Agnes and the Hitman
By Leigh
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:33:05 AM

Agnes can’t figure out if she’s on the verge of having it all – or just plain losing it. She’s finally engaged to a nice, normal, easygoing man – one who doesn’t lie and cheat and anger Agnes into bashing him over the head with her frying pan - and they both seem to be having commitment issues. She’s finally got her dream house, but she needs to pull off the biggest wedding Keyes County has ever seen in order to keep it. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse than having both the baker and the florist cancel at the last minute, she finds out just how wrong she is.

A gunman appears in Agnes’ kitchen, demanding her dog. A few swings of her skillet and the untimely discovery of a hidden door, and Agnes now has a dead dognapper in her basement.


Shane’s having his own problems. The intel was wrong on his last job and for the first time in his career Shane didn’t get his man. Now he himself is a target. The evening officially goes to hell when he gets a phone call from his Uncle Joey, a former mobster, asking him to come home to Keyes and protect someone named Agnes.


Shane needs to concentrate on his job, not get stuck back in Keyes babysitting for Joey. And he really isn’t happy to hear Joey’s tale of his former partner’s disappearance with the five million from their last job, which he suspects is somehow connected to Agnes’ dognapper. But he finds himself pulled in by Agnes’ warmth and laughter and home cooked breakfasts, and suddenly he’s more than willing to help out. Now he just needs to connect all the dots between the past and present to finally get his man – and his woman.


Crusie and Mayer have another fast-paced romantic comedy hit on their hands. This is the second book collaboration for the duo (they also maintain a website with a writer’s workshop blog) and I find their writing voices to mesh well. The book reads smoothly and is without obvious dual author writing style changes which can pull a reader out of the story.  


Agnes and Shane, as well as the rest of the characters, are vividly depicted and draw the reader right into their world. Agnes is a strong and capable heroine, one who wants rather than needs a man. Shane is a strong alpha hero who accepts Agnes just as she is. The humor, both situational and dialogue, makes the story. I loved this book for many reasons, but mostly because it made me laugh. Full out “what on earth are you reading over there” laugh – and how can a book get any better than that?


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