If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: The Undercover Playboy by Miranda P. Charles / @Bookenthupromo @MirandaPCharles

Title: The Undercover Playboy
Series: Captured by Love, Book 3
Author: Miranda P. Charles
Publisher: MPC Romance Publishing
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Book Enthusiast Promotions

He cannot let love get in the way of work.

Undercover detective Carter Garrett is required to play the role of a cash-strapped playboy to solve an important case. When Cassie Stephens, his sister's beautiful friend, starts working in the art gallery owned by a suspect, his growing feelings for her threaten to blow his cover. He mustn't let Cassie in on the secret. It could ruin his team's best chance at catching a group of criminals whose leader could very well be Cassie's new boss. But when Cassie gets embroiled in the case, his heart joins in on the action--a dangerous situation he cannot allow to persist.

Her work places her in his way.

Cassie Stephens is ecstatic to land a high-paying job with perks anyone would envy. To her further delight, her new boss has business dealings with the charming Carter Garrett, her flatmate's hunky brother. Things between her and Carter heat up with surprising speed. But being aware of Carter's playboy ways, she orders herself not to dream of a future with him... until her new boss shares a secret about Carter she wasn't at all expecting. What was more, her incredibly kind boss insists on helping her win Carter however way she can...

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Friends and verbal sparring mates Carter and Cassie' agreement to a one night stand seemed like an awesome idea. For Cassie, it'd help work Carter out of her system, give her one night of memories of a man she felt she could never really have. For Carter, it would be a night of making love to a woman who captivated him like no other ever did and probably never would. No matter how badly he wanted to explore the attraction between them, he knew he couldn't offer more than a night because doing so had the potential of putting her in danger due to his line of work.

As an undercover police officer, Carter's work put him in situations that would/could make the woman he was dating/married to question his feelings for her. While I wish I could say Cassie was better than that, the truth was she wasn't. She did doubt Carter. She wondered if he was playing her (his playboy tenancies didn't help any), if he was all lip service, all charm and no substance. I didn't blame her. Truthfully, she was human. That relationship and everything she felt was new to her. She might've lusted after someone before, might've been in a relationship before, but what she had and felt for Carter were so much more, so much deeper.

His latest assignment proves that it is more than lust and one night for both of them because Carter does what he doesn't want to do to ensure her safety: he breaks things off with Cassie, tells her he doesn't love her, sends her away without so much as a wave goodbye. Let me tell you, he played his part well. My heart broke along with Cassie's when he said those things to her. While she walked away with tears in her eyes, I wanted to deck him.

The truth of his feelings came after that moment. Not that his earlier declarations of love didn't mean anything, but she needed something to remind her that not everything with Carter wasn't what it seemed. That photo of them together and his written love for her was the reassurance she needed and what she held onto until his assignment came to a close.

Ms. Charles' penchant for emotional writing (plus fantastic characters) is why I keep reading what she writes. Every story penned is an adventure that is different from others she's written. And don't worry. If you haven't read anything by her yet and want to start with this book, you won't need to read the others to know what's going on. It's a great story for a lazy afternoon or a quiet evening that's light on the suspense and mystery but beautifully and wonderfully heavy on the romance.

Miranda P. Charles is the author of more than a dozen steamy and stirring contemporary romance novels.

She prefers to spend her time in front of her laptop, putting into words the love stories that play in her head. Don't get her started with reading a great book, though, because she has the tendency to not put it down until she gets to the last page.

She does have a life outside of books. Mostly, that consists of bonding with family and friends or going on romantic trips with her awesome husband (who, thankfully, puts up with her hermit-like daily routine). Oh, yeah, there's also the housework. But she really wishes someone else could do that for her so she could get back to her books!

She lives in one of the suburbs in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia.

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