For Olivia Sullivan, love is more a four letter curse word than a sentiment. Growing up as the daughter of a small town mortician, guys didn’t warm to the fact there were dead people in her house. At thirty, taking over the family business and becoming the town Coroner helped to cement her undateable status. Of course her past sex history didn’t help matters either.
Attempt number one with her first love ended barely before it got started with a horrific latex allergy hospitalization. Attempt number two had him coming and then going with an undiagnosed heart condition. For the past three years, Olivia has closed up shop for fear of what might happen next in the bedroom.
After being forced to go single to her mother’s lingerie shower, Olivia stumbles into an out of town bar with one intention: find an able bodied stud to go home with to end her losing sex streak. Enter Holden Caulfield Mains aka Catcher, who earned his nickname not just from the book he was named for, but for the fact he was sure to catch the attention any woman who came within a five mile radius. Waking up after a night of the most mind blowing sex she could have ever imagined, a horrified Olivia runs away thinking she’s left Catcher behind.
When Olivia’s small town is wracked by its first murder, she never could have imagined her one night stand would reappear in the form of the GBI’s lead investigator. To her mortification, Catcher isn’t ready to let go of their sizzling chemistry, and he doesn’t understand the meaning of no. As things start to heat up between them, the body count starts to rise, and they’re led on a wild goose chase from backwoods mountain Nudist Colonies to altercations with the Dixie Mafia. Can Olivia and Catcher survive to solve the murder while also not succumbing to their explosive passion?
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Drop Dead Sexy
Publication Date: March 14, 2016
Source: ARC gifted by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
My 2 cents: 3.75 KINK Review
Agent Catcher Mains has been investigating members of the Dixie Mafia which introduces him to Olivia Sullivan, Mortician and County Corner of Taylorsville, Georgia. They have a one-night stand before they official meet and later find themselves penis deep into a murder investigation.
I have a dilemma on my hands. I truly didn’t want to like this book because of Olivia’s job. Chapters 1 and 2 was not my style and I almost put the book away. As the director of the local funeral home, I didn’t find this feature sexy in a romance story. But I kept reading and I saw the author’s intention.
Drop Dead Sexy was crazy funny! It was laughing with hacking coughs funny. I couldn’t believe I was laughing at the most morbid parts of the story. Funny, hysterical, comical and priceless with a “cocky” (pun intended) sense of comedy. How you take a funeral home director with a deadly nonexistence sex life and make it a funny rom-com romance is quite amazing. Katie Ashley certainly did.
The cover of the book hook me. I will admit, I didn’t read the synopsis. If I had, I most likely would have skip this title. On the contrary I did read it and it kept me engaged. Even though it was painful to get through the technical jargon about a job I could care less about knowing, I did read for the gag reels, romance and dirty talk banter between Catcher, Olivia and friends.
The cover is truly what sold me on the story. And for that reason, we get a ¾ star added to the review. If we take Olivia’s job out of the equation, it would be a 4 KINK review for me. However, as part investigator in the most outrageous murder I can’t ignore her job as the County Corner. In closing, we have a murder solved and a Happily Ever After. In the scheme of things, that’s what we want. The HEA!
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English. As of January 2013, she became a full-time writer.