Review – The Sweetheart Racket (Brash & Brazen #1) by Cheryl Ann Smith

September 10, 2016 Review 0

Review – The Sweetheart Racket (Brash & Brazen #1) by Cheryl Ann Smith

They used to be on the sidelines. Now they’re out in the field…

Two years ago, Taryn Hall was a pro football cheerleader—until she left her lecherous boss with a bloody nose and a faceful of Mace. Now she’s part of a different kind of squad. An elderly billionaire named Irving has hired and trained Taryn and her two best friends to work as private investigators…

Taryn loves the job, though it sometimes involves boring stakeouts, dog bites—and listening to Irving talk about his golf shoes. Then tattooed, steely-eyed, straight-up gorgeous undercover DEA agent Rick Silva walks into the office and shakes thing up…

Rick needs help finding the con artist who’s taken his lonely mother for all she was worth. With multiple aliases and multiple victims, it will be a challenge to track down the coldhearted gigolo. And Rick insists on accompanying Taryn on the hunt, working closely, day and night.

This could be dangerous. And the case might be kind of risky, too…

Title: The Sweetheart Racket
Author: Cheryl Ann Smith
Series: Brash & Brazen
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Author
Published: September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 232
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: two-flames

Well this was a breathe of fresh air. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up, but I’ve finished it with a smile on my face and with a little pep-in-my-step.

Thanks to an ex-boss who left her stranded with her two BFF’s, Taryn meets her current boss, Irving, who quickly turned cheerleaders into a private investigators. Over the last couple of years, Taryn has not only become one of the best PI’s, but has been left with a complex thanks to her cheating ex-husband. Needless to say, she pours her anger in to her work. But when a hot piece of as…sorry, when Rick Silva walks in to her office, she’s starting to actually “feel” again and it’s not what she was expecting.

Rick’s mom was conned. So badly that after doing some of his own research, he’s found that she’s not the only one. So he goes to Brash & Brazen to hire a PI to help find the guy who’s gone MIA. If Rick was surprised that Taryn was a PI, he hid it well. What he didn’t hide well was his attraction to her. Swearing to himself that this was just business and that he couldn’t touch, was proving to be VERY difficult. Especially after he tasted her smarty pants lips.

I like a lot of things about this book, but there are two things that really stick out for me. First and foremost would be the fact that Irving took three cheerleaders and turned them in to even stronger woman to help bring justice to the world. Think Charlies Angels and you TOTALLY get it. But the humor was wonderfully balanced as well. The canter between Rick and Taryn had me laughing at loud multiple times to the point that I was almost looking forward to their “conversations” more than the actual chemistry building between them. Speaking of chemistry, yes, we get a little bit of the romance. But it “fades to black” for all of those hard core romance readers out there. I would still recommend this book for those looking for a fast paced “who done it” romance.

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