Review & Giveaway: Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 41,000 words

Cover Design: Emma Griffin


It sounds like the stupidest idea in the history of stupid ideas. Detective Inspector Josh Ingram wants to find a deadly medieval locket and through it, a murderer. So why does his boss decide to team him up with Matisse Vervein, a pop idol many consider just a pretty face... and expect the two of them to hunt down an art thief?

Marissa Godwin, Matisse's no-nonsense manager, isn't stupid. Neither is her brother-in-law, Detective Superintendent Tim Montgomery. Each is looking out for a lonely man on the verge of quitting what he does best, and both believe that their charges would make a great team.

The attraction sizzling between Josh and Matisse is hard to miss, but there's plenty of resentment, too. Focussed on pushing Josh and Matisse towards each other, Marissa and Tim haven't imagined the kind of trouble a music star and a detective can find when they ditch their prejudices and accept that the attraction between them is mutual. Or how far each is prepared to go to prove it to the other.

A feel-good, action adventure romance set in England and Scotland, featuring a reluctant pop star who's not out, a detective trying his hand at being a bodyguard, plenty of adventure, and a happy ending.


For the past couple of years, DI Josh Ingram has been trying to find the murderer of his police partner and best friend, Paul. Paul had been in the wrong place at the wrong time: looking at a Renaissance locket in a market in Rome, when he was murdered and the locket stolen.

The locket was on of a set of two, the other one in display in Kilbride House, which is rarely open to the public. They do host a gala charity event every year, and Josh needs to get in. The owners don't want a police presence there and so Josh needs a different way in - he becomes a pretend bodyguard to pop icon Matisse Vervein, who the owners are keen to have at their gala.

Matisse has had every success with his pop career and he loves his fans, and knows he wouldn't have got far without them. He's a pin-up for many a teenage girl and as such he isn't out, nowhere hear out. But sometimes he just wishes he could be himself and try his hand at rock music, his first love.

The sparks fly between then as soon as they first meet, but it takes a while for them to warm up to each other.

It's fast-paced with a good strong plot and a balance between the crime plot and the romance. There were a few love scenes, not overly explicit but with a good emotional bond as well as physical bond bewteen the characters.

On paper, they seem an odd couple at first glance, but Josh and Matisse do complement other each well. Both are interesting and likeable in their own way and you'll be rooting for them to get their happily ever after.

The ending was a little abrupt, but not quite a cliff-hanger and I suspect there may be more stories with Josh and Matisse.

Tender, romantic and emotional ups and downs - what more can you ask for in a romance?

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Author Bio

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don't follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes, blogs about English history and food, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn't found the place where the bus stops.

For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places:


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