Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Classic Murder: Mr. Romance

Title: Classic Murder: Mr. Romance
Author: Mary Martinez
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.bookstrand.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-086-8
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Mainstream, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Adam Russo’s enjoyed his jet-setting lifestyle while building his fortune. Lately he’s begun to feel as though something is missing from his life. Each time he gone on a romantic adventure that would please the woman he’s seeing, it’s left him longing for the trip to be over quickly, despite his assistant, Katie making sure everything is perfect for them. Once Adam accepted that his love for Katie is real, he is determined to show her that she feels the same way.

Katie Sinclair has been wearing a disguise, including ugly glasses, to down play her beauty, so people would see the real her. One thing she has learned from her father, who is a businessman, is to be smart and make good choices. She’s built a quite a nest egg for herself, even though her family is wealthy already and Katie insists on supporting herself. She’s been working for Adam for years and her love blossomed for him before she even realized it happened. Always the dedicated employee, she makes sure everything is done to his specifications.

Classic Murder: Mr. Romance is a story that spoke volumes for me about the working relationship between Adam and Katie. I met my husband in a work environment and we only managed because the company is large. Adam and Katie plus the receptionist are the only employees and Katie knew exactly what Adam needed for each job he did. I kept wondering about Jordan, the go-fer, who insisted on scaring Katie every day, even after she asked him to stop.

My opinion of Adam is he is a truly caring person that earned his own wealth and he never looked down his nose at others. All those beautiful women were never hurt nor forced into any sexual encounter they didn’t want. After he started getting tired of hearing the society pages make it more than what he planned, he begin to want more out of life. His parents played a large part in the decision, as did Katie’s family. Katie could have run her own company but enjoyed working for someone else more. These two characters kept a lot of their feeling in check a little too much for me, but it’s understandable why when the murders needed to be solved.

Ms. Martinez is an amazing writer whose creativity burst onto the pages of her book. Her research and plotting of each of the murder victims, the places they visited, and the villain held my attention with trying to figure out who it was. I almost missed the true identity with the references to more than one person, and since the villain used classic Cary Grant movies to murder the women, it’s a surprise for the couple. Once Katie, Adam and the police figured out the truth, the story got even deeper. This is a keeper! I say read and enjoy!


Mary Martinez said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. What a nice surprise to find.

Goddess Minx said...

It was a pleasure reading your book Mary.