Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love Undercover by Larry Johnson - Review

Synopsis: Nicholas Watson craves a little mystery and excitement in his life. After all, he is an undercover agent working for a US counterterrorism unit which is not exactly the kind of lifestyle that one should have when searching for someone to settle down with. He yearns for love and intimacy but feels that he will never find it, especially since he has already experienced one failed marriage. His life goes into a tizzy when Kalyna, a beautiful and mysterious European, walks into his life. Nick discovers she also works for her respective government's counterterrorism unit. When Nick and Kalyna are thrown together in a work-related encounter, they fall deeply in love which is not part of their assignment. Because of their line of work, they can never make their relationship known. They continue to be placed together in professional situations, only to be separated again when the work is done. From Amazon.

My Thoughts: I loved the idea for this book. We live in a world where terrorism is a true threat and I liked the thought of reading about people out fighting to keep others safe, finding each other, and falling in love. I'm a sap, I know. 

The book has a good plot, although it seems to jump around a bit. One moment Nick and Kalyna are just meeting, and then I think it's been several months but it isn't really stated. By the end 3 years has gone by and I'm not sure how. The book also jumps locations quite a few times. That makes perfect sense to me because of the line of work Nick and Kalyna are in. I actually enjoyed all the travel. It was fast and unplanned and I liked reading about it. The story line was really great.

Nick seemed like a very flighty guy to me. His thoughts were so jumbled and random at times. He would be thinking one thing and then suddenly he was thinking about how the clouds looked, or the elevator was nice. It was just a little wild. He was also flighty when it came to women. He loved Kalyna at sight (I don't mind that, love at first site is a wonderful story) but still did some things with other women, or wanted to, that made me think Kalyna wasn't that important to him. 

Ultimately it isn't a bad love story with plenty of suspense. They aren't allowed to love each other or it could mean death. They fall in love anyway and have to sneak around. Then in that last chapter they both have to make some very hard choices. The writing style was a little bit hard for me to get into. Sometimes the writing was present tense, and other times it was past tense. I truthfully don't know if I would read this again. I think that people will enjoy it for all the suspense and the love story but I don't feel it was the book for me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Buy this book at Amazon.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Not every book is for everyone. Thanks for this honest review!

  2. I have a difficult time with books that change locations or jump around in time. This is mostly because I read before bed or as I'm waiting for appointments. Thanks for your review.

  3. I found this book hard to follow also. The dialogue was stilted and I agree that it wasn't a book for me either. The ending was ridiculous in my opinion and I hated that I wasted my time reading it.