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Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 21, 2019
Source: Book Tour Provided
True Lies meets The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag. The story opens with a bang! Double life, guns and intrigue grip you for a ride through a story that brings humor along with death defying spies. Adrenaline, start your engines! Oh, and the cover gives me shivers as it reminds me of Keanu Reeves!
Betty’s had enough! Thom is gone all the time as an insurance adjuster, sex in the dark with a 50/50 chance of having an orgasm, and being bored to death. Having a boring, passionless life wasn’t what she wanted and now it’s time to move on, but hey, he’s gone again so waiting around could take forever. Bam! The truck is packed up just as the condo explodes and Betty is thrown into a world she never thought to enter. Oh, yeah, I usually don’t compare books or movies together, but I had to since Betty is really her name and I barely remember seeing The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag. But True Lies was a better comparison.
The story is told from Betty’s POV only, but you get explainations on why Thom picked her, why it is passionless sex in the dark, and why he needed a normal life. Their relationship is built on lies, but when Thom is faced with losing her and the cat is out of the bag, he starts coming clean on the lies while also trying not to lie, but also not tell everything. Once the shirt comes off and you see him in the light, you know why he did it that way. Scars get questions when they look like gun holes or knife slashes.
I loved Betty. I would consider going lesbian for her, but I guess since she is fictional, I won’t…I kind of like my husband … who is named Tom *wink* She’s anti-violence and guns, which becomes funny when she realizes he has had stashes all over the place in their condo. She gives up all the information on Thom, but all she knows is the side that he has shown her. I often say the heroine gives up the fight to easily over being wronged, but Betty holds onto that anger and betrayal for a while. Thom’s trained in seduction and now that he knows Betty hated the one night a week sex and 50/50 chance of an orgasm, he’s ready to show her all his skills. Faced with all man now, she holds out under pressure to get the truth of everything in his life.
There is a twist in the story that gave me some moments of pissed offness I will admit, but my only real complaint would be what I felt was a rushed the end of the story. It wraps us easily enough *wink* but it feels like a dump of information instead of making me live it. Up until that point, I was all in!
I have gotten used to Scott’s style of first person narrative and only one side of the story. Not many authors can get away with that for me. In fact, I think she is the only one I allow to get away with it. So know that if she is the only one, she has a wonderful way with telling a story that gets me involved. Give it a try, especially if you love a spy!
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