Review: Ruby’s Misadventures with Reality by Samantha Bohrman

  
Compliments of New Galley
Ruby’s Misadventures with Reality
Samantha Bohrman
Published July 14th 2015 by Entangled: Select Suspense
3 Stars

She’s off to see the killer…
Lawyer Ruby O’Deare might not be living the American dream, but it feels like it every time she visits her small town megamall. The shoes! The lighting! Prince Charming spotted in the food court! It’s a dream, right?
But all dreams must come to an end.
Ruby’s does when she wakes up after a one-night stand with the town’s sexy zoning commissioner, Noel West. Actually, that part is good. It’s the expired Dollar Store condoms she finds that feel too real.
And then her favorite client Estelle turns up dead.
Ruby is determined to find out the truth behind the curtains of Ozcorp, the company that owns the heavenly megamall and has the most to gain from her client’s death. She just hopes the zoning commissioner she might be falling for isn’t caught up in the danger.
Karia’s confused face…
I think this is a farce. Like that genre I “found” a couple years ago, Romanticon….is this Romanticon? Romance and comedy with a slice of oblivious. Ruby lives with her friend, a brilliant scientist by day, who happens to want to revolutionize the bra and undie industry. She is resourceful, hardworking and quick witted…everything Ruby is NOT. The whole back story of the book is about a night on blackout aka “Special Pepsi” that Ruby’s squatter, the supposed to be funny pot-head druggie who sleeps on their couch and eats their food, slips into Ruby and her landlord Noel’s drinks. Just saying, it is never ok to drug someone’s drink…NEVER. After said awkward one-night stand…that NEITHER remember, they go about their lives. They do not really know each other and there are large gaps in the story that were never cleared up really. The rest of the story is the bumbling gumshoe, nursing a shopping addiction and an ever growing belly, trying to solve a murder no one thinks is murder. I was confused about the dialogue, almost attached to Estelle (the dead woman), and irritated by all the other characters who were almost two dimensional in a world that seemed more Urban Fantasy than real. I don’t know…I just don’t understand this book. I loved the shoes on the cover and at times thought it was a good mystery that had so much other weirdness that it took away from the plot and added the Romanticon element. This rambling only serves to give you an idea of the book and Ruby’s inner montage that ran the length of the book. For those who love Romanticon…go for it. But if you are looking for a romantic suspense…there is little to no steam and the suspense is not there…gumshoe…definitely gumshoe is there. Enjoy!

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