Review: EXPLOITS: A Glamorous, Dangerous Romance by Clara Grace Walker

Exploits by Clara Grace Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sex & Secrets #1
Release: July 1, 2016
Length: 368 pages

What would you do if someone left a dead body in the backseat of your car?

Publicity-shy author Sunny Drysdale is forced to find out. After bumping into celebrity impersonator Boyd Bradford at a wedding reception the night before, and seeing him leave with rival author Darla Arnold, Sunny knows exactly who to blame for his appearance in her car. She’s suffered countless dirty tricks at Darla’s hands, and Sunny is determined this one will be the last. Her plan to return the body to Darla is thwarted, however, when she is flagged down, corpse still in car, by handsome police Chief Jeremy Jennings.

How can you love someone if you can’t trust them?

Jeremy is torn by his attraction to Sunny. If life has taught him anything, it’s that relationships are a trap. Worse still, he has two main suspects in Boyd Bradford’s disappearance, and Sunny Drysdale is one of them. With counterfeit bills popping up all over town and Boyd rumored to be a mob hit, Sunny is either in way over her head, or a beautiful, but devious criminal. His head says she’s only using their romance to distract him. His heart is determined not to care. Telling himself his interest in Sunny is only about solving his case; Jeremy loses himself to the passion simmering between them.

Will these two ever be honest with one another, and give in to the desire tempting them both? Or is their romance doomed to a catastrophic end?

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My Review

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WOW!! When I started this book, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the story would unfold. I was WRONG!! Simply put, the author wove a tale that reeked with intrigue, drama, suspense, mystery, romance, and a healthy dose of humour. I was pleasantly surprised and hooked.

Sunny was a talented and successful historical crime writer. She was also shy, naive, sweet, beautiful, and a little bit broken. Jeremy was the Police Chief. He was smart, aggressive, gorgeous, good at his job, and very cynical (although he seemed to have a big heart, he was also a little bit broken). Ruby was Sunny's aunt (who raised her) and agent. She had her own plans for Sunny's career and nothing and no one was going to get in her way (not even Sunny). Darla was a wannabe successful crime writer who viewed Sunny as a rival. She was narcissistic, selfish, jealous, conniving, promiscuous, deceitful, manipulative, etc. She was willing to do any and every thing in her power to sabotage Sunny.

Thrown in an accidental death, a cover up, a George Clooney impersonator, counterfeit money, two crime families, Darla's perpetual revolving bedroom door, and the romance that was blossoming between Jeremy and Sunny and you've got yourself the recipe for a winner.

I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end. It was paced perfectly and therefore I suffered no dull moments. I only wish that there was more to the ending. It felt incomplete. Some characters didn't even have any resolution. I also would have loved a glimpse of the future that Jeremy and Sunny would hope to share. Maybe the author has plans for more and will continue the series.

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