underweight, then average
Nell Dysart is in search
of a new job. Why? Because her last boss divorced and replaced
her with a little something in a size two. So much for investing 22
years in building a marriage, family, and award-winning insurance agency!
depressed mother of one is egged on by her
ultra-supportive-though-equally-off-kilter ex-sisters-in-law to get a job.
Nell heeds their advice and, feeling washed up and washed out, heads for
the McKenna investigative firm to apply for a temporary position as a
secretary. Over the course of her interview she becomes a nervous
wreck and inadvertently destroys half the office. Despite the
disaster she wreaks upon her surroundings, Nell is a shoo-in;
especially given that the agency's owner is desperate and Nell just
happens to be an ex-in-law of one of his biggest clients.
P. I. Gabe
McKenna is living his life stuck in a rut. And he likes it
that way. His office looks the same as it did when it was
first established by his father: from the peeling paint on the walls, to
the swaybacked furnishings, right down to the picture frames sporting the
exact same photographs covered with the exact same dust mites. He's
still driving the same car, a late seventies model Porsche (which was also
his father's). And he's still clinging to a relationship with
next-door-neighbor Chloe, his ex-wife of ten years.
moment Gabe offers the pale, slight woman the job, he knows he is going to
regret it. Doing a 180, Nell becomes a model of efficient competency
and starts making big plans for the place. New decor, new business
cards, new lettering on the windows . . and a new partner: herself!
Gabe, who dislikes even the most minor breezes in his life, won't tolerate
the human tornado that is Nell. He vows to replace the interfering
nuisance as quickly as possible.
along the way through murder investigations, family skeletons that won't
stay in the closet, a kidnapped dog, and the daily butting of heads, Gabe
and Nell manage to ignite a spark of passion between them. They can
make steamy love together, but can they ever learn to work together?
What worked for me:
I picked this story up because other Stephanie Plum fans recommended it as
a sassy, funny read. I wasn't disappointed.
this book is billed as a romantic suspense, but what actually held my
interest the most was the relationship between the three highly
dysfunctional women (not one of whom was under 30). I was really
rooting for them to all get their lives back on track!
some fun references and parallels to old black and white classic films,
complete with star look-a-likes: Gabe is William Powell sans moustache and
Nell is Myrna Loy with newly "retouched" red hair.
Nell began the story excruciatingly underweight after eighteen months of
not eating, thanks to her husband of twenty-two years up and leaving her
with nothing but repressed anger. Over the course of the book she
regains some of the weight until she's a healthier size. (Though
apparently she was a bit heavier before her divorce and opted not to gain
all of the weight back.)
work for me:
usually care for bed-hopping in my books, but since the hopping happened
before the relationship started I can overlook it.
Hayes and David Addison here. (If you never caught the show
"Moonlighting", you've missed out!) The main characters in "Fast
Women" were perhaps a bit too ornery for my tastes. I like 'em
feisty, but Nell and Gabe were control freaks to the extreme.
won't divulge the specifics here, but the mystery left me with a nagging
question or two. However, I read the book late into the night and
may not have absorbed or assimilated a crucial fact here and there due to
funny, sexy, quick read full of quirky characters, snappy dialogue, and a
puzzling mystery. Be sure to toss it in your bag if you have a long
flight this summer.
Thanks to this book, I've bumped Jennifer Crusie to the top of my "must
find more titles by this author" list during the current Stephanie Plum
drought. (There is coarse language and some talk of lesbianism in
this book, just to warn those of you who aren't into that sort of thing.)
If you liked "Fast
Women", you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Bet Me", "Crazy For
You", "Name Dropping", "Faking It", "Welcome to Temptation", The
"Stephanie Plum" mystery series,
"Dating Dead Men",
"Heaven in Your Eyes",
"Some Girls Do",
"Lola Carlyle Reveals All", and "The Saving Graces".
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