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(Vino & Veritas #4)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Gabe wants Alec between the sheets…too bad Alec’s undercover already…

Rich kid. Party boy. Gabe is tired of the labels. He’s a smart guy, but ever since he got kicked out of grad school, people are only interested in his no-limit credit card and his pierced ears…and other places.

Tall, dark and scowling Alec hates Vermont, with its artisanal-freaking-everything and its i
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 203 pages
Published March 29th 2021 by Heart Eyes Press LLC
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Alec + Gabe.
FBI Agent Alec is in Burlington to investigate a drug case.
Super-cute and colorful Gabe is in town because he doesn’t really know what to do with his life after having been kicked out of grad school. He’s a 26 year old jobless rich kid with a black credit card and nothing to do.
They first see each other in the book part of Vino and Veritas and are very attracted to each other. BUT … Alec thinks Gabe might be involved with the drug smugglers!


Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Alec is an FBI agent who arrives in Burlington to investigate an international drug traffic.
He goes often to the Vino and Veritas bookstore to keep an eye on the streets without arousing suspicion, but here he is noted by Gabe an excentric scientific bookworm. So when Gabe gives him an unexpected gift, Alec thinks he has been compromised and that he has also found his drug dealer, but the resolution of the case can’t be so easy.
They start to going out together, and day after day Alec understa

❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Apr 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Okay. I’m done...

It is just me AND It’s the book too. We just done get along.


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Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, vermont
4.25 Stars ! I'm really enjoying this m/m (standalone) series! A different author for each book.
I really enjoyed this new-to-me author's writing style. Very sly/dry humor. With a touch of irony.
Someone(s) are smuggling drugs inside yoga mats(!!) What?
Gabe is a resident of Burlington-from a very wealthy family. Gabe's family makes and sells high end boats. Gabe had been kicked out of his Chemistry PdD program. He's mortified and hides the fact that he didn't leave by his own choice. Gabe did too
My first book in this new shared world, but definitely not my last! Eliot delivered as she always does with humor and snark, but also a great plot like and a wonderful romance. I really don’t think anyone does the grumpy one and the sunshine one quite like Grayson and I just adored the MCs this time around. The steam is slow to build, which absolutely makes sense with the storyline, but once it’s there it’s definitely fire. There’s a sense of “oh no, when’s it going to go wrong” but luckily Gray ...more

I've really been enjoying all the books in the Vino & Veritas series. They're a varied mix of storylines and characters, which has been great. And Undercover keeps the variety going, as it’s more of a romantic suspense instead of a straight-up contemporary romance, making it stand out on its own even more. It did feel a little “odd” in that respect, though, in comparison to the rest of the books in the series so far. But as they say, variety is the spice of life!

I liked Gabe, I thought he
Cassandra Martin
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely more of a romantic suspense, and it was another way to show the range of all these authors writing in the True North World!

This one kept me on the edge of my seat! Alec was definitely the grumpy hero in this book. He was so smitten with Gabe, you could just feel his struggles with falling for him and doing his job.

“You are my whole life, Gabe,” I said haltingly, hoping against hope I could make him understand. “I’m not uprooting anything. I’d be coming home “
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

ARC received for an honest review

Ooooh, sexy undercover man, Alec.

But for me this was all about Gabe. Eliot Grayson had me from the minute I heard about Gabe's blue and purple hair haha. I know, I know, how shallow - but I loved him from that minute on.

I did get frustrated with this book (and not just this book, but any book with undercover and lying and waiting for the other shoe to drop. It takes me a little out of the story, as I am always wondering when the other person is going to
Reflections of a Swede
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m actually surprised how much I liked this book! Two vastly different guys that start out their relationship based on lies but despite that manage to turn it into the real thing in the end. A very delightful read indeed!

So, Alec is an undercover FBI agent tasked with trying to crack a case involving drugs being smuggled into the US in yoga-mats (yes, totally ridiculous, right? But all the yoga-bashing in the book totally made up for it!). Gabe is a rich twink who’s adrift after being kicked ou
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Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I have read all four books into the series so far – so do look at my reviews, as I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This story involves a character called Gabe. I
Resch Reads
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this story, I even went in with an opened mind. But then I learned Gabe was a chemist, and my trepidation started creeping in and low and behold, my instincts were right. So here comes another rant. I apologize but I just want to read one book where the chemist isn't an idiot or thinking about molecules and atoms 24/7, we aren't like this in real life.

Your resident romance reading chemist is ready to tell you how NOT to portray the sciences in books. Over the course of the story
So, this was the second book I read in the Vino & Veritas series and my second book by Eliot Grayson as well. Though it was an enjoyable read, I don't think it's a book I will remember long after reading. There were some things missing to make it memorable.

Alec is an undercover FBI agent investigating suspected drugs smuggling, involving yoga mats. When I read that, I wondered how serious this story was going to be, because yoga mats?
When I continued reading, it seemed to me the author uses th
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it

~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I have read all four books into the series so far - so do look at my reviews, as I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This story involves a character called Gabe. Initially I was a little confused as there was a Gabriel in
Jessica Alcazar
First of all … a smuggling scheme involving yoga mats I mean … #oneclick tag line if I’ve ever read one, amirite?!

I’ve read every book published in not only this series, but the World of True North itself (and even a few coming up to publish soon) and the one thing that is consistent within all of them is their diversity. There is a myriad of different storylines with all kinds of themes, and it is the most marvelous aspect to me because that’s life. There are all kinds of people doing all k
Lenore Kosinski
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I received a free copy through Heart Eyes Press in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3.5 stars — In the end I liked both Gabe and Alec, but the story just didn’t pull me in.

One thing I adored was the fact that Gabe fit the stereotype of a “gay man”…which is a super weird thing to say, but I think because m/m romance is often written by women, the men can be fairly similar in many ways. Or honestly, that’s maybe just the ones I’ve come acro
Heather (AllTheJuicyBits)
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I haven't read one of the Vino and Veritas books yet that I haven't LOVED, and Undercover was no exception. Gabe is a recently expelled PhD student in chemistry who's going through a very tough time, emotionally. Between day drinking and sleeping with a different guy every night, Gabe is doing a decent job of ignoring his feelings of insecurity. One thing he doesn't have to worry about though, is money, thanks to his hefty trust fund. He's taken to hanging out at Veritas, the bookstore half of V ...more
Amy Dickinson
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So what isn’t to love about a story that involves a bit of a curmudgeonly loner type character and another character who is the light to the other character’s dark? This is the case with Eliot Grayson’s newest book, Undercover. Set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North, Undercover explores more of the Vino & Veritas world. In this story, the two heroes, Gabe and Alec, are two very different people but they both have the same issue: loneliness. In the past, neither of them
Personal Note: I've been struggling to read for a good bit now, my grandmother passed away late February and it's taken time to sort myself out mentally. I only mention this because I've had this ARC for awhile now, I signed up for it and everything, and given the circumstances there normally would be no reason to not have devoured one of Eliot's books with in the first two days of having it.

Actual review: Once again Eliot delivers on giving us comfortable and recognizable character archetypes b
Anne Barwell
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I picked this story up as I’d read another by this author a couple of months ago and loved it. I loved this one too, and wow, such a good story. Wonderful characters, a compelling storyline, and a great mix of romance, drama, and action made this a very satisfying read.

I loved Alec and Gabe and how different they are from each other, yet both kick arse in their own right. That they meet in a bookshop was great, and I love the idea of an FBI agent rolling his eyes in the true crime section. It’s
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alec has one job. Find the drug dealers. Easy enough since he is an FBI Agent undercover in Burlington. But things get complicated when he meets Gabe. Sweet Gabe who always finds himself staring at Alec when they are in the bookstore that is part of Vino and Veritas. And when Gabe tries to be a little flirty and does something nice for Alec, Alec finds himself in a situation that may be the key to finding the drug dealer he was looking for. Alec's paranoia that Gabe may be a suspect leads him to ...more
Amy Stauffer
3.75 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Vino and Veritas series, but—like the others—completely stands alone. We capture moments with other characters, but the stories do not connect other than the shared universe. The interactions between previous characters and current ones don’t interfere with or spoil anything. It’s kind of a fun experience. I always enjoy shared universe books.

This book got off to an awkward start for me...almost as awkward as Gabe, himself. I will say that I am extremely
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall, Undercover is a good story. It has enjoyable characters with an interesting plot but from the start I struggled to connect to it.
Bless Gabe, he's quietly an introvert whilst being quite social with friends who are more than happy to spend his money on nights out. He's really sweet in how he treats the man he spots in Vino and Veritas to some books he was browsing though, little does he know, that man is Alec who is an FBI agent currently undercover in town. Alec is suspect of ever
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
FBI special agent Alec Kaminsky is in Burlington investigating a drug ring and to kill time he likes to spend time in the bookstore section of Vino & Veritas. Gabe Middleton, loves going to the bookstore to read books from the science fiction section and to check out the new guy in leather he sees there all the time now. Gabe wanting to do something about his new crush decides to buy the books he sees Alec read all time. I loved Gabe, he was a hot mess at times but his heart was in the right pla ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Vino and Veritas - Wine and Truth and you find some of the first and little of the second in Undercover by Eliot Grayson set in the True North World of Sarina Bowen. This is the story of Gabe, a man who has lost his way on his path a bit and Alec, an FBI agent assigned to investigate a possible drug ring in Burlington, Vermont. Due to a difficult previous relationship Gabe has lost his confidence in himself and has a difficult time believing in his own self worth. This doesn’t help when Alec put ...more
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. **

3.5 stars!

It was a good story but it was kinda awkward, this feeling of not knowing which way to go.
Alec is an FBI agent, undercover and investigating a smuggling scheme involving yoga mats. Gabe is tired of people who tried to use him for his money or other things.
Alec is trying to be subtle or discreet but the broody guy got the attention of Gabe, it was hard to believe that sexy multicolored hair guy was into him.
Between Alec’s underc
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Starting off with this one by saying while it was ok, I had a hard time getting into the story. While this is my first book by Eliot Grayson I was excited to dive in to a brand new to me author. However after the first few pages I knew this either wasn't the right time for this story or just not my style.

I did really like the characters of Gabe and Alec though. Gabe just wanting to prove that he is more than just some rich kid and it was sweet to watch him go after Alec. As for broody Alec, he
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog, ku
Great story; I loved it!

Undercover is the first book I’ve read by Eliot Grayson and now I wonder why. This story grabbed me right from the start and didn’t let go. I started reading it early in the morning, while I was still in bed. I didn’t stop, or leave the bed, until I finished it. It had been a while since I read an MM Romantic Suspense story and this one was a great way to break that dry spell.

Alec is undercover and he has principles that he doesn’t want to break. He is attracted to Gabe b
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Alec hates Burlington but he's stuck there undercover on a drug case. When he sees Gabe at Vino & Veritas, he's thinking he might at least get a lead on the criminals. Only one problem -- he's also attracted to Gabe and it wouldn't be ethical to use Gabe like that, but Alec wants Gabe.

Gabe too finds Alec intriguing and he struggles with doubts about his own judgement and mistakes of the past. He thinks maybe Alec is different that the others and lets himself fall. I love that Alec really wrestl
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The story was good but not one of my faves in the V and V series. This book was more suspense than romance. It started out a little slow for me. As I kept reading I felt like I had read a similar story before.

You have Alec who is a FBI agent who is undercover and Gabe who is a rich kid who comes across to me as twinkish. These two seemed like an awkward pair. I know they say opposites attract but I would not have put these two together.

You g
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-reads, arc
Alec is a grumpy FBI agent on assignment in Vermont. He doesn't want to be in Vermont. He hates his assignment and everything about Vermont. He finds himself at the V&V book store in the true crime section pursuing the books constantly but never buying them. Gabe sees the tall, dark and scowling Alec and decides to buy him all the books he is checking out but not buying plus a few others. Alec panics thinking that Gabe is on to him and knows that he is an undercover agent so he follows him . . . ...more
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