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Product Details

  • Series: The Big Uneasy
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Baird Jones; 1 edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988881802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988881808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,495,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grinning and loving it, RELATIVELY RISKY by creative talent Pauline Bard Jones is a hoot!  Humorous dialogue, rapid pacing, loveable characters and a no-holds-barred setting in New Orleans make a perfect storm of a book. Add a few evil villains to fight and you have a read that can not be put down.Eagerly awaiting the next volume in The  Big Uneasy saga." SingleTitles

"Jones' writing style is unique: a strong dose of noir balanced with humor and witty dialogue." Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Pauline Baird Jones had a tough time with reality from the get-go. After "schooling" from four, yes FOUR brothers, she knew that some people needed love and others needed shooting. Pauline figured she could do both. Romantic suspense was the logical starting point, but there were more worlds to explore, more rules to break and minds to bend. She grabbed her pocket watch and time travel device and dove through the wormhole into the world of science fiction and even some Steampunk.

Now she wanders among the genres, trying a little of this and a lot of that, rampaging through her characters' lives like Godzilla because she does love her peril (when it's not happening to her). Never fear, she gives her characters happy endings. Well, the good characters. The bad ones get justice. 

Pauline released her 13th novel, Relatively Risky, in 2013. She's not superstitious about it, well, maybe a little. So she was glad when #14 released. Core Punch: A Baker & Ban!drn Adventure is the launch book for An Uneasy Future, a spin-off of Project Enterprise and The Big Uneasy.

More About the Author

Pauline Baird Jones had a tough time with reality from the get-go. After "schooling" from four (yes FOUR brothers) she knew that some people needed love and others needed shooting. She figured she could handle both.

Romantic suspense was the logical starting point, but there were more worlds to explore, more rules to break and minds to bend. She grabbed her pocket watch and time travel device and dove through the wormhole into the world of science fiction and Steampunk. Let's face it, she's been making up science her whole life. (Sorry science teacher!)

And while she loves mayhem, doing it legal, by doing fictional, is way better than getting strip searched or going to jail. So she goes "Godzilla" on her characters and then gives the good ones a happy ever after.

In her real life, Pauline loves her family, chocolate, bacon, Diet Dr. Pepper, TV, movies and taking it easy. Because Life Happens. A lot.

To find out more about her fictional mayhem, visit her website at www.paulinebjones.com

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Overall, definitely an entertaining read.
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I love how well-developed the characters were and that the story was addictive.
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This is the first book of Pauline's that I have read but will not be my last.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pw reader on May 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Relatively Risky, The Big Uneasy Book 1 by Pauline Baird Jones. I had read a short story by this author a few years ago and thought it was an okay story. However, this novel is very, very good. The story deals with two people, Nell and Alex, who are opposites but are attracted to each other. It involves surprises and secrets, only children verses a dozen siblings, along with police families and the mob families.

As I read, I began to care for the two characters and through their eyes was able to experience some of the unique flavor of New Orleans. Besides the good writing, character development and sense of setting that I found while reading this book I loved how Ms. Jones could turn a phrase. Just one example is when Nell thinks about when she was younger how she wanted to fly to the moon or at least fly the coop. A wonderful way with words!
Also I found that Relatively Risky had a profound thought. After several attempts on Nell's life, Alex is driving Nell home. Nell is watching Alex; (quoting the book) "She let her gaze trail over him as he started to put his cell away. He was a good man. Some women liked bad boys, thought good was boring. Now, more than ever, Nell was grateful he was good. He wasn't at all boring." I believe Nell is right, good men trump bad boys every time, she just said much better than I ever could have.

Relatively Risky is titled Book 1 so I can hardly wait for the next, since I enjoyed this one so much. I hope all 12 of Alex's brothers and sisters get a chance to have their own story told. Though I am really hoping Alex's brother, Ben, is next. He is another non-boring good man who is introduced in Relatively Risky, that I would like to read more about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica F on April 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Nell and Alex meet quite by chance and through a her assisting/rescuing him from an attempted carjacking.

The beginning was a bit confusing due to the amount of information, familial relationships, and plot basics to establish. However, the depth of information does help to explain the characters and plot.

The plot is mufti-layered, and good attention to detail helps keep the story quickly flowing. Real-to-life, not all are likeable, characters fill the story.

Overall, definitely an entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kraftyvada on April 14, 2013
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I received this book for my honest review. This is the first book of Pauline's that I have read but will not be my last. The book was very well written and it kept my interest. So much do that as I was trying to finish it at 1 am, my eyes kept closing, but I had to finish it them and see what happened! I'd love to see a series with Nell and Alex!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Conoan-Baird on March 23, 2013
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I am a great fan of Pauline Baird Jones, so I'll just say that from the start. This book keeps up her excellent story telling and humor that I've loved in all of her books. This contemporary romantic suspense takes place in New Orleans, with all the sights and smells of the delicious side of that city. Our hero, Alex Baker, a homicide cop, meets Nell Whitby when she runs down (literally) a perp in the middle of carjacking Alex as he gets off duty. Rough night. I love the dialog and humor throughout the story. It's not a comedy, per se, but life is just funny sometimes, and Pauline is great at capturing that.

There are wise guys, or wise geezers in the story (since they're gettin' on in years), and thugs and a lot of siblings. Alex has a dozen brothers and sisters, all of whom are in law enforcement in one way or another. The siblings are way fun, as they never seem to get over having grown up together.

Nell is an unlikely librarian from Wyoming, living with her best friend in New Orleans. She is also an artist and kids' story writer, illustrating people as vegetables. Her take on the big city is pretty fun. At one point, Alex asks her, '"Anything seem out of the ordinary in the past few weeks?" Nell couldn't help it. She had to give him a Look. "I moved here from Wyoming. Everything is out of my ordinary."'

I had a great time with this story. It's fast paced (but not exhausting), fun, funny, and has that romantic sizzle that is so appealing and won't make you blush.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 17, 2013
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This is the first of Pauline's books for me and it is really good. The characters are fun and interesting and you really get a feel for New Orleans! Great job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Berryman on January 5, 2014
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an excellent read, am looking forward to more in this series. a lot of action, romance with interesting characters, would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good romantic suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on December 31, 2013
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Nell Whitby thought she knew all about her life until she moved to New Orleans after the tragic death of her parents. As she begins to uncover dangerous family secrets she also becomes a target for several assassins. She discovers that her parents have left her better prepared than she’d realized as she fights her way through the mysteries surrounding her.

Pauline Baird Jones has written an exciting mystery with a sweet and gentle romance. The story is set in New Orleans and Jones brings that city to life with such vividness that the city itself also becomes a character. I have never been to New Orleans but now I feel as if I have.

Nell is a wonderful quirky heroine, a fully three-dimensional person whom it is easy to like and champion. When Nell foils a carjacking by riding her bicycle into a car door, she meets detective Alex Baker and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Alex is also a well-developed character with his own set of quirks, including being the eldest of thirteen children. Nell and Alex dance around each other as they attempt to foil the New Orleans mob families.

The setting and the characters make this a very fun read. However, I figured out where the evidence was hidden early in the game, which did make the mystery part of the novel less exciting. Nevertheless, there was still plenty of suspense in watching the events unfold. The ending was overall satisfactory but several key questions were never answered and since this is the first book in the series, I don’t know if the unanswered questions are being left for another novel. I did learn that there is a short story sequel to this novel, Family Treed: The Big Uneasy 1.
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