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Bare-Naked Lola (Lola Cruz Mystery #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Meet Dolores 'Lola' Cruz. Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but a ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Entangled: Select
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Rachel Firasek
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Lola, Lola, Lola. Wow. I'm sad that I've not read books 1 & 2 yet. Beginning with book 3 was a breeze because Bourbon managed to bring me right up to speed without any blips in the history. I love that. This is my first mystery read, and as I hooted on twitter, I may be a new fan of the genre if they are all as fun as Bare-Naked Lola.

Lola was everything I look for in a heroine: smart, funny, feisty, and most of all vulnerable. She kept me totally entertained and completely enthralled. Oh, a
Dorothy McFalls
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misa Ramirez has scored with her latest edition in the Lola Cruz Mysteries series. She had me cheering for Lola as the sassy PI goes undercover as a dancer for a professional basketball team to investigate a mystery that kept me guessing (and giggling) all the way to the bare-naked end. Oh my!
Author: Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud

"Bare-Naked Lola by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez was indeed a intriguing mystery read. This was book three... (The Lola Cruz Mysteries) and my first of the series. I did enjoy this mystery and thought it was well written ....positively a page turner. I was very much entertained with all of the twist and turns of this read. Believe m
❂ Jennifer
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Great fun! Very fast read, with a good plot and lots of well placed and well timed clues. I've been a fan of this series from the start and was very happy to see Bare-Naked Lola released - I had sort of given up on seeing another one. I loved the interplay between Lola and Callahan and I think the author did a nice job with the tension between the two. The family is crazy but nobody is so over-the-top that I wanted to smack them. Don't know what's going on between her and her boss, but it's intr ...more
J.A. Belfield
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was my first foray into the somewhat crazy world of Lola Cruz, and I have to say I rather enjoyed. I’d even go as far as to say that I wouldn’t mind meeting up with this sassy bird again. Because Bare Naked Lola was fun and feisty chicklit-meets-mystery at its finest.

What did I love about it? Hmmm. Lola, for sure. She was such an awesome character to travel along with. She was funny, sexy without even realising it, a little bit insecure to give all u
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dislosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's kind of difficult to review mysteries. If you mention something and say it's not a spoiler, then you're basically giving away the fact that that's not a clue/important, etc. Which is a spoiler. So I like to focus on characters because I think that in the modern cozy-type mystery, characters make or break the story. Why? Because most of these are series and you have to like and/
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Every so often I find a book where I just want to be the main character so bad that I dream about it. Bare-Naked Lola is definitely one of those books. I woke up twice thinking I was some kick arse, kung fu fighting, Spanish speaking girl bringing down the bad guy. I have to admit that I tried to go back to sleep because being Lola was so much fun!!

Lola is a PI and part time waitress at her parents restaurant. She has been trying to convince everybody that she has what it takes to become a big t
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Bare Naked Lola may be book 3 in a series, but I jumped right in and am now a fan of the spunky, latin lady private investigator, Lola Cruz.

In Bare Naked Lola, private investigator Lola is put on a case where she has to go undercover as a cheerleader for a basketball team to find out the source of mysterious notes that have been scaring the girls. As the case develops and takes Lola to places she never dreamed she would go, she has to learn to shake it and reveal more skin than she ever wanted a
Lucie Paris
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and relaxing, this novel is perfect to unwind after a hectic day at work! Also perfect as an accompaniment to relax in the bath with a glass of wine. A dose of good humor entertaining and easy to read.
Before receiving this novel, I did not know Lola Cruz: the funny Hispanic investigator with a strong character. I did not know either that the author had already presented her and her entourage in two previous volumes.
It could have been a handicap to take the train and directly jump into the t
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The Sacramento Royals have a problem and turn to Camacho and Associates, a local PI agency to solve it. Manny the boss knows just who would be right for the job. Dolores “Lola” Cruz. Lola’s first undercover assignment as a full-fledged PI is a stretch for even this confident, fun-loving muchacha. She loves to Salsa dance however, Cheer dance she is not so sure, but that is what is looks like she will be doing. Hopefully she can keep it a secret from her family and her “maybe” boyfriend Jack. Thi ...more
Diana Hockley
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has treated the reader to a hilarious romp, in this mystery for, despite the murderous subject matter, MS Bourbon Ramirez’ characters are delightfully entertaining.

Lola, a good Latina daughter of a large caring family, is determined to become a good detective and counts on her boss, the enigmatic Manny, to teach her. As well as detecting, she helps out at her family’s restaurant and figures ways to entice the delectable Jack into her bed. Unfortunately, Jack has an unstab
J.C. Hart
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Sadly, I haven’t read the first two of this series – though that doesn’t really matter as Miss Ramirez does a great job of seamlessly introducing any necessary history into the narrative without bogging the story down.

It was a great, light weight read. I powered through it in less than 24 hours and it provided me with a nice little escape and plenty of giggles. Lola Cruz is a character I could easily grow to love: she’s kick ass, loyal to her family and friends, true to her values (once
My Book Addiction and More MBA
BARE NAKED LOLA by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is an interesting mystery/suspense novel. It is Book #3 in (The Lola Cruz Mysteries),but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Living the Vida Lola, Book one,Hasta la Vista, Lola”, Book two,and “The Lola Cruz Christmas Story,A Lola Cruz Novella”.Lola Cruz is a private investigator,smart,sassy,and goes undercover with the Sacramento’s professional basketball team in search of a murder suspect.What she doesn’t expect is a “nudist resort”. For a bundle of gi ...more
Kym Roberts
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Lola! She's sassy, cute and Latina to boot! Misa Ramirez has developed a female sleuth you'll love to cheer for, with her families influences and her boss's leadership, Lola is the girl next door. Love it!

if you want to try this series for free, check out Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's A Lola Cruz Christmas Story novella! Although it's not the first in the series, readers can jump in and follow the relationships with ease. It's a great intro to the Lola Cruz mystery series--especially since its
Loved Lola and the mystery. Who would have thought it was... ;-)
Charlene  McGowan
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
Love, love love this book!! Melissa's books are so enjoyable. I've loved each one of the series involving PI Lola Cruz! They are sexy and fun! A great cozy!
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: A fun cozy mystery with a bare naked twist!

Lola Cruz arrives at work on a hot October afternoon. Shortly thereafter, in waltzes three smoking hot women and a man.  The next thing she knows, her boss is asking her to come over and turn around so everyone can see her rump.  Turns out the couple is looking to hire a detective to help find out who is behind the menacing letters being sent to the Sacramento Royals team dancers.  Lola with her spicy latin curves is assigned to be a dancer
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Bare Naked Lola is the third book in the Lola Cruz Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, who is also the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series.
This fun, cozy series features Latina Delores (Lola) Cruz, a private detective at Camacho and Associates by day and a waitress at the restaurant owned by her family, Abuelitas, by night. Despite her penchant for finding herself at the center of awkward and dangerous situations, Lola is determined to prove herself as a PI, even with the ob
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sassy, witty, exotic.... Bare-Naked Lola is one oh la la Lola, sizzling, feisty mami rica ;)

Lola is a jack of all trades. She's a Private Investigator by day, a waitress by night, who poses as a cheerleader in her spare time, who's sorta girlfriend to a HOT journalist, and as if that weren't enough she tries to explore what being a naturist is... Of course to do the latter, she needs to let go of her inhibitions; which proves hard to do because of her religious family.

Lola's family... well what
Cocktails and Books
Confession time, again, from me. I have not read the previous two Lola Cruz Mysteries, so I was a little lost when it came to who all the recurring characters were, However, once I let go of trying to figure out who everyone was, the story was actually quite cute.

Lola is tapped to masquerade as a Sacramento Royals basketball cheerleader so she can try to discover who is sending the girls threatening letters. While Lola can salsa with the best of them, she is not a cheerleader. But Lola is determ
Rosemary K
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lola Cruz is one busy lady. She is a P.I. for Camacho & Associates. Then she works at her family's restaurant, Abuelita's. Now she has to go undercover as a courtside dancer for the Sacramento Royals basketball team. If the bad guys don't get her, the rigorous dance routines will. Lola is trying to discover who is sending the girls threatening messages. This sounds easy, but when one of the dancers is murdered the danger increases. Who killed Jennifer and why? Lola follows the clues to a nud ...more
2.5 stars.

This is at once a book in a series where you should have read the previous parts to enjoy it, and a book where you don't need to have read the previous parts. The author does a good job of getting you up to speed on the background -- X is the boyfriend who was her high-school crush, Y is her rival at work, Z is her boss, A is her brother, etc. -- but regarding characterization, I felt like I was missing out on a lot of who these people really were and what makes them tick, presumably b
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, light read, taking a break from some of the heavier reading I more typically do. Private Investigator Lola Cruz goes undercover as a cheerleader/dancer in Sacramento, CA's pro-basketball cheerleading squad - the "Royal Courtside Dancers". When one of the leading cheerleaders is murdered, her investigations lead her to a local nudist colony where the late cheerleader had hung out. Lola also has to balance her P.I. job with her sometime boyfriend Jack. A fast paced whodunit, this n ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funniest Lola book yet!!! I really want to see more of this character, and figure out what is going on with Manny.

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In between reading this series and the magical dressmaking series, I'm hard pressed to choose a favorite character - Harlow or Lola, right now I'd say Lola.
Ginny Lurcock
Not too long ago I was looking for a good non-paranormal mystery series spunky female detective with a romantic angle. The Lola Cruz series seems more than happy to fit that bill.

For my full review, click here
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I know everyone is looking for the next Stephanie Plum. Unfortunately this isn't it. There just isn't enough humor here. There angst over Jack feels too overdone. As a mystery there wasn't really enough plot development. A fine quick read but lots better in the genre.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathleen
Lola has the spunky of a Stephanie Plum story including her own family drama and a rollercoaster relationship love life.
I'll keep my eyes out for more Lola stories.
Jennifer Ellis
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Nancy H
This is a cute mystery set in California where the detective has to go 'undercover' to a nudist colony to solve a murder.
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Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enou ...more
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Lola Cruz Mystery (3 books)
  • Living the Vida Lola (Lola Cruz Mystery, #1)
  • Hasta la Vista, Lola!

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