- File Size: 1519 KB
- Print Length: 567 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc (December 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D7YJHWS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Esposito Series Books Box Set Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top Customer Reviews
In book one we meet Vinnie after the death of her beloved aunt, who along with her mother has been the positive force in her life. We are also introduce to two male leads who will play pivotal roles not only in book one but also in the following books. The males are a hunky state trooper with attitude and a FBI agent, recovering from a bad case and relationship from hell. We also meet Vinnie's eccentric and hilarious to say the least relatives. Including a dad who wants her to be a "lady" and settle down. This book will have you reaching for the tissue as you both sympathize with her and laugh out loud at the trouble she manages to get into.
In book two we see more of Vinnie's family and watch the changes in her relationship with the two leads. We also meet her aunt who only dates mobsters, learn more about both her dad's past and FBI agent Aaron's past as well.
In book three we hit the holidays and finally get to meet the much alluded to "Saint" Giovanni, her brother who became a doctor. I loved this book so much I read it twice! I loved Vinnie's emotional growth the most in this book. Anyone with siblings or really close family will be able to empathize with her as she tries to recover from a injury, work, date and keep her "saintly" brother and his wife out of jail! This book will have you laughing until you cry and even screaming right along with her as she ask "why me?".
I have confidence that anyone who loves a good mystery and don't mind a touch of romance will fall head over heels for this series.
For those who are keeping score, here are the standings on all the components I've noted most reviewers object to:
(1) No paranormal/supernatural/magic components;
(2) Mild profanity;
(3) Frequent romance;
(4) No explicit sex;
(5) "Aggressive behaviors" as opposed to down-and-dirty violence;
(6) No child or animal abuse;
(7) No religious/alternative lifestyle agenda or promotion, with the exception of one tastefully done homosexual character;
(8) Not a cliffhanger ending;
(9) Grammar and punctuation police, come ahead on
I know imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery but I'm not sure that extends far enough to lend it a pass to success for an author. Every time I see an author copycat an already successful premise - such as this Evanovich knockoff (attractive yet ditzy/accident prone female from boisterous Italian/Irish/insert-favorite-ethnic-group-here family with quirky relatives, and an attraction for and to two hot males, one of whom is slightly mysterious) - I wonder what goes through the authors' minds. I mean, do they think we won't notice? Let me also say that if you read "Dirty Trouble" ahead of "For Love of Livvy" you can dispense with reading "Livvy", because "Dirty" not only reveals the guilty party from "Livvy", but The Entire Plot as well.
I found the dialogue remarkably inconsistent. One minute it's very high school, next it's very formal and stilted, even between intimates, and neither one is very effective. And please, please don't write dialect unless you're good at it and can do it without resulting to stereotype.
Hard-To-Take-This-Seriously Department: How can anybody come up with character names such as Lola Trapezi (watching too many Burt Lancaster movies?), a used car salesman named Justin Scuzzi, a female state trooper named Ima Gozinta, an attorney named John Schmuck, a judge named Alan Alibaster, Nurse Crisp, a physical therapist named Stanley Gristle, and a doctor named Kawackne with a straight face or without a punchline? And then there's cousins Gina and Cara, who later inexplicably become Gina and Tina.
Particularly annoying: Vinnie goes awfully quickly from just-met to passionate kissing a state trooper, and what's with all the coffee? A promo for the American Coffee Council? Every other page she's either brewing a pot, drinking a cup, or talking about either or both; With that much caffeine t's a wonder she ever sleeps. And every time her BFF makes an appearance or is mentioned or even thought of, her "Julia Roberts smile" has to be discussed. Enough, awready! And what's all this "Mr. Winky" foolishness?
Some scenarios were just too pathetic for someone who's supposedly teaching college classes in criminology to state troopers and security guards. A mysterious package is delivered to your doorstep by an unidentified person and you call the authorities before opening it, yet later on when you think a stalker is spying on you from the second floor of your detached garage you don't either check it out or call the authorities until the building catches fire?
Now, nothing I found was annoying enough to cause me to abandon reading, but if you have fairly rigid standards in terms of plot and character development this may not be for you. The basic story lines - insurance fraud, stolen jewels, Mafia involvement, fine art theft, cat burglar relatives - and various plot twists might have made for good reading on their own (thus the second star rating), but the distractions - copycat characters, inconsistent dialogue, chronic overuse of words, inexplicably horrifying secondary character names, chronic overuse of words (deserves mentioning twice), and the ever-popular "Mr. Winky" - completely ruined any chance for redemption here.
In closing, here are some additional series-specific (at least for the three in this boxed set) statistics:
Coffee is mentioned 181 times
"Mr. Winky" is mentioned 15 times
The Julia Roberts smile is mentioned 11 times
"smirk" is used 93 times
"chuckle" is used 182 times
Although I will politely pass on Ms. Griffin's further efforts (a recent Sarah McDougall entry is described as having "a psychic heroin" - check Griffin's Amazon page; she even gets that wrong), rest assured I may still try one or two more Vinnie books (as long as they're free), if for no other reason than to see if she manages to drop Mr. Winky, find some synonyms for "smirk" and "chuckle", give up that serious coffee addiction, and increase her attention span long enough to keep her characters' names consistent.
You may find silliness to be charming. I find it hard to believe that a woman who successfully works with law enforcement of all types, so blithely ignores formal investigative procedures and simple good advice to constantly place herself in danger. That's not feistiness, that's being foolhardy.
This series felt like it was following a checklist. Heroine who's a klutz and doesn't think she's beautiful: Check. Handsome Hunky Hero #1: Check. Handsome Hunky Hero #2: Check. Loyal sidekick: Check. Lots of yummy-sounding Italian food: Check. One parent who can cook up a storm: Check. Small town on the East Coast: Check.
I used to follow Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but after a while I got tired of them. I'm afraid I got tired of Vinnie a lot faster. Deleting this from my Kindle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read and reviewed on Amazon, individually.
2. Dirty Trouble
Vinnie is having some bad luck; someone almost kills Vinnie by running her off the...Read more