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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vows, Vendettas And A Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis

Vows, Vendettas And A Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis
Publisher: Harlequin
genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (298 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Water Lily

Peach taffeta bridesmaid dress, snarky Murder She Wrote jokes.

These should be Sophie's problems, not attempted murder.

Overjoyed at Maryanne's engagement, Sophie Katz can't wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena-Sophie's best friend, fellow bridesmaid-is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena might never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter's face.

Sure, her gal's no saint, but Dena is smart, loyal and giving (perhaps too giving, according to some anti-porno crusaders targeting her sex store). And besides, who really deserves to be shot anyway?

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts--and with hectic wedding plans, Sophi can barely think straight. But if she can keep her cool (and not trip over any taffeta), she just may nab her man.

Kyra Davis’s characters are a hoot. I laughed aloud over Sophie Katz’s antics and frequently shook my head over her reasoning. Her mind strings together seemingly unrelated things and comes up with the truth of the situation just in the nick of time. And the mysteries she’s trying to solve aren’t easy.

Sophie is the type of girl whose good side you want to be on. She’s loyal to a fault, but has a tendency to act first and think later. At one point, she launches herself across the room to punch someone in defense of an injured friend. She frequently needs to be reminded to remember her own safety when pursuing possible bad guys.

Sophie is a good friend, but not an easy one. There are moments I felt sorry for her hunk of a boy friend, Anatoly, but he isn’t perfect either. He keeps secrets from Sophie and...well, I don’t want to spoil anything. Actually, the “good friend, but not an easy one” could be said for most of Davis’ characters. They are all high maintenance people, just this side of difficult. That might be why I like them so much—they may not be like any people I know, but I can definitely believe they could be real people, and they fit so well together. They kept me laughing and turning the pages.

There are a lot of references to kinky acts and steamy situations in this book, but most of it is left to the reader’s imagination earning this book a spicy or sensual heat level rather than hot. This could be a hot book—it just depends how good your imagination is (*WINK*).

This is the fifth Sophie Katz book. Each book stands alone but, like any good series, the characters develop from book to book. Vows, Vendettas And A Little Black Dress ends with such a great hook, I’m longing for the next installment. I recommend the entire series.