by Cindy Procter-King (Goodreads Author)
ebook, First edition, 443 pages
Published October 18, 2016, by Blue Orchard Books
Photographer Ursula Scott discovers her sexy apprentice is an ex-cop investigating threats at his uncle's studio...but is she a target or a suspect?
Just when she thought she had her life on autofocus...
Photographer Ursula Scott is six short months from buying her boss’s studio and helping her family knock down a massive debt. She can put up with his hairball antics for that long, right?
But, oh, he makes life difficult. She can barely restrain herself when he hogs credit for her assignments, and now half-naked weirdos are responding to his ad for her first magazine photo spread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging the studio. Worse, she discovers her sexy apprentice is a former cop practicing his newbie PI skills on the case—and she’s a suspect!
Suddenly, Ursula’s dreams and hard work seem about to go up in smoke. In more ways than one.
Well, not on her watch.
When Gabe McKenzie moves home following the shooting that kyboshed his career, he doesn’t expect to get sucked into finding the culprit wreaking havoc at his uncle’s photography studio. He certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Ursula Scott, a long-legged brunette with a definite motive and a desire to play Nancy Drew. Even as he clears her, the sabotage escalates into a bizarre stalking, placing Ursula...and Gabe’s hopes for their future...in danger.
If only he can convince her to stop snooping around and let him do his job as a PI, before an unknown menace threatens not only her dreams—but her life.
The cover says it's a "sassy suspense", but really it's more cozy mystery with a really vile boss man. Ursula doesn't like conflict or being in the spotlight. She much prefers to work behind the scenes. She's got her eye on the final payment and having the studio for her own so she can start helping out her parents. She's just trying to survive until that can happen.
Gabe just wants to be sure that Ursula isn't behind all the shenanigans at the studio. But her working behind the scenes seems to put her in the frame more than he'd like. Still, he just can't resist the lure of her. Since he's her assistant for this photo shoot fading to weird, he gets a close up he otherwise wouldn't get.
I gave this cozy murder cum romance a 4-star rating! Give it a try and see if it should be on one of your shelves this new year. This is an author with a whole shelf full of books to her name, so if you like this one, you might be interested in some of her other titles.
I was provided an eARC by Blue Orchard Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review