Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
So what isn’t to love about a story that involves a bit of a curmudgeonly loner type character and another character who is the light to the other character’s dark? This is the case with Eliot Grayson’s newest book, Undercover. Set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North, Undercover explores more of the Vino & Veritas world. In this story, the two heroes, Gabe and Alec, are two very different people but they both have the same issue: loneliness. In the past, neither of them has really engaged in deep meaningful relationships. Even when they had, they were never very successful. When they meet at Vino & Veritas (their meet-cute is a nice touch to this book as it involves books), Gabe’s intention is a hook-up even though he’s ready for more, a relationship. Alec is an undercover FBI agent intent on finding the people who are ferrying drugs up through Canada. When he realizes that Gabe might be a lead on his case, their burgeoning situationship becomes complicated. Someone is going to get hurt. Will it be Alec or Gabe?
What I loved most about Undercover is its provocation of lifestyle. Both Alec and Gabe want more but have no idea how to find more. Hookups have been easy, albeit unsatisfying beyond one night. As Gabe deals with insecurity and Alec worries over the requirements of his job, these two become quite smitten with each other. Grayson creates clear chemistry between them, and they are, on a scale of 0 to 5 steam level, a 3 ½. The addition of the suspense part of the story via Alec’s story adds another layer of interest in Undercover. Between Gabe’s need for “more” (more relationship, more personal development) and Alec’s intent to solve his case and keep Gabe, the strife of the story keeps you engaged to the very end.
For the Vino & Veritas world, Undercover is a great addition. Eliot Grayson has written a book that reminds you that the world is always better with someone who you can love and who loves you in return.
In love and romance,