Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Be Careful For What You Wish For by Sibel Hodge

Title: Be Careful What You Wish For 
Author: Sibel Hodge
Genre: Mystery/Chick Lit
Series: Amber Fox #2
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author

Three deaths.A safety deposit box robbery.The boxing heavyweight champion of the world.Somehow, they're all related, and Amber has to solve a four year old crime to find out why.As she stumbles across a trail of dead bodies and a web of lies spanning both sides of the social divide, it's starting to get personal. Someone thinks Amber's poking her nose in where it's not wanted, sparking off a game of fox and mouse - only this time, Amber's the mouse. Amber's forced to take refuge in the home of her ex-fiancé, Brad Beckett, and now it's not just the case that's hotting up. So is the bedroom...(goodreads)

When Sibel Hodge contacted me to review the latest book in this series, Voodoo Deadly, I am so glad that she offered me the first two to review when I hesitated to read the last book before reading the two that came before it. They have been a pure delight to read. I can't remember the last time I laughed all the way through the books.

Amber Fox is one of the best heroines I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. While she is constantly getting herself into trouble, I like how she manages to get herself out of trouble and still solve the case at hand before the police and without much help from her boss, Brad.There is also just enough of a love triangle to keep the romance lover in me interested in it, and it meshes nicely with the mystery storyline occurring at the same time without overpowering it.

In Be Careful What You Wish For the mystery revolves around boxer Levi Carter, the boxing heavy weight champion of the world. When he goes down in a fight, Amber's boss, Brad, gets a call from Levi's dad, who is  an old military squad member of his to look into the matter. Amber gets put on the case and finds out that there is a lot going on that doesn't add up.  How does the fight that he lost connect to a bank robbery? How do a few murders fit into the bank robbery and the fight? Is it blackmail, money laundering or something worse?

It was fun watching how everything came together, and for the life of me I couldn't figure it out, and the theory I thought was right was wrong. However, I never try to solve the mystery that hard because I always like to be surprised at the end when it's revealed who did what and for what reasons. The love triangle was almost as much fun, if not more fun then the actual mystery. In this book we learn more about Brad who is Ambers ex who she still has unresolved feelings for because of how their relationship ended. In the Fashion Police, it was the opposite-it was more about Romeo and Amber's feelings for him. While there is more romance in this book then the last, this is first and foremost a mystery and about Amber figuring out what she wants in life and the best way to get there.

The secondary characters in this series have me loving them almost as much as I love Amber if not more. Her dad, a retired detective  has gone overboard in forming a neighborhood watch program and you never know what crazy thing he'll be wearing or doing next. Her mom is lovable because she is such a normal mom. She is always giving Amber great advice and tells her to follow her heart, because really she already knows what she wants she just has to look for it. There is also Hacker who does amazing things with computers and Tia, who we met in book one. Both are around to help out Amber when she needs it and are hilarious when together. However my favorite secondary character this time around was Marmalade, Amber's cat. He really steals whatever scene he is in. :)

The only minor complaint I have is that there wasn't enough of Romeo in this book. I would have loved to see him more included in the story line-and I hope we see more of him in the next one. 

These books have been compared a lot to the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanvoich, and there are a lot of similarities,  but I feel like that there are enough differences to make them stand out on their own if that makes sense. This series has just been a nice change from the Urban Fantasies and Paranormal Romances that I usually read.~there is something about British chick lit books that I adore.

 Favorite Quotes:

If I got any hotter, I'd explode in a puff of smoke. Brad had dangerous hands, and not just for bad guys. In fact, his hands should be made illegal.

Maybe I should marry Brad. Just for Marmalade's sake, you understand. He purred louder, and I could;ve sworn he nodded at me. May I should let Marmalade decide my love life from now. on. He'd probably do a better job than me. What do you think, boy? Should I marry Brad?  Brad glanced at me over his shoulder. "You're going to let a cat decide whether to marry me or not?...I picked up Marmalade "so Meow once for yes, and twice for no." "Meow." The corners of Brad's lips curled into a smile. I take that back. You can let him decide everything from now on."

Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: High 
Martini Sigh Meter: High 
Curran Crush Meter: High 
Finn/Swopes Sidekick Meter: High 
Rhiannon Kick Ass Heroine Meter: High