I recently downloaded and read Dog Collar Crime: Misadventures of a Frustrated Mob Princess, the first of six books in the Lucie Rizzo Mystery series by Adrienne Giordano. It’s not a recent release but definitely made for a fun read and gave me a chance to try a new (to me) author.
Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—come home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the smoldering Italian ex who’s no stranger to living with the mob.
When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a legit career, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Suddenly, shaking her mob princess reputation doesn’t seem so crazy…until three of her clients are dogjacked.
Despite help from the on-again, off-again Mr. Fix-It in her life, Lucie is thrown into a criminal conspiracy straight out of a gangster movie. One that, if she’s not careful, could leave her sleeping with the fishes.
This book has a little bit of everything – romantic suspense, quirky characters, mobsters, and dogs. Lots of dogs. Adorable dogs that keep getting dognapped on Lucie’s watch. The daughter of a mob boss, Lucie wants to have a little to do with “the life” as possible – with a legit career, and preferably in a different town. Of course it doesn’t help that she is in love with the son of another mob boss, who doesn’t want to distance himself from his family. The plot takes interesting and amusing twists, with plenty of laughable moments along the way. I enjoyed this book. I’ll be adding the next book in the series to my TBR list.
Note: This book does contain some language and sexual content that readers who seek “clean reads” might find offensive.