My, my my. If you could only see the snarky grin on my face! I just finished “Mischief becomes her” by Kasey Michaels and it was a blast to read. I’ve been a fan of Michaels’ stories for several years now, both contemporary and historical, so when I picked up the first ‘Mischief’ contemporary book and realized it had a connection to her ‘Ainsley Beckett’ historical series, I was psyched. This second book in the ‘Mischief’ series continues with tantalizing hints of an upcoming book that will cement the tie between the two series while providing a sexy contemporary reunion story. Now who can resist that? Not me.
Jessica is the second Sunshine daughter’s story even though she’s the baby. The first book “dial M for Mischief’ was about Jolie Sunshine the movie star who ends up reunited with her first love after her father’s death. Now Jessica takes main stage and she falls for an older cop, Matt, who isn’t quite sure how their relationship got started, much less where it goes from here. There’s a ton of great repartee and witty bantering back and forth between these two, so if you’re looking for a ‘hearts and flowers’ romance, pass this one by.
The heat factor is fairly high without being explicit, but I’d still restrict reading for an adult or mature older teen. The mystery is intricate and even though you get a good feel for the ‘bad guy’ halfway through, the mystery that’s solved isn’t the one involving him (yet) so there are still surprises and plenty of sleuthing to do.
This series is very much a romantic mystery with tons of humor and I’m salivating for the next book “Mischief 24/7” which should be out April 2009. Until then, I’ll nestle “Mischief becomes her” on my Kasey Michaels shelf and try to wait patiently.