by Stephanie Bond

May 2004
ISBN: 0-06-053984-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jolie Goodman is a good girl turned bad. And what happens to bad girls? They meet the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. But first this bad girl finds out that her boyfriend is missing, her boss is cheating and her real estate career is not taking off. However, it is getting worse. When she finds herself in a new position, selling $2000 shoes to the rich of Atlanta, the trouble really begins. Trying to find clues to her boyfriendís whereabouts she crashes parties, gets questioned by the police and comes across far too many dead people.

As Party Crashers is written only in Jolieís point of view, the mystery surrounding the Man Of Her Dreams, Beck Underwood, is an interesting one, but kept me from knowing him and from enjoying both of their developing feelings of love and lust. And Jolie, likable as she is, is also very needy. Just as good, then, that she always seems to have someone coming to her rescue.

Itís her friends that I really found interesting. Daring and fun, they know how to liven up a party. Carlotta and Hannah should be a prerequisite for every good girl wanting to turn bad.

Stephanie Bondís latest romantic mystery does deliver suspense, fatal attractions, fun and a lot of shoes. Party Crashers is an entertaining read with enjoyable characters and a story that keeps you guessing and turning the pages. It might lack the sizzle and fuzzy feelings I expect from a romance, but that didnít keep me from staying up all night.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Kris Alice.

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