Monday, October 3, 2016

Undercover Boyfriend by Jacob Z. Flores Audiobook Review

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.

Length: 5 hrs, 51 mins
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed Undercover Boyfriend. Flores has penned an enjoyable romantic suspense story that contained just the right mix of romance and suspense for my tastes. Marty is an endearing young man whose tendency to fib his way out of uncomfortable and confrontational situations proves to be quite amusing and makes for a great setup for the book. As his sister’s wedding day quickly approaches, Marty finds himself in a pickle because he cannot produce the boyfriend he created shortly after breaking up with his then boyfriend, Christian, whom he’d found cheating on him… again. But when fate intervenes and Marty’s path crosses with Luke’s, an agreement is forged that may not only save the day for Marty, but also his heart and his life.

Despite the fact that the book takes place over a short period of time, Flores creates a connection between Marty and Luke that allows their “relationship” to progress quickly without it feeling rushed or based on insta-love. It’s actually quite impressive because more than once I found myself forgetting that they had JUST met days before, the connection between the two men was that solid – even if everything started out as a lie. While the storyline is outside the realm of the everyday, I still found it plausible. What better way to lay low after your cover’s been blown than to allow yourself to be “blackmailed” into posing as the made up boyfriend of the man whose car you were about to steal in order to flee the area. I could see a desperate undercover FBI agent who suspects a mole in his office taking advantage of such a situation presenting itself, especially when he can tell that his “blackmailer” doesn’t have a malicious bone in his body – and he’s kind of cute in a comic book geek sort of way. Luke was merely exchanging a sanctioned undercover assignment for an unsanctioned one. That the arrangement led to more than either man expected it to was extremely fortuitous for them, and me, because it made for an extremely enjoyable story. As for what transpired, you’ll have to read or listen to Undercover Boyfriend yourself as the romantic suspense angle features quite a tangled web of events that I’m afraid to mention any of the details for fear of revealing a spoiler.

I have to talk a bit about Rusty Topsfield’s narration. This is the second audiobook I’ve listened to that Mr. Topsfield has narrated, but I feel compelled to reveal that the first book I listened to was the one I listened to immediately before Undercover Boyfriend and I had no idea that I was listening to the same narrator. It wasn’t until I was writing up this review and pulled up my audiobook library to verify that this was the first audiobook narrated by Topsfield I had listened to, that I discovered it was not. Imagine my surprise to learn that I listened to two books, back-to-back, narrated by the same man, and had no clue. None. To say I was surprised doesn’t even cover it. But my shock didn’t end there, not at all. I also discovered that Topsfield had narrated another audiobook that, with the publisher’s permission, I ended up returning because he did such a good job with the characters’ accents, that I couldn’t listen to the book because after an hour, the accents were grating on my nerves. And again, I had no idea that it was the same narrator. Simply saying that Rusty Topsfield is a talented narrator is an understatement of epic proportions. His narration of Undercover Boyfriend made an enjoyable story a thoroughly entertaining experience and I cannot wait to check out more of his narrative talents.

Gay romance that is sinfully charming Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hardass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world. Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Undercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day #1) by Jacob Z. Flores to listen to and review.

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