When Kennedy takes a case to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned dog-napper, she figures it’ll be an easy paycheck. But trouble has a way of finding Kennedy. Enter the last man on the planet she’d willingly choose as a partner: her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford.
As gorgeous as he is unwelcome, Griffin has always had a thing for Kennedy, and after keeping quiet about her ex’s cheating, he’ll do anything to earn back her trust. Whether or not she wants to admit it, Kennedy will need help as the case of the Chihuahua thief spirals out of control. Griffin may be just her man—in more ways than one.
Shame On You is the first book in the new Fool Me Once series by Tara Sivec. The series follows three single and jaded 30 something women who set out to start a private investigating firm that focuses on busting cheating spouses. This book follows Kennedy O’Brian, tomboy to the core, ex Army, gun wielding, guys girl.
The unassumingly beautiful, Kennedy, takes on a bail jumper for her father who owns a bail bonds business. She is tasked with training her fathers new guy, while tracking down Martin McFadden who broke into a home and stole a Chihuahua and then skipped his court appearance. This seems like an easy job, Martin is a 50 year old single man with no record. Kennedy is thrown off her game when the man she is supposed to work with rides up on his Harley and turns out to be her cheating ex-husbands smoking hot best friend, Griffin Crawford. Kennedy is hostile towards Griffin as she thinks that he hid her husband’s affair from her. Griffin and Kennedy have some serious chemistry, and have both been pinning away for the other for nearly 20 years.
So what you can expect from this book is a bucket load of laughs. Kennedy is foul mouthed with a pension for the F bomb, but isn’t allowed to say GD, which hilariously enough is how every chapter is concluded. The characters are just that…big, loud, comical personalities that bring the book full circle. Kennedys father and uncle fight like cats and dogs. Her best friends are complete opposites, and for this being such a short book (under 150 pages) all of the characters are solidly developed. The plot borders on the wacky side, with Martin being an out of touch nut job that sucks Kennedy and Griffin into the world of a unsuspecting drug dealer and leads them on a wild goose chase culminating in a dramatic take down.
Tara delivers her signature humor in this series, imparting her writing with fabulously vulgar and creative descriptions, the no holds bared, off the cuff comments that only materialize in the inner circle of best friends. A perfect example of what you can expect:
“I hope his penis falls off. I hope it rots and falls off inside of Miss Teen USA, therefore causing her perfect, twenty-two-year-old vagina to rot and fall out of her thong when she sneezes.”
I sincerely wish that this book had been longer. It was a lighthearted, comical read that was over and done with far too soon. If you enjoy Janet Evonovich’s Stephanie Plum series then you will love Same On You. It offers quirky characters, with high drama hijinks, however, there is an HEA, and the story is perfectly wrapped up, all lose ends are tied, and there is a set up for the next book.
I’m very excited to read the following installments of this hilarious series. All I can say is TARA…GIVE ME MORE, MORE PAGES, MORE STORY!!!! And to the readers out there, add this baby to your TBR, one click it, and settle in with a glass of wine, for a night of uplifting literary comedy from the Queen of scorching hot comedy.