Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Playing Dead by Jody E. Lebel

Title:  Playing Dead
Author: Jody E. Lebel
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Renee and Anthony
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781612171067
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

Court reporter Renee Rose found out the hard way that hooking up with a cop is like a bikini wax--it starts off hot, turns painful, and ends in tears.
But when her best friend receives an e-mail, supposedly from her long-dead fiancé, demanding money, Renee knows they need help. Too bad help comes in the form of Detective Anthony Graciano, an annoying, bossy cop who somehow manages to haul Renee's libido out of dry dock.
Police work is more than a career to Anthony, it's an obsession. He specializes in cases involving female victims, which leaves him no time for anything else. Until he meets Renee, a delicious mystery he yearns to explore.
As danger closes in, Anthony fights to keep Renee safe despite her tendency to plunge headlong into danger--and her doubts about him. Can she learn to trust his love before it's too late?
Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 258
Word Count: 65819
ISBN 978-1-61217-107-4 Digital
ISBN 978-1-61217-106-7 Paperback

My Review:
This book was really smartly written. The characters are all fantastic, from the main hero/heroine to the bad guys who get almost as much book time as the H/h. I don't usually like books that give this much time to the bad guys, but this book worked for me. The book is not that long, but it has so much wonderful development. You get to see all the crazy dynamics of the various villains in the story. There is the wonderful friendship between Renee and Liz that has only gotten stronger over the last year as Liz has dealt with the sudden death of her fiance. Then there was also the partnership between Anthony, who's a complete slob, and his very put-together partner, Grace.
When I think back over this book, I am really astounded at the amount of detail, development, and action there was in here in such a short word count....and all of it was good and extremely entertaining.
Renee is a court reporter. The nature of her job means that she's in contact with law enforcement quite a bit. Unfortunately, she's already had one bad marriage to a pretty-boy bossy cop and has no desire for another so cops are on her no-dating list. That rule is challenged when she meets Anthony, who's investigating a bribery scheme against her best friend. When they meet, the chemistry is sizzling and they both realize it., I really loved his character. It's been a LONG time since he's dated anyone seriously. In fact, neither him nor his partner can remember that far back, so as he looks at trying to pursue Renee, his skills are a bit rusty. His efforts and thoughts when trying to do this are so sweet and endearing. This is a guy floundering and it just makes you love him even more. Renee keeps him guessing and he spends a decent amount of time throughout the book wanting to bang his head against the wall. You have to feel for the guy especially when, as the reader, you can see what an effort he's making. Did I mention I love his character?? ;o)
Overall, this was a fantastic book. Really excellently written. The love story was sweet. The overall story was entertaining. The suspense story was interesting. From the very beginning, you know who the bad guys are, but there were still some unexpected twists and turns that kept the story completely involved. From the moment I started the book, I didn't put it down. Just a great book!

1 comment:

Jody Lebel said...

Christi, I am so pleased that you enjoyed "Playing Dead". Thank you for your great review. It made my day.

Jody Lebel