Hello, and welcome back! It's been kind of a hectic week here; and I thought things would calm down a little after the holiday season. Ha! Maybe next month when I have an entire week off after a little surgery. I hope. Or maybe I'll find a way to add another hour or two to the day. I'm nearly finished with the January releases, and have actually jumped ahead into February (sorry, but I simply couldn't wait for the new Kresley Cole any longer). I got a late arrival this week, so I think with that, I have two January books left to read, and the February books are starting to multiply, though not very quickly. (Which makes me wonder what's happening with the level of new monthly releases in our genre. I've noticed this at work in the bookstore as well.)
Anyway, this time out, I have the latest from Julia Harper, aka Elizabeth Hoyt, For the Love of Pete (Grand Central). Zoey Addler just happens to be attacking a federal agent over a parking space when her niece is kidnapped right in front of them. So Zoey hops in Dante Torelli's car and they're off after the villain. Dante isn't quite sure what to think of Zoey, but he doesn't quite trust her. His current assignment has him protecting her sister's family before her sister's boyfriend testifies against a mobster who'll stop at nothing to stay out of prison. Now, he's got Zoey up close and personal, and he finds that she might not be as bad as he'd imagined. Of course, now she's in danger as well, with people shooting at them and this case getting more and more tangled up. With Dante being framed for someone else's crime, he has his work cut out for him, protecting Zoey and getting back her baby niece, and after a while, she starts getting under his skin. Not always in a good way, either. This one is a little too zany for me. If you're looking for a story full of wise-cracking and quirky secondary characters who, at times, seem to take over the story, this one might be right up your alley. I found myself, however, skimming through some of the scenes with the secondary characters to get back to Dante, who's an interesting hero. But I didn't find this one a keeper. It's earned only three of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!