PLOT OR PREMISE
Barbara Simons is a newly unemployed airline exec with nothing to do. Bored, she jumps at a chance to help her fabulous friends with their problems — an ex-husband hiding money and uncovering a smuggling ring.
WHAT I LIKED
Better written than Reichs’ books in the same setting, and the overall story is interesting.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
I hated most of this book — every character is one of life’s beautiful people, all wealthy, all extremely ravishing or handsome, and all amazingly beautiful, perky, effective at turning men’s heads deliberately and/or accidentally, and supposedly downright nice…not nice enough that you like them, but Barbara obviously thinks everyone else does.
But Barbara isn’t any bettter — she’s supposed to be this amazing go-getter business woman but she has been wallowing in self-pity for six weeks. She goes to fancy parties with the elites, but can’t relate to the average guy behind the counter at the 7-11 without going off on some trip. And while the story is interesting, the ending feels like it wraps everything up in a whirlwind 3 pages.
Finally, a small spoiler, there is a small sub-plot that ends on a “to be continued” basis, kind of like Evanovich does regularly with the Stephanie Plum series. I hate that with a passion — I like some resolution, even if there is an ongoing storyline.
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
Hate characters, okay story.
Legend: 1/5 Finished 2/5 Not bad 3/5 Good 4/5 Enjoyable 5/5 Excellent
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, but I did interact with her online.
- Year of Release: 1996
- Publisher: Walker & Co
- ISBN/ASIN: 978-0802732873
- Series: Simons (#1)
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