Before I start my review, I would like to thank Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) and NetGalley for allowing me to review Exploits by Clara Grace Walker.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Exploits: A Glamorous, Dangerous Romance from Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) through NetGalley for free for my honest review.”
Now onto my review:
Title: Exploits: A Glamorous, Dangerous Romance
Author: Clara Grace Walker
Publisher: Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA)
Date of publication: July 1st 2016
How many pages: 368
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Sex & Secrets
Where you can find this book: Amazon
What would you do if someone left a dead body in the back seat of your car?
Publicity-shy author Sunny Drysdale is forced to find out. After bumping into celebrity impersonator Boyd Bradford at a wedding reception the night before, and seeing him leave with rival author Darla Arnold, Sunny knows exactly who to blame for his appearance in her car. She’s suffered countless dirty tricks at Darla’s hands, and Sunny is determined this one will be the last. Her plan to return the body to Darla is thwarted, however, when she is flagged down, the corpse still in-car, by handsome police Chief Jeremy Jennings.
How can you love someone if you can’t trust them?
Jeremy is torn by his attraction to Sunny. If life has taught him anything, it’s that relationships are a trap. Worse still, he has two main suspects in Boyd Bradford’s disappearance, and Sunny Drysdale is one of them. With counterfeit bills popping up all over town and Boyd rumored to be a mob hit, Sunny is either in way over her head, or a beautiful, but devious criminal. His head says she’s only using their romance to distract him. His heart is determined not to care. Telling himself his interest in Sunny is only about solving his case; Jeremy loses himself to the passion simmering between them.
Will these two ever be honest with one another, and give in to the desire tempting them both? Or is their romance doomed to a catastrophic end?
This book was a hot mess (and I mean it in a good way). I honestly didn’t know what to expect from one chapter to the next. Usually, I can’t stand that in a book but this one, well, it worked.
I wasn’t too fond of Sunny’s character at first. She was too innocent and too much of a goody two shoes. So when the missing man turned up in the back seat of her car, what does she do…..she puts the body in a freezer. Seriously??? I put my Kindle down and said: “Why???”. But I loved the name she came up for him, the Boydsicle. Every time I saw it, I giggled a little bit.
Sunny also has some serious issues going on too. Her parents died right after telling her that they were disappointed in her and her aunt (who raised her) is extremely pushy. But the main one, was that she was hung up on a guy took her virginity at 17 and told her that she wasn’t good enough for him to have sex with again…..9 years later. I remember thinking to myself, “Girl, you need a therapist”.
Darla, the other female main character, was a biatch. She was the one who put the body in Sunny’s car, she keeps on leaking “information” about him being missing to a reporter named Lila and she is sleeping with every guy in the book except Leo and Jeremy. Oh and she hates Sunny. For some reason, she seems to think that Sunny is better than her and she tried to outdo her in everything. I actually liked her, believe it or not, and her scenes in the book (especially the ones in the shoe store and the dress shop) were hilarious.
Jeremy was OK. I didn’t have a connection with him like I did with Sunny (later on in the book) and Darla. I did like his plan for getting info out of Sunny about Boyd’s whereabouts. He was going to sleep with her. Good police work, Chief (oh yeah, he’s a police chief).
There were serious sparks between him and Sunny but to begin a relationship off of lies is not good (on both of their ends). The sex scenes were fantastic!!
There are so many other characters in this book that if I wrote about each of them, this blog would be long and boring, so I decided just to highlight the main three above. To be honest, this book read exactly like a soap opera. I was seriously expecting to see the words “Yesterday on Exploits” pop up in between chapters with a recap.
The ending was somewhat confusing but all the storylines (I think 4??) were brought together and resolved in a way that left me as a reader, satisfied.
How many stars will I give Exploits? 4
Why? A well-written romance. There is a lot going on in the book, though, and keeping the characters straight and their relationships to other characters were confusing. Other than that, it was a great read.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Adult
Why? Sex, drug use, and violence