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Hustled To The Altar Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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On the day before her wedding to Jake, our heroine, Rennie, seeks out her ex-boyfriend, Con, to confess in person that his grandmother has been swindled while under Rennie's care. From this simple beginning, this talented author spins a tale that encompasses con men, gangsters, ambitious news reporters, stoner hotel staff, a day spa that turns into a brothel at night, and a "health mine" where tourists pay to enter an abandoned gold mine to sit in lichen slime and breathe radon gas.
The cast of characters includes a former teen grifter trying to stay straight, a super rich game designer who can't seem to help seeing life in terms of competition, a prissy con man who wears "man makeup," and a mob enforcer who is in the market for a nice diamond ring for his wife. The love triangle between Rennie, Con and Jake is funny and engaging. Despite the importance of the twisty-turny plot, these are all three-dimensional characters with fascinating backstories and realistic character traits.
The author does tend to do some head-hopping in her narration, so it is sometimes hard for the reader to figure out which character's head they are in. But the author has a flare for witty dialogue that can be really funny.
I found this a satisfying read and will seek out this author again.
The idea of ex's Renny and Con being thrown together in a grand caper of epic proportions started out really fun and exciting. On a mission to get back the money that was swindled from his grandmother, Con recruits Renny into the scheme the day before her wedding to steadfast albeit boring, Jacob. The three embark on a trip together and from there the story spirals into what became a circus sideshow at times.
Between Renny and Con playing off each other to see who could "one-up" the other, secondary characters introduced at random and the final payoff at the end it was an entertaining read. I wasn't really a fan of the sideline romance between secondary characters Laila and Spencer though. I'm pretty sure that was a built in setup for their story, possibly in the future. For me it sort of took the focus away from Renny and Con and although I LOATHE a love triangle, this one wasn't nearly as bad as some I've read. Jacob was hardly a threat and at times I found myself rooting for him when Con pissed me off.
The dynamic in this one wasn't my favorite of Collins' but I did enjoy myself and couldn't seem to put it down. It felt a little discombobulating at the best of times, but I'd still recommend it for its excitement in keeping the reader engaged.
Pick up this romantic comedy and be on the look out for it in the theaters. I would almost bet it will get picked up.