Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family Business by Emma McKee

Title: Family Business
Author: Emma McKee
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: July 27, 2011
ISBN: 1-60154-932-6
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 232 pages
Heat Level:  Sensual
Reviewer: TJ
Date: September 8, 2011

Cat-sitting her great-aunt’s finicky feline offers Nora Bainbridge a rare opportunity to delve into the secrets of the reclusive actress’s younger years. And when a sexy television producer shows up, proposing an episode of Hollywood’s Hottest History based on Aunt Elnora’s off-screen involvement with the mob in Tinseltown, the past starts looking a lot more interesting.

Raised on a steady diet of 1940s films by his mob boss grandfather, the only upside FBI agent Luke McKinnon can see in his current undercover  assignment is he’ll get to meet one of the film stars he reveres.  The downside is he’s looking for something he doesn’t want to find evidence that Elnora Bainbridge is involved in trafficking stolen art. A totally unexpected perk is discovering Elnora has a look-alike namesake whose curiosity about her aunt’s wild life drags them into a lot of Family Business.

Family Business is a quirky mystery that is much like the Hollywood movies our heroine’s aunt starred in. This story had a little bit of everything; humor and action, mobsters and a pampered pet, a hottie FBI agent and an innocent damsel dragged into the entire mess. I absolutely love Elnora and so wish I had a great aunt like her in my family tree. Nora is such an easy to relate to heroine with her attraction to the bad boys and I appreciated her slightly self-deprecating attitude. Luke is just plain yummy! His slight flaws and insecurities made him all the more attractive. While the mystery itself isn’t too taxing it is the perfect cozy and the villains are expected without being too predictable. The plot and characters are so lively and thoroughly engaging I found myself chuckling out loud on more than one occasion and I’m positive I’ll re-read this one.

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