"Bad Pick" By Linda Lovely: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Former banker and current vegan Brie Hooker may never have envisioned herself helping her aunt run their Udderly Kidding Dairy, but it’s a less outrageous concept than their latest marketing attempt with goat yoga. Their kids (the four-legged kind) may be adorable when balancing on the backs of the first participants, but the followers of the Temple of True Believers find nothing cute about the fad. Declaring them to be goat-worshipping Satanists, Susan Young leads her acolytes into protesting the dairy and their goat-yoga practices. While Brie would prefer to ignore them in the hope that they would get bored and move on, her friend Mollye convinces her to try to win them over by meeting with the church secretary. Brie quickly regrets her attempt to play nice when they discover the woman’s naked body, strangled to death in her apartment.

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Brie soon becomes distracted by her upcoming tasting event to promote Summer Place, the bed and breakfast she plans to open in a renovated mansion. Among the influencers and business owners Brie hopes to impress is Ursula Billings, a television judge and the friend of Brie’s mother. Brie is at first startled to see the women’s distasteful reactions upon meeting former Ardon County resident and Supreme Court Justice nominee Larry Toomey, but after hearing about their shared past, Brie is only horrified. Following what seemed to initially be a successful luncheon tasting, it is not Toomey but a gluttonous blogger who falls victim to the most dire effects of tampered food poisonings.
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In an enviable situation that should result in a true-crime, made-for-television movie, Brie is dating both David Paynter and his best friend Andy Green. Not wanting to break up their friendship, Brie had originally refused to date either, but after a lot of persuasion, she had agreed on an alternating-week dating trial period. The no no-clothing option definitely has Brie frustrated, but “Paint” and Andy seem to delight in attempting to break the contract and declare a de facto winner.

As the Udderly Kidding Dairy and Summer Place become the target of an increasing number of attacks, Brie can’t help but wonder if she is the intended victim of a murderer intent on foiling her business plans. As delightful as the good-natured competition between Paint and Andy may be, readers will be invested in seeing Brie make a decision even if it results in at least one broken heart. Despite the strong thread of humor running throughout, due largely to the exuberant Mollye and Brie’s Aunt Eva, the novel doesn’t shy away from very serious and timely topics. Shameful scandals, sexism, and polities all come to a head in this charming novel that slowly unravels a complicated plot involving a surfeit of characters. The combination of romance, humorous banter, and bounty of deliciously-described food continue to make this a fun series sure to satisfy cozy-loving readers.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. sounds different


  2. New series for me.

  3. Thanks for the review.
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  4. Looks really good. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. I've had my eye on this book since I first saw it a few weeks ago. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  6. Love the cover! Would really like to read.
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