Playboy detective Luke Cavanaugh O'Bannon isn't excited to be paired with his polar opposite, introverted Francesca "Frankie" DeMarco, on a case. But when Frankie's cousin is found dead of a suspicious drug overdose, she and Luke must work together to pursue a serial killer who's struck again.
And though they try to fight it, the two opposites attract...passionately!
After several false leads, their investigation points them to an online dating site where Frankie, despite Luke's objections, offers herself up as virtual bait. Will the killer reply with dinner and a deadly proposition?
Will Luke realize he's met his match--offline?
What mostly stayed with me from this story was the fun banter between Luke Cavanaugh O'Bannon and Francesca "Frankie" DeMarco. They seemed to love to irritate each other, and I often felt for Luke's partner who had to be the third wheel with these two love birds. Because not only were they ribbing each other, they also had a great chemistry between them, both mentally and physically.
The murder mystery was puzzling and fascinating. The clues were there, there are some viable evidence or at least links between the victims of the serial killer, yet there were also the mundane tasks the detectives had to perform, the time consuming, energy burning investigation that could have been so frustrating and discouraging if the detectives were not such professionals. I liked how the mystery played out, how you got the feeling of the detective work in a realistic way, and how the solution came from the left without further fanfare and surprised even this seasoned mystery reader.
Yes, the Cavanaugh books have a little formulation thing going, you know there is going to be a big case where the relatives help them to solve it, the partner is new, they are reluctant to go to the family feast at the uncle's house, but end up loving it and lose the track of time, and then the romance develop - but the stories have a nice flow, they are written well and entertain the mind for an evening, and the fact that there are actually so many of them, and they all work in the law enforcement, it is kind of enticing and charming in itself. A good mystery with fun romance between appealing characters
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me