Every now and then I really enjoy sitting down with a clean romance and last weekend was that time! I decided to pick up Sheralyn Pratt‘s Pimpernel which turns out to be more than just a romance. It’s got mystery and suspense as well and just left me grinning. Love those kind of books!
I received this book via I Am a Reader. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt
Published by Wicked Sassy on 2016-01-16
Length: 280 pages
Reviewing eARC from I Am a Reader
For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title.
At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV.
If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop.
So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?
Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt is one of those books that the characters drew me into their story. It’s been almost a week since I read it and I’m still thinking about them! The story follows Claire Ramsey, a post-grad psych student who has gotten herself tangled into one big conspiracy. Jack Cavanaugh’s job is to take down the con-artist Claire finds herself working with. Yet Jack is captivated by the tiny woman and finds that he wants to protect her as much as he wants to bust the case.
I really liked Claire. She’s a unique and unusual character in the new adult genre. She had the typical looks, petite, beautiful, etc. Yet she also has severe OCD and she’s off her meds. It was interesting seeing the world through her eyes, how she processed the people around her and the situation she finds herself in.
Jack is a swoon-worthy lead and I loved the few chapters that are from his POV. He is cunning, kind, and has this good boy mentality mixed with a bit of bad. Jack is the Pimpernel, the elusive myth that people in the echelon of society dread. He’s who the 1% call when their money/possessions go missing. Think of him as a jack-of-all-trades. And he does his job very well!
The plot focuses on Claire and what brings Jack to Las Vegas: a scam that is taking investors for a project that doesn’t exist. Claire is blackmailed to use her expertise in facial mapping to take part in the scam after her professor (and crush) is arrested for it. Jack is already investigating the case and hopes to get Claire to crack and spill the beans. I loved the mystery and suspense of the novel. When I thought I had it figured out, the author blew my mind by proving I knew nothing!
Overall I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters (not just Claire and Jack, but Margo and Ren as well) and the plot was great. I enjoyed the twists and turns and HOPE there will be more from these characters in the future. If you enjoy clean romance, new adult, and crime/mystery, than I believe this book needs to be your next read!