Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig

Love Spell

Contemporary

ISBN: 978-0505527325

Reviewed by Shayna

   

 

For Sue Finley, plotting to kill someone is all in a day’s work.  The talented mystery author knows all about threats, stalking, murder, and mayhem.  What she can’t figure out is men, or more specifically one man – Jason Dodd.  Four months ago, Jason gave Sue the best kiss of her life and then never called her.  But when someone starts sending Sue threats straight out of her own novels, the man who never called suddenly appears in her life once more.

Emotionally scarred from a childhood filled with disappointment and abandonment, Detective Jason Dodd is determined never to chance heartbreak by needing someone.  After kissing Sue, Jason knew she was a risk he could never afford to take.  Then a stalker threatens Sue and the tables turn.  Sue needs him.

As danger draws them to each other, it becomes impossible for Jason and Sue to resist their attraction to one another.  But will Jason be able to overcome his past and open his heart to Sue?  And will the two be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together before the mystery of Sue’s stalker takes a deadly turn?

Christie Craig has done it again!  Divorced, Desperate and Dating is – hands down – the best book I’ve read since Weddings Can Be Murder (coincidentally, also by Ms. Craig).  It’s an enchanting combination of humor, tenderness, seduction, and romance with a dash of danger and a cast of quirky characters that make this book shine.

What is so delightful about Divorced, Desperate and Dating is that every character, from Jason and Sue on down, left their mark on my heart.  Ms. Craig has a gift for bringing characters to life, and the warmth, friendliness, and oddities of each person in the story made me wish I could be in the book with them.  Sue charmed me from the first.  She’s intelligent, likeable, and, despite a run of bad luck (not the least of which is her cross-dressing ex-husband), Sue is still willing to open her heart, even if it takes some meltingly sexy kisses from Jason and a few therapy sessions with her ficus plant to get her there.  As for Jason, he made me want to see Sue break through his barriers.  The emotional damage from his past broke my heart, and I wanted nothing more than for him to see his true worth.  His protective and caring nature endeared him to me as did his sex appeal, I must admit.

Divorced, Desperate and Dating is loosely connected to Divorced, Desperate and Delicious.  Having not yet read Divorced, Desperate and Delicious, I can safely say that Divorced, Desperate and Dating stands on its own.  However, as Lacy and Chase are Sue and Jason’s best friends, fans of the previous story will delight in seeing them again.  I adored Chase and Lacy in this book and I can honestly say I was online ordering Divorced, Desperate and Delicious before I even finished Jason and Sue’s story.

Divorced, Desperate and Dating had me laughing, smiling, and calling friends to read them passages of the book.  To my delight, after finishing Divorced, Desperate and Dating I looked on Ms. Craig’s website and discovered a bonus epilogue for the story, where, if possible, I fell for Jason and Sue even harder as I read about their first Christmas together.  Ms. Craig is now on my list of autobuy authors for her truly remarkable ability to create phenomenal stories and vivacious characters that capture my attention from the first page to the last, and continue to do so long after I have read, re-read, and then re-read the book again a few dozen more times.  Joyfully Recommended!

     

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