A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small town values Tina grew up with. So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn't have come at a better time. Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O'Neil.
Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren't as pleasant as Tina's. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner--Uncle Jack. Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She's Jack's niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?
With Tina's widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.
About the Author
Jean C. Gordon's writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word "the," she's been reading everything she can put her hands on. A former financial planner, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.
Although her writing and family don't leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can. She and her husband team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church's Evangelism Committee. She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering at the church's Book Nook.
You can keep in touch with her at www.Facebook.com/JeanCGordon.Author, @JeanCGordon, or www.JeanCGordon.com. Sign-up for her Readers Group and Newsletter http://littl.ink/NewsSignup.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Devon, a private investigator, is secretly out to expose Kendall & Associates for their fraudulent financial practices. But a certain "associate"—beautiful, single mother Tina—is in the mix, and as much of a crook as she may be, Devon finds himself hoping that she's innocent. Love Undercover is the second romance I've read by author Jean C. Gordon, and I finished the bulk of it over the course of an evening. As I didn't read the book blurb beforehand, the title was my general hint that the book might include some suspense. Still, I didn't go into it looking for that, and I wasn't hit over the head with it when it did appear. The suspense eases into the story without fanfare or a loud, corny announcement (the literary equivalent of a musical "dun-dun-DUUUN" in a movie.) The simple approach and gradual heightening of that element of tension is fitting for this story. Also, Tina's and Devon's unspoken feelings of uncertainty and guilt in their individual lives add an interesting layer to each of their characters. The pacing toward the beginning of the romance didn't have me fully convinced; the true feelings behind Devon's romantic actions weren't clear to me, and I wasn't sure what all Tina found attractive about him yet. Also, the characters' direct thoughts aren't always italicized, and in some places, the characters' thoughts and the narrator's voice seem a bit jumbled together. Still, any reader who can appreciate a quick, sweet romance with suspense tied in can enjoy this story. __________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.