At first I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was so far fetched and so unbelievable I just couldn’t take it seriously. And I believe that was exactly what the author wanted us to do. This is a romantic comedy with action and suspense thrown in, but one that is tongue in cheek and is completely campy and outlandish. I found myself laughing out loud and unable to put the book down. It was a quick read and I was sorry to see it end, but heartened to know that there’s more to come from Island Chaptal and the OCD assassin, March.
Island (yes, that’s really her name) Chaptal is a geeky IT engineer who is socially inept and escapes into trashy romance novels, living out her fantasies. Her boring and predictable life is interrupted when she comes home to her apartment to find a polite and cleanly professional killer sorting out her tax returns by year. He is there to find out what she knows about a missing diamond that her mother seems to have stolen from an unsavory organization. Island agrees to help him locate the diamond, not that she has much of a choice!
Soon, Island and March are crossing the globe from France to Japan trying to stay one step ahead of other parties who are looking for the same diamond. Crossing and double crossing seem to be par for the course for the bad guys. There are twists and turns galore and moments that are simply laugh out loud funny. You can’t wait to see what else the author has in store for these two complete opposites who are inexplicably drawn toward each other.
At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from some trashy romance novel Island seems to love so much. Each quote is funnier than the last. Just like each situation that Island and March seem to find themselves immersed in. Whether they are shooting up a strip club or blowing up a bad-guy lair with a bazooka with Twitter capabilities, you can’t help but smile at the utter outlandishness that this book brings.
If you’re looking for a campy action, comedy, socially awkward romantic comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously but is a load of fun, you can’t go wrong with Spotless. I’ve already put the second novel on my wishlist, just waiting for it to come out in a few months!