Author: Miho Li
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Characters: Ren, Shin
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
When Ren sees the new transfer student—Shin, black hair, storm-cloud-gray eyes, and more beautiful than any guy had a right to be—he makes it his mission to get to know him. Too bad Shin is about as sociable as fungus, and about as likable, too. But Ren isn’t good at giving up, so he takes on the challenge of cracking Shin’s titanium shell. What he finds underneath, though, is way more than he’s prepared to handle.
People are disappearing in Akita, and Shin might be behind it. As Ren’s feelings grow for the reserved man, so do the number of missing person reports, and Ren doesn’t know if their budding relationship is enough to withstand both the well of secrets and the organization Shin works for.
Incognito is a fast paced, suspenseful and sexy read. I started it right before bedtime so I had intentions of just reading a chapter or two before I went to sleep. Wrong! I ended up staying awake until I finished reading the entire book. I really fell in love with one of the heroes, Ren, and couldn’t stop reading the story until I found out how everything turned out.
Ren is a unique and interesting character. He’s young, smart and once he takes one look at the unsocial and more than a little grumpy, Shin, Ren is determined to be in the mysterious man’s life. Ren isn’t afraid to do what it takes to get his man, and I loved him for it. He’s patient and by sheer will and determination, worms his way into Shin’s secretive life and very overly-protective heart. Ren is young, and in some ways it really shows by some of the ‘look before you leap’ behaviors he has throughout the story. Ren is a very likeable character and I couldn’t help but hope in the end that his stubbornness to be with Shin would pay off.
Shin is a very complex character and remains this way when the story ends. Even though he tries to push Ren away and keep from having feelings for him, he can’t. I liked watching Ren and Shin’s relationship develop from cautious friends to lovers. There is a very strong sexual chemistry between them I enjoyed watching go from a slow burn to a rip roaring fire. It was fun watching Ren get under Shin’s skin and it was heartwarming watching the cold-hearted Shin warm up to the adorable Ren. To keep from spoiling the story, there is also a big mystery about Shin and there is also a mystery about some unsolved murders that has happened in their town. I also thought this was well told and kept me interested and wondering who Shin really was and what he had to do with the murders.
The reason I did not give this a five star rating is because I had many unanswered questions left when the book ended. Although, I have a feeling this will be the beginning of what could potentially be a great series, I still felt a little lost when the book came to an end. There are so many things left unanswered, so I really look forward to hopefully reading more about these characters.
Reviewed By: Gabbi