Today’s book review comes from Cathy she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com
Cathy chose to read and review Business As Usual by E.L.Lindley
As we meet former teacher, now a Los Angeles based documentary film maker, Georgie Connolly, she is about to start a stint of community service. Due to an embarrassing mix up she was convicted of driving under the influence. Her penance is to teach media studies to decidedly uncooperative students one day a week. Georgie is a volatile character, with an explosive temper, and sometimes (a lot of the time actually) acts before thinking things through properly, landing her, and sometimes the people around her, in precarious situations. But underlying her irritability and tendency to jump in with both feet, she has a good and caring heart and is quite sensitive.
James Finn, an ex Marine, is hired, albeit reluctantly on James’ part, by his friend, Eric, who is also Georgie’s boss and her best friend’s husband, to protect Georgie from a white supremacist, out for revenge and sending death threats. Georgie exposed the group in a previous documentary and as Georgie bounces from disaster to disaster James is in turn infuriated with her and trying to deny the spark of attraction growing between them.
When one of Georgie’s students goes missing, Georgie’s attention is drawn to Maxim Petrov, a questionable Russian and suspected abductor, with ties to ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ and the seedier side of life. Not one to let an opportunity pass her by, Georgie decides to investigate Petrov by making him her next documentary subject, not realising just how dangerous and corrupt he is until it’s too late.
I like the twist of Georgie making documentaries instead of being connected to law enforcement. The cast of characters surrounding Georgie are all interesting, real and easy to identify with. The relationship between Georgie and James had me wanting to knock some sense into them both at times though.
This is a fun and entertaining read, even though there are darker aspects and menacing connotations involving corruption, prostitution and trafficking, both in drugs and girls. This adds to the drama, and the action and suspense is kept on the boil throughout. The story flows, and is paced well. I look forward to following more of Georgie’s adventures.
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Thanks Judith 😀
Yes I’ve read this and it’s excellent. I liked the Georgie Connelly heroine so much that I asked if my hero could ‘meet’ her in my latest book Sheer Fear, and my friend EL Lindley agreed. And Jack Lockwood has a cameo in one of Georgie’s next adventures too. A cross pollination of heros/heroines.
That is such a great idea.
Thanks Geoff I really appreciate your unstinting support 😀
I love this review Rosie and can’t thank you and Cathy enough. Geoff’s idea was a stroke of genius and as I have a serious crush on Jack Lockwood I was delighted to have him meet up with Georgie. After all, I do live vicariously through her 😀