From the Folks at RAPID READ....and they're not kidding - just over 1 hour.
Author: Melodie Campbell
Publisher: Raven Books (2012) 146 pages
Genre: romance, chick-lit
Subject: crime, stolen gems, evading the mafia
Setting: various cities along the New York/Canadian border
Source: e-galley from TLC Book tours
Why did I read this book now? I agreed to do a review for TLC Book tours.
Ok, I'll admit it, it's pure chick-lit but IT'S FUN! It has a handsome stud, some behind the scenes sex, a rather contrived but ultimately almost believable plot, and some FUN characters. It's perfect as an airplane read, or for waiting in the doctor's office, or standing in line at the DMV, or even for snuggling under the covers with a bout of flu (like I did). At 146 pages with plenty of white space it's just pure FUN.
I'm one of the last stops on this blog tour, so by now the actual plot is well known. It's a simple story...Gina Gallo (goddaughter of mafia person) is recruited to deliver some stolen gems which are hidden in the heels of her super stilettos. Distracted by an extremely handsome stud, she takes the shoes off because her feet hurt. The shoes are stolen. Stud and girl begin frantic chase across international borders, and to three or four different cities to retrieve shoes. Mafia relatives show up to "help". Throw in some drop-dead, laugh out loud funny hotel room and restaurant scenes, and some smart-ass Italian girl remarks (she's a mafia goddaughter don't forget). Bottom line: you find yourself quickly finishing one of the fun-est and funniest books I've enjoyed in years!
I'll add that I don't normally read much chick-lit, and I almost turned down the invitation to participate in this tour. I'm so glad I didn't. Did I mention this book is FUN?
About Melodie Campbell
Melodie got her start writing comedy (stand-up and columns). In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference in Hamilton. She has over 200 publications, including 40 short stories, and has won 6 awards for short fiction. Her third novel, The Goddaughter (Orca Books), is a comic mob caper. Melodie was a finalist for the 2012 Derringer Award (US) and Arthur Ellis Award (Can), and is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.< Melodie was invited into the Toronto Press Club in 1994. There is no truth to the rumor that she once did a somersault off the Press Club billiard table. Connect with Melodie on her website, www.melodiecampbell.com, her blog, Funny Girl Melodie, on Facebook, or on Twitter.