Book: Jinxed

Beth Ciotta
Chick Lit
Medallion Press / 2004
Mass Market / 309 Pages
Series Friends and Lovers Trilogy #1

Since the day beautiful socialite Afia St. John was born, her life has been plagued with bad luck. After losing her father and two older husbands in "freak" accidents, Afia now discovers her business manager has absconded with her fortune. Vowing not to rely on another man to guide her life, Afia refuses her godfathers' help, and jumps at an unexpected job with the Leeds Investigations.With a pregnant, broke, sister, and an investigation agency in the red, control-freak Jake Leeds can't turn down the hefty but secret retainer offered by Afia's godfather for hiring her. Quickly seeing beyond her poor business skills, wacky superstitions, and sensationalized personal history, he realizes Afia is as generous in the heart as she is misunderstood. But life is never easy for the woman born on Friday the 13th. Will the sexy PI be the good luck charm that puts her on a winning streak or, like everything else in her life, will their relationship wind up jinxed?

I picked this book up because Bookstore employee recommended
What I liked the Most? Afia’s naiveté

What I liked the Least? Afia’s mother

Review: This book reminded me of a sweet Marilyn Monroe movie, in the very best of ways. It was sweet and cute and made me happy, even though I’m not really a fan of women who need a man to care for them.

Afia has buried her father, two husbands and has been bilked out of a small fortune Рbut somehow she manages to keep naivet̩ and sweetness. Her sweetness makes the story. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story and all the little digs at superstition.

Recommended to: Fans of chick lit

Best Quote: “We make our own luck.”

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