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"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book 240: CRAZY IN PARADISE Review

Crazy in Paradise by Deborah Brown presents Madison Westin as a recent divorcee trying to get her life back on track. When her aunt dies, she learns that she has been left her aunt’s home and a beachfront motel in Tarpon Cove, Florida. The good news is that she feels comfortable relocating to Florida and taking over the property management. The bad news is that the estate lawyer and current property management don't want her involved in the management of the motel. 

Things in Tarpon Cove aren't what they appear to be, and Madison quickly becomes suspicious about the estate attorney's behavior, to say nothing of the onsite property manager. Both are acting as if she is an intruder rather than the property owner and refuse to cooperate with her desire to know more about the tenants or the property. If that isn't bad enough, Madison discovers a hunky guy, a bleeding hunky guy, at her aunt's house after the funeral. Zach Lazarro is a private investigator and was a friend of her aunt Elizabeth. He wasn't aware of her death and came seeking first aid. He winds up staying for a few days to recuperate.

Madison has a lot to deal with, including what appears to be an unscrupulous attorney and property manager. If that wasn't bad enough, she also must contend with Zach and his family drama issues.

Crazy in Paradise is a fast romantic suspense read, which regrettably I found to be somewhat lacking in both romance and suspense. To be fair, Zach and Madison struggle to find common ground and build on their attraction. The action of the bad guys is expected and therefore isn't mysterious and there doesn't seem to be any suspense involved when everything is expected. Having said that, and again in all fairness, this isn't a bad read. The action may be somewhat expected and the characters perhaps not as fully developed as possible, but Crazy in Paradise is still a decent read.

Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes from the author. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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