Smitten By Lacey Weatherford

Life is good. Cami is away at her dream college with her dream man by her side. She thinks if she can just get through with meeting Hunter’s family that everything will be perfect. Little does she know that life’s about to turn upside down again when Hunter is called to infiltrate a gang whose specialty is chopping and racing cars. His contact happens to be a beautiful curvy girl who is the gang leader’s sister and he has to pose as her boyfriend. Communication with Cami is basically forbidden to help keep his cover.

Hunter, however, can’t stand being away from the girl he really loves, and he sneaks away one night to meet her across town. He doesn’t know the gang leader, Ripper, has suspicions about him already and he’s following him to see where he goes. He surprises Hunter and Cami, and Hunter quickly introduces her as his cousin who is having some car trouble. He thinks all is well until he discovers he has one serious problem. Ripper likes Cami and decides to pursue her, drawing her into the same dangerous world he’s supposed to bring down.

Can he keep his cover without having Cami get caught in the crossfire? Will the two of them survive having to watch each other fake it in the arms of another? Or will their hot stolen kisses destroy everything?

Since Cami discovered that boyfriend Hunter was an undercover cop, she's only now slowly picking up the pieces. Dylan Hunter Wilcock is an undercover agent, having met Cami when posing as a student, saving her from the clutches of Clay. Now a student at college, Cami is following her love of music at the University of Arizona, with Hunter close by. Hunter is still a part of the force, and having only just recovered from his last case, and now needs to go back undercover. 

It's a missing person case involving a mechanic and the police suspect his partner, Ripper. Ripper's sister has come forward with information and wants to find out what happened to her former boyfriend a little more than twelve months ago now.The problem is, Hunter needs to pose as Roberta's latest boyfriend, and play the role convincingly. Manny, the missing boyfriend and Ripper were allegedly involved in a car racketeering, using the two truck from the body shop, either selling the cars for parts and luxury vehicles on the black market. Hunter is expected to cut all ties, including not contacting Cami under any circumstances. He'll be given a new car, his undercover alias and brother in law and fellow agent Chris, is posing as Hunter's older, drug addict foster brother, living in a run down shack. As soon as Hunter makes contact with the secretive and dangerous Ripper, he is taken into the fold.

Luckily Cami has Hunter's best friend Russ to keep her company, Hunter had risked his life to save Russ, and now he'll do anything to protect Cami. But he isn't a substitute for Hunter. Cami realises that Hunter's job is dangerous, but his experience does nothing to curb her worry. If only she could see him, speak to him to ensure that he's alright. Hunter can't go another day without seeing the love of his life and arranges a secret rendezvous, but he didn't plan on being followed by Ripper, who can't seem to take his eyes of Cami.

Hunter's personal and professional life are now one in the same, and his only concern now is protect Cami, now that Riper has set his sights on her. Cami has suddenly become Hunter's foster sister, easily passed off as brotherly concern and warning Ripper to stay away from her, but when Ripper starts becoming suspicious and questioning why Hunter can date his sister, but why he won't trust Ripper with his. Hunter has no choice but to allow Ripper to see Cami, he needs to keep her safe and not react to Ripper's advances. 

But seeing Hunter interact with Roberta, playing the role of doting boyfriend is all too much. She doesn't want to give him an ultimatum, but how will she be able to  spend the rest of their lives with Hunter undercover in dangerous situation, or not coming home at all? He can't lose her, and will do anything to protect her and keep her in his life. But when their cover is blown and the situation turns into a deadly game of hide and seek, will Cami and Hunter survive to create the future they so desperately wanted?

Smitten is book two in the Crush series, and unfortunately was all too similar to The Fast and the Furious. Undercover agent infiltrating a auto operation, dating the sister of the main suspect, it was just rewritten and tweaked slightly. Regardless, it was still entertaining, but in Smitten, Hunter and Cami are two separate people, apart from the occasional rendezvous. I enjoyed Crush, the first book in the series, but only after the storyline morphed into somewhat of a thriller, after looking like another teen bad boy, innocent girl romance. But Smitten didn't pick up where Crush had left readers.

The action was almost non existent and the few appearances of Hunter's best friend Russ, felt more as though he was just scenery until he features in his own series. The ending was pretty much wrapped up without knowing what happened to the new characters, and an all too brief epilogue. It just felt unfinished and quickly put together to capture the buzz that Crush generated.

(Crush: Book Two)
Written By Lacey Weatherford
Published 21 / 06 / 2013
353 Pages

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