The first time together, The Corny Myers Series. Quirky pet detective, Corny Myers, can talk to animals to solve cases, but will this help her pull together her love life?
Klutzy Love: Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an over-sized rubber band. She's still a hot chick, but her boss is dead. Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny's dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn't want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That's his job! Corny misses Steve, but she's getting on with her life. She decides to get a month's worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things - men, food, and alcohol. Steve's big gun and cop's intuition saves Corny's life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again - she agrees, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
Flamingo Blues: In the pursuit of the perfect Christmas getaway in Victoria BC, Corny steals a tour bus; returns a flock of stolen flamingos to their favorite lake; buys Steve, her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend, front row seats to the circus; and she gets a bright and shiny new key.
Be Mine: Corny has a unique psychic ability to communicate with animals. Can she come up with five days of perfect Valentine's gifts for her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend. Time is running out and Brutus - the horny Labrador, Molly - the hussy French Poodle, Hernando Lamberto - the prized Pekinese, Harry - the Penguin, Buddy the Butt Head - Iguana, and three raccoons all need Corny's attention. Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine's Day celebration?
Love Crazed: Corny has her work cut out for her in Love Crazed, Book Four in The Corny Myers Series.
I loved the concept of this book and there were some parts that really tickled me. Unfortunately there is a lot that needs to be improved. I really wanted to love this series but the flaws outweighed the delight.
Most of the time Corny is a fun quirky character who is a walking calamity. I liked her and loved her sassy remarks. The problem was the dialogue did not quite reach the maturity level her age warranted. She often spouts dialogue more appropriate to a Disney Channel show.
Steve is a yummy cop and I mostly loved him. He is a bit overbearing at times and ridiculous in his reasons for not wanting her to be a pet detective. Not really a job that makes me think there will be loads of danger.
This has a mixed narrative, you get both Corny and Steve in the POV. Again, not really living up to their age in thought or word. It feels more YA or New Adult, with bedroom scenes included.
I did not like the work stuff. Everything with the Ralph was a bit convoluted. It really wasn't needed for the overall plot and distracted from the romance and mystery. The possibility of a murder plot on her old boss is completely waved over.
Here are the things I loved an wish had been more a part of the plotline:
1. The whole pet psychic angle, that was super interesting and held huge potential.
2. Naughty ferret Pete, he was a riot!!
3. Corny's quirky klutzy moments. The speed dating was hilarious.
This was super short and had very little in the story department.
The youthful dialogue tends to make the smexy scenes feel awkward.
I wish this had been more about the pet psychic story.
Corny and Steve are cute together but very one dimensional. I would love to see them grow and gain more depth.
Book three in the series gets better. I loved the pet psychic story this time. We got more into that part of Corny's life. I love her quirky friends and assistant, could really use the back story on that.
The dialogue is still immature, but I think I am getting used to it. I am very interested in seeing how the next book will go, this one was rather short.
This is the fourth book in the series and by far the most developed. There are still issues with a very immature dialogue, but the characters grow on you over the series.
The story feels more like a CW show and has some very cheesy moments. I have grown to love Corny and her friends, despite my complaints. This book gets a bit more into her business and her relationship with Steve. I was hoping for a bit more drama with the ex. That was solved way too quickly for my way of thinking.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Christy Williamson, who is not the right fit for this book. She has a very youthful voice that would be better suited for YA reads. While she has great energy, it only adds to the overall feel of immaturity in the story. This just wasn't the right pairing, it only served to highlight flaws. I would love to hear her on a younger read where her voice would be a real credit to the material.
It would be interesting to see this series revisited after the author has been around a bit longer. I can imagine it being expanded and improved greatly. She has great potential, a terrific concept and some really funny moments. I can see her work growing as she writes more. With all my complaints, I was still entertained and had a chuckle of two along the way.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
I bought this book series because I thought it would be humorous. However, the reader is so bad, I could not listen to it. She was trying to be an actor, but she failed miserably.
Definitely, one of the worst readers ever.
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