Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down…
Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.
Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached…
But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.
I do enjoy Wendy Wax and while I haven’t read every book in this series, I have read enough to be familiar with the characters. That said, I just could not connect with this book. It seemed in every other paragraph we were being told the backstory from previous books, and while I understand that can be helpful if a reader hasn’t read all the books, it quickly became too much and too overwhelming. Not only did it seem most of this book was comprised of backstory, the same plot points from past books were continually brought up. It was very distracting and I couldn’t stay focused on the actual story I was trying to read. I couldn’t form a bond with any of the characters like I have in previous books, and most of this book featured the women in despair and unhappy, and cast a gloomy vibe over my reading experience. Not my favorite Wendy Wax offering, but I’ll read more from her in the future and hope it’s back to what I normally enjoy from her.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry brings us the story of an unlikely romance found aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Kristen’s parents send her on a Greek singles cruise after graduation in hopes of her coming home in love with a good Greek man. When she meets Pasha, not Greek but definitely the hottest guy she’s ever seen and someone who sparks intrigue within her, she can’t help but start to fall for him. The perfect setting, his hot body, and his bad-boy demeanor yet soft side sparks Kristen’s interest – and her heart. But what she doesn’t realize is that Pasha is hiding a different side of him.
Told in dual POV, I thought it was fantastic that we also got Pasha’s side of the story, and I think it was really needed to bring both characters to life. Pasha is hiding that he actually knows of Kristen – or KK as her best friend calls her – because as a hockey player, he is good friends with her best friend’s fiancé, also a hockey player. But the past with them is rocky, and Pasha knows that if Kristen knows who he really is, she would never give him a chance. So he tries to give Kristen the best week of her life, knowing it will all have to end after the cruise.
There are a lot of interesting plot points in Unsportsmanlike Conduct, one being Kristen’s condition with Cystic Fibrosis. I learned a lot about the disease from this read, and it was wonderful to see how Pasha – or Pavel, his real name – cares for Kristen in spite of a life-threatening condition, and how he wants to help her live every day to the fullest. The romance on the cruise ship is definitely hot and steamy. Once they are off the ship and back to real life, it turned a little predictable, as most romance reads do. But I was still curious to get to the ending and it kept me invested. I could tell this book was a part of a series, but I never felt like I was confused or had missed something, it just made me want to read the other books because I really enjoyed the writing style from Sophia Henry. If you are a fan of romance, this is definitely one to check out!
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Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.
Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.
If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.
Caroline Fardig writes fun, interesting and light-hearted mysteries, and I always look forward to her novels. We now follow Juliet Langley, new Private Investigator in Nashville, and the cases she takes on. There is a lot going on in here, with murders, romance, undercover jobs, but it was still a fast-paced read and kept my interest throughout. The ending did surprise me a bit actually, so I’m really hoping we get another book to follow up on that cliff hanger-like ending! If you like light-hearted and easy to read mysteries, check out Brew or Die!