If You Knew Jack (The Center, Bk 2) by MC Lee ~ Book Review by Queue

o-if-you-knew-jackTitle: If You Knew Jack (The Center, Bk 2)

Author: MC Lee

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/20/2014

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Young Adult


Jack Carlisle has returned to the Center after an assignment designed to push him to the edge of his limits—and beyond. He is given just a few short days to get used to a new identity and a new team. He’s been trained to assume a new identity, but working with a new team is more difficult, especially since it throws him back in the path of Leo McCormack, the boy who stole Jack’s heart and handed it back broken into tiny pieces.

With “Jack Carlisle” dead and “Jack Cross” reborn comes a new mission. Jack Cross and his team are sent undercover to Forbes Academy, an elite boys’ school in rural Connecticut. Here they must protect Adam and Sam North, whose lives are threatened by an unknown source.

Jack’s training never prepared him to deal with the animosity he still feels toward Leo, but he knows the only way to figure out the cause of the danger in time to save Adam and Sam is to work together.

My View:

If You knew Jack is the second book of three and I absolutely loved the first book so I was looking forward to this one. I didn’t adore quite as much as the first but it was still an amazing tale.

Jack is kind of like a teenage James Bond, which is why I was drawn to the series. In the first book he met and was hurt by fellow operative, Leo McCormack. But their jobs and assignments brings them back together. There are still sparks between them but Jack is quite ready to forgive and forget.

One of my issues with this story is that it took more than a quarter of the book for Jack and Leo to actually go on assignment. There’s a lot of set up time involving Jack, Leo and others at Center headquarters. I agree it was needed but it did slow the story a bit.

However, once they go on assignment the story moves rather quickly. Their job is to protect a couple brothers, though they’re denied a lot of information.

At first Jack and Leo are reluctant teammates but before long they are unable to deny their feelings. The sex scene was scorching hot.

They made quick work of each other, passion swelling and pulsing between them, their frantic scrabble toward climax feeling more like desperation than ardor.

MC Lee does a perfect job at showing Jack and Leo’s emotions for each other. The writing is crisp and clean and things usually move at a fast pace.

Now it’s time for book three.

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