Cons: A lot of the same stuff as the first two books.
The Bottom Line: Not super memorable, but I do remember having a moderately good time reading it. I want Coop.
I admit; this is weird. I haven't recommended the last two books, but I've continued to read the series. I don't even remember what the plot was of the second book. I mean, I seriously don't. That doesn't say much for the series I guess. And considering the way I ranted in the last two reviews, well...it's weird. Anyway, let's continue, shall we?
Carlotta and her brother Wesley were abandoned by their parents ten years ago when dear old dad got busted for investment fraud. But he claimed he was innocent - and then skipped bail and town. From there, the two have been trying to pick up the pieces. But Wesley gambles and owes loan sharks, and Carlotta has no concept of money and works at a Neiman Marcus. Due to some interesting, illegal, and perhaps even lucky circumstances, Wesley now works for a body moving company and Carlotta likes to think she's Nancy Drew.
This time they head out with Cooper Craft, Wesley's boss (and total cutie) to Florida to pick up the body of a celebrity. It's a hush-hush operation, but there are plenty of people out there who want that body and will do anything to get it. But...why?
Contrary to what my last two reviews may have led you to believe, I don't hate Carlotta. In fact, I give her some credit for hanging in there like she did, coming from an affluent family to suddenly smacking rock bottom. It's just that I think there's a big chunk of her brain that is, sadly, labeled "DUH" in big block letters. At least here she does some research and actually makes herself rather useful. There's still plenty of dumbness on Wesley's part, but oh well. Sometimes I find it hard to suspend my disbelief when things are just too easy or too annoying.
This series isn't really funny - not like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series - but it's snappy. And you get a little bit of yumminess with Coop this time around, but not everything (Wesley, you suck). So this book was a relatively good time without too much to drive me insane. You do get to see-saw between Carlotta's view and Wesley's view so you know what's going on with both of them, which is fun. Bond does do a good job painting Wesley in his dumb 19-yr-old self. There does tend to be a lot of repetition though. Carlotta tends to think/wonder the same things over and over and occasionally it feels like filler.
It's a very interesting thing, this book and the series overall. I really like the three men involved in Carlotta's life, and I like all the subplots going on outside of the main mystery. Yet at the same time, I'm not a big fan of Carlotta and Wesley is just starting to grate on my last nerve. You do, however, get some juicy tidbits involving their father. That particular subplot keeps on creeping up little by little in each book and I look forward to seeing how that plays out, even if it means wading through Carlotta and Wesley in the process. I'm still waiting for Wes to hit rock bottom before he stops being a moron and Carlotta...well I don't know.
I would like to add however, that I think her thing with Peter should have been handled differently in the first book because in that one she's ready to be all over him (and practically is in a few instances, with him all for it), but now that he's available and eager, she backs off about 100% and is all of a sudden iffy about whether or not she wants to be with him. What? *headdesk* Oy. I understand we need her not to be all into Peter so we can get the Jack/Peter/Coop thing going, but I just don't buy that she pines for him for 10 freaking years and now that he's all available, she's backing off. And I don't buy all the excuses she's making up. 10 years of dreaming and pining kind of negate that.
But whatever. In the end, I did have a good time, though I think some time should be allowed to pass before Carlotta is involved with another dead body/murder case. A very tentative recommendation here because if you do decide to read this, you'll probably have to read the first two in order to know what's going on several characters, and that first book is just...oy.
Desperate to escape her crazy life, Carlotta Wren decides to join body mover Cooper Craft on a ride to Florida, which seems like a good idea, until her younger brother Wesley tags along and the body they have been hired to move comes with a high price.