Lacey Luzzi's roller coaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so...sparkly.
After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently deceased mother's stripper boots, Lacey realizes she is not cut out for life onstage. She sets out on a yearlong investigation to find her true family, never expecting she'll find it with a capital F.
With a rumbling stomach, a need for money ("check engine" lights don't fix themselves!), and a conscience that operates at 78 percent on a good day, Lacey is sucked into a whirlwind of family secrets, hard-as-cement cookies, and mysterious, sexy men who unfortunately shoot guns, sometimes aimed at her face. The long-lost granddaughter of Carlos Luzzi, the godfather of the Italian Mafia, Lacey accepts her first assignment for the mob: finding $15 million of "the good stuff".
Even after she enlists the help of her mouthy best friend and her cousin, a technical genius and social disaster, she finds that going toe to toe with the rival Russian mob is more dangerous than expected.
No one chooses their family, but Lacey Luzzi will be lucky if she can survive hers.
©2014 Gina Thorwick (P)2015 Gina Thorwick
I think it's unfortunate that Lacey is compared to Stef Plum, they are way different. And that's a good thing. Lacey is NOT somebody's knock-off, but a really fun person in her own right. And the stuff that happens to her, and the messes she gets into will make you laugh yourself silly! Any under 50 can relate to her, and the overs can remember being like her. Her pal Meg is soooo like my best friend since the 4th grade! No plot spoilers here, just be prepared to have fun. Remember: A good laugh is like 10 minutes on a rowing machine (old YMCA ad).
Caitlin Kelly is great as the audio performer! Peppy and easy to listen to, with good voice interpretation of the numerous characters (pun intended).
This book was a gift courtesy of AudioBook Blast
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Hilarious Good Time!!!
in a good way....it was such a fun listen!
When Lacey had to go to the bathroom, and couldn't find one!
When she found poor Andre dead...he was sweet!
** I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review **
This was soooooooo much fun, I enjoyed it immensely!!! The story, the narration, ALL OF IT!!!! Lacey is an Italian girl who has a mob related family....there not bad so much as kind of over whelming...she finally gets her chance to do a big job, and hi-jinks in-sue! She meets all kinds of funny characters a long the way..and really is clueless who to trust...but he gets it done in the end!! GREAT LISTEN....i TOTALLY NEED BOOK 2!!
Thank You, Audiobookblast(dot)com
i really liked Caitlins voice -- and i loved the story--- it was so different- so unexpected- i wanted to hear more about lacey and her sidekicks
the idea of it- a young lady down on her luck finds out she is related to the mob that runs twin cities - is welcomed into the family and starts to get assignments that have her walking the line between lawful and not quite legal- helping out her family
her voice drew me in and kept me there- i could imagine i was sitting with lacey having a coffee and have her telling me what had been going on in her life since we last talked
oh i laughed - some of the situations she got herself into had me laughing out loud and giggling -
ok if you like stepanie plum books you will like listening tothis one- it has men vieing for our gals attention - some steamy romance - fast paced action- lots of plot twists-- lacey seems to get in and out of trouble everytime she turns around- she is feisty- has a stubborn steak- flirty - is addicted to sugar laced drinks and pastry's -accident prone- and is lucky enough to have her cousin clay a tech genius and meg and ex cop as her backups= throw in her grandparents- more cousins- and and the rest of the Family - add the russian mob to the mix and you have a tale that you will probably keep you up later then planned as you try to figure out just who are the bad guys--- a suggestion do not drive while listening to this
Struggled to finish and kept hoping it would get better. Storyline had potential to be funny but characters were not developed and it was too predictable. I like Stephanie Plum for fun and this was not like it. This was tough to finish and not funny, which was a shame because it could've been.
Entertaining if you can suspend a lot of disbelief and get past the fact that the main character is a 29-year-old woman who has the sex drive, maturity level, and hygiene habits of a teenaged boy. Three stars because I didn't hate it, though I'm not sure why.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
A rather unusual start, Lacey’s stripper mother has died, three years have passed, and she is just discovering her heretofore unknown maternal grandparents. A bit of an odd duck, Lacey is outrageously confident considering her complete lack of skills, sense or experience. Which makes for a rather fun listen: she’s not stupid, just rather clueless. And suddenly she’s discovered her ties to a ‘mafia family”, far less Sopranos and far more Keystone cops.
This is a completely unrealistic and utterly fun story: leave your expectations at the door – the mystery is clever, the action is non-stop and the laughs are sprinkled throughout. Lacey and her compatriots are brash, daring, impetuous and missing a key tether to the thought of consequences, which just gives this story a feel of a chick lit / cozy mash up.
Narration for this story is provided by Caitlin Kelly, with a voice that is perfectly suited to the character of Lacey: cheerful, chirpy and holding a touch of youth that provide a solid presence for Lacey. Distinct changes in pitch, tone, delivery and accent appear with secondary characters, and make the transitions from character to character easy to distinguish. A clever presentation added to the enjoyment of this story, and kept me engaged.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the narrator via Audio Book Blast. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!
This is not quite your usual cozy, I would guess that if there is such a genre as "Chick Lit Cozy" then this fits the bill just perfectly. The author has written a story about young women and for (in my opinion) young women which, unfortunately, counts me out! This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I did, but, well, you know, the ways of young women can be so irritating to old fogeys like me. Our heroine and her sidekick live a fast paced, on the edge, pull out all the stops, risk taking lifestyle. I don't think they quite meant to, but that makes it all the more adventuresome and funny. Quite a clever, well written storyline full of steam (the lovin' kind) and humourous situations that can only come from a fertile and imaginative mind. Not my kind of book, but only because, in my opinion, it is aimed at a younger demographic. I can't mark it down because of that though. Highly recommended for those who love a bit of chick lit spiced up with a bit of steamy action and adventure.
Great narration by Caitlin Kelly whose style is just perfect for this type of story, she captures the youthful, exuberant and chirpy style of the protagonist just right. She also captured the humour in the storyline. Her pacing and rhythm again, perfectly matched the style of the story. Good job done.
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
'If you like Stephanie Plum - you'll enjoy Lacey' - NOT. This book has a super thin unrealistic plot that makes no sense. Will not be continuing the series.
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