#Review: Shame on Me, by @TaraSivec

Shame on MeTitle: Shame on Me (Fools Me Once #2)
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 4/5 stars

Ex-model Paige McCarty is fed up with being just a pretty face. After her ex-husband’s gambling problem left her royally screwed and tragically shoeless, she started Fool Me Once Investigations with her best friends, Lorelei and Kennedy, to prevent other women from being similarly played and dismayed.

The job: act as bait for a cheating husband. The target: Matt Russo. The case should be as easy as getting a man’s attention—and Paige has never had trouble with that. The problem is Matt—in all his nerdy-hot glory—turns out to be not such a scumbag after all.

And when the case hits closer to home than Paige could ever have imagined—landing her in a face-off with the mob—she wonders if taking the job just to prove that she has a brain maybe wasn’t her best idea.

This second outing for the Fool Me Once team follows in the same fun, feisty footsteps as bestselling author Tara Sivec’s Shame on You. (description from Goodreads)

fancy lineresizeI’ve been a big fan of Tara Sivec ever since I finished Seduction and Snacks (then the rest of that series and it’s spin-off). I’ve also enjoyed Watch Over Me, a more serious novel from Sivec. What the author’s done with her Fool Me Once series is take the comedy and dialogue from her Chocolate Lovers books and combined it with her more serious side, showing another facet to her writing. I’ve come to appreciate the variety Sivec brings to her books.

Shame on Me doesn’t fall short in doing this, and I might even go as far as to say that the writing strengthened even more from the first book in this series. As always, the characters are fun and well developed. This is the case even for minor characters who don’t get much “screen time”. When it comes to the story, I felt that Sivec does well throwing so much into such a short book. I was hesitant at some points because I wasn’t sure that it could be wrapped up so soon, being that there are a few different case that Paige is dealing with at once, but this wasn’t an issue after all. Without spoiling the book, my doubt was unnecessary.

The only thing that brought this down from a 5 star was that it felt a bit overdone in the conclusion. It was a bit unrealistic (even though this is fiction) as to how it all went down. I can’t explain myself more without major spoilers, but don’t worry too much. I don’t feel it ruined anything, and I did greatly enjoy the book . Book 3, Shame on Him is soon up on my TBR.

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You can grab a copy of Shame on Me on Amazon in:

Ebook | Print

and if you’d like to grab the others…

Book 1: Shame on You

Ebook | Print

Book 3: Shame on Him
Ebook | Print

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About the Author:

Image 7Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Find out more:

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Goodreads |Amazon | Smashwords

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