An inheritance brought her more than she ever could have imagined…
Killeen Ames has it all…beauty, brains, a college softball scholarship and a rich and handsome boyfriend who has helped to stretch her college funds and fill her social calendar. He is the only boy she ever allowed past second base and now he’s her baby daddy. However, being a father was not in his short-range plans. He graduates, then he splits, leaving Killeen to decide what she wants to do about the pregnancy…and to worry about how she’s going to keep her scholarship. With no marketable skills, no job, no home and medical bills for her and the baby on the horizon, she knows she must move forward. A knock at the door of her boyfriend’s apartment changes the game forever when an attorney gives her the news of an inheritance from an unknown dead relative.
After traveling to Austin, Killeen walks into the meeting and is surprised to find out that the relative was actually her birth father, and he had been a popular music star who recently died of an overdose. Even more shocking are the four strangers who share the same absentee dad. He has left them a highly successful private investigation agency, Scandals. The catch is…they have to make the commitment to work there.
Their introduction to the P.I. business almost gets them killed when a bomb goes off in the warehouse that sends Killeen to the hospital. She has kept the secret of her pregnancy from everyone, including Christopher, the totally irresistible manager of Scandals. Their hot night of wild sex in the office was a one-time thing…right? She chalks up her attraction to him as just raging hormones. They have no chance of a future together. He’s gorgeous, intelligent and successful. He would never want anyone with so much baggage.
Christopher has a secret of his own. He’s been investigation the possibility that, despite popular opinion, their father’s death hadn’t been an accidental overdose. He thinks it was murder.
Even though the five siblings still haven’t accepted the fact that they have a father who made no attempt to be a part of their lives, they join together to discover the truth about his death. The search throws Killeen and Christopher together and their passion grows hotter. As her feelings for him slowly become more serious, she knows she must tell him about the baby.
After a fun day in the sun, an event happens that outs Killeen’s secret. Christopher, as expected, doesn’t take the news well. But they must continue to work together to track down a killer, especially since the killer has now focused on them. Someone doesn’t want them to stay and take over the business. In fact, someone wants them all dead and now the decision on whether or not to be a part of the agency seems very unimportant compared to the job of trying to stop from being killed.
They set up a trap that goes terribly wrong. Suddenly, Killeen must make a big decision. Who should she save? Her baby? Christopher? Her new brothers and sisters? Their lives are in her hands.
The title of this book is pretty awful but the book itself is actually pretty good.
The book pulls you in from the start by presenting the heroine in one hell of a predicament; she has no family, no boyfriend, no money, and relying on a softball scholarship to pay for college. Well, being pregnant doesn't work with her current life path and she has no support structure to help her figure out what to do next.
She is thrown a wild card in the form of an estate attorney and a whole new world opens up to her. Complete with money, a new family, a new potential career path, and a hot new guy. But it isn't all sunshine and roses. Nope, someone seems to be out to kill her and her new found family. The story focuses on the mystery and is done rather well with clues and progress but still a whole lot of questions up until the final showdown. There were also some frisky scenes between the heroine and her new love interest (who is not related to her by the way). The emotional journey of the heroine was well-developed as she adjusted to each turn her life took and struggled to come to decisions regarding her future.
All in all, the only real negative things I can say about this book are the title and the premise that a bunch of women let some drugged out dude name their child after a tour stop and that he had real feelings for each of their mothers at some point (that lasted about 6 months each). While I wasn't quite sold on this, it does make a good framework for a series as they each get to know their siblings and new lives, and tackle new mysteries through their PI firm, Scandals.
*A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*