A Cutthroat Business (A Savannah Martin Mystery #1) by Jenna Bennett

a-cutthrat-businessBlurb: Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally … until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

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4 Stars

This blurb is misleading for me.  For instance, the  “making no bones about what he wants from her.” is wrong.  Maybe I’m dense but it didn’t seem he wanted anything from her. Actually it seemed he was indifferent to her.   And she made it very clear from the beginning that she wasn’t into him.  They both seemed very cordial to each other, I never felt any goosebumps from their interactions and she was dating someone else during their meetings anyway.  So that knocked a star off right away since its classified as a romance.

Other than that, this book was a pretty quick read for me.  A clean NA Mystery that was very fun to read and solve.  OK, so I never figured out the whodunit, having to wait till the end and see.  But its the journey my friends, the journey!

I really enjoyed how flawlessly Savannah was able to get info out of people.  It didn’t seem forced or awkward. Her southern belle charm was so over the top as to be funny to me. She was so ridiculously polite and very demure, but it was intentional.  Therefore her going out of her comfort and investigating this murder on her own was pretty neat to experience with her.

Rafe was no one special to me, I actually got annoyed with him pretty early on. His flirtations were half hearted and incomplete to me.  It was like he was just doing it for the attention.  Trying to get under her skin for the sake of getting under her skin.  Which turns me right off.  He did take helping her seriously, which I appreciated.

All in all, I wouldn’t classify this as a romance in the slightest, but its a great mystery.

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