A One Fine Day Novel.
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.
©2016 Jacob Z Flores (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"Fun and sweet story with great narration"
Poor skinny Marty is always making up pretend friends, family members and now – boyfriends – to help him avoid confrontation. After breaking up with his sister’s fiance’s best friend – who is now the best man at their wedding – Marty invents a boyfriend – Tim, the underwear model – to retaliate.
When push comes to shove, Marty’s Mami wants to meet this Tim, so Marty goes to a club hoping to convince some guy to give it a try. Instead he finds Luke trying to break into his car. Marty tells Luke that if he’ll just be his pretend boyfriend for a couple of hours and meet his mother he won’t call the cops. Luke agrees – but not because he’s afraid of the cops.
Luke is an FBI agent about to crack a major drug lord case. He’s meeting an informant when someone from the gang shows up knowing his real name! He has to go in hiding and now because this means someone on the inside is a mole. His attempt to find a car ends as we see above with Marty – but it’s not all bad. The suburbs might be the best place to hide.
Of course, life is not simple and there’s even more drama – more than I want to tell you about here – that involves Marty and drug dealers and moles and dirty FBI agents – Oh My!
Jacob Flores – who I just read is an English professor – I’d have LOVED any class he taught – wouldn’t you??? – is an amazing writer. I’ve enjoyed his P-town series as well as his supernatural series. This was very well written and edited, flowed nicely and had just enough believability to keep me from rolling my eyes out of my head.
Sure, he bends the laws of co-incidence here and there – but really – that stuff does happen now and then.
There’s only one smexy times scene but it’s pretty hot. The rest of the story is a lot of action/adventure and drama but liberally laced with humor and tenderness.
I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Rusty Topsfield did a really good job with this. He puts a really good attempt at the Hispanic accents and there are moments – especially when Marty and Luke are admitting their feelings, that his emotions are really shining through and nearly brought me to tears. Sometimes, however, I think a little bit more research could have been done on the Spanish words, because he got them wrong and it was pretty glaring. (Mami – pronounced like Mammy and hijo prounounced heeho or Rogelio prounounced Rojeelio- ugh!) But… I loved Luke’s voice and the fact that he gave everyone unique and easily identifiable voices. I definitely enjoyed this and would recommend this as a great way to experience this story.
4.5 of 5 stars for both book and audiobook
"5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!!"
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.
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.
I liked how the reader made me Care about the characters and their lives. I enjoyed the story immensely and plan to get more by this author.
I'd recommend it to others.
"Nice sweet story; great performance"
I really enjoyed this story; I love the geek/alpha male trope. Luke and Marty's story is a mixture of romance, humor and danger. I enjoyed hearing the story from both POVs. Luke is an undercover FBI agent that gets involved with Marty through unforeseen circumstances. Marty is a shy, insecure but really sweet geek with a great loving, supportive family. Their lives collide in a spectacular way when the drug lord Luke is hiding from catches up to them; can't beat guns and tuxedos. The story is predictable but enjoyable. Rusty Topsfield does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life; great characterizations and wonderful Spanish accents. I don't think I would have liked this as much without his performance.
This was such a beautiful story with comedy,action, and love. This was definitely worth it. Everyone please buy it. If you like the type of story where the dorky guy gets the hunky FBI agent then this is definitely that type of story. I loved both the MCs and his family. It wouldn't have been great without a great narrator though.
"Loved Every Second!"
Absolutely fabulous! From Plotline to character development, this story will have you laughing out loud, cheering for the good guys, and falling in love with the characters too!
This was a fun story. You have to use the willing suspension of disbelief a great deal but that's ok. A bit too much killing is my only complaint.
It is a must to check out loved it from the beginning to end I wish there was a part 2 :( I just want to know more about them lol.. there was parts in the book that had me dying in laughter and I even had a small tear in the end lol.. was very very good!
"Undercover Agents,Lucky Coins, Messed up wedding"
Undercover boyfriend is a mystery/ suspense with a touch of comedy. Think big , crazy, Hispanic wedding. While prepping for his sister Sophia's wedding, Marty Valdez's mom is also trying to fix him up too. He has invented imaginary people since he was young and has told them he has a boyfriend...a swimsuit model at that. Trying to figure what to do about not having a date for the dinner, he gets hit by a door drops his coin and bending to retrieve it meets a gorgeous man. One that happens to need a new cover.
Luke has been compromised in his undercover drug mission and trying to find a safe place. so when Martin blackmails him to be his boyfriend he figures one time and out, then things keep changing and he is deeper and deeper especially when Martin gets nearly killed in a men's room and there is a twist that ties Martin in tighter.
The story is Ok. It is an interesting mystery, the characters are quite good. I like Martin, Luke and of course his Momma and sister. The romance was sweet with a touch of heat towards the end.
I have heard and Liked some of Rusty Topsfield's performances, but will say this wasn't my favorite. He has a soft voice and it was almost too soft, like a whisper in places. His character voices mostly sounded the same and the women's voices were a bit strange.I will say there is a point when Luke speaks to Martin that is monumental and Rusty did nail that emotion. This just wasn't my favorite narrative.
If you like undercover agents, cartoon artists, weddings, mysteries and a good romance you will like this.
"Fun to listen to"
First I have to say poor Marty. I know that his family for the most part has his best interests at heart. Yet, with a family like that I can understand why he is the way he is. Self preservation lol. Between his mom and sister, god bless this character; I would have run a long time ago. So, when he happens to run into Luke, and his luck changes I was so happy for him. In fact, they same can be said later on down the line for Luke. They both happen to change each other for the better. Luke is very guarded, but being around Marty he starts to let go and relax. Marty finally starts standing up for himself in all aspects of life. Together they are stronger together, and realize that they have feelings for one another despite their differences. In fact, their differences seem to build one another up.
The author did well with the flow of the book. He kept me interested with the wittiness of the two MC's and the chemistry slowly building between them. The plot itself was sound and kept you intrigued and wondering who for the most part. Though near the end it was a bit to obvious IMO. Nonetheless, in the end you are left happy as Luke and Marty get their well deserved HEA, and the bad guy(s) get their own do justice.
The Narrator wasn't too bad. He seemed to have range for the character's he portrayed. I just wish he would have put more emotion into the reading. Overall, it was enjoyable to listen to.
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