Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O’Malleys.
Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it’s Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she’ll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.
Aiden can’t afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O’Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they’re playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their “engagement” was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe– even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.
Review: Undercover Attraction is filled with lots of action, violence, family, enemies, weapons, torture and even burn up the sheets moments of scorching loving, romance and love. This is Aiden and Charlie’s story. They meet with a hidden agenda and a proposition but will it work for Charlie to fall in with Aiden’s plans? Will her past help or hinder them? Her father is a wild card for both of them but Charlie isn’t totally aware of his involvement and keeps getting hurt when his job always comes first. Aiden would prefer if his father stayed in Connecticut now that he’s not the head of the family but we don’t always get what we wish for, do we? His interactions with Aiden and even Charlie are nothing if not cold and calculating.
As head of the O’Malley mob, Aiden has to keep his family close and his enemies closer and oh how he does! There’s always deal making between the mob bosses but lots of what’s in it for me even when they are helping each other out. Some of Aiden’s family members have even married into the other families which keeps them on their toes. He’s estranged from some of his siblings and tries not to show that he cares for them but it always shows itself to his love interest and fake fiancee, Charlie. She gets him when others close to him don’t. She also helps build bridges between them and for that he’s thankful.
The intrigue and the suspense of what would happen next was captivating and held my interest from the first page to the last. The story had many twists and turns to it and took us from New York City to Boston and back. There were numerous injuries, shoot outs and deaths, even with all the planning and bodyguards. There were secrets and pasts that weren’t known to all but have a way of coming out. There is a chance for a happily ever after in the offing even with thoughts of having been betrayed. There was some closure but enough loose ends to take us to the next book in the series.
Robert is a new to me author but I will be back for more if this is her caliber of writing. This is the first book that I’ve read in the O’Malley series and even though it is the fifth book I didn’t feel lost. There was enough background information given to keep my interest but I will be adding the other books in the series to my always growing TBR pile so I can get the backstories and fill in the blanks. The next book, The Bastard’s Bargain, is due out in February 2018 and I for one can’t wait!
Favorite Quote: A family of traitors. That’s all we are.
“Come on.” Aidan stepped back and took her hand. “I have something to show you.”
He led the way up the back stairs and through a door she hadn’t explored yet. Charlie’s breath caught in her throat at the sight of candles flickering on a table laid out with a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a whole spread of Chinese takeout.
She let go of his hand and wandered over to peer into the boxes. “How did you know that crispy pork belly was my favorite?” Just like that, the pieces clicked together. She snapped her fingers. “You had your sister feel me out?” She’d thought Kiera had been asking about her favorite food so they could pick a local place next time they ventured out of the house. “Shady. Very shady.”
“I am a mob boss, after all.” He came around the table and poured them both a glass of wine. “I have it on good authority that this cab pairs well with Chinese takeout.”
“How classy of you.” It was like stepping into another realm of existence as she sat down and accepted the glass of wine while he filled two plates. When Aiden had said that he wanted a dinner date with her, she’d assumed that meant dressing to the nines and going out somewhere fancy. She said as much.
He snorted. “Eating out always serves a purpose. Either you’re making a point, or ensuring you’re seen by someone specific, or conducting a business meeting. We’ve been making points and playing parts since we met. I’d like to try something new—having a relaxing conversation. Just me and you, Aiden and Charlie, not the leader of the O’Malley clan and the former-cop-turned-fake-fiancée.”
“Do you think that’s even possible?” Such a short time together, and it was clear they both had a boatload of issues. It was easy enough to ignore when they were banging each other’s brains out or pretending to be something they weren’t, but holding down a conversation without those masks in place? She wasn’t sure it was a good idea.
Because I already like him.
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.