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Posted June 8, 2013
Holly is temporarily back in her home town to help her mother wi
Holly is temporarily back in her home town to help her mother with the family's accounting business after her father ran off with the yoga instructor. She is seeing Alex when they are out hiking and hunting one day and stumble upon the body of Holly's friend Marcy.
If that's not bad enough, one of the police officers assigned to the case is J.C. J.C. and Holly had a bad break up 6 years ago, and she's still not over her anger or hurt.
When Holly finds herself a 'person of interest' in Marcy's death, she takes it upon herself to find out the truth and clear her name. As much as she tries to fly under the radar doing this, she soon finds out that by poking around in Marcy's death, she's making someone very angry!
Holly is a source of frustration and desire for J.C. She doesn't seem to realize the danger she could be in by nosing around in police business, and when he tries to keep her protected she's having none of that! Holly wants him to see her for the independent woman she is now, but at the same time she's not letting go of the past and old hurts from 6 years ago. The banter between J.C. and Holly can be amusing at times and frustrating at times!
As Holly and J.C. see each other more and more, between her 'accidents' and his investigation, both of them feel the stir of unresolved feelings for each other. Holly definitely does not want to be feeling anything for J.C., J.C. seems to be more open to starting a relationship again with Holly.
But there is someone out there who is now out for Holly, who is afraid of what she might find out. And it might be too late for any chance with her and J.C.
The interactions between Holly and J.C. were good but they seemed to be few and far between for a romance novel. Holly frustrated me to no end, let alone J.C.!!! What sane person takes it upon herself, completely ignorant of the danger, to start her own investigation into a murder? Not only that but when she starts finding things out, she is too busy protecting those she thinks couldn't possibly have done it to let J.C. know the things she's finding out. I was happy to see Holly break things off with Alex...why she put up with him and what she saw in him I have no idea! That wasn't very clear...
Will J.C. solve the case before Holly gets hurt again? Can he convince her his feelings for her are true? Holly not only has the unresolved issues from their previous relationship, but a 'stalker' relationship in Seattle has left her scarred too. Can she trust J.C. with her heart again? Can they both exercise a little give and take in a relationship?
I found For Love or Money to be a bit long. It was difficult to be immersed in because the events were somewhat disjointed at times. There were alot of secondary characters and trying to keep them straight and figure out who was who was a bit difficult at times. I felt like could have been a bit more background on some of the characters, including Holly and J.C. There were a lot of loose ends when the story ended...there was no interaction with Holly's Dad. I wondered about Frank, the stalker, because he did make an appearance in For Love or Money, but we were never told what became of him.
Cathy did manage to keep me guessing almost right to the end though! Just when I thought I had it all figured out...I didn't! The mystery was very intriguing. In fact I would consider this more of a mystery with a hint of romance in it as the mystery suspense was the dominant feature of For Love or Money. If you like those kind of books you will like this one.
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