I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between playing tennis, running much slower than I would like, trying to adopt every stray dog within a 5-mile radius, traveling to exotic new locales, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, addictively watching new movies and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.
Jack Gets His Manby D.E. Haggerty
Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’
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Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.
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I love Haggerty’s writing. Her stories are always so much fun, and this one is definitely no exception. The plot was not only intricately crafted but it was as funny as anything. Not only that, but this novel is all about inclusivity. Haggerty focuses on a variety of themes, bringing them to the forefront without singling them out. Same sex relationships, cross dressing, and a myriad of other things are simply part of the story, rather than something to be brought up again and again as an ‘other’ to focus on. The cast of characters that Haggerty has created for this novel was unforgettable. She combines a pair of gray haired, knitting, investigators with a gay store owner to create an all-out fantastic tale that is very character driven. Everyone is very well developed and easy to connect with, fulfilling their roles well. This is a fantastic novel that had me in stitches while also keeping me on my toes. It could either be read on its own or as the second instalment in this absolutely hilarious series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Humorous and Highly Entertaining Favorite Quotes: “Ally was really a sweet old lady, although she had a naughty streak, which sometimes ended with Jack getting his butt pinched.” “You know some poor woman pissed them off and they put Ex-Lax in a batch of brownies to teach her a lesson. I don’t touch the cookies anymore.” “Danny resembled a Norse god with long blond hair, clear blue eyes, a strong jaw, and a body built to fight with Thor.” “Betty whispered as if they were a team of spies from Mission: Impossible. Except everyone nodded in apparent glee. No one on Mission: Impossible ever seemed gleeful to start a new mission.” My Review: I adore these geriatric sleuths and match-makers. They are a colorful, highly entertaining, and well written group of troublemakers. Since they got Izzy settled in the first book, they can now turn their sights on her friend Jack for this installment. Poor Jack, something is just not right. He is restless, bored, and snappish. Could it be because he is about to turn the big 4-0? But something else is troubling him beside that looming date, or even the elderly yentas trying to set him up with whatever hapless men they happen to meet. There is something mysterious going on at his store, so the ladies don their uniforms, and perform recon and stake-outs to come to his rescue, whether he wants their orthopedic shoe and stretchy pant wearing aid or not. The story is highly enjoyable from beginning to end and caused countless smirks during perusal. I don’t think I could ever tire of this bossy and meddlesome crew.
I loved this book from the moment I started reading it. Jack is living the best life ever. That is, until his sexy brand-new bookkeeper discovers a financial mess. Suddenly, Jack’s life is spinning out of control. Someone he trusts is stealing huge amounts of money and rigging the books. Will Jack discover who’s behind the betrayal and finally get his man? This is a modern-day screwball comedy, complete with new crushes, annoying exes, extortion, best friends and a gang of elderly knitting Murder She Wrote wannabes. I laughed my way throughout Jack’s misadventures, from hiring a bookkeeper to unravelling the mystery behind the missing money. The romance was sweet and the heat level was low. What I loved most about this book was the way the author concentrated on the characters and plot. The characters flew off the page and I grew attached to them. I want to read more adventures of Jack and the gang. If you’re looking for a light, funny romance, this is the book for you! Favorite Character: Jack. I had a best friend like Jack when I was living in California years ago. Many times when I was reading this book, I could see myself in the character Izzy, Jack’s best friend. I loved how honest and emotional he was. He came across as a living being rather than just a two-dimensional character in a romantic comedy. My Rating: 5 stars
Please note I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Poor Jack has problems. His business that he co-owns with his ex, Wyatt, is doing fabulous. So well that he had to hire a manager to look after things for them. The manager told Jack he needed help and wanted an assitant. Jack said no to the assistant but said he would hire a bookkeeper. With his best friend Izzy's help Jack hired Damien. He was very qualified for the job, but Jack especially wanted to hire him because he was hotter than any of the other candidates. It doesn't take Damien long to figure out that someone has been fudging the books so the business is losing a lot of money. The old ladies in the knitting club find out about this and decide to help investigate who is stealing from him. It's always fun when they get involved in anything. I love the way the elderly ladies from Izzy's grandmother's knitting club are referred to as "Jessica Fletcher wannabees". One of the ladies used to be an accountant so she worked with Damien to figure out how the money was being taken and were it went. I loved the characters and the plot in Jack Gets His Man. Jack is a gorgeous gay man who is so enamored with Damien that he barely hears the interview questions Izzy is asking him. He wants to hire him as soon as he sees him. The older women "detectives" are a hoot. I chuckled picturing them dressed for a stake out, all in black. They had to wear black scarves to cover their white hair! D.E. Haggerty writes wonderfully funny mysteries that have lots of detail and chuckles throughout. Actually the story itself isn't all that funny but the characters sure are.