Saturday, December 24, 2016

seriously romantic: the sweetheart game by cheryl ann smith

the second installment of the brash & brazen series, the sweetheart game, let's us get to know summer o'keefe, private investigator/hacker/former beauty queen. when we first are introduced to summer she is spying on her new neighbor, jason parker. she suspects he might be a serial killer. or possibly an international arms dealer.

jason is none of those things. and as an ex-marine, ex-cop, turned famous author he figures out pretty quickly that summer is spying on him. he feeds her suspicions at first because he finds the whole thing funny, but eventually fesses up to what he is doing in his backyard. the weird late night trips were actually an effort to bury old taxidermied animals that formed his grandfather's collection--a longstanding family joke.

this is something of a relief to summer, because she was seriously worried that she was attracted to a serial killer. when their neighbor goes missing, somehow summer and jason end up working the case. it's summer's first field case and she can't help be enthusiastic. jason is less enthused but since he is both amused by and terribly attracted to summer he can't say no. and then he is also intrigued by the facts of the case and actively helps her with everything.

they end up being a pretty good team both on the case and in the bedroom. there isn't a ton of conflict for these two, but from the moment they co-adopted a pregnant cat it was pretty obvious that they were meant for each other. their relationship is filled with just the right blend of humor, angst and sweetness. i loved them as a couple, and i was happy to see their happily ever after.

**the sweetheart game will publish on january 10, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review. 

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