Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Undercover Lover

Published:  November 19th, 2012
Undercover Professor
By: December Gephart
Carina Press
ISBN-13:  9781426894633

Rule Number One: Must not lie.
Rule Number Two: Must not live with parents.
Rule Number Three: Must have a job.
Rule Number Four: Must not be a friend's ex.

These dating rules shouldn't be hard for Lucy Benoit to follow—after all, she made them. But she didn't plan on falling for Andy Sullivan, a scruffy-yet-attractive man who lives with his mother and is between jobs. These should be deal-breakers, but in other ways Andy is just her type. And there's something intriguing about him…

Andy isn't the geeky gamer he claims to be—not by a long shot. But what seemed like a harmless social experiment has put his chances of a relationship with Lucy at risk. Even if she can get past the silly rules she has set for herself, will she ever forgive him for breaking Rule Number One?


     Lucy Benoit is finally getting her life together after being used and destroyed by a former boyfriend.  Which is why she now follows some very simple dating rules - so she'll never have her heart broken again.    
Then Lucy meets her neighbor's son, Andy, who is living with his Mom and has no job.  Not to mention her cousin Becca (who is man crazy and desperate) has latched on to him and thinks he's her boyfriend.  This breaks all of her rules and she should just let him go.  But the chemistry is undeniable and Lucy can't walk away.  But when it turns out that Andy's been keeping a secret that will change things immensely, Lucy runs away from their growing relationship.  Can Andy win her back and can Lucy get over the past so she can have a future?  Lucy was utterly insufferable.  I get the idea of the author was to cause conflict for a good romance, but most of the time Lucy came across as an undeserving shrew.  She was downright rude to Andy for most of the book and cruel to her cousin, who she calls 'crazy.'  I just found her very unsympathetic.  Plus the tantrum she throws when she finds out that Andy hasn't told the exact truth was epicly immature.  She spent most of the book going on about her list of rules and when she finds out that he meets the criteria, she throws a fit.  Not to mention she refused to even listen to an explanation.  I really did like Andy though.  He had a great sense of humor and I loved that he was a Professor whose work was to do with the world of video games and other geeky things.  Becca came across as desperate and pathetic, but I could tell she had a good heart and wanted the best for Lucy, even if she was overzealous about love in general.  Overall, I feel like I wasted my time but not a complete horror of a book.  Not one that I would recommend or re-read though.

VERDICT:  2/5  Stars

**received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published November 19th, 2012.**

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