Friday, March 10, 2023

Romancing the Gravestone by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe [Review]

Romancing the Gravestone (Jane Ladling Mystery #1) by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
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Date read: February 28, 2022

Jane Ladling Mystery
1. Romancing the Gravestone - Paperback | Kindle
2. No Gravestone Left Unturned
3. Game of Gravestones
4. Twelve Graves of Christmas
5. Conrad: Falling for the Gravekeeper
6. Grave Wars
7. Grave New World

Gena Showalter
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Jill Monroe
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
She suspects everyone of everything. Sometimes she gets it right.

Jane Ladling is the sole proprietor of her family's landlocked cemetery, Garden of Memories. She's responsible for the, er, guests, but there's a slight problem. Well, besides her moody cat, Rolex, and her sixty-two-year-old best friend's unrequited crush on the sheriff. An extra body now rests in Plot #39.

Enter Special Agent Conrad Ryan. He's gruff, he's gorgeous, and oh, yes, he kind of suspects her of murder. What's an innocent—and very single, not that it matters—girl to do? Solve the crime herself. Even if she must turn the small town of Aurelian Hills, Georgia upside down.

The only line she won't cross? Falling for the first man to make her heart flutter. Nope, not happening. Not even a little.
Thoughts on Romancing the Gravestone: A little case of murder/potential grave robbing in her cemetery and poor Jane has the spotlight of suspicion shining in her direction. Which isn't great for anyone since the one looking at her with suspicion is hunky Special Agent Ryan. The guy who makes her heart beat a little faster every time he smolders in her vicinity.

First off, Jane is sweetly flighty. She's flustered by Conrad's good looks and the potential sparks between them (although Jane's belief in the Ladling curse has her internally reminding herself that it won't be more than potential if she's smart about things) and she has a shocking disregard for her own physical well-being. While I can appreciate that she wanted to clear her name, she makes some not-so-great choices when it comes to keeping herself safe. Actually, she's not that bad. She's just sort of...unaware of how things could turn out.

Meanwhile, an old friend has reentered her life at exactly the right time and I'm confused how I should feel about him. Beau is kind of awesome and a little lost and he definitely puts Jane's well-bring first. While Jane looks at Beau as a friend, I'm kind of thinking the big guy doesn't see her in quite the same way. Either that, or he's just an outstanding friend who appreciates how Jane's very presence is pulling him out of his funk.

A dead body (well, one fresh dead and more than one long time dead - because cemetery), a little danger, a legend of hidden gold, a cat who defends his territory, a BFF who helps out every way he can, a handsome Special Agent, and a lady who is willing to go to extremes to protect the guests in her cemetery. Good stuff.

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