As a former member of a popular girl-band, Paisley Sutton knows what it means to be in the spotlight. So after she takes on an event- planning gig for the new Sugar Creek Renaissance faire, she’s counting on a smooth opening night. But when one of the cast is murdered, Paisley knows her event has gone lethally off-script.
When her old flame Beau is named the prime suspect, Paisley enlists the help of her trigger-happy ex-CIA grandmother and aunt. As she tries to keep the faire alive and fights off her matchmaking family, she uncovers secrets that might just get her killed. Can Paisley shine a light on the killer in time, or will the faire be her final curtain call?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you’ve never read a book by Jenny B Jones you are seriously missing out! She is one of the few authors whose books I devour as soon as they are available only to leave me impatiently waiting for her next release. Her characters are quirky, the circumstances are screwball comedy worthy and the dialogue hilarious. I often find myself snorting and giggling my way through. Royally in Trouble is no exception.
Royally in Trouble is the second book in Jenny’s new cozy mystery series. I was so happy to be back in Sugar Creek, Arkansas with the hapless Paisley, former pop star now co-owner of an event planning business. Once again Paisley finds herself smack dab in the middle of a murder. Only this time the police don’t suspect her. Nope, this time around it’s Beau, Paisley’s neighbor and secret crush who the police believe is guilty. After all, everyone heard him arguing with the victim before the murder happened. But Paisley and her amateur investigating posse ain’t havin’ none of that. No sir!
I love that this book focuses more on Beau. In Engaged in Trouble, we got just enough of an introduction to the former soldier to leave both me and Paisley intrigued. Though he still remains somewhat a mystery in this second book, what is more obvious is his attraction to Paisley. These two circle around each other like cats in heat. But for several reasons refuse to admit to their mutual attraction. That doesn’t mean we don’t get a few really great and intense romantic scenes. One of them includes a long speech from the reticent Beau which had me melting in my seat just like Paisley. I re-read it several times just to feel its’ full affect. Jenny is excellent at doling out unacknowledged romantic tension until readers become almost desperate to see the hero and heroine finally confess their feelings. But hey, it hurts so good!
Of course one of the highlights of this series is Paisley’s ex-CIA grandmother Sylvie and aunt Frannie. These two trouble makers are up to their old shenanigans as they help Paisley investigate. And honestly, I kind of want to join their sexy book club. It sounds like a hoot! I love how they think dramatic women should be appreciated instead of shamed. It’s so rare to hear that perspective anywhere these days.
I say, Royally in Trouble was definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t started this series yet, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, including laugh out loud bookish entertainment.
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