I Never Arkansas It Coming by Jenni Wiltz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author for review.
I don't normally read anything that isn't fantasy, unless it's science fiction, so if I read a book in which a feisty former librarian in the witness protection program deals with mob hitmen, it usually has at least some sort of shapeshifter in it, or at least a cyborg. This one doesn't, but is none the worse for that.
It's funny, with some beautifully crafted lines. "The panic button was as hard to turn off as Hugh Hefner on Viagra." "His hair looked floppier than it had before, more acoustic than electric." I enjoyed the overall snarky humour, though I did feel it got overly cynical at times. There were moments that were hard to believe, too, particularly the most cynical ones.
Nevertheless, this is well-written, well-edited, and thoroughly entertaining. All three of its flavours (thriller, comedy and romance) are done well and enjoyable in themselves, and they blend harmoniously. Thoroughly recommended.
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