Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review ~ RELATIVELY RISKY by Pauline Baird Jones

A quirky artist must unravel her parent's secret past before the mob erases her future. But will the protection of a handsome homicide detective be her only hope of surviving the Big Easy?
Nell Whitby is starting over in New Orleans, getting a publisher for her children's book, sketching tourists in the French Quarter, and leaving the tragic death of her parents behind. When a handsome detective asks her for a date, her fresh start seems perfect...until a dangerous family secret bubbles up from the past and puts her life in jeopardy.
The oldest of thirteen children, detective Alex Baker has two goals in life: solve murders and avoid anyone under the age of ten. That is, until the day the quirky children's book author foils a carjacking, becomes a target for the mob, and makes his libido sit up and reconsider the whole no-kids thing. If he doesn't protect her, she'll be the next body to turn up in his homicide investigation.
As bullets start to fly, Nell can't resist her sexy bodyguard or ignore her past, and Alex must protect the irresistible kid-magnet from whoever has them both in the crosshairs.


The Big Uneasy Relatively Risky is about Nell Whitby and Alex Baker.  Nell is an illustrator/librarian who has lived an ordinary life until she meets Alex Baker.  Alex Baker is the oldest of 13 brothers and sisters.  He also happens to be a New Orleans Police Officer.  They have an unlikely meeting one night in New Orleans that changes both of their lives forever.
This started out to be a difficult book to read.  The first 25 percent of the book seemed to have a bunch of information piled in that made the mystery surrounding Nell Whitby hard to follow.  Luckily, I powered through and was able to get to a point where I could follow along easily.  The mystery is actually rather interesting. It surrounds the true identity of Nell’s parents.  She grew up in Wyoming and had no idea that her now deceased parents had their roots in The Big Easy where she has lived for the past two years.
Of course, there is some chemistry between her and Alex Baker but it isn’t as pronounced as I have seen in other romantic suspense novels.  The book focuses most of it’s attention on a mafia family and its many secrets.  There is plenty of action and intrigue once you get past the convoluted backstory.  Since there is so much mystery, I can’t give much details about the book itself.  I will say that if there is a sequel, I would read it.
Rating: 4
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Book Length: 364 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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