Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review # 87: Crazy In Paradise by Deborah Brown

     Recently divorced Madison Westin inherits her dead aunt's beachfront motel in sunny Florida, but she also inherits all of the problems that go with it: crazy tenants, angry ex-cons, scheming estate attorneys, conniving hotel managers, a dead body, and a hunky private investigator who creates more problems than he fixes. Can Madison and her gun-slinging bestie get control of the motel and get rid of the ones in charge? Or will they both end up dead in paradise?

     When I read the blurb for Crazy In Paradise I had high hopes for a no-holds-barred heroine that was ready to kick some butt and take back what was rightfully hers, but unfortunately, I got Madison Westin - a woman who wants to reclaim her life, but is so inexperienced and unsure of her own abilities that she sometimes annoys the reader; I do like her as a character, just not as the main character. Fortunately, the plot made up for Madison's personality. I found the story-line to be fast-paced, full of action, and well-thought-out, but I didn't like how predictable it was. The characters were decent, but they could have been better-developed, and the dialogue was pretty well written besides a few lines that sounded forced and robot-like. Overall, I really did enjoy this book for its quirky plot and the level of action, but there were a couple flaws that I felt took away from the reading experience. This book is full of potential, although unreached, but I am sure that with a little work Deborah Brown's next novel will be even better! I recommend this book for readers looking for a quick quirky mystery/action/romance that will satisfy a chick-lit craving.

Rating: Bounty's Out (3/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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