REVIEW: Amy Andrews ‘Limbo’
Six Feet Under meets Stephanie Plum in Amy Andrews’ fresh, funny, sexy urban-family noir about a country singer who almost made it, a private investigator who’s seen too much and a mother who will cross all barriers to save her child.
When ex hillbilly-punk rocker turned cadaver make-up artist Joy Valentine is visited by the ghost of a high-profile murder victim begging for Joy’s help to find her kidnapped baby girl, Joy knows from experience the cops are going to think she’s crazy. So she takes it to the one guy she knows who won’t.
The last thing disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator Dash Dent expected is a woman from his past turning up to complicate his present with a nutty, woo-woo story. The problem is he knows Joy is telling the truth and he can’t ignore the compelling plight of baby Isabella whose disappearance six months prior transfixed the nation.
Discounted and discredited by the police, Dash and Joy work together to uncover the mystery and find Isabella, with a whacky supporting cast including Eve, a brothel madam; Stan, an excommunicated priest; Katie, Dash’s ten-year-old daughter; and two horny goldfish. It’s a race against time and against all odds – but the real battle for Dash and Joy might just be keeping their hands off each other.
What AusRom Today thought:
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: what’s not to love about an Amy Andrews novel?! With more than 50 books to her name and a writing career spanning over two decades, it’s clear that Andrews has a strong reader and fan base and for good reason—she knows romance, delivers on the HEA we’re craving, and comes up with deliciously meaty storylines and divine characters to boot.
So, was I a little surprised to see Andrews steering away from contemporary and medical romance and into lite-paranormal romance? Admittedly, yes.
Should I have been worried about this new direction? Absolutely not. Andrews nails her foray into paranormal/mystery romance sub-genre.
The story itself centres around Joy, a cadaver make-up artist, and Dash, a disgraced ex-cop now private investigator. Both main characters are really well developed, both with engaging backstories, and the chemistry between them certainly progresses both the story and their individual development. It was also refreshing to see such strong supporting characters and hopefully this will be expanded on with another story in the series.
As with all Andrews’ novels, the romance is as prominent in the storyline as the main characters. The chemistry between Joy and Dash is palpable, there is genuine sensuality between the two, and the sex… well, true to form – Andrews’ offers some sizzling scenes!
Limbo serves up romance, mystery, loads of humour, and even a ghost in this quirky, fun filled romance that will certainly have you engaged from start to finish.