Title: Get a Clue
By: Jill Shalvis
Author Website: jillshalvis(.)com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
And You Think You’ve Had A Bad Day
City girl Breanne Mooreland gets left at the altar, takes the flight from hell to her honeymoon–alone–loses her luggage, and ends up snowed in at a Sierra mountains lodge run by the kookiest staff this side of the Addams Family. Oh, and there’s a gorgeous naked man taking a shower in her suite who says he isn’t going anywhere. That’s just the first 24 hours.
Burned-out vice cop Cooper Scott is in serious need of this vacation, and he’s not about to give up the only available room because an upset–okay, make that insane–woman is having a conniption fit. They’ll just have to make the best of it–her side of the bed versus his. But when Cooper wakes up kissing the long, leggy Breanne, he wants to show her exactly what the honeymoon suite is intended for. But that will have to wait, because a screaming Breanne has just stumbled on a very dead body. So much for vacation. (Goodreads)
Get a Clue is another fun, romantic read by Jill Shalvis with a bit of a twist – a mystery and a romance all in one read.
The crux of the story is that Breanne is left at the altar – but decides not to waste the honeymoon. Right off the bat I knew it was going to be a chuckle worthy read (if nothing else) as the airline loses Breanne’s luggage so she arrives at the lodge with only her carry-on – skimpy honeymoon attire of the boudoir nature. To make her honeymoon even more frustrating – the honeymoon suite is double booked AND Breanne did not know this until she walked in on Cooper taking a shower – in her suite no less. To make matters worse (as if they could be) – power is quickly lost at the lodge as a result of the raging snow storm outside. Yes – it does get better and even more odd (which I totally loved).
So what is Breanne to do without her suit? Or her groom? Or clothes? A meltdown of course. Sparks ignite between Breanne and Cooper and the fun just continues – both the I hate you and You are HOT kind of sparks. Which of course, I expect nothing less from a Shalvis story than the heat – even during a raging snow storm.
The staff are also confined to the lodge during this snow storm. There are certainly secrets amongst the staff, which slowly but surely Breanne and Cooper ferret out. However, this non-honeymoon turns gruesome and a wee bit creepy when a dead body is discovered at the lodge. This leads Breanne to seek out comfort and protection from Cooper – since he insists on keeping his honeymoon suite booking.
I loved the depth of the characters, which evolved slowly throughout the story. There were quite a few twists and surprises which lead to a thoroughly enjoyable read. And let’s not forget the hotness of the story. No one can write suggestive and steamy (while leaving it to the imagination of the reader) like Ms. Shalvis. There are many surprises throughout the story, which added to its depth (can’t detail here as I want each reader to discover these surprises on their own).
I absolutely loved the journal entries by Breanne at the beginning of each chapter…here are three of my favorites:
“Never agree to marry a man because he has potential. Men are not like houses; they do not make good fixer-uppers.”
“I’ve heard that men are like fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it’s up to women to stomp the shit out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with. Me, I just want to do the stomping.”
“Among the great lines of all time:
1. This won’t hurt a bit.
2. The check’s in the mail.
3. I swear I won’t c**e in your mouth.
And…. The granddaddy of them all (in my humble opinion):
4. I love you (this is the most troublesome).”
Who would have thought one could enjoy a murder mystery while laughing due to the right amount of humor and swooning with the right amount of romance thrown in? I must say that this title ranks right up there with respect to the titles I have read from Ms. Shalvis.