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Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie
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Sep 24, 10

Read from September 22 to 24, 2010


Lucy Savage doesn’t live her life according to impulse or whim. Everything she does is logical. So, when the second law of thermonuclear dynamics seemed to suggest that she marry Bradley Porter, she went ahead and did it. Obviously, that decision was moved by impulse and spontaneity masquerading as logic, because it didn’t work out at all. Freshly divorced, Lucy promises herself that things are going to change. For one thing, she’s going to be more independent. No letting her sister tell her what to do, no letting a man take care of her. From now on, she’s going to do things on her own.

Lucy’s first test of her independence comes right outside the diner where shejust had a post-divorce lunch with her sister. When a crazed (rough and sexy, sure but definitely crazed) man pulls her into an alley, Lucy asserts herself by clobbering him with her physics textbook laden purse and sprinting away. As she tells her dogs later that afternoon, standing up for yourself is strangely exhilarating.

That thrilling feeling lasts right up until Lucy’s erstwhile mugger shows up at her front door. It turns out that he’s neither crazed nor a mugger, he’s a cop - Detective Zack Warren. Zack thinks Lucy’s ex, Bradley Porter, is somehow tied to fugitive master-embezzler John Bradley. Furthermore, Zack’s convinced someone is trying to do Lucy harm, possibly even trying to kill her.

Zack figures that once he’s outlined the situation for Lucy, she’ll be sensible and do exactly what he says. He figures wrong. Lucy doesn’t believe her ex, rat though he is, would ever get involved with anything criminal. And, she informs the pushy detective, if someone really was shooting in that alley, they were most likely aiming for Zack. So no, she’s not going to go stay at her sister’s house. That leaves Zack with one choice. He’ll just have to move in with Lucy until he sorts the whole mess out. Now Lucy has to deal with a dangerous attraction inside her house as well as (possibly) a dangerous criminal outside.

Jennifer Crusie’s second novel ranks right up there with some of her best. Lucy and Zack are extremely likable, both as individuals and as a couple, and the romance is realistic and fun. The mystery of the Bradleys adds an additional element to the story and keeps everything moving along with extra zip. Getting Rid of Bradley is a blast to read from beginning to end.
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