resolves to make her most risque fantasies come true.

Playing the part of a stripper is way out of private detective Shane Madison’s comfort zone, but the future of his business hangs on this one case. Too bad the incriminating evidence leads right to the irresistible brunette who keeps slipping tens into his g-string. He can’t let her distract him. Who knew it would be so hard…
*Blurb from goodreads*

Quinn’s short was one of my favorites! I loved Emma and Shane and the complete misunderstanding between the two of them. I’ve always enjoyed stories about women who get the chance to come out of their shells and take a walk on the wild side, and Emma gets the chance to do just that! I thought the whole bit about Shane being undercover at a strip club (and a horrible stripper at that) was funny and cute.

It was a very smokin’ hot story, and the lack of inhibitions on Emma’s behalf really allowed her to cut lose and relax in her own body. It was very well done! I give Conquered an A.

Conned by Chloe Cole – Human sexuality Professor Cricket Malloy likes bad boys, but when buttoned-up Science Professor Tucker Lamb needs help with an experiment on aphrodisiacs, she goes the extra mile to help him out. After all, he’s harmless…

Tucker Lamb was born into a life of a grifter. He’s always prided himself on his fast fingers and quicksilver tongue. Ever since being placed in the witness protection program, he’s been on the up and up, but something about Cricket Malloy makes him ache to see if his tongue is as fast as it used to be.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

Cole’s story was a little slow at first, but then picked up. I had a hard time relating to both Tuck and Cole, and didn’t really feel like I really ever had the chance to relate to either of them. I did love the whole science and human sexuality tie in, and wish I would have been able to take a class like that in college!

I liked that Tuck was really trying hard to reform from his previous bad boy persona, while at the same time Cricket was hoping that he had just a little more bad boy in him. The scenes were Tuck and Cricket were testing their theory about aphrodisiacs was hot and cute all at the same time. Very sexy on that front. I give Conned a B

Consumed by Dee Carney- It’s no surprise Chef August Jaeger’s rivals would do anything to discover the secrets of his signature dishes. When the curvaceous woman of his dreams shows up out of the blue, he grows suspicious. Fortunately, the best way to get to the truth is by offering a private dining experience that would teach her a passionate lesson she won’t soon forget.

Food journalist Saffron Burton has a job to do: find out what August is serving for Restaurant Week or lose her job. But with every course that passes her lips-and every minute in his presence-she’s finding what she really wants isn’t listed on any menu…
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I took me a little bit to get into Carney’s story, but once it got going, I was sucked in and it quickly became a favorite. I always seem to really enjoy stories that deal with food, chefs, kitchen stuff and this was no exception. Once I got a better feel for August and Saffron I really liked them both. I found that they were both fun characters, easy to related to and fall in love with. I wanted to cry with Saffron when August found out her secret and left her.

I thought the ending was super cute as well, and this was one of the stronger stories in the entire anthology. I give Consumed an A

Convicted by Dee Tenorio – Crusty sheriff Cade Evigan doesn’t date convicts, not even ones as irresistible as Katrina “K.K.” Killian. The woman may have gotten under his skin-and once, on the hood of his car-but the sultry biker had criminal written all over her. He has to stay away.

When the crap hits the fan and the case she’s been working on for two years cracks wide open, Katrina heads straight to the hills to protect the one man she cares about. But some temptations are impossible to resist and she knows if she stays with Cade for the night, odds are her cover isn’t the only thing getting blown…
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I really liked the premise of this story, but for some reason the execution didn’t work as well for me as I had hoped. I’m always a sucker for a sexy military man; ex or active, and I did really liked Cade. But there was something about Katrina that just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Finding out that she was really one of the good guys helped, but I just couldn’t really find myself liking her.

This was definitely the least erotic of the stories, but the sexual tension between the two was thick as molasses. If that kind of tension is something you enjoy reading about, this story is one you should get your hands on. I personally didn’t love it as much as the others. I give Convicted a B-

By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

2 replies on “Short Reviews – Undercover Lovers Anthology”

I really enjoyed this antho too! Convicted was my favorite though. I thought it was really intense. Conquered cracked me up. I loved the “stripper that couldn’t dance” LOL

@ FV – I think the favorite part of the whole anthology was the “stripper that couldn’t dance” and Emma’s description of his dance skillz (or lack there of!)

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