“Man oh man, I so love reading a new author that makes me want to shout her name from the rooftop! So let me get it out of the way right now, "DECEMBER GEPHART"! Write it down and don't forget it, because this lady is going places. Undercover Professor is December's first published book and I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Man oh man, I so love reading a new author that makes me want to shout her name from the rooftop! So let me get it out of the way right now, "DECEMBER GEPHART"! Write it down and don't forget it, because this lady is going places. Undercover Professor is December's first published book and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Lucy Benoit has not been lucky in love. In fact, she's had some pretty hideous experiences that I think would make most sane women decide to NEVER date again. But Lucy is a believer in love, marriage and family. However, she's very cautious and so she has a list of criteria that her dates must meet. Meeting Andy Sullivan makes her start to question her list because together they have "zing" something she's not feeling with the guy she's currently dating. However, in the back of her head she knows something isn't quite right with Andy.
Andrew "Andy" Sullivan is staying with his Mom while she recovers from surgery. A well know and well respected professor he is "undercover" while he writes an article for Wired Magazine on helping geeks get laid and preparing a presentation for Comic-Con. Being "undercover" means he can't disclose who he is or what he does and everyone he meets assumes he's between jobs, and living with his Mom out of necessity. He meets Lucy and finds himself instantly attracted but he has an uphill battle because in no way, shape or form does Andy meet Lucy's list requirements.
I flat out loved this story! It is so engaging and I found it hard to put down because I really cared about what happened with these characters and not only Lucy and Andy but Lucy's crazy cousin, Beth. Since Andy is pretending to be something he's not, this creates several interesting situations. Beth practically stalking Andy is humorous at times but I also felt a little sorry for her.
Andy flat out pursues Lucy despite that she's casually dating someone else. At first I think it was the thrill of the chase for him, but it becomes quite clear it's more than that. Their chemistry is off the charts and when they finally get together they create a lot of heat. There are some smokin' scenes!
These two have a very bumpy road to their happily ever after. Andy not being upfront about who he is and what he's doing, Lucy's list and her past make it hard for her to trust, Beth's involvement, and many outside factors made me wonder if they'd ever make it.
Undercover Professor is a stellar first book from author, December Gephart. The characters were complex but fun, the plot was downright amusing and interesting, the dialog smart and engaging, and this book featured one of the best apologies by a hero EVER! December's style reminds me of one of my all time favorite authors, Jill Shalvis. I'm already anticipating her next book and I'll tell you now, this is an author to watch!
““Rule number one: no lying. That was the first, most important rule.
Rule number two: must not live with parents.
Rule number three: must have a job.
Rule number four: no dating a guy who had already dated a girlfriend. No friends' exes. Chicks before dicks, as her cousin Becca always said. “
Lucy Benoit is just about to break every one of those rules for the perfect guy she meets in her apartment’s laundry room. She wasn’t planning on falling for Andy Sullivan, she already has Dell. She is working hard to complete her college degree while working full time at the Sports Authority so her life has had little time for romance … but there is an electrifying chemistry between Andy and herself, a chemistry she can’t deny…
Andy Sullivan claims to be a geeky gamer, jobless, living with his mom and wearing socks with sandal...he is everything Lucy should run away from. Andy Sullivan really isn’t jobless, he is actually a doctor and a college department head working on a thesis about the gamer community. He is instantly drawn to Lucy and even though he thinks this will be a quick fling, he soon realize that he’s found his perfect match. The only problem, he’s lied to Lucy and she doesn’t even know his real name.
Undercover Professor is a heartwarming romance with steamy love scenes, a certifiable cousin/best friend and a woman soccer team that always looses. I found this story extremely engaging, the characters relatable, the banter witty and fun and the romantic encounters sweltering. 4 stars!
This ARC copy of Undercover Professor was given to me by Netgalley and Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. Published November 19, 2012.