Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Lawman’s Secret Vow by Tara Randel

Posted August 15, 2018 by meezcarrie in Alastair Bonnett, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Tara Randel / 34 Comments

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about the book

SERIES: Meet Me at the Altar #1
GENRE: Clean Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2018
PAGES: 384

To have and to hold—

until the case is solved?

When an undercover assignment pairs laid-back Florida detective Dante Matthews with by-the-book cop Eloise Archer, he knows it won’t be easy. And not just because they’re competing for the same promotion.

Now they’re living together under the same roof, and it’s getting harder to ignore his deepening feelings for his “wife.”

Can he convince Eloise to partner up—for life?

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I love marriage-of-convenience stories, and to me ‘pretend marriage’ stories are just as marvelous, if not better. The same tension, the same romantical potential, but with the added element of trying to keep up with the cover story & the different sort of tension that brings to the mix. The perfect recipe for breathless gazes and stolen kisses. Whether the pretend marriage is to fool a family or a boss or a reporter … or if it is a means to the perfect undercover operation… this trope has lots of great moments at the ready!

The Lawman’s Secret Vow is a great example of why I love pretend marriage stories – plus the undercover aspect gives it a dash of suspense too. Win-win, in my book 🙂 Dante is one of those heroes who, at first, seems like a bit of a renegade and flirt with no real depth. That doesn’t last long, however. Through his ‘forced-proximity’ friendship & blossoming romance with Eloise, we see his true colors and I loved him! I also really getting to know his brothers a bit, and I can see some great story potentials in them for the rest of the series. My reader mind is already whirring with possibilities 😀

Eloise did not have the same familial support as Dante did growing up (or now, for that matter) and this has left her with insecurities that threaten to hold her back. At the same time, she has a big heart and a strong spirit – and I loved how she acclimated into the neighborhood and really blossomed there. She and Dante are opposites in many ways (which adds to the delicious tension between them) but at heart, where it counts, they are more alike than either of them realize.

Bottom Line: Two great protagonists with stellar chemistry. An undercover marriage with a high-stakes case. Intriguing supporting characters and lots of delightful possibilities for the series. If you love the undercover marriage trope, then you’ll love rooting for Dante and Eloise as their friendship builds into something more all while trying to catch the bad guys and secure their spots for the same promotion.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.


Prize #1: Beach/pool tote and water bottle, signed print copies of The Bridal Bouquet and His One and Only Bride, $25 Amazon Gift Card. (Open to US only)

Prize #2: $25 Amazon e-Gift Card (Open Internationally)

Ends August 22nd

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What about you? What are some of your fave undercover marriage stories? (Print or TV, etc.)

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34 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Lawman’s Secret Vow by Tara Randel

  1. Kay Garrett

    The first undercover marriage that comes to my mind is Hart to Hart, the old TV series with a married couple working to solve crimes.

    Thank you for your review on “The Lawman’s Secret Vow” by Tara Randel. This book sounds very interesting to me and is on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  2. Julie Waldron

    I think it sounds like a great book, I enjoyed the summary. A favorite “undercover marriage” story of mine is from the movie The Proposal. 🙂

  3. Amy M.

    I also like pretend marriage stories. The characters not knowing if the other is only ‘acting’ the part or not. It always creates the romantic tension and chemistry I thoroughly enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the review. I don’t think I’ve read any of Tara’s books. This one sounds wonderful.

  5. MS Barb

    I like reading about “pretend” marriages–it allows a couple to experience what “could be” And I like that the “wife” is one who follows the rules!

  6. Melissa

    There was one episode of the X-files called, Season 6 ep. 15 – Episode title: “Arcadia”. Mulder and Scully were undercover newlyweds. That episode was hilarious at some points.

  7. Sarah Phillips

    This sounds like a fantastic read and a suspenseful romance, which is my favorite type of romance!

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