Title: For Love or Money
Author: Cathy Perkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 367 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: May 2013
Book Summary: When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life suddenly takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.
Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.
To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, and stay one step ahead of her ex-fiancé to solve the case. Before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
Review: For Love or Money has plenty of suspense to keep you on your toes. With plenty of “guilty” parties to various crimes, I enjoyed how this book kept me guessing the motives behind the murder and who the real culprit was. I also liked that not everyone was as they appeared, including the murder victim. The relationship between Holley and JC was stormy and tension filled, and I wanted more of their interaction. Unfortunately, the (re)building of their relationship took a backseat in the first half of the book a little too much. Perkins did bring their relationship back into the story soon enough so it didn’t feel tacked on.
There were several characters I wanted to strangle throughout the story with Holley’s parents topping the list. Haha! It’s never an easy thing when the child is the most mature adult in the room because the parents decide to shirk their responsibilities. Holley’s mother, Donna, seemed just as willing to dump her responsibilities on Holley almost as much as Holley’s father was to run away with the yoga instructor. While aggravated, Holley does a wonderful job picking up the pieces and keeping things afloat while her parents deal with the breakup of their marriage. Even so, I still felt as though Holley’s mother dumped everything on her–as if Holley owed it to Donna to throw away her career for a woman who was less than willing to do what she needed to do in order to make her business work. The fact that Perkins didn’t not write Donna as a sainted mother was refreshing.
For Love or Money is a good book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a romance suspense with a host of suspects and motives for murder.
(I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
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