Author: Katie Ashley
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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For Olivia Sullivan, love is more a four letter curse word than a sentiment. Growing up as the daughter of a small town mortician, guys didn’t warm to the fact there were dead people in her house. At thirty, taking over the family business and becoming the town Coroner helped to cement her undateable status. Of course her past sex history didn’t help matters either.
Attempt number one with her first love ended barely before it got started with a horrific latex allergy hospitalization. Attempt number two had him coming and then going with an undiagnosed heart condition. For the past three years, Olivia has closed up shop for fear of what might happen next in the bedroom.
After being forced to go single to her mother’s lingerie shower, Olivia stumbles into an out of town bar with one intention: find an able bodied stud to go home with to end her losing sex streak. Enter Holden Caulfield Mains aka Catcher, who earned his nickname not just from the book he was named for, but for the fact he was sure to catch the attention any woman who came within a five mile radius. Waking up after a night of the most mind blowing sex she could have ever imagined, a horrified Olivia runs away thinking she’s left Catcher behind.
When Olivia’s small town is wracked by its first murder, she never could have imagined her one night stand would reappear in the form of the GBI’s lead investigator. To her mortification, Catcher isn’t ready to let go of their sizzling chemistry, and he doesn’t understand the meaning of no. As things start to heat up between them, the body count starts to rise, and they’re led on a wild goose chase from backwoods mountain Nudist Colonies to altercations with the Dixie Mafia. Can Olivia and Catcher survive to solve the murder while also not succumbing to their explosive passion?
Drop Dead Sexy is a rom-com standalone by Katie Ashley.
Olivia Sullivan is a mortician and owner of a funeral home (because legacy) in their small town whose sex life was totally wrecked by a series of unfortunate sex events—latex allergy and heart attack after coming. Clearly she had no luck with men on that department. Until she met Catcher Mains in a club after attending her mother’s (of 50+ years old) lingerie shower.
Catcher Mains is an investigator of Georgia Bureau of Investigation. After that one hot night with Olivia, he knew he wanted more. Only Olivia had so much fear because of her history with men. But Catcher wasn’t the one who easily gave up. So when an opportunity rose again to meet Olivia, he grabbed it and never let it go.
First of all, I didn’t get why it was tagged rom-com when it lacked in both departments. Sure, there were LOL-worthy moments due to Olivia’s moments in bed and some circumstances that involved hilarity but I didn’t honestly think they were enough. As for the romance, yes the story had a romance backbone to it but when a twist/some sort of investigation came up, the focus of the book changed. And the romance had been set aside.
Also, the insta-love and insta-lust didn’t work for me. I mean, Olivia entering a skanky bar, then spotting Catcher looking at her and then they just went at it? And the next day Catcher wanted more? Sorry but I think I got confused?
But writing-wise, I think it’s pretty fine considering Katie writes really well and this one proved that she could write other than steamy romance. And if you like a good laugh in your book, this might work for you.