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Expected Release Date: October 2011 (Reissue)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperCollins eBooks
Author’s Website: http://www.stephaniebond.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series:  Sort of. There is a spinoff called I Think I Love You.
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm
Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers
Pet Peeves: Multiple Love Interests, Unrealistic Police Procedure, Too Stupid To Live Moment

Official Blurb:

Good girls finish last…

That’s Belinda Hennessey’s new philosophy in life, work, and love after moving to Atlanta to escape a disastrous six-hour marriage. Now she has a killer job, spunky carpooling gal-pals, and the velvety voice of a traffic helicopter reporter to guide her on her way. She’s even feeling lively enough to contribute to the manual on relationships and men her friends are writing to kill time during their commute.

But then a traffic mishap with a drop-dead gorgeous cop unleashes a series of events that bolsters Belinda’s new bad-girl attitude — she gets a tune-up from “Officer Goodbody,” catches the eye of the throaty traffic reporter, and is targeted for a big promotion. But before Belinda can say “corner office,” a coworker is murdered, and evidence points to a carpool conspiracy With a killer on the loose, her friends at one another’s throats, and two men offering southern comfort, Belinda knows only one thing for certain: climbing to the top can be murder on a girl.

What Worked For Me:

  • While I enjoyed Belinda’s character, I also really liked the girls in the carpool, and how each was surprisingly well-developed for side characters. It’s not an easy feat to have well-rounded secondary characters when there are so many of them, so I was rather impressed.
  • I loved Wade. Sexy, protective, and chivalrous, I was rooting for him from the very beginning, even though they got of to quite a rocky start.
  • I enjoyed the Do and Don’t list far more than I’d originally anticipated, and I loved how it came into play later in the story.
  • The mystery was actually quite entertaining as well. I found myself surprised by the actual culprit, and that doesn’t happen to me often in mysteries.
  • I loved the small sub-plot with the letter from Belinda’s ex.
  • On a similar note, I was thrilled that the version I read included a short epilogue of sorts that tied up a few of the loose strings with the ex.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • Not a negative point at all really, but one of the main characters is named Mr. Archer, and every time I read it, I thought about Sterling Archer from the FX television show, which got a bit distracting at times.
  • I didn’t realize that there would be more of a “chick-lit” vibe to this book, and so I was a bit taken aback when
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    , and there was no Happily Ever After, but a Happy For Now type of ending.
  • I watch far too much Law & Order to be happy with the way police handled things in this story.

While I had heard of Stephanie Bond before, I’d never actually picked up any of her books before this one, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  What I found was a very fun, easy read, full of mystery, friendship, and romance.

I really enjoyed the interplay of all of the characters, as  the surprisingly lighthearted feeling to the story despite the very serious issues included.  I was a little disappointed in the lower steam rating, as well as the lack of Happily Ever After, but I think this had more of a “chick-lit” vibe to it than a traditional romance, so it was to be expected. Even so, this was a fun read with a great mystery, and a lovely way to pass the time. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

4/5 Stars