The man's voice cracked on the other side of the partition. "I'm going to prison for this, aren't I?" [opening of Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun]
"This is the last time I let you pick our stolen car. This thing is a junker. I'll be shocked if it starts.""At least if we wreck this one, we won't have to kill anyone to pay it off.""Again . . . not our fault." [excerpt from 56% of Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun]
Author and single mom Finlay Donovan has been in messes before―after all, she's a pro at removing bloodstains for various unexpected reasons―but none quite like this. When Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they had "borrowed" in the process of saving the life of Finlay's ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. And now Finlay owes them.
Mob boss Feliks is still running the show from behind bars, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. The problem is, the killer might be an officer themself.
Luckily, hot cop Nick has just been tasked with starting up a citizen's police academy, and combined pressure from Finlay's looming book deadline and Feliks is enough to convince Finlay and Vero to get involved. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with a tempting detective), Finlay and Vero use their time in police academy to sleuth out the real contract killer to free themselves from the mob's clutches―all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero's past, and juggling the daily trials of parenthood. [from the author's website]
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Do you enjoy reading romance novels? If so, which romance trope is your favorite? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
When I was growing up, during one of my family's many library trips, I discovered those ol' Harlequin and Silhouette bodice ripper romances. Since they were mass market paperbacks, I could check out as many as I wanted at one time, and I took full advantage. Then somewhere in my early adult years, I stopped reading romance novels almost completely. I say almost because sometimes the mysteries or fantasy novels I read had a romance thread running through them. Whether it was burnout or loss of interest, I don't know. (If you ever go back and read some of my earlier blog posts, you will find that I often talked about how I only enjoyed romance as a side dish, not as the main course.}
Within the last ten years, I have found myself reading romance novels again. Romance makes up only a small percentage of my overall reading, but I do enjoy it occasionally. Sometimes I crave that happily ever after. The romance I read today is not the old school Harlequin or Silhouette romance I read many years ago. The stories are more complex, the characters more fleshed out, and there is definitely more diversity. Romance novels can be light-hearted or deep; they can be sweet or spicy; funny or emotional. They can be everything in between.
I am partial to slow burn romances, although I won't say no to one that burns fast. I love a good fake relationship trope but also really enjoy second chance and friends to lovers tropes too. I have a soft spot for holiday romances. The enemies to lovers trope is a fun one too. Add in a bookish theme and I will be even happier.
I like to turn to romance in between my more serious reads or when I am especially in need of a pick me up. Sometimes I am just in the mood for one for no particular reason at all.
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