- Title: Somebody Like You: A Sugar Shack Novel
- Classification: Adult Fiction
- Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal (Ghost mom)
- Format: Paperback, 368 pages
- Publisher: Avon Impulse (July 17, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0062202073
- ISBN-13: 978-0062202079
Kelly Silverthorne just lost one of her biggest cases. To date it's the only case she's ever lost. Going in, she'd been so confident she could put the bad guy behind bars and once again make the streets of Chicago a little safer for all. However, her super powers for winning cases, had finally met their match and Kelly now felt the guilt of that loss. She'd done her best, but she couldn't help thinking she should have somehow done better. In her defense, it's very hard to convict someone of murder without a body. Sadly, the victim's death would never be avenged.
Deputy James Harley was glad to see Kelly back in the tiny town of Deer Lick, Montana. He'd been waiting for her return. They'd had a one night stand, and he'd not been able to get her off his mind ever since. She'd somehow gotten under his skin. He knew she was out of his league, but there was something about her that he just couldn't resist. So to get her to loosen up and start thinking about him again, he decided to make her a wager, that he could once again get her to succumb to another night of his wily charm.
James is a known player who dates a ton of women, but swears that he never dates more than one at a time. He's had that bad boy thing down pat since his teens and now that he's one of the good guys sporting a badge, he's even more attractive than ever. This is one wager Kelly won't lose any sleep over, well maybe one night's worth, if she loses. But throughout the story James challenges Kelly on many different levels--too see the natural beauty of things and be a little wild and find her hidden talent. He basically opens up the world to the girl once given the nickname by her siblings of Sister Serious.
At one point in the story, a little girl mentions the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She talks of how Max tames the 'Wild Things' and then gets to go home. I think that nicely sums up this book at a couple of different points. First for the little girl, which I won't go into detail, but secondly, for James' and Kelly's relationship as well. Kelly tames the Wild Things which are Alex and James and gets to go home. A new home that includes James and his brother Alex who lives with him. Each of whom is in their own way, a bit wild and lost. So, in a way, this one might very well qualify as a fairy tale remake.
FYI, I really thought the cover was a nice touch to the story. Someone, who shall remain nameless, teasingly suggests they'd like to put the two little dogs, Princess and Poppy, into pink dresses with bows, but doesn't do it. So after reading the book take another look at the cover and smile at the inside joke and remember that moment. It's actually a pivotal point in the book because someone comes to a realization at that moment.
This was a fun and lighthearted read that at times, left me shaking my head, grinning, and laughing out loud. My daughter kept asking me what was so funny, and I'd respond, "Oh, nothing.' Yep, she knew it was the book, and I wasn't sharing.
Overall, I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. Sometimes the brilliance of a book is lodged within the details for which it holds, and I believe this is one of them. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Between this book and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, I'm starting to look at bakeries in a whole new way. lol