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review 2020-06-13 13:02
Undercover Agent (Cocky Hero Club) by: Heather Slade
Undercover Agent (Cocky Hero Club) - Heather Slade

 

 

 

Undercover Agent by Heather Slade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Flirting with danger has never felt so sweet. Undercover Agent pulls emotions in a number of directions. Sometimes it's hard to keep up. Heather Slade has crafted an adrenaline rush that pulls the heart along on the ride. Lynx and Emerson are a hot mess. Intriguing though that may be. When past history gets in the way of present danger, will they survive the fallout? Edge of your seat romance.

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review 2020-05-08 16:45
Undercover Bromance
Undercover Bromance - Lyssa Kay Adams

Not too much to say except I loved the story of Braden and Liv. Both were introduced in the first book in the series and they really shined in this one. Adams takes on the romantic suspense genre in this one and I honestly now understand why I get bugged about most of those romance novels. You have the heroine supposed to meekly let the hero rescue her even when she tells him multiple times that she's good and can do things without him. I am still annoyed at the Nora Roberts books I have read when a smart and capable heroine gets walked over by the hero and told she just needs to deal with him protecting her and that's that. And I get really upset when the heroine has shown she can take care of herself but when the final showdown between them and the bad guy the hero saves her. Bah. Bah I say! 

 

Anyway, "Undercover Bromance" has Braden wanting a real romantic relationship like the rest of his club members. He has been dating a woman for a couple of months and thinks it is the perfect time to declare himself. Instead things go sideways at the fancy restaurant he takes his date when a $1,000 cupcake ends up in her lap. Liv is the pastry chef who caused the mishap and knows that her boss is going to fire her when all is said and done. When Liv overhears her boss sexually harassing someone she jumps in to stop it and puts a target on her back. She and Braden reluctantly (on Liv's side) work together to bring her boss down. This book really focuses on consent and the far reaching effects of sexual harassment. Adams does such a good job here with showing both sides but also showing how assholey (yeah I said that) some woman are towards other women who are reluctant to step forward. I was glad that the fictional conversation was had. I hate it when other women go looking for a woman scapegoat. 

 

Liv is hard-headed and you feel for her a lot. She still has some emotional scars because of her parents. I am surprised that Liv is still resisting a relationship with her father when Thea has set that ghost to rest. I did want more scenes between the sisters. However, I got why we didn't, the end of the last book showed how co-dependent the two of them were and I actually thought Liv sucked with wanting her sister to foist her husband out of her life for good. 

Braden and the club members per usual are a highlight. I laughed so much. And I maybe sniffled a bit when you read why Braden got into romance books and specifically why romantic suspense is his favorite. 

 

The romance actually worked for me (the enemies to friends trope works well here) and even the romantic suspense elements for once worked.

 

The ending was great and I can't wait for the next book!

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text 2020-05-06 22:12
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
Undercover Bromance - Lyssa Kay Adams

Loving this second book and also it's pointing out the many issues I have with romantic thrillers when the hero steps all over the heroine and her agency! Love it!

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review 2020-04-04 17:16
Undercover
Undercover - Lauren Dane

Sera is an unranked woman who worked her way up to lieutenant in the Federation Corps. 10 years ago, she was in love with Ash. She chose to leave after Ash got married. Ash had tried to make her his mistress. She is the one who got away (and vice versa). Ash is now divorced and the leader of a undercover unit with Brandt. He selects Sera based on her talent with languages. Someone (or someones) in the Families are selling secrets to the Imperialists.
Both Ash and Brandt are sons of powerful Families. I thought the world was interesting. There was some world-building and would have liked more. There's multiple different planets, Families that are the leaders. It's all inherited, you can't work your way into a leadership position. Families look down on the unranked. It's all very patriarchal too. For this being the future, women were not in places of power- they were wives and mistresses. A guy could have a wife and an official mistress (or more); and it was all okay. In terms of the ranking, it was very old-fashioned.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and the sex scenes were well written (a few less and more world building would have been nice). Sera, Ash, and Brandt were all likable. I loved how Ash and Brandt respected Sera for who she was. It was refreshing that they weren't jealous of the other when it came to being with Sera. The lack of general ass-holeyness was nice too.
This is part of a series, but should stand on it's own. The baddies are found out.
I read this for Romance-opoly Passion Place moon track

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text 2019-11-20 17:52
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 400 pages.
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness - Susannah Cahalan

Not only is the title making sense, it's got a ton of layers. As someone with more than one mental illness, this is really hitting home with me. If I had been born in 1900, I would have been committed to an asylum for a series of electroshock therapy and orgasms. Or I would have killed myself. 

 

Thank god things aren't THAT bad anymore. But they are far from okay. Invisible illnesses are shitty to deal with. Nobody believes you are sick.

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