Playing Dead by Jody E. Lebel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (260 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower
Court reporter Renee Rose found out the hard way that hooking up with a cop is like a bikini wax--it starts off hot, turns painful, and ends in tears.
But when her best friend receives an e-mail, supposedly from her long-dead fiancé, demanding money, Renee knows they need help. Too bad help comes in the form of Detective Anthony Graciano, an annoying, bossy cop who somehow manages to haul Renee's libido out of dry dock.
Police work is more than a career to Anthony, it's an obsession. He specializes in cases involving female victims, which leaves him no time for anything else. Until he meets Renee, a delicious mystery he yearns to explore.
As danger closes in, Anthony fights to keep Renee safe despite her tendency to plunge headlong into danger--and her doubts about him. Can she learn to trust his love before it's too late?
Men don't come back from the dead. They don't reappear in someone's life. And they don't send email messages. Or do they? Something is definitely off here....Playing Dead begins in a mysterious way, taking readers on a tale of lies and deceit. Are you ready for this venture?
Renee was the type of female lead I'm used to reading. She's a good friend to Liz, but she's an annoying heroine. Her stubborn and hard headed attitude got to me quite a few times, especially with her bipolar-like attitude towards Anthony, the hero. I wanted to jump inside the story, take her by the shoulders, and shake some sense into her! If the author was shooting for a character that brought out real emotions in the reader, then she was right on target with Renee. I did notice she has a soft spot for one particular character in the book, other than Liz, so she didn't make me completely crazy.
Anthony, a detective, has a lot of wit and charm to him. He doesn't always seem to take his role seriously, but I suppose in a job like his, a man needs a little humor more often than not. I felt bad for him, going after a woman who seemed to slip away from his every move. He sure sticks with what he wants, though, because he kept trying even though it seemed futile.
The premise of the story is what really kept me going. I couldn't always feel for the characters, other than Liz, and I wished things turned out better for her. She was the one I would have loved to read more about, since the story seemed more focused on her life. There were definite surprises and twists in the story that I never imagined would unfold. The authors writing is fresh and fun. Playing Dead is full of mystery and fun. It's light on suspense, but a great read overall.
If you like your stories mysterious and some moments that are bound to get a smile out of you, Playing Dead is the perfect book. Don't play around, get a copy today!