04 April, 2016

#BookReview :: Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title. 
At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV. 
If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop. 
So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?

I had a chance to read The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs by the author recently. I quite liked it and it was an easy choice to pick up Pimpernel.

Jack, our protagonist is used to taking care of each task that he is assigned and moving on. But the Las Vegas investment scheme turns out to be more than what he thought it to be. The scheme keeps running even after he puts the head behind the operation behind bars. He is kind of forced to take a closer look at Claire Ramsey – a genius with OCD. No matter what the leads point to, Jack’s guts say otherwise. He has to investigate Claire, even if to prove her innocence. Claire on the other hand feels bit out of her depth. With her OCD combined with her IQ Level, she has a hard time connecting with people and feels out of control for most part. But discovering that someone may be able to look at her beyond the labels is something that doesn’t happen to her often. Will Jack prove to be such a person – one who could really get her and help her?

Frankly the best part about this book is its characters. For most part the protagonists turn out to be perfect people. But in this case Claire and Jack are both flawed characters and their journey to finding each other feels more genuine because of those flaws. The author has done a good job with Jack’s character and has done a great job with Claire. Jack is a protagonist that I could easily fall for because it isn’t his good looks but his charming and caring nature that is easy to fall for. I absolutely loved getting to know Claire and getting into her mind – even though it could be disorienting at times. I loved her quirks and the fact that the author kept her character uniform throughout the book. The plot was quite predictable and yet it did not take away much from the reading experience. At any given point, I knew what was happening and what might happen. But that didn’t mean that the book gave me any chances of a break. I finished it straight at one go. The author’s storytelling and narrative style retains the same old friendly voice. As such it was really easy to get into the thick of it.

If you like clean contemporary romance then this is just your cuppa… Pick it up! Now!!

Review Copy received from Kathy @ I am a Reader

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