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 Review:
I love Katie Ashley. I haven’t read a book she has written and ever been disappointed. Drop Dead Sexy is another one I really liked.
I love that Katie picked a career for a woman (town coroner) that is typically a man’s career. That right there was enough for me to be excited for this book.
Drop Dead Sexy has lots of humor in it. I found myself laughing out loud at the silly and outrageous things Olivia has to do or endure. One example is when she found out she had a latex allergy. I felt so sorry for Olivia having this allergy. Can you imagine how many men buy only latex condoms and don’t think about women who could have the allergy? I mean, when you go to the doctor they always ask you if you are allergic to latex. Lots of people are. But to find out while losing your virginity has to be the worst.
Next, Olivia has to endure yet another sucky incident: her Mother’s lingerie party. I mean, would you go to your Mother’s lingerie party? I’m really open about sex, and I knew my parents had it, and it was talked about openingly at my house, but I can’t say I would want to go to a lingerie party for my Mom.
Well, before she went to the party, she decided she was going to leave town and find herself a man. Her dry spell had lasted too long, and come hell or high water, she was getting laid. Enter sexy Catcher, a Georgia Bureau Investigator.
Well, they hit it off right away. They both had eyes for each other and it didn’t take but a minute for the introductions to begin. Enter sexy scenes. Then more sexy scenes. And more sexy scenes. So many sexy scenes I felt bad for Olivia’s hooha, but cheered for her too.
After doing the walk of shame the next morning, Olivia thought that it would be the last she would see of Catcher, only to find him on a case that she was working on too. Seriously, how had these two never met before?
This is the part of the book that has lots of voodoo, suspense, mystery and some laughs pulled in. It wasn’t a hard core Lisa Gardner detective book, but it had it’s own mystery to figure out with Olivia and Catcher at the helm.
Overall, I give this book a solid 4. I save those 5’s for books that blow my heart apart. I would definitely recommend everyone read this book. It has comedy, sex and mystery all wrapped up in it. I think most people would really like it if you’re into the comedy, sex and mystery aspects. I love reading Katie Ashley books, and I can say I recommend all of them.
Title: The Hard Way
Author: Katie Ashley
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs
Cover Model: Drew Ater
Cover Photography by: Eric Battershell
Caleb Hall has always been the golden boy of the gridiron. Because of his talent at football, coupled with his father’s wealth, he’s always gotten his way. But when a night of drunken debauchery lands him in hot water with the college athletic board, neither his influential father nor his charming grin can save him. He finds it a total buzz kill when he is sentenced to community service with troubled youth at an inner-city shelter. But his nightmare is only beginning when his greatest high school regret is the very one in charge of the program, and she has him by the balls in more ways than one.
For Avery Prescott, senior year was a nightmare of epic proportions, and Caleb Hall played the lead villain. After she fled her small town for college in the bright lights of Atlanta, she thought she had escaped the painful memories of her past. She never could have imagined Caleb would waltz through the door of the outreach program she presided over. But Avery has news for Caleb—she isn’t the same shy, doormat of a girl she was in high school. Since she holds Caleb’s football future in her hands, she’s more than ready to make payback a real bitch.
Will they stay in the defensive zone or discover that sometimes life’s greatest lessons are learned the hard way?