Undercover With The Heiress
by Nan Dixon
GENRE: Contemporary Romance Series
What’s behind her beautiful mask?
FBI agent Kaden Farrell is on a mission. He’s undercover at Fitzgerald House in Savannah, where a little girl is the key to his investigation. And that’s what he needs to focus on, not a down-and-out heiress whose jeweled eyes haunt his dreams. Courtney Smythe might be spoiled, but when Kaden notices her ease with the children at the B and B, he sees the beauty beyond her looks. Getting close to Courtney will help his case, and giving in to attraction is the right thing to do. Even if it means perpetuating a lie
Could Courtney be more alone? Her brother barely tolerated her. Abby wasn’t thrilled she was working at the B and B. Marion was mad. Kaden ignored her and Bess ordered her around. She sighed and headed to the first box. Maybe making beds was easier.
Courtney could barely see around the pink gerberas and bird-of-paradise arrangement she held. Small pompom-like flowers, resembling little alien beings, brushed her nose. Didn’t the bride know this combination was garish? She placed the first arrangement, sloshing water on the tablecloth. Whoops.
“Hang on,” Bess called. “I forgot the mirrors.” She glared at the water spot on the tablecloth. “At least that will be covered. Pick it up again—carefully.”
While Courtney held the flowers, Bess slid a mirror in the center of the table and Courtney set the arrangement down with a crack.
“Careful,” Bess barked.
“The damn vase was slipping,” Courtney snapped back.
“Just…don’t be so rough.” Bess chewed her lip. “Instead of the vases, why don’t you set out the mirrors?”
“Sure.” Everyone thought she was incompetent. Stupid ugly vase.
She shook her head, hoping her face wasn’t bright red. It didn’t matter what they thought. She wouldn’t be in Savannah long enough to care.
She snatched up a couple of mirrors and set them on the closest tables, making sure her back was turned in case a tear slipped down her cheek. She wanted to be where she knew the rules, where she wasn’t viewed as some sort of…liability.
I read a ton and I mean a ton of Harlequin books across the lines and I’ve never read a book from Ms. Dixon. My bad and I will not make that mistake again. This is the 5th book in a series and honestly, I never felt lost. That said, I really need to read Abby and Gray’s book. The reason I say this is because of what Ms. Dixon wrote in the beginning and things that were said between Gray, Abby, and Courtney. I didn’t feel lost but I think it would have given me a better perspective on the relationships and even Courtney herself.
I could say that this is a story about a spoiled girl that grows up but I would be wrong. This is a story about a girl that finds out what she is made of and uses it. Never mind how awful her parents were and still are to her. She is a piece of property to them and nothing more. She never got the support that her brother, Gray got growing up; no matter how hard she tried. She is better than her looks. It just sickens me that this happens to old money children…especially the girls. They do everything that they are supposed to do and for what? Not even a pat on the head. Courtney is beyond smart but was never given a chance to see her full potential until her daddy cuts her off.
I really liked how Ms. Dixon showed how the Fitzgeralds saw her in the beginning. Courtney needed to see how other people saw her. Good or bad. At the same time though, she also saw exactly how her brother saw her, too. He’s not mean to her but it isn’t until she comes to live with him that he realizes just how damaged her self-worth and self-esteem are as a result of their parents. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t live in Boston anymore. Again, I need to read his book. 🙂
The suspense element in the book is just perfect. Kaden is a dream but at the same time, he really waited too long to tell her. The black moment came about 2/3 of the book and it was perfect. Do I condone violence in this line? No, but after that moment, the story really takes off. This is a fast paced read that never lets up. At times it’s funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful. Josh and Issy are wonderful in the story. They aren’t props just for the sake of the story.
Overall, I really loved Courtney and Kaden. Especially Courtney. I felt for her and the journey that she took in this book. Kudos for Ms. Dixon to write a character that could have been the same old same old, but didn’t. Courtney is complex and loved getting to know her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career. She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and award winning author, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson on the way and one neurotic cat.
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