Crazy in Paradise by Deborah Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads
When Madison Westin, the main character, inherits her aunt’s beachfront motel in the Florida Keys, or so she thinks. Tarpon Cove is not your typical sleepy beach town: Seduction, drunks, ex-cons and fugitives are not the usual fare for someone looking to start a new chapter in their life. Wrestling control of the property from both the lawyer and the conniving motel manager will be no easy feat. But Madison likes living on the edge so she feels right at home. Bullets fly, a dead body turns up, a kidnapping and blackmail. Madison really has to learn not to leave home without her Glock or it could get her killed
This book initially read like a Marian Keynes in the feel of it and the build up of the relationships, sometimes you love the characters sometimes you hate them. For the most part I hated and disliked quite a few of them, the lawyer who is the executer of her aunts estate especially. Madison the main character I went through phases of liking to wanting to slap, her character went from being interesting and fun (almost like talking to one of your friends) to being so stupid and a pushover.
The story always has something going on and that is really what held my interest, I was dying for her to get some spirit and challenge the horrid motel manager and lawyer. Zach, Fab, Ace and Spoon I think are great characters and a book about them and their adventures I would love to read about, Madison not so much.
Another thing that annoyed me was when something happened for example when Madison overheard a pretty big threat instead of telling someone or the police she stayed quiet and then it wasn't brought up in the book until several chapters later and this happened once or twice. Another annoying aspect of her character was how she dealt with (or rather didn't) with the "date" her mother set her up with. That side of her character compared to the side that comes to Zachs rescue on more than one occassion was a total contrast and annoyed me so much that if the action hadn't been so good I might have had to knock the book a star off. I have read somewhere that some authors like making hateable characters as they stay longer with the reader therefore so does the story, if that was the intention then it certainly worked.
Definately mixed feelings over this one and as I said the action was pretty good but some of the characters grated that it breaks even and gets a 3/5, and yes I would read this author again but maybe not so quick to take up with Madison again.
You can buy this book from Amazon for £7.47 paperback or £2.14 for the kindle
Thank you to the author for sending me this book.
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