For the Love of Katie (The Katie Chronicles Book 2), by Erica Lucke Dean
Publication: Red Adept Publishing, LLC; April 18, 2017
About the book: Newlywed Katie Maxwell is ready to settle down and leave her amateur detective days behind. But when the veil of secrecy surrounding her husband’s latest project takes them to Europe, her penchant for sleuthing lands her in some serious hot foreign water.
Katie will need to think quickly to talk her way out of handcuffs and a Parisian jail cell. Too bad she doesn’t speak French.
For the Love of Katie is the second madcap adventure in The Katie Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to skip the first?
Just released yesterday, For the Love of Katie is a hilarious and fast-paced follow-up of To Katie with Love. Once again the author dazzles the reader with Katie’s hilarious escapades and her ups and downs concerning her and Cooper getting married, her career, her mother (of course), as well as, her crazy co-workers and friends. The book starts with Katie in a Parisian jail and she then recounts how she got to that point with the detective, flashing back to when they got back together until they got married, and after.
I said in my review of To Katie with Love, Katie is one of the best characters ever! She is real, honest, emotional, hilarious, and just a down to earth person like any woman you might be friends with. One of the funniest things I’ve ever read involved Katie trying to do an at-home bikini wax after having margaritas with her pals, making me laugh out loud, double over, and I had tears of laughter streaming down my face.
Cooper was once again romantic and fabulous possessing a level of patience and understanding that I am personally not familiar with. The main is truly a saint. He discovers Katie has a bruised chin from a gay stripper shaking his business to close to her face and the man still laughs hysterically.
Katie’s mom Grace is very prominent in the follow-up, just as evil but funny as before. As “Mommie Dearest/Joan Crawford” she may seem, she is also extremely honest and hilarious. She does horrible things to Katie, prompting Katie to try and seek revenge, eventually confronting her mother on her lifelong behavior. The best part of the book, however, apart from the bikini wax incident, is a “suspected fart” scene involving Grace. Once again I was bent over, howling, holding my stomach, with tears streaming down my face.
I’m not sure it’s possible but I think I enjoyed For the Love of Katie even more than the first one. The author paints a perfect picture of the setting and the characters that truly make you feel as if you are there or watching a movie rather than reading a novel. Katie is once again always tripping and falling, getting into precarious situations, crying, and all of the other real-life experiences and emotions that make her such a relatable character. I rarely read a book twice, but this is one I will certainly read again. I have already gone back and re-read a few chapters just because the novel was wonderful and I couldn’t get enough. I’ve loved everything written by Erica Lucke Dean, but this one just topped them all!
This is a must-read and technically can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the first novel before this one to truly appreciate the characters and events.
*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
**Make sure to check out author Erica Lucke Dean’s personal account of at-home waxing!