Bombshell Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

November 10, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 3 ★★★★


BOMBSHELL
(What Doesn’t Kill You, #9)
An Ava Romantic Mystery

by
PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS
  Genre: Romantic Mystery / R-Rated
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 236

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Temp worker by day, lounge singer by night, single mom Ava is having a hard time breaking up with her long-distance boyfriend and making it without the support of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. Things improve dramatically when she lands a too-good-to-be-true job at a virtual currency exchange, where she meets a seriously sexy man, and goes to work for a boss so incredible he sponsors her on a trip to New York to record a demo. But when Ava stumbles across the raped and murdered body of a young woman, she recognizes her from a shared trauma back in their school days. Ava is devastated and throws herself into avenging the girl’s death. From that moment on, it’s one bombshell after another, going off closer and closer to Ava and the people she cares about most.


PRAISE FOR BOMBSHELL:
“Just when I think I couldn’t love another Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel more, along comes Ava. She’s smart and sassy, with a story full of juicy plot twists. I enjoyed Bombshell from cover to cover!” — Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven 

“To finally get a whole book of Ava’s beautiful voice and attitude was so much fun. And then to see that her outer armor was mixed with the very real insecurities and struggles that we can all relate to was magical. She personifies bombshell in every sense of word and I can’t wait to have her voice in my head again in Stunner.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club
“Entertaining, complex, and thought-provoking.” — Ginger Copeland, power reader 

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Bombshell is a fast-paced mystery that I don’t want to spoil for you, but I do want to tell you about it! There are multiple mysteries throughout the novel that converge in some major scenes at the end. These are some of my favorite scenes throughout the book. I really like how Ms. Fagen Hutchins pulled all the plot strings together into one fancy knot. I didn’t see some of the twists coming at all, which always the sign of a great mystery!

Ava, the main sleuth in Bombshell, really owns who she is, and I can completely accept that facet of her personality. When I started reading the novel, I didn’t really care for her. Ava’s actions really grated on my nerves. However by the end, Ava shows real growth. She has spent most of her life fighting against the odds, trying to put some painful experiences behind her. Once she succeeds, I grew to accept her. I especially enjoyed Ava’s attitude towards religion:

“Every religion has its drawbacks, even atrocities for many. That’s why I rotate”

She calls upon various gods from Roman, voodoo, and Catholic pantheon throughout the novel. I find this aspect of Ava’s personality fascinating and humorous. I relished when Ava calls upon Minerva to help her out of a tight spot. We need more female deities in books!

Although realistic, I didn’t really appreciate how the men in her life treated Ava.

“he victimized me and took, took, took, just like all the other bad men in my life, and some of the not-bad-but-less-than-good ones, too”

The actions of the men make any romance in this book negligible to me. Throughout the book, I didn’t know which men Ava should trust, or not trust for that matter. I’m wondering if the other books in the series show more romance, and not just blatant sex?

Bombshell is set on the island of St. Marcos and the dialog between the characters easily switch between island patois and “yank speech”. And honestly, I found this really distracting and difficult to read. I’m one of those people who writes texts messages in full sentences, with proper grammar. The patois took me out of the moment while I as reading.

Overall, I enjoyed Bombshell. It is the ninth book in the series, but stands well enough by itself. The writing and the mysteries piqued my interest enough to check out some of the other novels in the series.

I’d like to thank Lone Star Book Blog tours and the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, award-winning and best-selling romantic mysteries, and hilarious nonfiction from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. 

Her What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series is Janet Evanovich meets Sandra Brown and a smidge of Alice Hoffman’s practical magic, featuring a revolving lineup of interrelated female amateur sleuths. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, riding her gigantic horses, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile.
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AWARDS

2017 WINNER Silver Falchion Award, Best Mystery

2016 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
2015 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross Genre Fiction
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-finalist, Romance
2013 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Business: Publishing
2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2012 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Parenting: Divorce
2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest, Mainstream

 

2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest, Romance
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FIVE SIGNED COPIES OF BOMBSHELL
November 1-November 10, 2017
(U.S. Only)

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:

1-Nov
Character Interview
1-Nov
Guest Post 1
2-Nov
Review
3-Nov
Video Interview
3-Nov
Guest Post 2
4-Nov
Review
5-Nov
Review
6-Nov
Excerpt
6-Nov
Guest Post 3
7-Nov
Review
8-Nov
Scrapbook Page
8-Nov
Scrapbook Page
9-Nov
Guest Post 4
10-Nov
Review
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Review


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