In her first thrilling romantic adventure, Laura Black is an investigator for a highly successful Scottsdale law firm run by slightly shady Lenny Shapiro. She's hot on the trail of con-man Alexander Sternwood, the missing grandson of wealthy widow, Muffy Sternwood. It sounded like an easy case, at least until she was kidnapped by a couple of upset Russian hit-men named Boris and Ivan, then by two seriously psychotic brothers called Smith and Jones, then finally by Tough Tony DiCenzo, head of the largest crime family in Scottsdale. To top it off, she's found a dead body that seems to be a message directed toward her. Now, with the help of ex-cop Gina Rondinelli, a stripper named Danica, and her best friend Sophie, Laura needs to make sure that a slightly illegal international jewel sale goes smoothly, or else. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger. Laura has decided that now would be the perfect time to get back together with her old boyfriend Jackson Reno, who just happens to be a Scottsdale detective. The only hitch in her plans for romance is Maximilian, a gorgeous crime lieutenant who has his sights set on Laura, a feeling that she can't help but return. Craziness, romance, and more than a little danger are in store when Laura Black and her Scottsdale friends are on the case.
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I think that Laura Black is a very good investigator and if she was a police officer would have quite a high rank. Among the books of this genre that I have read, she would come fairly high on the list.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was really well written and had a good plot Much of it was extremely amusing and made me laugh a lot. However, there was also a lot that was serious and very exciting as well. There was just enough romance to balance the story out and it fitted in well with everything that was going on. There is also plenty of scope for a series to follow on from here. I am sure it could be really good and expand on the themes already set in this first book.
Both the author and narrator were new to me. I loved the wise cracks in this book. The character Laura Black reminded me of Stephanie Plum. I thought it was a very fun book to listen to and enjoyed the references to areas of Scottsdale. This adventure is total escapism from reality with fun twists and turns. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
This seemingly far-fetched story had me entertained from the first chapter. I loved the snarkiness of the narrator and the over-sexed women, especially Sophie, were a hoot! This was a fun and engaging listen and I would recommend it.
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"Fast paced and lots of fun!"
I've read the author's Scottsdale stories before and really love them. They are light hearted, humorous, and fun. They've always reminded me of Stephanie Plumb in the way Laura gets into trouble but always manages to come out on top. I like the humor in the books. It goes from subtle to laugh out loud. I can't wait until the next one comes out.
At its heart, these are stories of the friendship between Laura, Sophie, Gina, and the people around them. They each approach life in different ways, but each is a good person and acts to bring out the best in each other. Plus, Sophie is hilarious. She seems to have no filter and whatever goes into her head comes right back out her mouth. She's the best part of the books for me. It good to read a story about three modern women trying to find love and survive in Scottsdale.
This my first time listening to Karen Krause's narration. I love the way she brings out each characters personalities. I'll definitely go through her catalogue and find other stories she's read.
I like that the book was fast paced but not overly deep. It is the kind of book where you can listen to part of it today and part of it tomorrow without having to take notes to remember who is who and who said what.
Hurry and put the rest of the series on the site.
Marvelous characters, never boring police procedural, and a fairly far-fetched but utterly unforeseeable ending, Every sentence pushes the story forward, I listened straight through because the story was riveting. Look forward to more from this. Author. This is a very very complex, intense, edge of your seat, and unpredictable .. Loved It-- "I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".
"Adventurous heroine with plenty of snark"
I would if only for the funny quips. Laura, Gina and Reno are each entertaining alone, but mix them all together and it's like a confetti filled bomb going off. Despite Laura's overactive imagination on one topic she snarks her way through this action packed story. There is never a dull moment and the twists and turns are enough to keep the interest to the end. A good solid P.I. book. I will listen to others for sure.
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"Fun and Entertaining"
Really good start to a series. Entertaining and enjoyable. A lighter and fun good solid mystery/thriller with plenty of suspense, intrigue and action along with a continuous dose of humor and sarcasm.
I had a hard time with this book in the beginning. Not because of the story, the story itself pulled me in from the start. It was the narration was throwing me off. The narration is not bad it's just a bit monotone. It took me a while to get used to the style of the narration. Once you get used to narration the story takes over and the narration fades into the background.
Laura, Gina and Sophie are a trio of fun, adventurous, intelligent, independent woman. All work for a high powered attorney. Laura and Gina as investigators, Sophie as a receptionist. Although the way Laura handles her love life is a little questionable and immature at times her sense of humor gets her through just about anything life throws at her. Sophie on the other hand was a no nonsense, go for it, say what you think, you only live once kind of girl when dealing with the opposite sex. Which was hilarious at times.
The case assigned to Laura a simple missing person case turns into a much more complex and dangerous assignment than she could have imagined. She finds herself in the middle of situation with some very unscrupulous and undesirable people.
At the same time during her investigation she finds herself semi-caught between 2 men in her life. One new to her the other her old boyfriend. Not knowing exactly which one she wants. I hate love triangles and this is something that could have ruined this story but it was done in a great way and only added to the storyline.
Karen Krause did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. She has some really good character voices but a little more difference is needed between some of the characters. Especially the men. The humor and sarcasm the author was trying to convey didn’t always come through due to the narration. The humor and sarcasm was delivered in the same tone as the rest of the story. There needs a little more enthusiasm or change in the tone and delivery in her narration for certain things. Overall though her narration was enjoyable.
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"if you like Stephanie Plum you'll like Laura Black"
This was my first time reading/listening to a B. A. Trimmer. I enjoyed the story. It's reminiscent of Janet Evonivitch's Stephanie Plum series.
The narration however seems canned or robotic at times. It therefore took me a while to get into it.
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I read the print version of Scottsdale Heat: Laura Black Mysteries, Book 1, and wanted to try the audio version. I was not disappointed. The book is faced paced and exciting. The heroine and her friends are likeable. There are also 2 hunky love interests. I have read the other books in the series and enjoyed them all. If you like your mysteries with a little bit of sizzle try Scottsdale Heat.
The narration was excellent.
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This was a little hard to get through. someone else mentioned that the narrator sounded robotic at times and I agree. She did a good job narrating the characters but everything else was hard to listen too. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Not a fan of the narrator."
I liked the story very much but was not a fan of the narrator. Almost seemed robotic at times.
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