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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert

The O’Malleys are about as “dark” as I am willing to go and it’s more of a testament to Katee Roberts’ addictive writing style. Aiden and Charlie gave me chills and I’m so excited about the next book.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: November 28, 2017

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

What’s it About? Aiden O’Malley has had to play the villain in order to keep his family safe and it’s worked at the cost of alienating most of said family. When an enemy threatens one of his siblings, he comes to ex-cop Charlotte “Charlie” Finch with a plan that will help him and give her what she wants: Justice. Charlie used to believe in a clear line between good and evil until her fellow officers betrayed her and she was labeled a dirty cop. When Aiden offers Charlie a chance to clear her name she’s intrigued but the catch is that she’ll have to pretend to be his fiancée and be so believable that even his own family will believe them. But their attraction becomes all too real and suddenly Aiden is willing to do anything to keep Charlie by his side forever.

Overall reaction to the story? Daaaaayuuuum that was a good one! All of the books in the O’Malleys series are worth their weight in (book) gold but Undercover Attraction is not only Aiden and Charlie’s story but it’s the story that starts bringing things in, tying up loose ends and setting the stage for what promises to be one doozy of a final book. Only Katee Robert could write about crime families and still make them the heroes and heroines of their own stories. I never thought I’d fall in love with characters like the O’Malleys but I did and I’m not sorry either! Aiden and Charlie were explosive together and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish!

Describe the hero in five words: Weary. Stubborn. Loyal. Intelligent. Ruthless.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Aside from the fact that he’s an O’Malley, Aiden is now the head of the family, a role that he reluctantly sees through. He loves his dysfunctional family, even when he wants to strangle them. Unlike his father he really wants his siblings to be happy but at the same time he wishes they had picked partners that wouldn’t complicate or threaten the fragile peace between warring families. I loved that despite how much easier it would be for him if he ruled with the same ideas as his father, Aiden wanted to change things, make some kind of peace between him and his estranged siblings, and balance out all the bad his family had done with something truly legit and good. Aiden was in a difficult position, he couldn’t afford to show weakness but he didn’t want to be like his father. That conflict really pushed him to the limits and it was great to see what he was really made of.

Describe the heroine in five words: Ruthless. Intelligent. Survivor. Stubborn. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Charlie survived being falsely branded a dirty cop and the fallout of that left her isolated but wiser. I loved that she was strong enough to survive what she’d been through and then she turned around and carved out her own little space and built herself back up the best way she knew how. She was cheeky with a touch of mean (Totally necessary to go head to head with the O’Malley women without losing a body part), but at the same time she wanted to help this family get over their resentments of each other. Charlie is the perfectly imperfect heroine that I love to read about. She’s not a starry eyed little girl, nor is she an irredeemably jaded woman. She falls somewhere in the middle and throughout the story she has to adjust her views to accommodate the truths that she has learned. It isn’t easy for her but what she does with what she learns is what made her such a good character.

Let’s talk about the romance: I always expect Katee Robert to blow my mind and incinerate my kindle when it comes to sex scenes and Undercover Attraction didn’t disappoint. Aiden and Charlie’s chemistry was smokin’ hot and part of that was due to the intentional build up of tension between these two. They didn’t just jump at each other the first chance they got, there was this intense foreplay between them that made their complicated relationship even more delicious. I was skeptical about a romance between an ex-cop and a mob boss but hey, it’s Katee Robert and she makes schtuff (I can’t swear, Amazon will get mad when I repost this Lol.) like this work like a boss. I wasn’t disappointed with Aiden and Charlie’s complicated romance and best of all I totally believed it. I could believe that a relationship between these two could not only work but thrive in the environment they were in.

How about that supporting cast? Aiden’s family makes the Kardashians look like church mice. This family hates as fiercely as they love and there was no shortage of resentments between them. I loved seeing them come together even if it meant that they were slinging accusations around and making it more difficult for Charlie to help fix. They’re delightfully dysfunctional. It works for them.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. There’s something wildly addictive about the O’Malley’s and Aiden’s story is one more darkly thrilling addition to the series.

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