Saturday, September 7, 2013

Review: Cry Uncle

Cry Uncle
By:  Judith Arnold

Rating: 4 Cogs


After witnessing a professional hit, Seattle architect Pamela Hayes has testified in court against the hit man. Unfortunately, a mistrial is declared and the hit man has been released on bail while awaiting a new trial. He intends to silence the sole witness to murder - Pam - before that new trial begins. She needs to hide, and she runs as far as she can: to steamy Key West, Florida.

Jonas Brenner, a Key West bar owner and easy-going slacker, is about to lose custody of his orphaned five-year-old niece - unless he can convince the courts that he's a responsible father. What he needs is a prim and proper wife who will create the illusion that Lizard, as his niece likes to be called, is being raised in a stable environment.

What Pam needs is a new identity. Joe offers her a deal: if she marries him and takes his name, no Pacific Northwest hit man is going to find her. In return, she can pose as Joe's respectable wife, dutifully caring for the rambunctious, feather-wearing Lizard.

Of course, this will be a marriage in name only. No sex. No emotions. No love. Which, once Pam and Joe move in together and the sparks begin to fly, is easier said than done.


I bought this book as a part of a marriage of convenience box set, this being the first book of the set that I read, and now after completing the entire set, I have to say that it is by far my favourite. This story is just too much fun, the characters were such... well, characters! Lizard. LIZARD! I loved Lizard! Such a feisty and adorable little girl. I love how she treats her "fancy" aunt and uncle, causing them to hightail out of the state.

The characters were all so quirky and fun, as well as fully developed. The story line was cliche (as really all marriage of convenience books are), but it was still solid and well done. Of course, I doubt many romance readers are reading for an original storyline, since... well, romances really all tend to follow the same basic rules. =P

Overall, this is a cute and fun story that I would recommend to contemporary readers.

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