ARC Review: Undercover Engagement by Samanthe Beck

Thank you so much to Entangled Brazen and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Undercover Engagement! This book comes out today, so if y’all are interested in reading it, you can go and grab it right after you’ve read my review! Undercover Engagement is the 5th book in the Private Pleasures series set in Bluelick, KY and while I haven’t read all of them, I did read book 4, and that made me reallllyyyy want to read this one.

Undercover Engagement 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Buttoned-down Eden Brixton is less than thrilled when she’s partnered with smooth-talking wild card Marcus Swain in an undercover op. Both their careers hinge on convincing folks in tight-knit Bluelick, KY that he’s the love of her life. She’d sooner tase him than prance around in practically nothing, hanging all over his chiseled body like she can’t get enough.

For Swain, being partnered with the too-gorgeous-for-his-sanity Eden promises to test his well-honed control. She’s smart, she’s skilled, she’s not just by-the-book—she knows the damn book backward and forward. And she hates his guts.

When Eden absolutely nails her role as his sexy fiancée—where the hell did she learn to seduce with a single glance?—Swain is knocked right on his ass. Living with a temptation like Eden makes it hard to remember their chemistry is strictly for show. And when the heat gets too real, doing the undercover op might prove to be their undoing.

Each book in the Private Pleasures series is STANDALONE:
* Private Practice
* Light Her Fire
* Falling for the Enemy
* Wet and Reckless
* Undercover Engagement

We’re first introduced to Eden and Marc in book 4, Wet and Reckless, when they’re doing pat down practice at the academy and they’re 100% enemies. That scene is repeated from their points of view (well, Eden’s point of view) at the beginning of this book as a way to set the scene and I loved it. I really liked Eden and Marc as characters and the way they played off of each other was masterful. Their undercover work was great. I was a little surprised that that much effort was being put into a sting operation for weed (don’t ask me why I thought it was coke or heroin the whole book and then was highly disappointed when I realized it was weed that they were trying to find). I thought Eden played the spoiled financée who wanted to spend all the money on everything was so funny, especially since it felt like she was going so over the top, but I’m sure there are people like that all the time. Marc’s trust issues got the best of him time and time again, but it was nice to see him being able to grow past them in the end. Pacing wise, I thought it was done really well- I was never bored nor overwhelmed with what was happening. All in all, it was a solid romance and I highly recommend it!

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