31 January 2015

Love Undercover Tour Stop!

The last thing she expects is to fall in love with a prison guard…

Hotshot Secret Service Agent, Sarita Cerez is thrown into a medium security prison—for work. Her job is to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea. She never envisioned making friends with illegal immigrants or falling head over heels for one of the guards. Now the clandestine activity, which is integral to protecting her charge, may destroy her only chance at love.

He's never fraternized with the inmates—until he met her…

Matthew Carter always plays by the rules, which includes maintaining a strictly professional relationship with the inmates in his charge. But when Sarita saunters onto the unit, all bets are off. Her status as a deportee with a permanent ticket to Columbia means they can never be together, but try as he might, this doesn’t stop him from risking his career for her.

He's a man who values honesty above all else, and she lies for a living. Can two people from such different worlds find any common ground?
I chose to review this book because the plot seemed unlike anything I had ever read before.  And I was totally right, this was a very original story in setting and characterization that I found myself really enjoying.
Sarita is an undercover agent at a women’s immigration detention center.  She’s there for work, posing as a detainee in order to protect another inmate, who is the daughter of a Korean diplomat, who had run off with her boyfriend and will be arriving at the detention center indefinitely.  Matthew Carter is a prison guard at the center and while he’s always been a paragon of professionalism, when he meets Sarita there’s something about her that calls to him.  But can a relationship that is built on lies survive the truth?
As I said, this was a pretty original storyline.  I have never read a book that takes place in an immigration detention center, and one of the things about the book that I enjoyed the most was the stories of the secondary characters that were in the center waiting to be deported.  I thought that was one of the most touching things about the book, more so now with immigration being such a hot topic. It really helps you to think about illegal aliens and their stories. 
The relationship between Sarita and Carter was a slow build, and I really liked that as well.  Carter was a great every man kind of character.  The romance genre has been flooded by billionaire, BDSM-loving alphas as of late, and it was refreshing to read about a regular, honest and hardworking man who develops feelings for a woman that could turn his whole world upside down.  He really struggles with these feelings for Sarita, because as far as he can tell she has a one way ticket back to her home country and they can never be together.  To read about the feelings between them and how they both fight against it is interesting and gripping, and it kept me reading to see how it would go.
Overall, I thought this was a well-written and intriguing story and I think if you’re looking for something to depart from the gaggle of identical romance stories out there, this is your book.  4 stars.
As they walked down the first flight of stairs, Sarita’s breath caught when she glanced at him. She missed her footing and would have gone head-over-ass down the steps if he hadn’t grabbed her.

The heat emanating from Matt’s body seeped into her. “Thanks. You saved me from a nasty fall.”

“You are so beautiful, Sarita.” His whispered words feathered over her cheek.

She moved forward as his lips came down on hers in a crushing kiss. The impact brought tears to her eyes and a whimper to her throat. He eased the pressure. She took the light pecks as his apology.

She desired his passion over such teasing gentleness. Her hand moved to the back of his head and held him against her mouth, opening for him as his tongue thrust in. She hung onto him for fear of tumbling down the stairs.

Swinging her around, he lifted her onto the railing, wrapping her legs around him. His hardness met the juncture of her thighs. The need to feel more of him suffused her. She rocked her hips and squeezed him closer when he moaned.

The sound of whistling broke through the haze. She eased her feet to the steps and they continued down the stairs as if she hadn’t been about to rip off his shirt.

She held onto the railing so her wobbly legs wouldn’t slide out from under her. She chanced a glance up and saw the camera. How could she have forgotten where they were?

He looked back at the space they’d just vacated and raised an eyebrow. “Blind spot,” he whispered. “Didn’t you know?”
Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy. Thanks for hosting Love Undercover on your blog and for the awesome review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. You just mentioned all the reasons I wrote the book. Something different and real in the romance genre.