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Product Details

  • Series: A Lola Cruz Mystery
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Select (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620610043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620610046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smart, sassy, and a bundle of fun!  Lola is the spicy, Latina answer to Stephanie Plum - full of laughs, heart, and the kind of endearing women you can't help rooting for.  Fans of the humorous mystery genre will be cheering in their seats over the latest Lola Cruz mystery." ~ Gemma Halliday, NY Times bestselling author


"Bare-Naked Lola reveals just how saucy, funny, sizzling and brave P.I. Lola Cruz can be. She is one hot mamacita, and this book is not to be missed! Loved every page of Bare-Naked Lola!" ~ Bestselling author Heather Webber

"Melissa has scored with her latest Lola Cruz Mystery. She had me cheering for Lola as the sassy PI goes undercover as a dancer for a professional basketball team to investigate a mystery that kept me guessing (and giggling) all the way to the bare-naked end."~ Dorothy St. James, author of the White House Gardener Mysteries


"If you enjoyed Janet Evanovich's series but always felt like something was missing, then look no further than the Lola Cruz mysteries! She's smarter, sassier, sexier, bolder, funnier, and always gets her man in the end. Lola Cruz could definitely give Stephanie Plum a few lessons!

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is a fresh voice ... I am completely addicted to this series!" ~Fresh Fiction


About The Lola Cruz Mystery Series

“...Dolores “Lola” Falcón Cruz, a Sacramento, Calif., PI whose kung fu moves are only part of her chica charm. Ramirez keeps the action tight, the plot smart and humor light in this spicy blend of crime solving and romance. Lola’s Latina perspective adds extra sizzle.” - Publishers Weekly

4 1/2 Stars: “Tightly plotted, with scenes of laugh-out- loud humor, great dialogue and supporting characters, this is a sassy, fun story that will have you waiting impatiently for the next book.” - Romantic Times Book Reviews

Praise for Bare-Naked Lola

“Ay Caramba! Lola’s back, and hotter than ever, whether strutting her stuff as a courtside dancer or crashing a party at a nudist resort. Between the well-crafted mystery and the sizzling romance, BARE-NAKED LOLA is a great read… and muy caliente!” ~Jennie Bentley, NY Times bestselling author
“Smart, sassy, and a bundle of fun! Lola is the spicy, Latina answer to Stephanie Plum – full of laughs, heart, and the kind of endearing women you can’t help rooting for. Fans of the humorous mystery genre will be cheering in their seats over Melissa Bourbon Ramirez’s latest Lola Cruz mystery.” ~ Gemma Halliday, NY Times bestselling author

“Bare-Naked Lola reveals just how saucy, funny, sizzling and brave P.I. Lola Cruz can be. She is one hot mamacita, and this book is not to be missed! Loved every page of Bare-Naked Lola!” ~ Bestselling author Heather Webber

“Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has scored with her latest edition in the Lola Cruz Mysteries series. She had me cheering for Lola as the sassy PI goes undercover as a dancer for a professional basketball team to investigate a mystery that kept me guessing (and giggling) all the way to the bare-naked end.” ~ Dorothy St. James, author of the White House Gardener Mysteries

“¡Ay Caramba! Lola Cruz is back, smarter and sexier than ever. Melissa Bourbon Ramirez and her spicy PI detective will leave you hanging on every page!” ~ Tonya Kappes, bestselling Indie author

From the Author

Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she's out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento's professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing--but parading around in nothing but smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she's going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps....


Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she's now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola. 
 
She's also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Firasek on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lola, Lola, Lola. Wow. I'm sad that I've not read books 1 & 2 yet. Beginning with book 3 was a breeze because Bourbon managed to bring me right up to speed without any blips in the history. I love that. This is my first mystery read, and as I hooted on twitter, I may be a new fan of the genre if they are all as fun as Bare-Naked Lola.

Lola was everything I look for in a heroine: smart, funny, feisty, and most of all vulnerable. She kept me totally entertained and completely enthralled. Oh, and her love interest Jack is not to be left out. He's a super hottie with a single minded goal: Get Lola and keep her.

If you're looking for a fun, fast read with a who-done-it plot line, this is absolutely the book for you. I enjoyed every moment and am now a new fan of the genre. Woot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bare Naked Lola may be book 3 in a series, but I jumped right in and am now a fan of the spunky, latin lady private investigator, Lola Cruz.

In Bare Naked Lola, private investigator Lola is put on a case where she has to go undercover as a cheerleader for a basketball team to find out the source of mysterious notes that have been scaring the girls. As the case develops and takes Lola to places she never dreamed she would go, she has to learn to shake it and reveal more skin than she ever wanted all while managing her tentative relationship with her boyfriend.

I really like Lola's character. She is fun, determined to prove herself, and an overall "good-girl" who gets herself into some pretty crazy situations. The situations she gets into in Bare Naked Lola are pretty funny. When her investigation takes a deadly turn, she has to investigate a nudist club, which really pushes her boundaries. She is cautious when it comes to relationships, and throughout the book she is struggling with her relationship with her boyfriend. I am happy that she seems to grow through the book and get to a better place with Jack. Lola's fellow private investigators and her family are all solid secondary characters. They are interesting, give the book depth, and also provide humor to the story.

I found Bare Naked Lola to be well-written and developed. The story is a mystery with some humor thrown in and I really liked reading this one. The only thing I didn't love was that Lola speaks in spanish a lot, she uses spanish expressions. I don't speak spanish, and I was often distracted from the story trying to figure out what she said.

Overall, with good character development, unexpected and humorous plot twists, and mystery, Bare Naked Lola is an excellent read. I will read more Lola Cruz books in the future, and I recommend Bare Naked Lola to fans of mystery and humorous books.

*I received this book for review*
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bare Naked Lola is the third book in the Lola Cruz Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, who is also the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series.
This fun, cozy series features Latina Delores (Lola) Cruz, a private detective at Camacho and Associates by day and a waitress at the restaurant owned by her family, Abuelitas, by night. Despite her penchant for finding herself at the center of awkward and dangerous situations, Lola is determined to prove herself as a PI, even with the objections of her traditional Catholic family and constant distraction in the form of gorgeous journalist, Jack Callaghan. The comparison to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is inevitable and there are general similarities, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment this author provides.
Lola is a fun and feisty heroine who is witty, smart and capable of looking after herself (as evidenced by her Black Belt in martial arts). She is determined to solve her first undercover case, investigating threats made against the Royals Courtside Dance team, even if it means wearing the skimpy cheer outfits, and duct tape, in front of thousands of people. As a good Catholic girl, Lola finds baring too much skin uncomfortable so when the clues lead her to a Naturist resort she has to decide where to look, and exactly how far she will go, to close the investigation.
While the mystery element, identifying the sender of the notes, and later the killer, worked out satisfactorily, I think the plot would have benefited by having different perpetrators for the incidents, just to add a little more depth to the investigation. I really had no clue who to suspect for at least three quarters of the book and didn't see the motive coming at all which I am not too sure about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlena on May 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Author: Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud
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"Bare-Naked Lola by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez was indeed a intriguing mystery read. This was book three... (The Lola Cruz Mysteries) and my first of the series. I did enjoy this mystery and thought it was well written ....positively a page turner. I was very much entertained with all of the twist and turns of this read. Believe me it was a hilarious read.

From the Camacho and Associates.. a local PI Agency...there was Deloris (Lola) Cruz....This very sassy, smart, investigator was going 'undercover in the Sacramento's professional basketball team' as a court side dancer....... looking for a murder suspect......... but how did she end up in a 'nudist resort?' Now..just how did that happen? The main thing was that Lola wanted to keep this from her family and boyfriend...Jack who had a ex girlfriend that had 'fatal attractions tendencies. Oh, less not forget Lola other job at the restaurant that her parents owned... being a waitress at Abuelitas.'... Lolas' night job..... and what about her family...a very interesting read.

Be ready to find plenty of suspense, mystery, romance, lots of laughter and even some danger in this good read. Now I don't want to leave out Jack....he was the 'HOT journalist' who had known Lola since HS...Would Lola and Jack finally get together? What about Sarah (the ex)?....How would this case come out? You will simply have to pick up this good read because it gets real interesting!

The characters were really off the chart...
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