Saturday, December 3, 2016

Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by JB Lynn

From the Back Cover:

Maggie Lee is not your average hitwoman. For one thing, she's never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard—a picky eater, obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, that only Maggie can hear.

Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster's lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law.

Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let's not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she's up to.

Training has never been so complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn't . . . she's the mob's next target.

My Thoughts:

What can I say? The title hooked me.

Then... the fact that she talked to "God" (short for "Godzilla), a brown anole lizard and he talked back? Even better.

The book was a light-hearted, quirky mix of random mishaps and darker, more unfortunate incidents that led to the heroine being taken on the path of being forced into the position of becoming a hitwoman... and not a very good one. 

Although the book was entertaining, it dragged in a few places. I had a few issues with the hinted romances -- simply because the main character had the hots for a married guy and that's a big no-no for me. Granted, she had the hots for just about any single man headed her way, but I'm a little apprehensive about reading future books because I really don't want to see anything develop there.

Without giving away any spoilers, I had the impression that a future bad guy was introduced in this book and the heroine isn't perceptive enough to realize it. Even the lizard is warning her away -- but she's still running full steam ahead and it's screaming disaster. I don't like stupid heroines. In those cases, I usually cheer the monster on and get disappointed when they're not eaten.

There were definitely some high points and some laugh-out-loud moments for me. My favorite parts were definitely the talking to animals bit -- It was a neat twist for these type of books. If you're looking for a light-hearted, easy, and fun read with a Janet Evanovich flair (complete with the crazy family), then this book is probably right up your alley.

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