Title: Undercover in Venice Beach
Author: Melody DeBlois
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A plain-Jane trades places with her glamorous twin and reluctantly falls in love with a cook who is actually a British spy.
By trading places with her twin, Audrey Powell has the opportunity she’s always wanted, running her late mother’s teahouse. When she fails to create food that delights the palate, she hires Liam James—a sexy as sin Brit with a flair for cooking. He tries to seduce her with titillating dishes and his charm, but she’s vowed to steer clear of romance. Working undercover, Liam’s mission is to keep an eye on the teahouse. He poses as a chef to catch the traitor who is leaking UK security secrets. The last thing he wants to do is fall for a suspect, but when sparks fly, the romance starts to feel all too real.
Twins swapping identities, a British spy looking for a traitor… working undercover has never been more fun until love enters the equation. Still reeling from a devastating loss, Audrey Powell tries her best to run her mother’s teahouse. It’s a disaster and she almost burns the whole place down. Handsome Brit Liam James swoops in and offers to help. She’s attracted to him immediately so he must be a poet, her weakness. When her supermodel twin sister arrives, the two hatch a plan to swap identities, at least for a while. It all seems so innocent, but Audrey soon learns working undercover is hard work. When Audrey discovers Liam’s a British spy looking for a traitor, she realizes she’s in over her head. Does she know the traitor? Worse yet, is it someone close to her? Audrey and Liam will have to work together in order to capture the criminal. Working undercover has never been this rewarding, especially when it comes to falling in love.
Undercover in Venice Beach is a whirlwind of emotions fueled by love, secrecy, and tea. From the first page, the descriptive narration allowed me to escape to beautiful Venice Beach, California. I connected with Audrey right away. Her grief came out in strange ways, but honestly so. The sparks fly between her and Liam so it was entertaining to see them both try to deny their feelings for each other. The suspense subplot enthralled me, and I kept wondering what was going on and how it would be resolved. The plot moved at a fluid pace with plenty of colorful characters to interact with. The romance was slow at times and sweeping at other times. If you’re looking to be swept away, pick up Undercover in Venice Beach. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Melody lives in Sacramento (the City of Trees). She writes romance novels. She's partial to poetry, sun, rain, strong coffee, and her writing room surrounded by books. Besides California, she and her late husband lived part-time in a condo in Oregon overlooking the Pacific. That gave her a love for beach towns and whale-watching and sunsets--all the things that inspire the Love is a Beach series. The writing process fascinates her, the alchemy of layering and developing characters, the tinkering with language. There's so much to treasure in the world: family, friends, and those random, everyday moments that make life grand. She hopes to give her readers all of that.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N