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After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently deceased mother's stripper boots, Lacey realizes she is not cut out for life onstage. She sets out on a yearlong investigation to find her true family, never expecting she'll find it with a capital F.
With a rumbling stomach, a need for money ("check engine" lights don't fix themselves!), and a conscience that operates at 78 percent on a good day, Lacey is sucked into a whirlwind of family secrets, hard-as-cement cookies, and mysterious, sexy men who unfortunately shoot guns, sometimes aimed at her face. The long-lost granddaughter of Carlos Luzzi, the godfather of the Italian Mafia, Lacey accepts her first assignment for the mob: finding $15 million of "the good stuff".
Even after she enlists the help of her mouthy best friend and her cousin, a technical genius and social disaster, she finds that going toe to toe with the rival Russian mob is more dangerous than expected.
No one chooses their family, but Lacey Luzzi will be lucky if she can survive hers.
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By Jan on 07-01-15
Who knew The Mob could be so much fun?!
I think it's unfortunate that Lacey is compared to Stef Plum, they are way different. And that's a good thing. Lacey is NOT somebody's knock-off, but a really fun person in her own right. And the stuff that happens to her, and the messes she gets into will make you laugh yourself silly! Any under 50 can relate to her, and the overs can remember being like her. Her pal Meg is soooo like my best friend since the 4th grade! No plot spoilers here, just be prepared to have fun. Remember: A good laugh is like 10 minutes on a rowing machine (old YMCA ad).
Caitlin Kelly is great as the audio performer! Peppy and easy to listen to, with good voice interpretation of the numerous characters (pun intended).
This book was a gift courtesy of AudioBook Blast
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By Gaele on 08-23-15
completely unrealistic and utterly fun story
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
A rather unusual start, Lacey’s stripper mother has died, three years have passed, and she is just discovering her heretofore unknown maternal grandparents. A bit of an odd duck, Lacey is outrageously confident considering her complete lack of skills, sense or experience. Which makes for a rather fun listen: she’s not stupid, just rather clueless. And suddenly she’s discovered her ties to a ‘mafia family”, far less Sopranos and far more Keystone cops.
This is a completely unrealistic and utterly fun story: leave your expectations at the door – the mystery is clever, the action is non-stop and the laughs are sprinkled throughout. Lacey and her compatriots are brash, daring, impetuous and missing a key tether to the thought of consequences, which just gives this story a feel of a chick lit / cozy mash up.
Narration for this story is provided by Caitlin Kelly, with a voice that is perfectly suited to the character of Lacey: cheerful, chirpy and holding a touch of youth that provide a solid presence for Lacey. Distinct changes in pitch, tone, delivery and accent appear with secondary characters, and make the transitions from character to character easy to distinguish. A clever presentation added to the enjoyment of this story, and kept me engaged.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the narrator via Audio Book Blast. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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