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    Deadly Gamble by Linda Lael Miller
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  • Published: Apr 16th, 2008

miller_gamblereview.jpgReviewed by PJ Ausdenmore

I recently read the first two books in Linda Lael Miller’s new romantic suspense series from HQN and I can’t wait for more! In DEADLY GAMBLE, Miller introduces us to Mojo Sheepshanks. Mojo is a young woman who is an intriguing blend of tough, independent, stubborn and vulnerable with a bit of rebel thrown in, a perfect fit for modern day Arizona. At the age of five she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents, which she has blocked from memory. She was kidnapped by her babysitter, Lillian, who feared for her safety. She was given a new name, Mojo Sheepshanks, and spent her life moving from one town to the next with Lillian and Greer, a runaway they found in a bus station when Mojo was 10. Lillian later married and a loving stepfather and his daughter, Jolie were added to the small family. Mojo is drifting through life doing medical billing from her small apartment over Bad-Ass Bert’s Biker Saloon, the only home she can afford since her cheating (and now dead) ex-husband Nick and his wealthy mother managed to strip her of everything in the divorce, and devouring her many volumes of The Damn Fool’s Guide to just about everything. Tiffany, her ex’s girlfriend is stalking her because Tiffany was in the car with Nick when it crashed, causing Nick to die and Tiffany’s fake boobs to pop. Tiffany blames Mojo. Go figure. Tucker, a hunky undercover cop and her former lover, wants back in her life and her bed but it isn’t Tucker who she awakens to find next to her one morning. No, the voice she hears in her ear and the hand caressing her hip belong to none other than her ex-husband…her dead ex-husband. It seems Nick is stuck in the station and won’t be allowed to take the train to heaven until he makes amends for the many times he betrayed Mojo during their marriage. Life for Mojo Sheepshanks will never be quite the same, especially after she finds out that Nick has put the word out at the train station to heaven that Mojo is the person ghosts should contact to resolve the issues preventing them from leaving. The ghostly fun has just begun.

miller_decptionsreveiw.jpgI couldn’t turn the pages of this book fast enough. The dialogue is smart and snappy, with lots of action, a murder mystery, life and death struggles, a ghost cat, long lost relatives who may not be what they seem, an annoying ex-husband ghost who just may redeem himself in death and love scenes with the very alive Tucker that almost melt the page. The story is blessed with a terrific cast of secondary characters, many of whom are involved in the main mystery within DEADLY GAMBLE and some who are used to set up the mysteries that run through the second book in this series, DEADLY DECEPTIONS. DEADLY GAMBLE was terrific and I found DEADLY DECEPTIONS to be even better. Miller has penned another winning series and I can’t wait to see what adventures Mojo finds herself involved with in the third book.

9 Responses to “Deadly Gamble by Linda Lael Miller”

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  1. Marisa
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 6:33 am

    PJ – This sounds like just the series for me – can’t wait to pick it up. I love LLM and if she’s combining contemp with paranormal and the great characters she’s so good at, count me in. Thanks so much for the great review.

  2. MaryKate
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 6:48 am

    PJ – Great review! I’m not generally a fan of Miller’s, but you’ve made the books sound really intriguing.

  3. keoweegirl
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 7:05 am

    MK, they are totally different from anything I’ve ever read by her. It didn’t take long at all for me to be totally invested in Mojo. And Tucker! Oh my, I do so love that man. 🙂

  4. keoweegirl
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 7:06 am

    Marisa, I hope you enjoy the books. I loved the ghosts. She makes the entire scenario so believable, not “out there” at all.

  5. Elyssa
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 8:50 am

    Great review, PJ! I’ve never read this author before but will now look for her next time I’m in the bookstore or on Amazon.

  6. Kim
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 10:16 am

    Great review, PJ!

  7. Gannon
    on Apr 17th, 2008
    @ 7:20 pm

    Excellent review, PJ! I haven’t read LLM in quite some time. After reading your review, I definitely need to pick up this series.

  8. Linda Lael Miller
    on Apr 21st, 2008
    @ 7:27 am

    PJ, thanks for that great review! I really appreciate it.

  9. keoweegirl
    on Apr 23rd, 2008
    @ 1:22 pm

    Linda, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m so glad you liked the review!

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