Cold Feet Fever by Maureen Fisher

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Cold Feet Fever by Maureen Fisher
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (266 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

A bad boy gambler with a lazy streak and commitment issues:

Owning Kinki, Atlantic City’s first paranormal nightclub, isn’t as easy-or as much fun-as Sam Jackson anticipated. Someone’s trying to shut him down before he opens, he’s on the verge of bankruptcy, and his matchmaking granddaddy has hired a sexy event planner with a mysterious background, bossy disposition, and criminal ties.

A mortician-turned-event-planner with big secrets:

A job as event planner offers single mom, Katie Deluca, her last chance to escape her past. Turns out party planning is more difficult than organizing funerals. Plus, the nightclub owner, although perfect for awakening her sensuality, couldn’t be more wrong for the stability she craves.

Forced to collaborate, they overcome obstacles and fight crime:

Katie is the one person who can salvage Kinki-and heal Sam’s emotional wounds. Together, they tangle with a goofy dog, exploding trucks, an unfortunate synchronized swimming episode, homicidal thugs, a corrupt building inspector, disappearing corpses, a kidnapping, and the threat of live cremation, all to deliver a kick-ass grand opening.

Cold Feet Fever is the novel to choose for pure escapism and light reading.

The characters were well developed although very stereotypical. The romance between the hero, Sam and the heroine, Katie, worked well. I enjoyed watching Katie fight for what she believed in and watching Sam grow from a lazy, selfish, immature boy into a man worthy of Katie’s love. Sam’s grandfather was quite humorous. Sam’s dog, Rex was comical. The criminal connections could have been more elaborated on as it would have made the conflict more serious and less silly.

This book was mostly enjoyable. While I wouldn’t consider it a waste of time, it certainly didn’t hook me to where I couldn’t put it down, which in some ways is a good thing when I have other things I need to do. I was able to get reabsorbed into the story each time I picked it back up. I had hoped to get more riveted as I progressed through the book but the plot was a bit too imaginative for me. I prefer things to be a bit more realistic and plausible. However, this farfetched plot had enough entertainment value to finish reading it.

Even though I had expected the secrets and crime to be more intense and real, the story flowed smoothly and provided me with both predictable and delightfully creative plot twists. The book ended with all the threads neatly knotted and with a happy closure.

Although this novel won’t go on my keeper shelf, I can think of a couple of friends that might enjoy this read. They prefer light conflicts and a strong sense of the silly and Cold Feet Fever delivers both. It would be right up their alley.

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