Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay
Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.
FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.
This is the second Flores title I’ve read and I’m starting to think that maybe he’s just not the author for me.
There’s nothing really terrible about Undercover Boyfriend, but nothing memorable about it either. The first scene is one of the weakest in the book – thus, the otherwise decent plot takes a while to really get on its feet. Things definitely improve with the introduction of Luke, a badass hottie who is refreshingly free of the toxic masculinity so commonly found in…the world…today. I liked him as a character more than I did Marty, and found myself wanting more Luke and less of the Valdez gang as things moved along.
Speaking of the Valdezes – the sister whose wedding inspires the whole shenanigan didn’t come across well to me. She was weirdly obsessed with commenting on Marty’s body and sex life (which, eww) and I never felt the close sibling connection the two purportedly had. Their mother, on the other hand, was a hoot and a half as she tried her darndest to smother everyone who came near her with her own special brand of ~parenting. I’d have gladly read ten more scenes of her literal interrogation of Luke if it meant I could skip the cringeworthy bedroom dialogue and cliche ending that wrap up Undercover Boyfriend.
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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