Shame on You by Tara Sivec (Fool Me Once #1)

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War veteran Kennedy O’Brien is in the business of sticking it to the man—or at least any man who tries to cross a woman. After she returned home from Afghanistan and caught her husband in bed with the nanny, Kennedy lost her faith in men and started Fool Me Once Investigations with her two best friends. After all, there’s no better bounty hunter than a woman scorned.

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.

Source: purchased (I love this cover!)

Six months ago, Kennedy walked in on her husband and the nanny getting to know each other better. Since then, she’s formed a business with her two best friends, Fool Me Once Investigations.  Kennedy’s side of the partnership is as a bounty hunter and she usually works with her father’s bail bond office. When her father sends a new bounty hunter with her on a routine case, Kennedy is not happy to discover that it’s Griffin, her ex’s best friend.  She’s not happy because, though they were pretty close friends, too, Griffin kept the ex’s cheating from her.

Griffin won’t take a hint or a strongly worded suggestion to get lost.  Then he suggests a bet for who will capture the jumper first: if Kennedy wins, she can punch him like she really wants to do (and she’s former army, so she could probably hurt him), but if he wins, they go on a date.

Kennedy doesn’t know what to think about this because she’s always had a thing for Griffin and she is so hot for him right now, especially since she’s been celibate since her divorce.  So she takes the bet and goes about getting her man.

I cannot tell you how much joy this book brought me.  It was so funny, I literally laughed out loud several times (which is a big deal).  I’d seen a review that compared this story to the Stephanie Plum books (that is the reason why I bought it), and I do get the comparison, but it’s also kind of completely different. For one thing, I wish there was as much overt hanky panky in the Stephanie Plum books, especially with Ranger. Griffin and Kennedy’s chemistry was so smoking hot and undeniably sweet that I just read the whole book right on through.  It is pretty short, though, just over 100 pages, and I wish it were longer.  The escapades that Kennedy got into were hilarious and the writing was so crisp and fun. It was exactly what I didn’t know I needed, fast-paced and sexy. I really liked the other girls, Lorelei and Paige, too.  And Griffin is totally at the top of my fake boyfriend list, even though he has blond hair, though I wouldn’t have made him work so hard :).  I am foaming at the mouth for the next two books in the series.  In the meantime, I think I will check out the author’s backlist. Highly recommended.

4.5/5

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