by Beth Ciotta

March 2004
ISBN: 0-9743639-4-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Medallion Press
Mass Market Paperback

Afia St. John was born on a Friday the Thirteenth. This event has shaped her entire life. When the wealthy heiress is twice-widowed in a very short period of time, society starts speculating that there is more to the story than mere superstition. Then her luck really takes a bad turn.

Snapped into reality by a larcenous business manager, Afia finds herself destitute. Living with friends, she finds a job in the office of Jake Leeds, a private investigator. While she struggles with her constant companion - clumsiness - she hopes that Jake will help her find the sleazy weasel who took off with her money. She doesn’t realize that Jake has his own hidden agenda where Afia is concerned.

Author Beth Ciotta brings us a charming heroine in Jinxed. You cannot help but like Afia. You want her to overcome her lifetime of bad luck. You also want to kick her superstitious mother in the backside for giving her daughter such a head case! And while Jake isn’t exactly honest at the beginning, readers can quickly warm to his charm. Their quirky romance blends nicely with the other subplots, and is not overshadowed by them. Afia’s friends Rudy and Jean Pierre are a hoot.

Jinxed is an entertaining contemporary romance. Ms. Ciotta’s gift for humor is appealing and she has done a fine job with all of the characters and plot. I look forward to her next book.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Paula.

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