Blog Tour: Love Undercover by @NanaPrah #TopTen #Review

Love Undercover by +Nana Prah 
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction (Sweet, Multicultural)
Publisher: Black Opal Books


The last thing she expects is to fall in love with a prison guard…

Hotshot Secret Service Agent, Sarita Cerez is thrown into a medium security prison—for work. Her job is to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea. She never envisioned making friends with illegal immigrants or falling head over heels for one of the guards. Now the
clandestine activity, which is integral to protecting her charge, may destroy her only chance at love.

He's never fraternized with the inmates—until he met her…

Matthew Carter always plays by the rules, which includes maintaining a strictly professional relationship with the
inmates in his charge. But when Sarita saunters onto the unit, all bets are off. Her status as a deportee with a permanent ticket to Columbia means they can never be together, but try as he might, this doesn’t stop him from risking his career for her.

He's a man who values honesty above all else, and she lies for a living. Can two people from such different worlds find any common ground?

As they walked down the first flight of stairs, Sarita’s breath caught when she glanced at him. She missed her footing and would have gone head-over-ass down the steps if he hadn’t grabbed her.

The heat emanating from Matt’s body seeped into her. “Thanks. You saved me from a nasty fall.”

“You are so beautiful, Sarita.” His whispered words feathered over her cheek.

She moved forward as his lips came down on hers in a crushing kiss. The impact brought tears to her eyes and a whimper to her throat. He eased the pressure. She took the light pecks as his apology.

She desired his passion over such teasing gentleness. Her hand moved to the back of his head and held him against her mouth, opening for him as his tongue thrust in. She hung onto him for fear of
tumbling down the stairs.

Swinging her around, he lifted her onto the railing, wrapping her legs around him. His hardness met the juncture of her thighs. The need to feel more of him suffused her. She rocked her hips and squeezed him closer when he moaned.

The sound of whistling broke through the haze. She eased her feet to the steps and they continued down the stairs as if she hadn’t been about to rip off his shirt.

She held onto the railing so her wobbly legs wouldn’t slide out from under her. She chanced a glance up and saw the camera. How could she have forgotten where they were?

He looked back at the space they’d just vacated and raised an eyebrow. “Blind spot,” he whispered. “Didn’t you know?”

Top Ten Facts

Top 10 real life experiences in Love Undercover
One thing that many people don’t know is that Love Undercover is a romance based on an experience I had. Not the romance part, but the jail aspect. Without further delay I’d like to present 10 things that happen in Love Undercover that actually happened to me.

1.       My first cellmate was awesome. We would laugh all the freaking time. We had similar personalities and loved to have fun. She was a bisexual, but didn’t fancy me. I’m a heterosexual, but I was like why not? Still laughing about that.
2.       I butchered my eyebrows by attempting to shape them with thread. It was hilarious- even to me
3.       I was strip searched after having a visit (It was not fun in the least)
4.       There were some hot guards in that prison. But unfortunately I had no romantic liaisons with any of them (damn).
5.       Many of the detainees stories in the book are true. I’ve dramatized them just a tad.
6.       Most of what happened to one of the characters in the novel is what I went through, only I’ve never had a boob job (darn it).
7.       Sarita and I had the same second cellmate, only there was no fight in real life. The devil part is true, though- very scary.
8.       The library was awesome. No covert operations for me, even though it does happen in the system.
9.       We baked a cake. To this day I still find it weird, but it’s true.
10.   To the best of my knowledge there was no blind spot at the prison I was detained at. That came from my imagination so I could get some intimate scenes in there for Sarita and Matt.

So there you have it. If you have any questions on what else is true in Love Undercover once you read it, just contact me and I’ll let you know.

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Bethany Kris's Review of Love Undercover

Five out of five stars

When Sarita Cerez gets placed in a medium security prison undercover to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea, the last thing she expects is to find herself with budding feelings for a certain prison guard. Matthew Carter is a man who plays by the rules in every way. Professionalism is his middle name. So, when he gets caught up in having an emotional attachment to an off-limits inmate, he knows he’s in trouble and now his career is on the line. In a place like prison, can love exist?

We’ve been hearing a lot about immigration lately. It’s everywhere right now. And sure, there are valid arguments for each side of the equation, but Ms. Prah has brought an entirely new side to light for me. The people, those who get sent back. Some of which are entirely innocent of wrong doing but for the fact they followed their parents over from their home country when they were too young to know better. Frankly, I think anyone who picked up Love Undercover would benefit just from giving it a good read and taking in that side of the story. I certainly needed it.

There was so much more going on in this book than just the “possible” prison romance plot on the surface, and I really enjoyed that. The author brought in characters outside of the main hero and heroine that really made me as a reader stop and take notice of them. They made me empathize and feel for them.

I think it has to be a very delicate balance for an author to start taking focus from a love interest in a romance and place it on secondary characters. Which was kind of how this novel seamlessly transferred back and forth between a chicklit style and a romance novel. Nana Prah managed this exceptionally well in a way that didn’t take from the main story or couple. It kept me wondering what would happen to these characters in the end because the author made me care for them.

Not an easy feat, I tell you.

Once you add in Matt and Sarita to the entire mix, I thought the story was golden. Ms. Prah was careful to toe the line of what would and would not be acceptable between a prison guard and his inmate. Matt is, by far, one of the most interesting and likeable heroes I’ve read in a while and he does this quite easily. In fact, he’s so liked by those around him that even some of his buddies who were also guards were willing to risk the wrath of trouble by helping their friend in some ways.
The story wasn’t overly romantic in a sappy way, but it didn’t need to be to get the point across. I think had the pages been filled with ridiculous purple prose or a hero waxing poetic, or even hot smexin’, I don’t believe the story would have felt quite as authentic as it did for me.

All in all, Love Undercover was a great, fast-paced read. It was enjoyable and interesting; rephrasing by way of its differences. A five-star read all the way. 

About the author
Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.

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3 Responses
  1. Nana Prah Says:

    Thank you so much for featuring the top ten on your blog today, Bethany. Every time I read it I giggle. I'm looking forward to engaging with your wonderful readers.

  2. I very much enjoyed reading the top ten and the book. Made those bits even more humorous for me. I don't think I would attempt threading myself though.

  3. Nana Prah Says:

    Wow. Bethany. Your review is awesome. Lol. about the threading. Bordom can make a person do some not so logical things.

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