Book Tour: Dog Eat Dog by Jenna Mattison (Review + Giveaway)

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Cover_DogEatDogTitle: Dog Eat Dog (Book 2 of The Chronicles Of Liza Radley Housewife Detective)
Author: Jenna Mattison
Publication Date: February 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Goddess Fish Promotions for Blog Tour  (** Reviews are my own honest opinions **)

Rating:
4 hippos (out of 5 hippos)

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Blurb:

Book Two of the Eye Spy, Chronicles Of Liza Radley Housewife Detective, series brings back the antics of Liza & Jack in Dog Eat Dog. The two are knee deep in dognappers and heiresses at their newly opened Crimes Of The Heart Detective Agency. In between their investigations the will they or won’t they drama of their complicated relationship is still front and center…and in the middle.

When Jinji’s home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to—until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores. Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn’t mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret—magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.

But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence—it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn…

About the Author:

Author PIcMattison started her career in Chicago appearing on television and radio. She founded Cheshire Smile Productions, bringing to life and penning her first feature film FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE, a festival winning coming of age comedy, which was directed by Brian Austin Green. “Fish” is now available on Netflix and garnered a limited theatrical release.

Mattison also wrote Cheshire’s second release THE THIRD WISH now available at Blockbuster and distributed by the Hallmark Channel. Lionsgate’s FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, based on a true story of Jewish gangsters set in the 1970’s starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Edward Furlong and Jeffrey Tambor was also produced and written by Mattison and was released theatrically in the US & Israel. In 2012 The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences honored Mattison by displaying her screenplay of For The Love Of Money in the permanent collection of their library. Most recently Jenna wrote COMMITTED, a TV movie which wrapped production this spring to premiere on television under the title Deadly Revenge. In development is GHOST STATION which she will pen and co-produce with Michelle Weisler (The Ring, The Trouble With The Curve) to be shot in Canada summer 2014.

Her bestselling debut novel The Tree Of Jesse, a paranormal romantic thriller, was released this spring to critical acclaim and is available worldwide. Mattison’s most recent novel Eye Spy, the first in a comedic romantic suspense series, was released in July and hit bestseller status within the first week. Book two of the series, Dog Eat Dog, will be released this fall.

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My Review:
I read this book without having read book 1, and although I found I didn’t need to have read book 1, I think it would have been more fun having had some background on the characters and the context before diving into book 2. This book can be read as a standalone, as I read it, so don’t worry if you want to just read this book.

I thought the characters were really great and really really funny. Each character had their own personality and added to the story. Liza and Parella are awesome characters, but I have to hand it to the secondary characters- they were my favourite.

The plot, was great also. You start off reading this book that is talking about cheating and dog-napping and then are taken on a whole other adventure. The entire thing was just a whole lot of fun and you are guaranteed some chuckles along the way.

This book was a great read and a lot of fun- I mean how can you go wrong with the Pickle King?!

Excerpt:

A wise man once said, “Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” Today, I’m the bug. I’m Liza Radley, an ex-housewife turned private eye whose first unofficial case was investigating my cheating husband Bernie, the balding podiatrist. Not the way I would’ve chosen as an introduction to the profession, but here I am running Crimes of the Heart Detective Agency out of a storage room with Jack Parella, an ex-cop who had a ball shot off in the line of duty. He’s my sometime partner and sometime almost lover but so far everything’s stayed PG rated. I’d like to keep it that way. I think.

This morning started like any other with Jack bringing me down a cup of java from his loft apartment above Eye Spy, the spy shop he owns that’s attached to our detective agency by a cramped hallway. That is until a guy named Lenny Malone barged in waving a bunch of hundred dollar bills in the air, frantic that his miniature Australian shepherd had been dognapped by his future ex-wife.

We don’t normally take dognapping cases. Usually our “dogs” are the human kind. Usually male and usually humping barely legal secretaries and leaving their “scent” all over town. But that was an awfully big wad of cash Lenny was waving. Plus he argued that Jameson was his only family now so we made an exception.

Purchase Links:

Amazon Book 1  |   Amazon Book 2

** Giveaway **

Jenna will be awarding a digital copy of Dog Eat Dog to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop during the tour.

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