Release Blitz, Review & Excerpt: Undercover by Eliot Grayson


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Gabe wants Alec between the sheets…too bad Alec’s undercover already…

Rich kid. Party boy. Gabe is tired of the labels. He’s a smart guy, but ever since he got kicked out of grad school, people are only interested in his no-limit credit card and his pierced ears…and other places.

Tall, dark, and scowling Alec hates Vermont, with its artisanal-freaking-everything and its irritating people. To be fair, most people irritate Alec, including the FBI director who sent him here to investigate a smuggling scheme involving yoga mats. 

When one of the cutest twinks Alec’s ever seen takes an interest, Alec knows there’s an ulterior motive. No one with multi-colored hair, piercings, and an ass like that would want boring, serious Alec. The kid must be up to no good. Either way, Alec can’t blow his cover. If only he could keep his hands off of Gabe long enough to find out what he’s up to…

Can they ignore their explosive chemistry long enough to foil a smuggling ring? Or will their budding relationship sink faster than a yacht full of contraband?


I swallowed hard, not missing how his eyes flicked down to my throat for a second, and finally found my voice. “What do you want?” I’d tried for challenging, but it came out husky and a little plaintive. Like I’d really said something more like, Looking for a good time?

He took another step, putting him squarely into my personal space. I caught a faint thread of the scent of him, leather and man, just like I’d imagined. Oh God.

“I’m kind of new in town,” he said, still staring right into my eyes. I pressed my hands back against the side of the building, concrete rough beneath my sweaty palms. “Where does a guy go to have fun in Burlington, anyway? You kind of look like you’d know.”

He looked down, pointedly doing a sweep of me from my purple Chucks, up my skinny legs, over my chest—lingering there for a second; could he see the outline of my right nipple piercing through my shirt?—and back up to my ear piercings and multicolored hair. He landed right back on my eyes again. His own seemed wider and darker. Dilated. Yeah, he liked what he’d seen.

Fuck it. Maybe there was something wrong with me—okay, I knew there was something wrong with me. I always went for the wrong guys, and this was wronger than usual.

But fuck it, seriously. I’d never been cornered in a park by a guy who looked like he could break me in half, and maybe I’d been missing out. Not like I could get away if I wanted to.

And I really, really didn’t want to.


3.5 stars for Undercover! 

This was my first book by Eliot Grayson, as I’m finding so many new authors by reading the books in every corner of the World of True North. 

Alec is an undercover fib agent who is sent to investigate a suspected drug smuggling ring involving yoga mats…. Sounds funny and interesting right? 

Alec by chance captures the attention of Gabe while they were both browsing books at Vino & Verita’s, and Gabe happens to be part of the family who Alec is investigating. Although it doesn’t seem like Gabe is a very big part of the family anymore and doesn’t have anything to do with the family business. The moral dilemma starts when Alec starts seeing Gabe as a way to investigate the family and ends up starting to feel things for him. 

Gabe spends a lot of his time hanging out at V&V as he doesn’t work for his family business and his PhD studies have been suspended for a reason I’m not entirely sure about. Gabe becomes friends with Alec, the handsome mystery man he buys books for, and starts to become a little frustrated when Alec sends mixed signals but refuses to hook up even as Gabe throws himself at him. 

Alec is very aware of the fall out that could happen if he gets really involved with Gabe only to find out that he is investigating his family but things can’t always be avoided and these two can’t ignore their chemistry. 

I liked that Alec and Gabe were so different, and that Gabe didn’t care that he looked a certain way and could be seen as a ‘stereotypical’ gay man although he had an insecure side that made him think that people only used him for his body so when Alec tried to make a friendship over sex, he thought things could be different. 

I liked seeing the two of them together, and I loved the mystery part of the plot but I wanted more between them and I felt like I was missing something more. Overall it was an enjoyable read and an interesting addition to the World of True North.  

*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

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