Darcie "Darc" Reed may have a master's in business, but she always seems to pick the (insert an insulting word or two of your own here) of bosses. They hire her for her beauty and are always so surprised when she refuses to put out. No matter how much Darc tries to tone down her looks and come across as a professional businesswoman, her boss is going to make a move on her. And that is exactly what's happening when Attorney Clark Humbolt calls Darcie to inform her of her Uncle Horry's death. So Darc hands over her (insert another colorful word here) resignation, packs her bags, and heads to Uncle Horry's massive house and estate called "Shangri-La".
Hecuba "Horry" Willikins has always loved his toys and gadgets. His home is filled with toys of all types inside and out. (Including a stripper's pole decorated to resemble an anorexic barber pole in full working order, to the rows of solar powered frogs up either side of the driveway that croak as anything passes them. We won't even discuss the flamingo lawn ornaments or the Victorian mansion's paint job.) When Horry last saw his niece, Darcie, with her fiancé named Cameron "Cam" Pierce, he knew they were totally in love. However, the two did not really KNOW each other. So when they broke up, Horry had a new will made up in hopes of bringing the two back together.
Imagine everyone's surprise when the will is read and they discover that Darc and Cam must live together in Shangri-La for thirty days or watch the sizable fortune go to the cat, Lucky! And if anything happens to Lucky, the entire inheritance goes to Uncle Horry's estranged step-brother (that no one even knew existed)! To make things even more interesting, Lily Paige had been Uncle Horry's housekeeper and mistress for thirty years only to find out that she has been provided for (but not huge amount) and told that she may live in Shangri-La for as long as she wants. Needless-to-say, she is furious! Cam agrees to stay the thirty days so that Darcie will receive her Uncle Horry's inheritance, but he also hopes that he can use that time to win Darc back. It is only a couple of days before the step-brother, Edwin "Poobie", shows up with his latest arm decoration, Pookie.
Well Lucky is no stupid cat! He knows a target has been painted on his back for the next thirty days. And he makes sure that Horry's ghost knows it. As for Uncle Horry, he is aghast at what his will has caused to happen. Two people have teamed up to help Lucky have a fatal accident, but Lucky and Horry have no way of telling Darcie and Cameron that someone is out to kill Lucky, much less whom. One thing is for sure, the next month in Shangri-La is going to be anything but boring!
***** A modern day romance with some magical and ghostly elements. All the characters are so lively, even the feline and the dead one, that I hated putting the book down whenever reality forced me to. I fell in love with Lucky and Uncle Horry. I hated to see the story end. And I hope that Cam's partner gets his story told someday! I cannot recommend this hilarious romp highly enough! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.