Monday 30 December 2013

Legally Undercover by Rachel Kall - Book Review the Blurb:

Attorney Alex Popov's dream of partnership is put to the test when she's pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Marten. She's drawn to him, but he's hiding something.

When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex's firm, it's clear Pedro isn't the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob's true identity, she's drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks.

Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything - even her dreams of partnership - on the line for love.

The Review:

All Alex wants in life is to make partner at her law firm, until she meets Pedro, an intermediary for one of her clients. He is gorgeous and tempting enough to make her want to break her strict no mixing dating and work policies. She also has a new lawyer at the firm making unwanted moves on her, but it soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems. Alex is caught up in an FBI investigation and she doesn't know who to trust. Is Pedro as kind as he seems, or is he caught up in something sinister?

I found this story a little slow to get into to start with. It took quite a while to get into the story and I found the main character Alex a bit boring initially as well. She didn’t seem to be a very interesting character, but she does develop as the story progresses. She is very driven, and I like that she doesn’t take crap from anyone, and even when the FBI is involved, she is still making all her own decisions.

While it took quite a bit longer than I would have liked to get going, once the romance storyline started moving, I really got into this story. I love Pedro. He is sexy and sweet. He cares for his family enough to be crossing a few moral lines, but most of all he will do anything for Alex. The scenes with Pedro were my favorites. I enjoyed his and Alex’s banter, which also made me like her more too.

The suspense aspect really takes off about half way through this novel. Again, like the romance, I would have liked it to start a bit sooner, but once I hit the middle, I enjoyed the excitement of this story’s intrigue and action. There are a lot of elements to the intrigue, but I didn’t feel like it became too complicated. Instead, it was easy to follow without necessarily being easy to work out, and I was surprised by the reveal at the end.

Although this story is a bit slow to start, it becomes an exciting and sexy romantic suspense.

I read the Audiobook, so what about the Narrator?

I have to admit I found Crystal Sershen's narration a little too sing-song for me during the main narrative of the story. However, here are a lot of accents in the dialogue of Legally Undercover, which that can really make or break a narrator with me, and I thought Sershen handled the accents really well. She was also really good at capturing unique voices for each of the characters, so it was always apparent who was speaking.

Legally Undercover by Rachel Kall and read by Crystal Sershen was published by Entranced Publishing on November 14, 2013, and is available from Amazon and Audible.

This book was given to Love Reading Romance in exchange for an honest review.