Here we are entering into the last week of June already. Where is the summer going? Are you feeling like I am, that things are a bit crazy and chaotic? Need an immediate
escape? I wish I could head to the beach, but since I just got back, that isn't possible right now, so I have to resort to books. I have a fun one for you today. It is a book for fans of Janet Evanovich. Leading Her Witness by Cheryl Ann Smith is a fun, adventurous and sexy book. I adored the heroine, Andie. She was always getting herself in and out of trouble. Anyway, I am pleased to be hosting a spot on The Leading Her Witness Tour courtesy of Kismet Book Tours. As part of the tour today, I am featuring a review for you all. So let's get to it......
Here is my review:
Leading Her Witness (Dead to Rights #1) by Cheryl Ann Smith
Goons, deadbeats, and murder: A tenacious process server's unconventional techniques get her into loads of trouble. So much so that her boss jokes that he keeps the coroner on speed dial just in case. Still, most of Andie Dixon's job is pretty tame if she doesn't count snapping dogs and homeowners squirting her with garden hoses.
That changes when she serves papers on a notorious crime boss and puts her life in real jeopardy. But despite this close call, Andie will not let threats keep her from doing her job. She puts the matter behind her until a hunky U.S. Marshal tracks her down and solicits her help to find the fugitive. Again. At first Andie adamantly refuses, but eventually agrees when she's swayed by the Marshal's persistence and rather dreamy brown eyes. However, when crime boss Sammy Gilroy, finds out she's back and close on his heels, he threatens to make her disappear for good this time.
Marshall Colin Navarro needs to find Sammy Gilroy before the man vanishes forever. Colin is certain that the notorious crime leader was involved in a shoot-out with the FBI that injured his sister. But he never expected that he'd have to sway a newbie process-server to help, or that she'd turn out to be stubborn, aggravating, and an all-around pain in the ass. Yet despite her shortcomings, he cannot figure out why she's taken over his thoughts and is front and center in some very hot fantasies. But can he keep her from getting herself killed as they edge closer to catching the fugitive? Then again, the crime boss and his goons don't know who they're messing with.
With Andie on the case, Colin is beginning to believe that justice may be served after all. Paperback
Published October 27th 2014 by Tulip Romance
Source: Tour Organizer
Four stars: A perky, funny, romantic adventure with a plucky heroine!
Andie cautiously peers out among the bushes. In her sights is her latest target, Sammy Gilroy as he sunbathes by his pool. Andie has been chasing him for weeks in order to serve him his court papers. Now she sits in her swimsuit watching two scantily clad girls fawn over him. Finally, Andie gets the nerve to pop out of the bushes and slap him with his papers. Unfortunately for Andie, Gilroy is a very dangerous man, and he immediately sends his two goons chasing after her. Andie barely manages to escape. No one says being a process server was easy. Little does Andie know, she has just served a notorious criminal who has managed to evade the FBI for months. Enter colin Navarro, a marshall, who wants Gilroy caught. Andie is the only one who has been able to track him down. Navarro hopes she will be willing to help him again. Can Andie find Gilroy or has she pushed her luck too far?
What I Liked:
- Leading Her Witness is a fun, flirty, adventure with danger and criminals and a bit of romance. Not to mention, there is humor and an unforgettable, plucky heroine. If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Series, you need to check out Leading Her Witness.
- Andie Dixon was the star of the show for me. She is a twenty something process server who manages to track down her targets through any means possible, whether conventional or not. She is resourceful, determined and she always manages to get herself into trouble while serving her targets, and that is what makes her so endearing. I loved her antics, and how she resorted to getting those papers into the proper hands no matter what. The other thing I loved about Andie was that she wasn't your typical girl, she isn't afraid to get dirty, and she has an insatiable appetite for fast food. Andie was a terrific heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed her pluckiness and determination.
- I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though this book was a romance, the romance did not overtake the plot. It starts out with heat and sizzle when Andie is immediately attracted to Colin. However, this isn't an insta love situation, in fact, the two don't exactly get along at the beginning, despite the underlying attraction. There is plenty of antagonistic banter as the pair try to deny their chemistry. Things progress nicely until the romance takes root. I liked that when the sex scenes came into play, that they were short and tasteful. I thought the romance was done just right. Not too fast, not too much, and plenty of sizzle.
- The secondary characters are intriguing as well. I thought Andie's next door neighbor, Mickey, the eccentric college kid with numerous piercings and tattoos, who makes pornos in his apartment was hilarious. His banter with Andie was so fun. Add in her straight, cross dressing boss, and a three legged dog, as well as an awesome roommate, and you have a terrific supportive cast. I even enjoyed the sharp tongued, promiscuous, ninety year old villain's mother.
- Even though this book is the first in a series, it draws to a nice, neat close. No cliffhanger ending or nagging unfinished story lines. I was pleased that I got a complete story and that everything tied up nicely. Always a win when starting a series.
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned, I loved Mickey, the quirky neighbor. One of the highlights of the book for me was when Andie ends up doing some bad guy investigating and she has to take along her roommate, Rissa, Mickey, the porno neighbor, and her three legged dog, George. I was hoping for more scenes with Andie's trusty trio in tow as I thought it was all kinds of fun, but sadly there was only the one scene. I need more of the terrific trio.
- Even though I enjoyed the story, the plot was entirely predictable. There weren't any big twists or surprises, save one with one of the hitmen. I was hoping for more jaw dropping surprises.
- Andie with her spunkiness was loads of fun, however, I did get a bit frustrated when she knowingly time after time, put herself in dangerous situations. I wish she had been a bit smarter.
- The one nagging story line that was left undone was the whole situation with Andie's perfect sister, Jan. However, I was pleased to find out the next book is all about Jan, I am itching to know her story.
Leading Her Witness was a fun, flirty book perfect for those who like a light romance along with fighting crime. Andie, the heroine, is full of spunk and determination. She will make you laugh with her pluckiness and her never say die attitude. Add in a solid cast of secondary characters, and some action and danger, and you have a fun little read perfect for summer. If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich, you should give this series a try.
I received a copy of this book from the tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
About the author:
Cheryl Ann Smith loves mystery and adventure and always includes both in her books. And when she's not putting her heroines in danger, she's watching true crime shows or spending way too much time on email with friends. Cheryl lives in Michigan with her family and several pets.
You can find Cheryl:
Website | Twitter | Leading Her Witness on Facebook | Tulip Romance
As part of the tour, I am pleased to able to offer you a chance to enter a terrific giveaway. Up for grabs during this tour wide giveaway is:
A $120 gift card (Amazon, B&N, iTunes) to one lucky winner! Courtesy of Tulip Romance. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter. Please note: This giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. I will not be responsible for selecting the winner or distributing the prize. Please see Kismet Book Tours for all contest details.
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