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Licensed for Trouble (PJ Sugar Series #3)

Licensed for Trouble (PJ Sugar Series #3)

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by Susan May Warren

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PJ Sugar receives shocking news that she’s inherited the Kellogg family mansion. Though she has no idea why, the timing is perfect—PJ has clearly worn out her welcome at her sister’s house. Unfortunately, the mansion is in shambles, and PJ is short on cash. Rescue comes in the form of Max Smith, a mysterious handyman willing to trade his services for


PJ Sugar receives shocking news that she’s inherited the Kellogg family mansion. Though she has no idea why, the timing is perfect—PJ has clearly worn out her welcome at her sister’s house. Unfortunately, the mansion is in shambles, and PJ is short on cash. Rescue comes in the form of Max Smith, a mysterious handyman willing to trade his services for PJ’s investigative skills. But PJ already has a full docket with cramming for her PI license and nurturing a growing romance with her boss, Jeremy Kane. Can she take on Max’s case without dropping the ball? Tyndale House Publishers

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In Nothing but Trouble, Warren introduces readers to Minnesota amateur sleuth PJ Sugar. In Double Trouble, PJ takes a job as assistant to PI Jeremy Kane. In this latest installment, PJ learns that she has inherited a dilapidated mansion. Strapped for cash, she trades services with handyman Max Smith.Verdict Snappy dialog, humor, and lots of troublesome situations make this a light, pleasant chick-lit mystery. Make sure your customers have read the first two books, or they may be lost. Warren provides little background on PJ's relationship with Kane.—Nanci Milone Hill, Nevins Memorial Lib., Methuen, MA

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Tyndale House Publishers
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PJ Sugar Series , #3
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8.24(w) x 5.74(h) x 0.94(d)

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Licensed for Trouble 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Megan Peoples More than 1 year ago
I love Susan May Warren! She does such a fantastic job bringing the story to life and making her books hard to put down! The PJ sugar series is my favorite and I pray she is writing a 4th!
HisChild More than 1 year ago
Susan has a very engaging writing style that quickly draws the reader into the pages of her books. There is suspense and tension sprinkled with just the right amount of humor to let you relax and yet still keep you engrossed. The characters are well-contrived and likable. The plot is fairly basic but has enough twists and turns that you don't get from point A to point B without first following a very circuitous path. Throughout the pages of the book, PJ, who was adopted by her family, often questions her roots and wonders about whom she is and where she came from. When she becomes the heir to the Kellogg estate, questions whose answers have remained hidden for years begin coming to light. Even though PJ is unsure of her earthly origins, she is solid in her belief in the important fact; that she is an heir of Christ, and a child of the King. This Biblical principal is displayed in the book of Romans, chapter 8, verse 17: "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (KJV) Even though this was the third book in the series and I haven't yet read the first two, I was easily able to follow along with the plot without feeling that I was missing anything. True, there were numerous references to events in the earlier books that would have perhaps given me a greater understanding of the characters and their role in PJ's life; however, the deficit was not sufficient to make me feel that I could not follow along with the story. When I look at the impressive list of previous books by Susan, I am astounded that this is the first book of hers that I have been privileged to read. However, from my experience with Licensed for Trouble, I can promise that it will not be my last. I will be on the lookout for past and future books by Susan May Warren to add to my collection. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun, yet suspenseful, experience. I received this book as a Goodreads First Read book. I was in no way obligated to provide a positive review and all statements contained herein are my honest opinion. I received no compensation in any form for providing my review. The book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers.
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Licensed for Trouble by Susan May Warren is the third book in the PJ Sugar series. PJ is still sleeping on the couch in the private detective agency where she works with Jeremy Kane while she tries to earn her PI license and battles her growing feelings for Jeremy. She learns that the town's matriarch has died and left PJ the family estate in her will. The house needs tons of work, so PJ hires Max Smith who agrees to fix up the house if PJ can discover his identity. Warren has packed so much story into this book, it's impossible to give it a simple label. PJ is torn between her high school sweetheart Boone and Jeremy who loves the woman she's becoming, so it has plenty of romance. PJ's inheritance brings up some long buried questions about her adoption, so there's family drama, and her investigation of an old murder that took place at her newly acquired house as well as into amnesiac Max's history adds plenty of mystery. Warren, who has written several series before, is really at her best with PJ. The writing is light-hearted but with incredible depth and PJ tries to find her place in the world. Her family dynamics are fraught with a tension many readers will relate to. PJ is a fantastic heroine, and I always look forward to reading what she's up to. She's completely unpredictable which makes for terrific reading. Warren's series is filled with heart, danger, and faith: a potent mix.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but there was something about this one that really pulled me in. (And if you're not a fan of series, don't worry...you can read this one on it's own and not be lost). This book opens with PJ homeless and unsure if she'll ever find her place in Kellogg. She's trying to become a private investigator, but her boss keeps getting in her way. And don't even get her started on her love life. She's finally broken up with...again...her high school flame who happens to adorn the tattoo on her shoulder, but her boss is keeping her guessing. Did he mean the kiss or not? Then she inherits the Kellogg mansion, a house she's always dreamed about, but now that she owns it, it could be more money pit than Sleeping Beauty's castle. This book pulls together the spiritual thread of the others in a much more vibrant way. It's not overwhelming, but one that I think many of us can relate to. Is it possible to change who we've been in the past? Or should we accept that we can never change? Can we change the labels others have put on us? Or are we doomed to live a life where we continually hear those names, good and bad, over and over again? And as Susie is wont to do, she takes PJ through those questions in a way that gives the reader hope without banging them over the head with theology and scripture. And you have to love PJ. She's not perfect...and oh does she know it. But she's trying to live a life that gets better each day. She's so aware of her mistakes and she just wants to break free. Even though this is the part of the plot I've focused on, know that the mystery is wonderful. I loved the way that all these different threads wove together into a story I couldn't put down.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
I'm so thankful to have received a review copy of Licensed for Trouble, which is the final installment of this fun, amusing series. In this last book, PJ is still working towards becoming a Private Investigator. The reader learns if PJ will finally pick between Boone, her high school sweet heart, or Jeremy, her boss in the private eye agency, as her boyfriend, or if she dumps them both. I didn't think PJ would ever make up her mind - Susan May Warren kept us guessing throughout all three books. I appreciated the thought process the author takes PJ on while uncovering her real feelings, figuring out what God wants and what is best for her life. PJ learns how she can listen for the gentle voice of God speaking to her heart. I enjoyed the spiritual thread throughout all three books; it was real and not preachy. P.J. uncovers some lies she believes about herself and realizes that if she holds onto these lies, she'll never be all that God intended for her to be. Dare she believe the following things about herself? She was chosen by God. Royal. A possession of God. Heiress, Beloved. Princess. Isn't that what Jeremy called her? Can PJ walk out who she is in Christ? She hadn't considered this a possibility and it's a huge revelation for her. I appreciated how the author also let the reader think about this powerful message and hopefully learn from PJ's journey, too. Susan May Warren's book is entertaining, fun, thought-provoking, mysterious, laugh out-loud funny in parts, light hearted, and has a wide variety of quirky characters I enjoyed reading about. PJ's sister finds Max, the handyman, to help PJ fix up a house that was given to her. PJ meets Max and decides that they can help each other. She is feeling overwhelmed by the task of renovating this amazing old house and Max is a handyman who has amnesia and seeks his identity. He says to PJ, "You ever felt like you don't know yourself? Like when you look in the mirror, you wonder how you got here, how you became the person you are?" PJ can totally relate to Max and hasn't lost her memory. She was trying to figure out where she fit in everyday and what God wanted her to do. PJ was adopted and never felt like she was totally a part of the Sugar family. Will she figure out who she is and where she belongs? I really enjoyed this entertaining novel. It was better than a bubble bath. It whisked me up into PJ's mystery, with the fun and intriguing facts she uncovered about the house and Max. I liked the spiritual thread and struggle PJ encountered throughout the course of this book. It's a conflict most of us could relate to. I was fascinated and enjoyed the case PJ tries to get to the bottom of, in her search for Max's past and her attempts at catching the bail jumper. I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of reading Licensed for Trouble. Susan May Warren gave a very satisfying conclusion to this really enjoyable, tender and likeable PJ Sugar series. I'll definitely be reading more of her books in the future. The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org
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