Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the chance to read this book in advance.
Ben Cooper wakes up in a Costa Rica jail. He was supposed to be on his honeymoon, not waking up in a cell. His honeymoon turned into a bachelor’s getaway after his fiancée breaks his heart. So he takes the tickets and hotel reservations and uses them to drink away the pain with his friend Miguel in the surf town of Tamarindo. He wakes to see his lawyer friend, Victoria standing in front of him. Just how drunk did he get last night? Why did she have to fly all the way in from Toronto just to bail him out of a drunk and disorderly charge?
Ben soon learns that he is the lead suspect in the murder of the owner of a local bar. A bar that he purchased just hours before the previous owner wound up dead. Somewhere in his rum-soaked brain, he thought that it would be a great idea to buy a bar and then rent it out to other people who had always dreamed of owning a bar on a beautiful beach.
Between trying to beat the murder wrap and trying to keep the bar out of foreclosure (in which he would lose everything he put into it) they are also swept up in the mystery surrounding the death of the previous owner as well as trying to figure out who is trying to kill Ben and his friends. Death threats arrive, rental cars are vandalized and the bar is broken into and ransacked. And this is just the beginning! Ben and his friends need to figure out who is behind all of this before they end up losing the bar and their lives.
This book was really a fun romp through paradise. The main plot was great, guy wakes up in jail after a night of binge drinking to find out that he bought a bar and oh yeah, he’s under suspicion of murder. I wished the characters were a little stronger and less stereotypical. There were also a lot of unnecessary threads involving the supporting characters that really didn’t lend to the story and took away from it for me. I think if the focus had stayed more on Ben and the overall mystery of who really killed the owner, the book would have been stronger for it. But it was definitely a quick and enjoyable read.