- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Aquinas & Krone Publishing, LLC (February 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984352627
- ISBN-13: 978-0984352623
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,480,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Such Thing as a Free Ride Paperback – February 14, 2010
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Brandy is more than just a zany character getting into scrapes and being saved by one or the other hunky men in her life. In fact, Brandy grows throughout this series, becoming more mature and learning from her mistakes. This simple fact makes this series unique among the humorous romantic mysteries out there. But that's not the only thing that sets the Brandy Alexander series apart. Ms. Fredman has managed to write characters who are both larger than life and real at the same time. Through the four books so far, we've watched each major character make mistakes, do what is right, sacrifice, love, suffer, and grow. I can't imagine anyone reading these books and not taking these characters to heart. And Ms. Fredman doesn't try to wrap everything up in a neat package. Real life is messy, and so is Brandy's.
In this book, the mystery plot revolves around a very true and disturbing phenomenon: homeless teens and their lives on the streets. Again, the author doesn't sugar coat the truth. The details on homeless teens and the mystery plot line are very satisfying, making a great backdrop for the continuing struggles in Brandy's personal life.
While the author gives some background to help make this book stand alone, this book will be more fully enjoyed if the reader is invested in the characters. I highly recommend starting with No Such Thing As a Secret and finishing with No Such Thing As a Free Ride. You will not be disappointed. I rarely give five star reviews, but I think this book is worth every star and more.
This is the 4th book in the Brandy series, and finally there is a romantic ending that I've been waiting for. It's not the perfect typical romance ending, but it's a good feeling about the couple - and I liked it. I love this series because the character of Brandy is so unique and funny. She acts on impulse and lies all the time to everyone - but she and they know she's lying.
I liked the mystery-solving plots in books 2 and 3 the best. The plot in book 4 wasn't as exciting, and I'm not sure why, but it was still good. The important thing to know is that if you liked the first 3 books then go for 4. I believe the author is working on a 5th book. I enjoy being in Brandy's world.
This story is about runaway teens living on the street. They avoid anything to do with cops and take care of their own. Their temporary living places are called squats. Many become prostitutes. Brandy sees a girl crumpled on the street and calls an ambulance. Brandy then sees another girl Crystal being attacked by a man and jumps in to help her. Crystal says her friend Star is missing, and Brandy promises to help find Star. Some street teens have died recently, and a case worker was murdered. Brandy investigates in her own unique way.
Story length: 305 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 3. Setting: current day Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Copyright: 2010. Genre: humorous female mystery with romance.
Following is the Brandy Series in order. You can read any book as a stand-alone, but I think it's best if you read them in order. The first book sets up important things to know.
4 stars. No Such Thing As A Secret
5 stars. No Such Thing As A Good Blind Date
5 stars. No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
5 stars. No Such Thing As A Free Ride