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Undercover Star

(Rock & Art Theft #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Detective Inspector Josh Ingram and pop idol Matisse Vervein have not a thing in common. Except for two meddling friends and mutual attraction that’s off the scale.

Sparks fly when they meet, and when they drop the attitude they're great together, but asking Matisse to help Josh hunt an art thief seems doomed to failure while they judge each other by their job descriptions.
Kindle Edition, 130 pages
Published November 22nd 2017 (first published November 21st 2017)
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May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
3.5 Stars

Matisse is a singer, a pop star. One day when Matisse was driving, a cop pulled him aside for speeding. The officer took him to the building but the detective there, didn’t mention of speeding. Instead he asked him to go undercover. Of caurse they wouldn’t send him to do this alone, he would have a partner, detective inspector Josh. He explained they’re hunting an art thief and Matisse is the key to where they planed for their mission. Because he can get Josh in there and protect him fr
Lukewarm 2.5 stars
The blurb looked interesting for a fan of romance complimented by some suspense/mystery like me with the promise of a singer, Matisse, agreeing to help a police detective, Josh, catching an elusive art theft.

For a first go with this author, I found the writing alright. What I missed a lot was depth. Everything felt superficial : the romance, the sex, the plot, the action…like going to a restaurant, reading the menu and then getting the bill : enjoying the food in between would
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well this book was a massive surprise and an incredibly pleasant one from an author I've not read before.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting given the blurb but what I got was a fast paced and strongly plotted story (although with one glaring plot point left hanging I'm hoping this is going to be part one of a new series otherwise it'll be a huge disappointment and I'll knock some stars off).

Josh was a typical grumpy British Detective Inspector - and believe me over my 20 year journalism c
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

My first book by Jackie Keswick and she gave us a celebrity musician paired up with a disgruntled detective who is chasing after an art thief. I thought the theme was rather fitting for my mood. It was light in suspense with a light dose of humor. The only thing that might heightened my interest will be some extra heat. The limited sex scenes was told in a classy and tasteful way, which translate to being too tame and clean from my usual read. But is still acceptable for me, as the roma
Undercover Star by Jackie Keswick

Ok, so ignoring that the plot was anything but credible (I honestly don't think there was a single plot line that was even remotely credible), I actually enjoyed reading this book. It was a light and quick read for days when you're not looking for something heavy or angsty.

Undercover Star had some great bones to the story, but they were never really utilised in a good way. It lacked depth, character and plot development as well as genuine feelings and connections. It was entertaining while read
Not a big fan of rock stars stories usually because I don't need to read about males with too much ego expressing itself through their dicks but Matisse had depth ( I had interesting things to say about that but I read the book several weeks ago and I'm not smart enough to write down my thoughts immediately apparently) and such passion for what he does I couldn't help but love him immediately. ( I didn't expect that, my type is more grumpy detective usually). I love how Scotland was also a huge ...more
Lila Hunter
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Review to follow at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 out of 5 stars

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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
Fiona Lyle
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

There’s not much more that I can say about this book that the blurb hasn’t already covered. Josh and Matisse are forced to work together to try and find an art and jewellery thief who commits his crimes at high profile fundraisers and promotional events, but who also murdered Josh’s detective partner when he stumbled across the sale of one of the items that had been stolen in Rome. Josh’s boss thinks that using Matisse as a way in
Lisa The Novel Approach
Josh Ingram, Detective Inspector at New Scotland Yard, is working on a cold case related to the death of his partner and good friend. He’s invested in all his cases, but this one has devastated him to the point that he doesn’t have time for anyone. His boss sets him up with someone who can get him into a charity event where a valuable piece of jewelry is the key to catching a thief…who just may lead him to the murderer.

Matisse Vervein finds himself and his artistic ability needed by Scotland Yar
Annette Gisby
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 presenc
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unlikely pairing with excellent results

This was a really good first book that has built in room to grow, but did excellent work at establishing all of the groundwork. There were two major portions to the book; the police work and the romance. These are well intertwined and yet at the same time kept seperate as to how things go on.

The setup between the two is on the surface a bit contrived- the cops really need a star to get in this building? But it soon becomes clear that is because it is co
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I’ve read by this author (the first was Leap of Faith), and I was pleased to find that Undercover Star was just as enjoyable. The story concentrates more on the mystery of the case Josh is looking into than on the romance, but the sexual tension is still evident throughout the book and when it becomes more than just tension, the scenes—though few—are hot and sexy.

Now, whether the police would actually use a civilian the was Matisse was used in this story…I have no idea, a
Violet  Marshall
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
A marvelous book the writing was great. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. The flow was a bit jerky and not as smooth as it could have been. I really enjoyed this book, but it could have used some more detail in parts. This would have made it a deeper story. Having said that I found the story and characters wonderful. And would have loved more of these characters. I hope that there is another book to follow. The characters were developed and thought out. Detective I ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
A musician and a Detective seem like an odd pairing for sure, but boy were they great together!

Pop Idol Matisse is brought in to help Detective Josh Ingram help find a jewel thief - how can a musician help the police? He is able to get Josh into an exclusive Gala, one he hopes to have lured the would be thief to in order to capture him. There is more at stake to catching the thief though, Josh is hoping to track down and put his partners murderer away, and since his death Josh has stopped at not
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Josh has been hunting an art thief for years, hoping they will lead to his police partner’s murderer. Matisse, a famous pop-star, is asked to get Josh into a high-end function to try and apprehend the thief. Neither knows that Matisse’s manager and Josh’s boss are behind teaming them up, in hopes of sparks between the two. I really liked the undercover action and subsequent excitement, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story. More of it was Josh slowly becoming exposed to the life of a celebri ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story, with a little intrigue and mystery. Detective Inspector Josh is hunting an art thief. One that knows who killed his partner. For several years Josh has put everything else on the back burner hunting this thief. He doesn’t have time for life, much less a love life of any kind. Then his boss comes up with the crazy idea of using a rock star to help trap this thief, knowing that Matisse can get Josh into a charity event where Josh has ensured the thief will show. If Josh’s boss ...more
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, action, hot
4 Stars!

Pop idol Matisse Vervein is roped into helping Detective Inspector Josh Ingram catch an art thief who killed Josh's partner a few years ago.

Okay, so I loved Matisse, other than being closeted, he was a fun character to read. I loved that even if he was a pop star, there was a whole lot more to him than just that. Josh, well, I liked him, he was all gruff and grieving the death of his friend, but he seemed off his game a bit. Actually, a lot, seeing as if it hadn't been for Matisse they
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mmbooks
Well, well. I was grinning like Cheshire cat once I started reading. That was a delicious first meeting.

Matisse is all ready to complain at being recruited to help catch a jewel thief until he meets his backup.

And what a gorgeous backup that is.

The POV switches between two men, keeping up lively tone of the story. It’s fast paced and enjoyable. I loved watching as Josh and Matisse volleyed snippy replies back and forth. Sparks fly from the moment they met. Funny remarks are scattered throughout
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Although the concept of this book is a good one, there is too much push and pull between Mat and Josh for most of the book for it to get a perfect rating. The attraction seemed to be one sided and then although Josh looked the part of detective, it was Mat and his observations that saved the case over and over again. I also loved the ending and how brave Mat was, but there’s not really a set future for them and I felt a little let down by it.

In the end, I wanted more from Josh than using Mat to
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous...I could have given this book five stars at 20% The characters are so richly drawn, so vivid, I couldn't help but adore them, despite/because they were so scratchy together at the start. Both had good reason for being so; heartfelt reasons conveyed with such understated skill, I was rooting for them as a couple from the moment they met. I loved the premise of this novel, I'd not read a similar story before...and the book itself lived up to its promise. Loved it.
Esther Alayeto
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story and loved the storyline. You have a romance and a mystery rolled in one with a detective and a rock star. Josh and Matisse are great characters who come together to try and catch a thief and killer. They are attracted to one another and have slow build relationship which I really enjoyed watching grow steadily. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
tammy rufo
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Josh and Matisse, wish the story had been longer, I could have kept reading this. it was very fast paced and developed for such a short story. Wish it was a little "hotter", but still tastefully done. Definitely would recommend Jackie Keswick, this was my first time reading this author and really enjoyed it!
This was just so much FUN! In capital letters. The premise took suspension of tons of disbelief, but once that was over and done with, the story just swept me away.
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Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent 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 ...more