I love to have mystery in the books I read, and this one did not disappoint. Overall, this was a strong, well-written book. The novel took me on a mysterious, lush journey that left me wanting more. It was a combination of lovable characters, undeniable passion, and fantastic storytelling.
Sheridan and Vanessa were great characters. Vanessa’s unrequited love for Sheridan drove every facet of her life. I felt Vanessa’s frustration with Sheridan. She was a schemer, but it came from a pure place in her heart. Sheridan was oblivious to Vanessa’s preoccupation with him, even when he felt a connection to her. At times I was aggravated with Sheridan for being so clueless, but it was also endearing. Both characters were brilliantly written, and their connection undeniable.
The underlying story is weaved throughout several books. I felt the book was solid as an individual book. The mystery was intricate, and I didn’t know who the culprit was until the very end. The plot had good momentum, and I sped through the chapters. The secondary characters and visual backdrop both enriched the story.
The love story is a slow burn. There were a lot of obstacles the couple had to face before they could explore their mutual attraction. When the problems evaporated, the passion was undeniable. There was an underlying sensuality that was constant throughout the book. The plot had twists and turns and kept me engaged.
Unrequited love stories are sometimes not my favorite. However, this one pleasantly surprised me. It was sharp, vivid, and passionate. The plot kept me invested, and the romance was riveting. This book is an entertaining, energetic read!
I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley and Kensington Books. This is my honest, voluntary opinion.
Undercover Duke is the fourth book in the Duke Dynasty Series. There is a mystery that is woven throughout the series and is solved at the end of this book. I feel this was a satisfying ending to the series. It was a fairly strong story that could stand on its own. Overall an enjoyable read!