by Gini Koch
What is it about:
Tom and Meggie have been best friends forever. They’ve been in love with each other for almost as long, but neither one has ever admitted it to the other. Now they work together at the Plush Life Toys, the company Tom started where Meggie is the head of sales.
Meggie’s engaged to Mark, a successful doctor, but she’s having serious second thoughts. However, before she and Tom can talk about it, they get a strange offer from their make-or-break client – go to New Orleans and convince the head of the powerful Family Mart megastore chain that Plush Life is the right kind of company to be one of their vendors. The only catch? Family Mart is the poster company for family values, and Tom and Meggie have to be married or they won’t be approved.
Meggie can’t tell Mark why she has to cancel their weekend plans because Mark doesn’t like that she and Tom are friends. What Meggie and Tom don’t know, though, is that Mark is aware of a secret that affects Meggie’s life – and he and his friends will do anything they have to in order to ensure Mark gets to marry her.
Now Tom and Meggie have to figure out their feelings for each other while trying to keep the eccentric head of Family Mart believing that they’re happy newlyweds. But when Mark and his friends get involved they put Meggie’s life and sanity in jeopardy, and only Tom, a street thief, and the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans are going to be able to save Meggie from the devil himself.
What did I think of it:
This is such a fun read.
I can especially recommend this book to people who secretly ship Kitty and Chuckie in Koch's Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. Tom is a lot like Chuckie (although luckily for me more likeable).
The whole set-up of the story is a little bit out there, but that's a Koch trademark in my opinion, and I'm always willing to go with the crazy if it's not too unbelievable, and leads to a cool and exciting adventure.
And this is quite the adventure. Usually I'm no fan of contemporary stories, but this one grabbed my attention and kept it until the end. Mark and his friends are creepy bastards, and the people at Family Mart are seriously weird as well. Meggie and Tom have a hard time trusting anyone. They do manage to figure out their feelings for each other, but everything that's happening might prevent them from having a Happily Ever After.
All in all this is an action-packed story, with plenty of steamy scenes as well, that will delight fans of Koch, and serves as a great way to introduce you to Koch's writing and humor if you're unfamiliar with her work.
Why should you read it:
It's a fun, action-packed Gini Koch style adventure.
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