Thursday, May 13, 2010

Review: Getting Rid of Bradley

Getting Rid of Bradley
Jennifer Crusie
Contemporary Romance

Harlequin Temptation #480/February 1994

Reissued/Harlequin/December 2008
Library ebook

From the author's website ~

Lucy Savage is finally getting rid of Bradley—and his hideous green recliner. Bradley is out of her life for good. Or so she thinks. Turns out Officer Zack Warren wants to arrest the very same Bradley for embezzlement and figures the lovely Lucy can lead him straight to his target.

Good thing there’s a cop around. Because someone shoots at Lucy and then blows up her car. Zack insists she needs twenty-four-hour protection. What does he think her three dogs and attack cat are for? Still, he insists on moving right in to Lucy’s house.

Now there’s danger lurking outside and in her own kitchen, bathroom—and bedroom. Or maybe Zack is just what Lucy needs.…

I picked this one up, really downloaded it, because Nath said she liked it. If Nath says she likes a book, there's a good chance it's a very good book. In the case of Getting Rid of Bradley she was spot on!

The story opens with Lucy and her sister Tina at the courthouse waiting for Lucy's now ex-husband to show up. It was the day her divorce was finalized and Bradley was suppose to be there. He doesn't show so they head over to a diner where Lucy said Bradley might show up. It's at the diner things get crazy. There's bad food, poor service and a couple of hot guys that turn out to be cops. Which is a good thing since it turns out Lucy needs the police.

After getting shot at and grabbed by what she thought was a drug dealer, Lucy finally goes home to her three pound puppies. I absolutely loved the personalities Crusie gives to these adorable dogs. Heisenberg, Maxwell and Einstein are unique characters that add so much flavor to the story. The roles they play in Lucy's life is so important that I can't imagine her falling in love with someone who doesn't love her dogs. Or at the very least like them.

Detective Zack Warren is in for a surprise when the crazy woman from the diner turns out to be linked to a big case he's been working on. He tracks her to her home and after assuring her that he is indeed a cop, he gets down to questioning her. Lucy isn't at all what Zack expected to find after their first encounter. She sexy and sweet and yes, a bit crazy but there is a definite attraction between these two. Zack is not what I would call likable until you get to know him, especially after Lucy's positive influence takes hold. It's not that he's mean or a jerk, he's just gruff, grumpy and unapproachable. Both in looks and manner. But underneath all that he's a real sweetheart.

The more time Zack spends with Lucy and her dogs the more she, and the dogs, drive him crazy but in a good way. :) Crusie had me laughing a lot at the comedic situations Lucy, Zack and yes, the dogs, find themselves in. In between all the witty and sharp dialogue is the threat of pain and possible death as Lucy's life becomes more complicated as the search for Bradley continues. Zack has moved in to Lucy's house, offering protection and the very willing use of his very sexy body. Lucy isn't a pushover and makes Zach work for it. She truly drives him crazy. It's great!

When Lucy divorces Bradley she also decides it's time for a change. She's tired of playing it safe and wants to make her own mistakes and not have her sister Tina bail her out. This makes her more open to Zach and his idea that oh, he can watch over her better from say, her bed. LOL I really liked these two together. The dynamics of their relationship had both of them changing. Sort of a meeting in the middle type of situation. With Zach softening up and Lucy becoming more independent.

The mystery surrounding where Bradley is and what trouble he's gotten into was fun to try and figure out. Even the criminals got in on some of the comedic scenes. This was truly a cute, funny and sweet romance. Definitely a favorite Crusie.

Rating: A-


  1. I loved, loved, loved this book!!!! I read some reviews before I picked it up and they were either good or pretty bad. Glad I took the chance cause it rocked!


  2. Brande ~ It was such a fun read. Very funny even with the shooting, bombing, etc. LOL

  3. I really liked her book 'Charlie all Night', but I couldn't decide which of Crusie's to start reading next. You just decided for me - thanks! Great review!

  4. I love reading Jennifer Cruise, her books are so fun to read!!! I have never regretted reading one! I haven't had the chance to read this one, but I am putting it on my TBR List though!!!

  5. Danielle ~ so glad I could help. :)

    LoR ~ if you've enjoyed some of her others books, I'm sure you'll like this one. :)

  6. Great review, Leslie. I have this one on my Crusie list. It just sounds like such a fun read. :D

  7. Hils ~ it's a bunch of fun. I think you'll enjoyed it. :)

  8. Ohhhh, very glad you enjoyed this one, Leslie :D This was definitively one of her best :)

    Love, love Zack and Lucy and the dogs :D and LOL, how Zack brings one more home :D

    It's crazy how much Ms Crusie could pack in this short book :D

  9. I thought I'd read most of her earlier releases but this one doesn't sound familiar at all.
    Yes!! A new to me Crusie

  10. Nath ~ thinking back on everything that happened in the story, it's surprising it's not a longer book.

    Kristie ~ YEAH! New old Crusie is always good news!

  11. I think I came home with this one when I got to invade Marianna's book stash several weeks ago. It sounds really fun. I'll have to dig it up!

  12. Christine ~ definitely dig it up. It's a fun read!