Queen of Tarts Review of
In Love By Design
by Tracy Ellen
I love Anabel Axelrod! She’s smart, sassy, hella sarcastic and hell on wheels. She’s my hero. 😉 In Love By Design by Tracy Ellen is the third adventure of Anabel and I sincerely hope not the last.
This outing finds Anabel adjusting to being in a committed relationship with her guy Luke. He’s been out of town for two weeks with no word and she’s mentally griping ‘It’s pretty damn hard to become a fabulous girlfriend when there’s no boyfriend around for weeks for me to practice on!’ Her internal dialogue cracks me up. I relate to most of what she’s thinking and feeling and I always have a big smile on my face when I’m reading anything by Tracy Ellen.
So nothing is ever boring around Anabel. Luke comes back to town and smexy times ensue. *fans self* Yum! There’s danger, intrigue, ninja hijinks with girl time (I want to go ninja-ing with Anabel, Jaz, Tre and Anna!) lies, murder, revenge, tricks, gifts in red bags, Batman basements, hot times in trucks (!), revelations and discoveries…. Some of the discoveries kinda threw me and I was with Anabel feeling maybe things went too far and needed to be fixed.
A few of my fav lines…
♥ When I say I know men, it doesn’t mean I always understand how their brains work, or in some instances, doesn’t work.
♥ “Do you feel like reading, Protégé?”
She smiles, “Always.”
♥ Luke flicked my cheek and smiled in approval. “That’s right, Anabel. You don’t hesitate one second to fight dirty with anything at your disposal. If a person can’t avoid a fight, they better be damn willing to do anything necessary to win. You can give someone all the training in the world,” Luke raised a fist and softly thumped my chest above my heart, “but that fierce competitiveness comes from within. People either have it or they don’t. You have it in spades, Princess.”
At that statement, I flew off my stool. Landing partially on Luke’s lap, I flung my arms around his neck and kissed him passionately. He reflexively caught me, but the bar stool rocked and it was iffy for a second if we’d topple over backwards, but I didn’t care.
This story is filled with fun and love. There’s lots of love. Love for friends and what you would do to protect or avenge. And love for your partner. I adore Luke and Anabel together. I love that they know and appreciate each others quirks and talents. I’m excited to see their relationship develop and I need more Anabel!
If you are in the mood for a rolicking good time with some unexpected twists in a first person story told by an independent, strong willed heroine who thinks outside the box and has inner monologues with a sex kitten voice and mean mommy voice. A woman who is exploring her relationship with her Mr. Secretive aka Luke and a town full of interesting characters then go adventuring with Anabel and hold on for the ride. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
The Queen of Tarts
♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.