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 ...more
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!
LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺
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
It is just me AND It’s the book too. We just done get along.
I simply didn’t even like the MC after he said “when I got a little sloshed, maybe smoked a joint or even took a tab of ecstasy”
I tried to keep going. But, that sentence stayed in the back of my mind. It just haunted me page for page.
You see I just left work, dealing with real patient(s)with a CIWA of 30, and another pt at the ripe age of 24 years old ...MVA with fixed and dilated pupils....trauma ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 “
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team
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 ...more
Your resident romance reading chemist is ready to tell you how NOT to portray the sciences in books. Over the course of the story ...more
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 ...more
~~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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Actual review: Once again Eliot delivers on giving us comfortable and recognizable character archetypes b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more