Title: Charmed and Dangerous
Author: Toni McGee Causey
Series: Bobbie Faye #01
Release Date: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: personal copy
When Bobbie Faye wakes up on the morning of the Lake Charles Contraband Days Festival, she’s looking forward to balloons, booze, and babies in pirate costumes. Instead, she discovers that her trailer’s flooded, her no-good brother’s been kidnapped, and the criminals are demanding her mom’s tiara as ransom.
Soon Bobbie Faye is committing (unintentional) bank robbery and (fully intentional) car jacking to retrieve her family heirloom. The one bright spot comes in the hard-muscled, impossibly sexy form of Trevor, the guy whose truck she just took hostage. Luckily, Bobbie Faye knows how to outsmart angry bears, drive a speedboat, and handle a gun. As for handling Trevor? No gun-shyness there. Now, if only that pesky state police detective, who also happens to be a pissed-off ex-boyfriend, would stay out of her way…
This book sat on my to-read list for so long that it actually changed names! This used to be called Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day. I have no idea why the books in this series changed titles… It’s very (very, very, very) confusing.
Regardless of the title, this was a story I enjoyed. It’s non-stop action from the first page to the last, with a whole lot of humor and a touch of heart. Bobbie Faye reminds me a little of Stephanie Plum, only more of a disaster. The “testimonials” at the start of each chapter, where Bobbie Faye’s dangerousness is exclaimed, are more than a little over the top. In fact, everything about Bobbie Faye is over the top, and I wish she had been toned down a bit. I also wish we had a little more time to get to know Bobbie Faye in her normal world before everything went to hell. There is just no room to breathe in the story.
But overall, it was an entertaining read. I’ll be reading the next book, no matter the title.
- “This book is supposed to be a wacky whirlwind of a screwball southern action farce but it doesn’t get near to being the funny fast-paced ruckus of a joyful romp that the writer Toni McGee Causey seems to think it is.” — Reviewing the Evidence