Switchblade – Carsen Taite

Switchblade - Carsen TaiteLuca Bennett’s decision to keep her head down and concentrate on keeping things simple doesn’t last long. As she prepares for her brother’s wedding and her sort of date with Jess, along comes trouble in the shape of her summer fling Ronnie Moreno. At which point her plans for Jess and a quiet life go up in smoke.

On the one hand she keeps trying to stick to being a bounty hunter, on the other her curiosity and loyalty keep on pushing her detective buttons. Luca finds herself on the wrong side of the whole police department for one thing. And with 2 exes hanging around things are getting way too complicated. When Jess gives her an ultimatum Luca’s choices seem very stark, will she chose right or wrong and what will she lose in the balance?

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Book 3 of the Luca Bennett series and another great example of the lesbian crime/American PI genre. Luca still has a huge chip on her shoulder, is still a total bad-ass and still wants to go charging off like a bull in the proverbial. But she can no longer deny her feelings and her burgeoning desire for the “happy ever after” everybody else seems to be finding.

In this story we see Luca getting caught up between trying to find out why Ronnie’s brother has been apparently used by a scapegoat, and trying to find a way to make something work between her and Jess. The plot thickens with Ronnie back on the scene, Diamond in the shadows and Nancy asking for more. The only uncomplicated thing in Luca’s world is Cash.

Here we are moving away from the pure American PI as Luca’s emotions get the better of her. Will she fight to hold on to the bad-ass persona, or let her feelings out? Will she have the courage to admit how she feels.. and will Jess reciprocate? As we delve further into the psyche of the proverbially damaged detective we can but wonder how long Jess’s patience will last.

Casen Taite BiogThe plot is fast and furious as always. New baddies, new allies and a great tying together of new plots with old enemies.  Who to trust is always the issue, quite who is telling the truth? Somebody always gets shot.. it’s just a toss up who and how badly.

I think this is my favorite of the three, definitely on my re-read list and here’s hoping Ms Taite keeps them coming.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAHYZB8
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