Publication date: April 1st 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Bethany West upgraded her lucrative career as a sex worker for her dream job as a death worker when she partnered at Smythe & Co. Mortuary. She expected her eco-friendly innovations and death positive attitude to blow the roof off the Victorian-era relic. But that was seven months ago, and during that time, she’s only managed to piss off her embittered business partner, George Smythe, a man dead set on maintaining the status quo and driving Bethany out of his namesake business.
When the pair reluctantly travel together to a mortuary conference in New Orleans—and compete in dueling embalming demonstrations—George finally recognizes the value of Bethany’s business model for the first time. He’s also starting to recognize a growing attraction to his blonde bombshell business partner. Meanwhile, Bethany learns the truth behind George’s cold contempt, and it’s much worse than she thought, stemming not from a single incident, but from the constant on-call status, the compassion fatigue, and the overwhelming stress of the job.
Bethany has 4 days to crack open his tough outer shell to reveal the compassionate man she knows is inside, and she has a plan, but unless George learns to open his heart and lean on her, at the risk of succumbing to their cremation-level attraction in a dangerous way, he’ll jeopardize both the business and their hearts by refusing the true partnership they both need.
I received a copy of Undertaking Love for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
It’s not often you find a romance book with a funeral home business at its center. It was that, and the grumpy/sunshine-esque trope that had me asking to be a part of the blog tour. And I’m glad I did.
The Book this divided between two point of views: George and Bethany. George is our typical grumpy type A personality with what I see as a precious obsession for afterlife care. Bethany is the sunshine heroine. She is a single mom who is a funeral director by day and pin up celebrity at night. Which is a dynamic I wasn’t expecting, but really liked.
The writing is good, and easy to get into. So I would say that the real energy of the book doesn’t begin until about 22% in. Before that you see a lot of the characters regular day to day. What I really like is the mix of afterlife Care information with the romance. Here you have characters talking about what they’re going to do with a body, what kind of embalming chemicals they’re going to use, and then they start checking each other out. It is comical and great. Definitely not what you would expect in a romance, but I’m here for it.
Funny enough, it kind of makes me want to be a mortician even more. Because that’s actually something that has been on my mind lately. Would I read another Megan Montgomery book? Yes.
Megan Montgomery writes romance. Sometimes they’re funny. Sometimes they’re morbid, but all her characters have cool jobs. She and her husband, Johnathon Olavarria co-host Forced Proximity podcast, a weekly romance book and movie club.
Her debut novel, Well . . . THAT Was Awkward was inspired by her homesickness for southern Maryland. She now lives halfway across the US on the prairie with her husband, son, and mom.
When she’s not writing, reading, lifting weights, or cooking dinners her son won’t eat, you’ll find her toiling in the garden or brewing potions from her medicinal herbs.
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