Under the Surface (An Alpha Ops Novel) by Anne Calhoun
Overview by Publisher:
Eve Webber, the gorgeous and savvy owner of Eye Candy, knows better than anyone that growing up on the wrong side of the tracks comes with certain complications. Determined to run a clean business and fix up the East Side, Eve’s plans get temporarily stalled when a potential new hire walks into her bar. The sexual chemistry crackling between them is a potent distraction…even if she refuses to mix business with the promise of pleasure.
Detective Matt Dorchester lives by strict rules that have kept him alive in impossible situations. When his latest undercover assignment has him playing a bartender, his desire for the passionate owner has him breaking every single one. Eve is in danger and her life depends on his secrecy. But once their attraction reaches a climactic conclusion, Matt must make a desperate choice: Tell her the truth about who he really is—or risk a once-in-a-lifetime love to save her life?
This contemporary romance has it all – sex, secrets and danger! Eve owns a hot new nightclub in the troubled East end of town. She has been asked by a dangerous gangster to launder money for him. She agrees, but then goes to the police to help bring him down. If you didn’t love her from that descprition, you’d love her for her sassy attitude and forthright nature. Eve is confident and smart, which I really loved about her. She was nobody’s fool and the fact that she loves her part of town so much really spoke to me as the reader.
Enter Matt, or as Eve knows him, Chad. Matt is undercover to keep an eye on their most important break in the case and their witness, Eve. While Eve is an open book, Matt is very closed off. He has deep secrets and emotions, not including that he is lying to Eve about who he really is. While she thinks he is her new hot bartender, Matt is there to protect her. I loved his struggles to separate his identities when the chemistry and action between the two ramps up.
The mobster is out to get Eve and Matt has to protect her. While Eve sees nothing wrong with having some physical release with each other, Matt really struggles with his ethics as a police officer. Usually it’s the man tempting the woman to be bad! Things are really hot between the two of them and the sex scenes are worth an indecision on Matt’s part.
The action component of the book is really well developed. As a life-long East ender, Eve has deep connections to the community. She also brings a lot of danger to her doorstop. What blew me away was that the hottest cocktail waitress in the city is the daughter of a pastor. The family interactions were amusing and brought an honesty to the story.
I recommend checking out this book. The characters are great and the story line was really interesting!