Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Review: Death, Taxes, and Hot Pink Leg Warmers

Death, Taxes, and Hot-Pink Leg Warmers (Death and Taxes, #5)Author: Diane Kelly
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Series: Death & Taxes # 5

It’s bad enough that Tara has to go on trial against the mortgage-frauding “Tennis Racketeers” who cheated banks and homeowners out of millions in between doubles matches. Now she has to go undercover—in a strip club—to strip the sleazeball owner of his indeed illegal livelihood. At least she’s working as a bookkeeper, not a pole dancer. And who needs tips when her undercover crush, Special Agent Nick, is the club’s bodyguard?

With so many hot bodies on display, Tara agrees to join her boss, Lu “the Lobo” Lobozinski, in her daily workouts at the Y. Lu’s on a health kick after recovering from cancer, and she’s pulled her leotards, tights, and hot-pink leg warmers out of mothballs. Which is okay with Tara. If she hopes to put Mr. Geils behind bars, grab the tennis boys by the balls, and lock lips with the unsuspecting Nick, she needs to be in the best shape of her life…

Nothing like a baseball bat to the head to ruin a girl’s faith in herself.

Yep, I’d recently let my guard down, assumed a mild-mannered granny posed no threat to me. Unfortunately, when I informed the woman she’d violated federal law by unwittingly helping terrorists funnel money overseas, she’d panicked. Even more unfortunately, an official major league baseball bat signed by none other than Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton had been in close reach behind the counter of her pawnshop. She’d grabbed the bat, swung for the seats, and – Crack! Lights out for me.

The place gave me the total creeps. “Let’s get out of here.” Before the devil steals our souls.

Eddie glanced over at me. “Aren’t you a Baptist?” “Yeah,” I said, “but it can’t hurt.”

Tara Holloway and I are best friends. I am serious. If she were a real character, we would be the best of friends. Diane Kelly is a phenomenal writer and I agree with many other reviews I have read in saying that this is the best book in the series yet. Diane writes this fast-paced lifestyle and these characters that all feel real. I have never been so interested in tax evasion before this series! The only thing that I always hate about her books is that I am left wanting more, and in this case I am stuck waiting until October of this year for the next book in this series. Again, this book is filled with filthy bad guys trying to evade taxes, and a spunky Tara Holloway who is right on their trail.

Diane Kelly can put readers in some pretty unpredictable, filthy scenarios full of drugs, strippers, prostitutes, you name it and while all this is going on I am loving every minute of it. Diane really knows how to draw readers into a scene. I always know what is going on and it’s almost as if I am a tiny camera sitting on Tara’s shoulder. Diane makes readers a part of the story and really allows them to connect with other characters in the same way that Tara does. She gives them each crazy, funny, quirky personalities in order to make them stand out.

These books just keep getting better and better. I swear I do not know how she does it! Diane Kelly is one of my favorite authors because of her Tara Holloway series. Tara becomes more of a pistol with each book, and to be honest I will so sad to ever see this story end. Her sex scenes are steamy, her action scenes have me on the edge of my seat, and the moments when you think you know for sure what is going to happen next she comes in and sets off fireworks!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Paperbacks in exchange for my honest review***


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