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Carefree (Arabesque) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Jan 2005

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When her clients begin disappearing, Jackie Henson, whose boyfriend just left her to marry his ex-wife, hires P. I. Clay Jarrett who, while looking into the death of a major benefactor for her non-profit organization, restores her faith in love. Original.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Social worker turned PI 25 Aug. 2014
By T. Brame - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To really appreciate all the characters in this story I believe you have to have read some of the books connected to it. I would love if authors would put on the cover or the back the list of books that connect to the story. It would make selecting a book any rate this is a good book on it's own. Jackie, a spoiled woman who is not used to hearing the word no or used to failure of any kind, asks Clay a close family member (not by blood) to assist her in figuring out why her clients have been canceling on her. As a social worker the idea of saving everyone you meet, in the beginning, takes control. Losing clients is not an option for Jackie.

At first Clay doesn't want the case but is convinced to take it by his partner. Being a PI he knows that saving everyone is not possible. Clay has seen things that are better left unmentioned. However, he finds himself protecting Jackie even if he doesn't wish to and caring for her.

The romance did take a side note to the case at times but you could glimpse it. It was felt at their weekly family dinners. after all they are part of the same family. You could also see the changes they made to themselves. Their family members noticed, which helped make Jackie more likable. Although, it wasn't a steamy romance, it was a good one still.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Careful 18 May 2005
By Davidae Y. Stewart - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Social worker, Jackie Henson thinks she has the world on a string until her boyfriend cuts the cord and weds another. Yet, she doesn't have time to wallow in self-pity, because her clients are committing suicide without reason.

She hires PI Clay Graham, her sister-in-law's brother to help her get to the bottom of these killings. However, when Jackie's ex sends her an invitation to his wedding, she propositions Clay for another job that does not involve detective work, but is just as deceptive and provocative.

Girard establishes a romantic premise. But the hook vanishes after the fifth chapter, as she tries to create a world filled with cults, British Jamaican ethnic enclaves, and the next great American detective--all of which fail, because she doesn't find a suitable balance of both romance and suspense. There are too many subplots between Jackie's and Clay's families, which could have worked if this novel was broken down into a romantic suspense novel series. The minor characters: Eric, Adriana, Drake, Kevin, and so on...keep the reader from finding the clues to solve the mysterious deaths and from witnessing a carefree love between Clay and Jackie turn into something more enduring.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!! 27 April 2005
By LaShonda - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't wait to read Jackie and Clay's story and belive me I was not disappointed. This story had it all and if you have been following the series(Table for Two, Gaining Intrest) you get an update of what family and friends are up to. Carefree is a romance, comedy and suspense roll into one story. Jackie and Clay both have family issues they must deal with on top of dealing with their budding relationship and with the case Jackie has hired Clay to investigate. I couldn't put it down. Dara Girard has a magic way of weaving a story that makes you feel like these are your friends. Hopefully Kevin will have a story soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story! 27 April 2005
By Carol Cook - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dara has done it again! I waited one long year for Jackie and Clay's story and it was worth the wait. We met Jackie and Clay in A Table For Two, and I knew their story would be great. I really hope that Dara writes a story for Kevin.
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