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Undercover Boyfriend by Jacob Z. Flores
Series: Dreamspun Desires, One Fine Day
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Pages: 236 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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A One Fine Day Novel
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.
I think this might just be my favorite from the Dreamspun Desires series. I cannot stop smiling and going over all my highlights from the book and I have found a new author whose backlist I need to stalk, like now.
Let me attempt to make this short and sweet. Don’t look like that, I can do it… maybe?
Marty is a man who has a knack for spinning tall tales about folks that don’t exist to make his life just a tad bit easier. When he needs a date for his sister’s wedding events to get his mom off his back and to show his ex that he too has moved on to bigger and better men, Marty is in a bind because his current boyfriend, Tim is only a figment of Marty’s over active and extremely vivid imagination.
OMG! Marty is one hell of a crack up. From the first word we get from him I adored him. The meet cute with Luke was ridiculously adorable and the follow up had me laughing out loud at my desk because, well it was funny as all heck.
I love the fake boyfriend trope! It’s one of my favorites and it always leads to the best moments when the fake fades and the real is all that matters.
…who was this man his father’s lucky coin had brought to him?
Luke, Luke, Luke… LUKE.. where do I begin with you? I adored Luke in so many ways. He is this big strong, super smart and talented FBI Agent who meets his match in Marty. I loved that being in Luke’s line of work, meeting someone like Marty who is inherently good kind of knocks his socks off and makes him take notice. His instinct to trust Marty and Marty’s to trust him made the the romance so much fun to read. I love a good long slow burn of a relationship but I am a girl who moved in with her now husband after 1.5 months of “dating” so I get that you can fall hard and fast and have it last a life time.
I love that this is all a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Sure, there lies/secrets a plenty in this story but they are cleared up pretty quick and we get down to the fun banter and super sweet moments with these two men as they let down their guard and become stronger because they have crossed paths.
Marty’s family is wacky and yet so supportive and loving of one another. The way Marty’s mom grills Luke as Tim to make sure he is okay for her son was endearing. The fact that Sophia, Marty’s amazing and hilarious sister, stirs up trouble with “Tim’s” occupation had me laughing out loud again but really, his family is what those of us without familial ties wish for; to be loved and supported for being your true self.
This was full of tropey goodness with a bit of action tossed in. Crispy was a great side character and the mystery around the lies was fun as it all unraveled and you wondered who really the target of the bad guys was.
But what makes this my favorite is not just the sexy and sweet romance but the witty banter between Luke and Marty and Marty and his family. I love to laugh and this had me grinning, snorting and cracking up time after time all while knowing everyone would be okay in the end.
Oh and that end??? Shut. The. Front. Door. because that kind of romantic gesture needs to be kept under a lock and hidden away for Luke and Marty because it was Happily Ever After perfection.
One last thing, this is in the Dreamspun Desire series but also listed as part of another series that I am kind of more than curious about. Do we get more of these two or more of…. I need to know!