Friday, May 13, 2011
Review: Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner-Molaski
Publisher: Laina Turner-Molaski
Pages: 326 pgs
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Powell's, Indiebound
Summary from publisher:
Presley Thurman, a sassy, thirty-something red-head, was looking to reinvent herself. She didn't allow the fact she was recently fired to bother her - she was ready to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Presley is a lover of shopping and Starbucks, and even though she sometimes had bad taste in men, she always had great taste in clothes. Not looking back on corporate America, Presley decided to follow her dream. With her feisty nature and a spirit to not "sweat the small stuff," she was ready to tackle any challenge (even if she had no idea how she would pay the bills). When her friend Trevor offered her a job with his online magazine to interview public figures, she jumped at the chance. However, the new job turned into something unexpected when the U.S. Senator she was slated to write about was murdered - in her home town! Presley was excited - she hadn't seen so much buzz since the spring sample sale at Saks. She was ready for this adventure, even if it didn't seem to fit neatly into her life. She couldn't pass up the opportunity to be in the middle of the buzz. Presley was determined (not to mention curious) to find the killer and write her story. After all, she couldn't afford her shoe habit without a job and she was certainly not one to shy away from danger. The only thing standing in her way was an old high school fling, Cooper Sands, head of the Senator's security. He was not actually standing in her way, but because of his good looks, he was the biggest distraction and one she was having the hardest time overcoming. Cooper felt it was too dangerous for Presley to look for a killer and tried to distract her with reliving the past; which Presley found more dangerous than any killer. While she attempted to resist Cooper's good looks and charm, Presley was able to discover the Senator's wife, Helen, had been having an affair... with her best friend's boyfriend! Did Helen kill the Senator? Or was it the Senator's love of gambling that got him killed? And what was Cooper's secret tie to the mob boss Garrison Palazzo? Presley was betting her favorite pair of Manolo's she will find the killer... but will time run out!
I have been so bombarded with the historical and romantic lately that I have been looking for something off-beat and quirky. Thank god I found Stilettos & Scoundrels. And it has two of my very favorite things in the title—stilettos (even though I can’t walk in them) and scoundrels (who doesn’t like a scoundrel?).
Presley was an amazing character. First of all, I love the name Presley. She was one of the most normal characters I have ever come across. She was every bit the semi-crazy woman most of us have the tendency to be. Cooper was Presley’s old high school flame and oh boy was he a good hero. He spent most of the book trying to keep Presley out of trouble and, of course, solve the murder.
I was a little worried when I picked up this book for two reasons (1) That my Sony Reader would crap out again and (2) That this book would border on the ridiculous. I was so happy that I was wrong in both senses. My Sony Reader worked fine and this book was a charming and quirkily adorable romance/murder mystery. I loved the murder plot which I never do and the romance was adorable. This book will appeal to the light-hearted mystery fan as well as the romance fan who wants something different.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.