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Thursday, June 28, 2012

For Better or Hearse by Ann Yost

For Better or Hearse by Ann Yost
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (252 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

When Daisy Budd and her slightly dysfunctional sisters decide to turn a mortuary into a fashionable wedding boutique, they expect some opposition. After all, towns like Mayville don’t care much for change. But when a body shows up in the mortuary’s fountain, Daisy knows it's time to leave the bridezillas behind and solve the mystery. Nick Bowman, disinherited son of the town’s leading family, is back after a seven-year estrangement. He's determined to protect his late grandfather’s reputation by locating some loot supposedly hidden in the mortuary’s cellar. But Nick’s quest is complicated by the new owner. Daisy doesn’t trust his motives and she’s uncomfortable with the sparks the two of them generate, especially since Nick used to date her sister. When a second body shows up at the mortuary, Nick and Daisy need to work together to find the truth—but what happens when their inconvenient sparks become flames?
It's all a matter of life and death, but it seems someone wants to make it more about death. For Better or Hearse sizzles with suspense, charm, and a whole lot of fun.

Daisy's life has had it's share of downfalls. She seems to be the ring leader of her sisters, the glue that keeps their bond solid, the one that steps up and takes care of her family, putting her own dreams aside. Their latest venture is turning inherited property into a happily ever after dream- creating perfect weddings. The protective way each sister is with one another is heartwarming. They really look out for one another in every way possible. That bond is unbreakable, beautiful. Ms. Yost puts a major emphasis on the family ties element in this book.

The story's hero is Nick. A bit of a bad boy, womanizer, or so we're lead to believe. There must have been some bad blood between Nick and the sisters, because no one wants him to come around. Though it seems he's everywhere these days, much to the womens chagrin. The further into this novel I went, the more I liked Nick. Sure, there's a few moments where I wondered about him and his intentions, but overall he won me over.

For Better or Hearse packs a mixture of romance, suspense, laughter, and adventure. The tension between Nick and Daisy sizzle, leaving a lot of intense moments where they either wanted to strangle the other, or fall in love.

Ms. Yost writes with charm and emotion. Her stories are enjoyable, fast paced, and uplifting. This one is no different. It's another for the keeper shelves.

Need a bit of witty romantic suspense in your reading queue? For Better or Hearse is a story you can laugh with and enjoy. Why not rush and get yourself a copy?