In the tradition of Janet Evanovich and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Juliet Rosetti ups the ante in her laugh-out-loud funny Escape Diaries series, as Mazie Maguire must use any means necessary to keep her main squeeze out of the slammer.
Once you escape from prison and ride off into the sunset with the gorgeous guy who helped you nail a killer, you live happily ever after, right? Well, not exactly—not if you’re Mazie Maguire, and the flow chart of your life looks like a pinball machine. Mazie has broken up with her guy, Ben Labeck, she can’t pay her rent, her car is infested with mice, and she’s working at a coffee shop where the dress code is teddies, thongs, and toe-cleavage heels. Now Ben is the chief suspect in a murder investigation, and Mazie’s tapping into her fugitive wiles to keep him out of jail. Strictly as friends, she vows. No kissing, no touching, no romance. But how is Mazie supposed to keep her thoughts platonic when her “buddy” is giving her erotic back rubs, and a make-believe-we’re-newlyweds charade puts her in the mood for a wedding night?
I love the Mazie Maguire books – if you haven’t read The Escape Diaries put it on your TBR pile immediately. Mazie is quirky and funny and keeps getting herself in the most entertaining situations. She reminds me a lot of Evanovich’s early Stephanie Plum – full of charm and spunk and a whole lot of luck, both good and bad.
The mystery is intriguing and quite solid, as is the more romantic element. Sometimes you have to short-change one to get the other, but Rosetti does a good job of balancing both. Just like The Escape Diaries though everything isn’t quite wrapped up with a pretty bow, but that just gives us more material for the next one.
The supporting cast is a hoot – full of drag queen performers, “lingerie model” baristas, smart-mouthed kids, and a hunk or two to keep things steamy. I wish my life was made up with half the colorful characters that Mazie surrounds herself with.
A fast paced read, with a lot of humor and suspense, Crazy for You is perfect for those looking for a more lighthearted mystery mixed with a good amount of romance. With an addictive writing style and even more addictive characters, Rosetti is quickly becoming a can’t-miss author for me.