This week I am “paying it forward” by joining with a good number of other independent authors to promote the work of the self-published. As a thank you for one lucky person among those who stop by and leave me a comment, I’ll give away a $10 Amazon gift card. For a list of all the participating authors see the link at the bottom of this post.
This is a laugh-out-loud romp with a wonderful romance thrown in, just for kicks. Virginia Bombay is a smart, witty and intelligent assassin (the family business which she had no choice but to go into — kill or be killed). And by intelligent, I mean nervous, worried, jumpy and not afraid to ask for help from her cousin, her brother, or anyone else handy.
When the family is called to gather for an impromptu family reunion, Virginia isn’t worried about making the potato salad as much as she is about who will wind up dead. Then, to make matters worse, Virginia is assigned two jobs to do within a few weeks of the reunion (highly unusual to have two right in a row). She also happens to meet the most wonderful man — an Aussie bodyguard — who appreciates her wit and her lack of concern with what she eats. The romance is just what Virginia needs after years of widowhood (her husband was, oddly enough, not killed by her family, but died of cancer).
With help, she manages to get her work done in time, only to learn at the reunion that the family is in trouble and counting on her to get them out of it. Virginia once again calls in the troops — which now include her new boyfriend.
Despite not being a particularly heroic protagonist — she does need a lot of help and people to lean on — I loved Virginia and her snappy attitude. The whole thing was just so much fun, filled with laughs interspersed with action and a little mystery. The romance was certainly secondary, but enjoyable, and it was great having a heroine who isn’t afraid of not being stick-skinny or the most beautiful woman in the world. Virginia knows what she wants and goes for it, that’s heroic enough for me.
I got this book free from Amazon and look forward to buying the next in the series.