REVIEW by Chelsey: Dirty Tricks by Xandra James (@XandraJames , @ChelseyJNichols)

She wanted revenge. He wanted her.

Cat was desperate, but pretending to be a ghost to stop the renovation on the neighbouring manor house was a new low even for her. All she needed to do, though, was slow down the renovation and figure out a way to make the owner pay for stealing her family home years before. Simple.

Everything was perfect until a new guy arrived on site, turning her plans for revenge upside down, and her body to a puddle of lusty mush. But when she finds out the secret he’s been keeping, will their attraction be strong enough to hold them together? Or will family ties tear them apart?

Warning: this story contains a large, orange cat called Elvis, a fake ghost called Cat, a sizzling hot romance, and it just may cause you to crack a smile.

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Catherine Wakely is a woman with a plan – a plan to scare the contractors right out of her grandmother’s old house and some old fashioned revenge.

And it’s working – that is, until one sexy and perceptive businessman enters the picture. Jay Marshall is a busy man and the contract work on one building in particular is taking up way too much time. Jay leaves to handle problems at the old building and finds himself handling (and entranced) by the next door neighbour – Cat.

Dirty Tricks circles around the tension and secrets between Jay and Cat, which were both fun and humorous to read about. I enjoyed the quick pace of the story and the interactions between the characters – though a few punctuation and mechanical errors did distract me a bit.

Watching Cat sift through her emotional issues and moments of grief were interesting and believable – and her cat companion, Elvis, was a cute addition and the interactions between them added more depth to Cat’s character than would have otherwise been possible in such a short story. Well, for people who talk to their animals, anyways – which should be everyone, they’re great listeners.

While it was nice to have Jay’s perspective as well, I did find myself enjoying Cat’s point of view much more than his, which is likely because I found her to be a more interesting character. Cat’s a little more flawed and though they both have issues in their past that they need to overcome, I found Cat an easier character to relate to.

Overall, I found that Xandra James has a good sense of how her characters would react given their individual circumstances and what her readers want to read, especially in such a short format.

Dirty Tricks is a sweet, humorous adventure that shows what happens when the heart gets in the way of the head. I think with time, Xandra James will only get better and I look forward to seeing more stories from her in the future.

3.25 Stars


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