5 out of 5 Stars
*I received a copy of The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Allegra Thome teaches a band of misfits in high school, so she’s no stranger to foul language and danger. This comes in handy when one of her students goes missing and she’s thrown into the middle of the search for the young girl.
DEA Agent Sloan isn’t necessarily searching for the girl, but his attraction to Allegra forces him to help her out when she gets into trouble. Some of the information Allegra stumbles on to leads to the girl’s father, a criminal Sloan is interested in until the man turns up dead.
Allegra and her nephew employ all of their sleuthing skills and the help of family and friends to find the girl when the police write her off as a runaway teen. But they’ll need to act fast before they end up like several other people involved with the missing girl—dead.
The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam sucked me in early and kept me captivated right until the end with its outrageous mix of humor and mystery. Right off the bat, Allegra gets herself mixed up in things better left alone just by trying to talk to the parent of one of her students. She meets DEA Agent Sloan when she thinks he’s kidnapping her, but really he’s saving her from a drug bust. From there, things only get crazier. The mystery of the missing student begins, and we meet Allegra’s eccentric family, who keep the laughs coming throughout the story.
I loved the way Sloan and Allegra annoyed each other in their flirtations. These two characters couldn’t have a boring relationship if they tried. The mixture of comedy and heat between them made every interaction memorable. I particularly enjoyed the way Allegra described Sloan:
“Listen, Bud. This man is not my boyfriend. He follows me around for no reason. I think he has one of those tracking thingies on my car.”
Sloan is a sexy mystery every reader will want to unravel. He shows up at the oddest times and inserts himself into Allegra’s family with hilarity and intrigue. We don’t get a whole lot of information on him, but the attraction is still there and the heat between Sloan and Allegra is off the charts.
The story is actually more mystery and suspense than romance, but the mix with humor makes it a perfect light read. Although there are plenty of darker themes—kidnapping, drugs, corruption, spousal abuse—the wittiness of Allegra, Sloan, and the cast of secondary characters will keep you amused from start to finish. Even the intimate scenes have a dash of absurdity, with one set in the basement of a nursing home and one in the back of a hearse.
I truly enjoyed everything about The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, and I would definitely read more by this author.
Trash-talking, soft-hearted teacher Allegra Thome won’t let anything get in the way of her search for her missing student, least of all her attraction to Sloan, a rough-around-the-edges but totally irresistible DEA agent with an agenda entirely his own.
BABY, COME AND GET IT
Meet Allegra Thome. A teacher for behavior-disordered teens by day and a karaoke singer by night, this leggy blonde knows just where to find trouble—like Sloan, a tough, sexy DEA agent, in the middle of a drug bust. He clears her of all charges, but their intense chemistry leads to some passionate encounters in…unusual locations.
Their unorthodox romance is put on hold when one of Allegra’s students, Sara Stepanek, goes missing. Through cryptic messages and bizarre codes in a journal the girl hints at psychological manipulation and foul play, and suddenly Allegra doesn’t know who to trust. Even Sloan has his own reasons for wanting to find Sara. Time is running out in the frantic search, and Allegra will learn the answers she seeks are more shocking—and deadly—than she could ever imagine.
Leggy, karaoke-signing Allegra Thome spends her days teaching dysfunctional teens and her nights with wealthy new boyfriend, Michael. The rough patch following Allegra’s divorce is over, and life is grand. But when Allegra lands in the middle of a drug bust and meets Sloan, a rough-around-the-edges DEA agent and, later that day, a kid from her class disappears, things quickly head south. Sloan, who has the tact of a roadside bomb, is attracted to Allegra and alienates Michael. To make matters worse, nobody seems to care that Allegra’s student, Sara Stepanek, is missing. Allegra’s search for Sara becomes a race against time with dead bodies piling up and her own life in peril.
“Panty hose are a tool of the devil. On a tall woman, the crotch hangs at knee level, so she’s forced to crouch and shuffle like Quasimodo. If a woman’s vertically challenged, the things slither downward, pooling around her ankles like a reptilian second skin. My troubles began with panty hose.”
I am a life long resident of Washington state and the author of a young adult urban fantasy series (Unbidden Magic) as well as two adult novels, Castle Ladyslipper and the Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam. My husband and I spend five months a year in southern California, not far from Los Angeles and San Diego. I spent a number of years as a teacher and school counsellor. Those years gave me a wonderful array of characters to write about. In addition to writing, I love to read, spend time with my family and hack my way around the golf course. I’m on Facebook, Twitter and love hearing from readers. I have a blog called Book Blather and welcome all those who love book. http://bookblatherblog.blogspot.com. Please visit my website, www.marileebrothers.com. If you send me a comment, I promise I will answer.