Shoe Designer Maddie had great dreams of being a fashion designer in NYC, but is stuck designing children’s shoes, in LA, very far from NYC. But the one thing she is sure about in her life is her boyfriend Richard, who is the whole package. However, when Richard disappears along with 20 million dollars and murders start to occur, Maddie does not question Richard’s innocence but he took a bad time to disappear on her (lets just say that Maddie is LATE). However, the LAPD do not think that Richard is innocent , especially the lead (and very Hot) investigator Jack Ramirez, who just wants Maddie to mind her own business and leave the investigations to the professionals. As time ticks by (and a test still has not been taken), Maddie tries to find Richard and as more evidence comes to light against him, and prove that he is innocent. However, the farther Maddie undertakes her own investigation (she does end up at a porn studio), the closer she gets to Ramirez, and as she starts to put the pieces together she becomes a target. Now Maddie has to decide first to take the test, second if Richard really is innocent, third figure out Ramirez in general, and fourth figure out what she is doing.
Individuals who are fans of Stephanie Bond’s Body Movers series or books by Jennifer Cruise will also like this book/series. I had some laugh out-loud moments while reading and it was able to keep me entertained, interested and guessing till the end. I like Maddie as a character, she was fun, real and very like a Carrie Bradshaw, but with an amateur detective twist. Who knew fashion would come in handy in police investigations, along with her side kick Dana who is very much like a Samantha. I think all the characters within the book are fairly well developed for a mystery romance book, and the book overall was very entertaining.
This is a fun easy read and a great start to a new series. I am going to pick up the second book in the series. Definitely an author I would recommend for something funny, light and when you have the need to escape for awhile.