When Kennedy takes a case to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned dog-napper, she figures it’ll be an easy paycheck. But trouble has a way of finding Kennedy. Enter the last man on the planet she’d willingly choose as a partner: her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford.
As gorgeous as he is unwelcome, Griffin has always had a thing for Kennedy, and after keeping quiet about her ex’s cheating, he’ll do anything to earn back her trust. Whether or not she wants to admit it, Kennedy will need help as the case of the Chihuahua thief spirals out of control. Griffin may be just her man—in more ways than one.
Shame On You is book one in the new series, Fool Me Once, by Tara Sivec. Fool Me Once is a private investigation agency started by three best friends: a legacy US Army veteran (Kennedy), a former model (Paige), and a working attorney (Lorelei). You can almost imagine the Charlie's Angels silhouette - smart one, cute one, lethal one. Cue the music. Each of the three has been burned by love and started this agency to ensure that fools do not get away with being foolish.
The first word that comes to mind when I think about this book is IRREVERENT. Tara Sivec writes with a wicked, irreverent sense of humor. I found myself grinning through most of the book and enjoying the sarcastic dialogue. This is one my favorite kinds of books.
Kennedy is tough. She grew up with a bevy of real and adopted brothers and her father is her hero. She joined the Army as a part of the family tradition. When it comes to her work, she is self-assured, self-confident, and hung-ho. When it comes to love, however, she's a mess.
Enter stage right, Griffin Crawford. Griffin is Kennedy's childhood friend and her ex-husband's best friend. Kennedy and Griffin...they are complicated. Watching them interact should be the best part of the book. I'm am usually glued to the pages savoring the relationship as it develops. But with so many other things happening in the story, I found myself wanting more of just Kennedy and Griffin together. So much of their relationship happens in the past. They have been friends since high school. The present-day interactions are short, albeit very hot. Their relationship does not unfold; it lands. Perhaps it has to do with the pace of the book - it is very fast, or the length of the book - it is relatively short 127 pages, but I wish there was more.
IN A NUTSHELL: Now that I'm in the Fool Me Once universe, I'm can't wait for the next book. I'm looking forward to being a part of the crazy antics of our girls at the agency.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time. Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.