(The Anderson Family Series Book 1)
by Traci Highland
She’s great at giving advice, too bad she never takes it…
Piper Anderson wants to be a serious journalist at a serious paper covering serious news. Instead, she’s stuck at the Pendleton Falls Herald, where her massive investigative skills are wasted penning the paper’s advice column, Miss Behave.
Her shot at a meaty story comes when she’s assigned to write up a profile of a local business, Brookes Jewelers. She is determined to write the piece so she can use the article to impress a real paper.
Unfortunately Hunter Brookes, co-owner of Brookes Jewelers and the Pendleton Falls Herald, is rather persistent, in his own hot little way, that the piece should be nothing more than a glorified sales pitch.
But when diamonds disappear, Piper may get the chance to do a real investigation, leading her to confront family secrets and worst of all, turn to her mother for help.
Piper soon realizes that there is more to Mr. Brookes than a tight ass and a ridiculous fascination with name tags. Together they deal with roasted pigs, crazy cat ladies, and gun-toting fashionistas.
In all the chaos, they just might find the one thing that neither one was looking for: true love.
A quite entertaining read, funny and naughty too. Piper Anderson is set on her dreams of becoming a journalist and prove that she can make it. Too bad, she hasn’t been given any serious options to write about, except for that advice column where she answers reader’s various concerns and gives out advice ala Miss Behave.
When the time comes where she needs to cover the Brookes Jewelry company along with its owners and family members, her chances of being taken seriously is getting slimmer especially after her boss saw her almost naked during an afternoon lake retreat. Man, what I sight that has been!
What made this story even more entertaining are the snippets about the other Anderson family members, what with the cantankerous matriarch (read: Piper’s mother) that everyone has to deal with. And one more thing, I always loved reading about the pieces of advice (and crazy suggestions) that Miss Behave aka Piper shared on her column. Gosh, she’s a hoot!
One thing that got me a little cringing though, were the lack of comma placements and misuse of some words throughout the book. I easily get distracted and irritated when the whole thought of a sentence is nowhere near making sense because of the misuse of punctuation marks. It’s like riding a train that doesn’t stop on its destination, but keeps on going and going until someone gets the attention of the driver to make the journey stop. Sorry, I know this isn’t a big deal to others, but to me, punctuation marks are everything.
Nevertheless, Traci Highland wrote a really delightful and amusing story that has a little mystery, romance, a bit of suspense, and a whole lotta comedy. A nice way to spend an afternoon by the lake, after skinny dipping perhaps? (if you read this book, you’ll know what i mean) 😹😹😹 And I still would love to read the next books in this series!