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UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION by Katee Robert
Part of the O’Malleys series
Goodreads | Forever | November 28, 2017 | Mass Market: $7.99 | eBook: $5.99
“A worthy addition to a sexy series.” — Publishers Weekly
Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O’Malleys.
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.
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Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars
This series just gets better and better, Katee Robert definitely can tell a mafia story that never fails to keep me captivated from start to finish. This book centers around the Boston faction of the Irish mob and the power struggle between the mob families to gain a monopoly over illegal activities. The mafia politics is an important part of the story, with multiple players fighting for power.
So, finally, we get Aiden O’Malley’s story. He is the head of the O’Malley mob family and, as expected, his actions are based on questionable ethics. His behavior may appear ruthless and cold- hearted. And yet the author does a great job of getting you to like Aiden despite the things he does as a mob boss. For him, it all comes down to putting his family first and never backing down no matter how bad the odds look.
Charlotte, “Charlie”, Finch has learned the hard way that the good guys don’t always win. She was framed and betrayed by fellow police officers who also happened to be dirty cops. She is determined to take down the likely mastermind behind the plan to orchestrate her downfall: Dmitri Romanov, a powerful Russian mafia boss. She never expected Aiden O’Malley to become her ally in her quest for vengeance. She doesn’t trust him but she needs him. A fake engagement will ensure she is accepted in his world, and surprisingly enough, she is a born actress. But the illusion slowly becomes reality. I loved that Aiden and Charlie’s relationship developed naturally, it never felt forced or based on insta-love.
The story is written from multiple points of view, Aiden, Charlie’s and Dmitri’s POV. Despite their differences, Aiden and Dmitri are engaged in a temporary alliance that has everything to do with Aiden’s sister Keira.
I cannot form words to describe how much I enjoyed every aspect of the story: the characters, the action, the exploration of relationships, the romance between Aiden and Charlie and the intense connection between Dmitri and Keira.
I seriously cannot wait for Dmitri and Keira’s book. There are so many unresolved issues and the feelings are intense between these two. This book is a great addition to a captivating series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the series in order.
ARC generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.
“Come on.” Aidan stepped back and took her hand. “I have something to show you.”
He led the way up the back stairs and through a door she hadn’t explored yet. Charlie’s breath caught in her throat at the sight of candles flickering on a table laid out with a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a whole spread of Chinese takeout.
She let go of his hand and wandered over to peer into the boxes. “How did you know that crispy pork belly was my favorite?” Just like that, the pieces clicked together. She snapped her fingers. “You had your sister feel me out?” She’d thought Kiera had been asking about her favorite food so they could pick a local place next time they ventured out of the house. “Shady. Very shady.”
“I am a mob boss, after all.” He came around the table and poured them both a glass of wine. “I have it on good authority that this cab pairs well with Chinese takeout.”
“How classy of you.” It was like stepping into another realm of existence as she sat down and accepted the glass of wine while he filled two plates. When Aiden had said that he wanted a dinner date with her, she’d assumed that meant dressing to the nines and going out somewhere fancy. She said as much.
He snorted. “Eating out always serves a purpose. Either you’re making a point, or ensuring you’re seen by someone specific, or conducting a business meeting. We’ve been making points and playing parts since we met. I’d like to try something new—having a relaxing conversation. Just me and you, Aiden and Charlie, not the leader of the O’Malley clan and the former-cop-turned-fake-fiancée.”
“Do you think that’s even possible?” Such a short time together, and it was clear they both had a boatload of issues. It was easy enough to ignore when they were banging each other’s brains out or pretending to be something they weren’t, but holding down a conversation without those masks in place? She wasn’t sure it was a good idea.
Because I already like him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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