All this is wreaking havoc on Mazie’s love life. Suddenly Ben’s too busy playing gentleman farmer on the Maguire estate to indulge in a more discreet kind of play in Mazie’s bed. And when he’s not tilling the soil, he’s digging up dirt on the Curse of Miss Quail Hollow. Maybe that swimsuit competition isn’t such a bad way to get Ben’s attention back where it belongs—and get him to admit that he’s head-over-heels in love with her.
ebook, 280 pages
Expected publication: April 29th 2014 by Loveswept
* I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
I have to start out by saying that this is book 3 in the Life and Love on the Lam series which I did not know when I first received the book. I was worried that I would not be able to follow along and that it would affect my enjoyment but that was not the case. There were plenty of references and explanations about Mazie's history that it did not interfere with the story. It did however make me curious and want to go back and read the first two books in the series.
This book was a fun, easy read with plenty of hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud. Mazie was a strong, quirky personality that trouble seemed to follow around every corner. I adored her and her thought process and somewhat questionable actions throughout the story. I also adored hunky Ben and his fun loving and sweet ways. Although I could feel their connection I do feel like it would have been stronger if I had read the first two books first. Having said that, I was routing for them the whole way. One minor thing that slightly irritated me was that almost every time Ben was mentioned in the book he was mentioned as Ben Labeck. After the first couple of times I felt like the last name could have been dropped.
I have to give props for the way Rosetti pens the beauty pageant and the actions and behaviours of all of the women. She was spot on with her interpretation of how girls in competition act and how the women regressed to caddy teenage antics was hilarious. It was so reminiscent of high school which is what I think she was trying to accomplish.
As far as the mystery surrounding the curse of Miss Quail Hollow and the disappearance of Fawn years early, it wasn't very hard to figure out. I guessed fairly early in the story who was involved and what had happened. It in no way took away from my enjoyment because the characters more than made up for it.
I rated this book on the pure entertainment I got from reading it. It is not very often that a book makes me laugh out loud and this one did. I loved the characters and the authors style of writing and will be checking out her other work as well as the rest of the books in this series.
About the Author
Juliet Rosetti grew up on a Wisconsin farm with four brothers and a dozen cats. She has managed a bookstore, taught school, and coached an Australian criket team. Currently she lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with her husband and sons, eats way too much dark chocolate, and is plotting new escapades for Mazie Maquire.