The verbal sparring matches between the two main characters in this novel is just the most delicious kind of foreplay. You simply want one of them to push the other up against a wall and start pulling clothes off. Which…they actually do at one point come to think of it.
What’s it About?
Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear. For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…
This novel is fully representative of what some would call a “geek” or “nerd” romance. Basically, our two main leads are extremely intelligent, and their love of Star Wars is mentioned at least once. Although, instead of calling it a geek romance maybe we should just call it a romance between geniuses, because these two are wicked smart. Both are tech gurus, but Drew is actually an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the company Cassie works for. Drew quickly starts to develop feelings for Cassie, which poses a problem as she is also his #1 suspect. On top of that, Drew is not the best at the whole undercover thing, which was adorably cute. His somewhat inept sleuthing starts to draw the attention of Cassie herself, and she is suspicious of his actions. She begins to do some sleuthing of her own, and goes from being the one watched to being the watcher herself.
That’s What She Said
There are two main things which draw Cassie and Drew together: their intelligence and their tendency to speak through blatant sexual innuendos. One particular quote that I think captures the first sentiment to perfection is, “She was used to out thinking every person around her, and so was he.” They quickly enter into a battle of wits and discover that in addition to appearance, they are also attracted to each other’s brains and intelligence. Love it!
And as for the sexual innuendos, good God they were utterly delightful, and probably my favorite aspect of the novel. From the classic, “I could go all night” to the tech savvy “should I bring my dongle?” Then of course there was my particular favorite, “You’re turning my floppy into a hard drive.” I’ve seriously got to remember that one. Nerdy? Yes, but also sweet and endearing, as Cassie and Drew can just be themselves with each other. Their relationship has a basis which goes beyond the physical.
Son of a Bee Monkey!
Another one of my favorite features of this novel was Cassie’s rather unique swear-word repertoire. I always thought I had some pretty unique outbursts, but Cassie simply put me to shame. However, I took notes, and I plan to adopt some of these classics into my own lexicon, including: hopping toadstools, Gorgonzola on a stick, fiddlesticks, and fahrvergnügen.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Love Undercover, book 1. I’ll definitely be reading the next book featuring one of Drew’s FBI co-workers, who just might be even more socially awkward than Drew and Cassie combined. Can’t wait!
Should you read it? A cute and funny read! The first chapter starts off with quite a bit of inner dialogue and mutual staring going on, with plenty of heated moments and heavy breathing. Overall though, I loved the connection between Drew and Cassie. They are both equally socially inept, yet can just be themselves with each other. I also enjoyed the investigative story line, which added an interesting twist to their relationship. As all evidence increasingly points to Cassie being guilty, Drew doesn’t know how to deal with this as his feelings for her also increase. Juicy!
Smut Level: Who knew office cubicles could be the prime location for ultimate seduction?
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled Publishing. 270 Pages