Written by: Gina LaManna
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Series: Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries, Book 1
Publisher: Gina LaManna
5 STAR REVIEW
Lacey Luzzi's roller coaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so...sparkly.
After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently deceased mother's stripper boots, Lacey realizes she is not cut out for life onstage. She sets out on a yearlong investigation to find her true family, never expecting she'll find it with a capital F.
With a rumbling stomach, a need for money ("check engine" lights don't fix themselves!), and a conscience that operates at 78 percent on a good day, Lacey is sucked into a whirlwind of family secrets, hard-as-cement cookies, and mysterious, sexy men who unfortunately shoot guns, sometimes aimed at her face. The long-lost granddaughter of Carlos Luzzi, the godfather of the Italian Mafia, Lacey accepts her first assignment for the mob: finding $15 million of "the good stuff".
Even after she enlists the help of her mouthy best friend and her cousin, a technical genius and social disaster, she finds that going toe to toe with the rival Russian mob is more dangerous than expected.
No one chooses their family, but Lacey Luzzi will be lucky if she can survive hers.
This is not quite your usual cozy, I would guess that if there is such a genre as "Chick Lit Cozy" then this fits the bill just perfectly. The author has written a story about young women and for (in my opinion) young women which, unfortunately, counts me out! This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I did, but, well, you know, the ways of young women can be so irritating to old fogeys like me. Our heroine and her sidekick live a fast paced, on the edge, pull out all the stops, risk taking lifestyle. I don't think they quite meant to, but that makes it all the more adventuresome and funny. Quite a clever, well written storyline full of steam (the lovin' kind) and humourous situations that can only come from a fertile and imaginative mind. Not my kind of book, but only because, in my opinion, it is aimed at a younger demographic. I can't mark it down because of that though. Highly recommended for those who love a bit of chick lit spiced up with a bit of steamy action and adventure.
Great narration by Caitlin Kelly whose style is just perfect for this type of story, she captures the youthful, exuberant and chirpy style of the protagonist just right. She also captured the humour in the storyline. Her pacing and rhythm again, perfectly matched the style of the story. Good job done.
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