Good story about a buttoned-down woman who goes home to care for her niece after the death of her party-girl sister. She meets laid-back bartender "Coop", a former Marine, and gets caught up in romance and intrigue, since they haven't caught the murderer yet.
Fast humorous read! Wonderful plot, great well defined characters! Veronica has to go home - her sister has been murdered, and she has to take care of her neice. She never wanted to step inside the family business again, but she needs to prep the family saloon for sale. She doesn't count on falling for the bartender, or for falling into the middle of a mystery.
Another good book by Anderson, this one is about Veronica Davis and who she learns to be her boss ex marine Cooper but that is his little secret. Neither want to get involved but things happen between a murder investigation and death threats.
Coming one year after Andersen's highly praised All Shook Up, this frisky romantic caper lacks the effervescent humor of her previous book but compensates with its true-to-life characters and careful treatment of complex issues such as trust and acceptance. Seattle-based restoration designer Veronica Davis never thought she'd waitress at her family's bar, the Honky Tonk, again. But when her ne'er-do-well sister, Crystal, is murdered and the accused Crystal's estranged ex, Eddie skips bail, Veronica finds herself filling in at the Tonk and taking care of her six-year-old niece. Her time at the bar would be almost bearable if it weren't for the Tonk's antagonistic bartender, Cooper Blackstock, an ex-marine who assumes that she's merely a replica of her conniving sister. Fortunately, Cooper's stupidity doesn't last long, and the two become engaged in a heated affair. Before they can think of building a future together, however, Veronica must learn to accept Cooper for who he is and Cooper must come clean about his relationship to Eddie. This novel deals with weightier themes than Andersen's earlier titles, but it still sparkles with all the elements that her readers adore upbeat dialogue, strong sexual chemistry, a touch of suspense and a dash of humor. (On sale Jan. 8)Forecast: According to Avon, Andersen is "poised for superstardom la Susan Elizabeth Phillips," and they may not be far off the mark. A glowing cover quote by Jayne Ann Krentz and advertising in Redbook and the Romantic Times will help this Avon Superleader become a super seller.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
Who said "you can't go home again"? In Veronica Davi's case who'd want to-especially when you hail from Fossil, Washington? But now she's back among the good-ol boys who think she's fair game just because she's in a waitress uniform.
The truth is, Veronica's the boss-at least until she can sell the family saloon and skip town again as fast as her feet can carry her- and nobody knows that better than Cooper Blackstock. From behind the bar, the ex-Special Forces Marine sees all. And his undercover agenda has made the feisty boss-lady's trouble his own.
And her troubles are considerable, what with a family in turmoil, a pseudo-bartender with dangerous secrets, a murder investigation and death threats. Though the town surprisingly rallies in support, it is still a good thing that Cooper will be there to catch Veronica if she stulmble-if he doesn't start falling himself