Let me just say that I would read this book based on just looking at the cover alone. Barely Undercover was a great romantic suspense that took me on a journey full of funny banter, plenty of angst, and sexual chemistry that was off the charts. This is my first read from Sarah Castille and she did a good job pulling me in to her world of sexy alpha males and strong females that can hold their own.
"She needed a real man. Big. Strong. Protective. Easy on the eyes. Dominant in the bedroom. Docile in the kitchen. Handy with a mop."
I went back and forth on liking Lana Parker. At first, I thought she was just another ditz female playing PI, but as the story progressed you find out, Yes, she is a horrible PI, but with what she went through in her past and how she can still dive back in to that lifestyle, it was just amazing to me. She is one strong individual. I say she is a horrible PI, and I realize I'm just being mean. Of course, that part of the story made me laugh quite a bit. That, and her banter with her roommate was ridiculously funny. Anyway, she does have some good qualities that help her in her profession. She can adapt well under tense circumstances and she care about the people she is helping. She will never give up, and that is special.
"What we had isn't dead. I hear it in the hitch of your breath. I see it in the flush of your cheeks. I can taste your desire on my lips. And if I stripped you bare, and licked my way down your body, I could find you wet and ready for me."
James Hunter, SEXY AS HELL undercover cop. For the past couple years he has been working undercover as a patched brother for the Hades MC, trying to find a way to get these biker men off the streets. Lana, aka Roxie is a distraction he DOES NOT need. He walked away from her in the past to keep her safe, now she has caught the eye and attention of the Hades president and he is not looking to leave her again. Something isn't right though, she knows things that she shouldn't and she will not walk away no matter how many spankings James, aka ICE threatens her with.
These characters both have pasts that are intervening with the present, and it gets them in a hell of a lot of trouble. When Lana and James were deep in to their characters, it was smoking. Fighting = Intense Passion = Sex everywhere and anywhere! Barely Undercover was a scorching, fun, suspenseful page turner, and even though I read book 2 first, I immediately purchased book 1, Legal Heat right after I finished. Sarah Castille will be one to watch out for!
*ARC provided by the author*