You Don’t Know Jack (The Center, Bk 1) by MC Lee ~ Book Review by Queue

YouDontKnowJackLG-1Title: You Don’t Know Jack (The Center, Bk 1)

Author: MC Lee

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/03/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

Blurb:

Jack has never known an ordinary life. “The Center,” a shadowy organization with its own hidden agenda, has been his home, his school, and his job. Under the command of a man he knows only as his guardian, Jack has trained relentlessly in order to carry out the Center’s secret missions. In the three years since he turned thirteen, he’s been given more and more complex assignments, rarely questioning the reasons behind each operation. Now, going by the name Jack Carlisle, his orders are to go to Maine and befriend high school track star Leo McCormack.

Jack finds Leo easy to like, and soon the like becomes something more. He knows he shouldn’t act on his attraction—it’s against all the rules. However, Leo wants Jack in his life as much as Jack wants Leo, and soon the two begin a relationship. Jack gets a sweet taste of real life, but when the mission ends the fallout could be disastrous–and not just because Leo’s father is the target of the operation.

My View:

I love it when stories surprise me and You Don’t Know Jack certainly did that. I enjoy young adult stories even if most of the contemporary ones follow a certain route. This one did not follow any predictable path at all. In fact, if you’re expecting a sweet story about young men accepting their sexualities and finding true love then this is not the story for you. There is romance as well as action, adventure, mystery and heartbreak. And that is why I loved it so much.

Sixteen year old Jack doesn’t have an ordinary life, not even close. He’s a member of a mysterious organization known only as The Center. Working alongside adult agents, Jack is sent on undercover operations with various goals. His latest assignment involves getting to know track star Leo McCormack. Jack is given little information about the assignment including why The Center is after Leo’s father.

At first I was annoyed by the fact that Jack wasn’t given the information he seemingly needed. How could he be expected to do his job without all the facts? Things later made total sense for reasons I can’t go into here without spoiling the story.

I adored Jack and Leo’s relationship and its slow progression from friendship to more. These guys felt like actual teenagers, not adults in teen bodies as sometimes happens in YA novels. The more Jack got to know Leo the more he began to rebel against his training and everything he’s been taught by the Center.

I found the ending a little frustrating but thank God there was a book two.

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Links

You Don’t Know Jack (The Center, Bk 1) on Goodreads
Harmony Ink Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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