Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I was introduced to Andi Burns through Sarina Bowen’s World of True North stories. Something about her book, Goalkeeper, drew me to the first book of her new Bainbridge University series, Uncovered. But here’s the thing. I also love me a New Adult romance with male characters who are seemingly self-possessed when they are actually a little broken. On reading the blurb for Uncovered, I was intrigued. The hero’s family is responsible for something propagated on the heroine’s family. What’s not to love about star-crossed lovers…or the suggestion of it? Once you enter Uncovered and read it from cover to final page, you realize that Andi Burns’s story is a story about the consequences of trauma and the impact of a “found family” on living after it.
There is a suggestion in Uncovered that the four guys of The Chapel are insulated and trouble. And there is some truth to it in that Ty, Knox, Booker, and Whit are incredibly insulated, having created their own family after their birth families have proven horrible. One of the highlights of Uncovered is the connection between these four guys as they support each other even through their difficult moments. They are guides, protectors, and cajolers for each other. Their connection is the foundation of Burns’s Bainbridge University series with each guy earning his own book.
Consider Uncovered their initiation as Burns uses it to introduce us to each of them while focusing the most on Ty and his relationship with Phoebe. I’d prefer to avoid telling you the details of their situation as the complications of their relationship are hinted to in the blurb. The profundity of the evolution of their relationship lies in her characterization of Ty. Ty, while seemingly a playboy, is incredibly devoted to Phoebe. With that dedication comes a faith in their relationship, even though it is fraught from the beginning, given their connect past. This creates a ticking time bomb of a plot device, as you wait for their world to implode. And this, my friends, is what turns the pages of Burns’s Uncovered. It’s like the accident on the side of the highway: you look when you don’t want to look because the gory details titillate. Burns doesn’t disappoint with her implosion of Ty and Phoebe’s burgeoning relationship.
And there is trauma all over this book. Thankfully, Burns ameliorates it through Phoebe’s roommate, Mia, and their friend, Ian. They are her wizened guides on her journey towards healing. Even more, Burns doesn’t quickly swipe Phoebe’s issues under the rug. At various times in the story, they erupt causing issues. Each time this occurs, Burns provides a different response to it, suggesting that trauma is overcome through the assistance of different resources. It feels essential that Phoebe would have these struggles in the context of Burn’s story in Uncovered. That she didn’t back away from developing it shows her tenacity in telling the best story.
Now, there are moments in the chronology of the story that are questionable, and moments of the story that don’t feel necessary. However, Andi Burns’s Uncovered is a great start for this new series. I know that, given the epilogue of this book, I can’t wait for Knox’s story in the next book of the series.
In love and romance,