Jack Harris, co-owner of Fabulous Darling, a store for cross-dressers and voluptuous women, is dreading his upcoming fortieth birthday. With his BFF, Izzy, now married, he finds himself bored, restless, and needing to get laid…and not by his ex-lover and business partner, Wyatt, who refuses to accept that they are done and over with.
When his store’s general manager claims he is overworked and needs help, Jack sets out to hire an accountant. Defying Izzy’s order not to hire Damien based solely on his looks, Jack hires him. When Damien cuts Jack his profit check at the end of the month, Jack realizes someone is stealing money from him. Calling on the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives, they set out to find out whose stealing from the company.
As Jack and his posse search for a thief, the Grey-Haired Knitting Detectives are also searching for Jack’s next date. Will Jack catch a thief or will he find love? Either way, Jack gets his man!
This is the second book in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detective series, but can easily be read as a standalone. While this book is considered a romantic comedy, I would classify this as more of a comedy with romantic undertones and a bit of mystery thrown in. Regardless, I loved this book so much that I ended up buying the first in the series because it had me in stitches! (No pun intended) After reading the first book, it gave me more of an insight into the characters that one kind of misses out on not having read the first story, so while it can be read alone, I enjoyed this book more the second time I read it knowing more of the background of the characters.
Jack has lost his BFF, Izzy, when she married Noel, a police detective that she met when her grandmother was murdered. Izzy, Jack, and the Gray-Haired Knitting detectives (aka her grandmother’s best friends) helped to solve the murder. Now, Jack is restless, bored, and a little lonely. Despite not wanting his ex-lover and current business partner in his life anymore, Jack has a little too much to drink one night and finds himself waking up next to Wyatt one morning. Now, Wyatt is convinced they are back together. In the meantime, the grannies are insistent that they are going to find Jack a man, and set him up with a man they met at church, who may have lied to them about being gay just to get them off his back.
The grannies really make this book. I hope that when I am eighty to be just like them! While they look all sweet and innocent, there is a wild streak a mile wide in these ladies! Their antics had me rolling on the floor.
Damien, the “love interest” of Jack, was hired not on his bookkeeping skills, but because of his potential as eye candy. Initially the prime suspect of the grannies, Damien manages to win the ladies over as the prime candidate to be Jack’s man.
My one complaint, okay, two complaints, about this book were that there was a minor editing problem that made me have to go back and re-read the paragraph because the wrong name was inserted. The other issue I had was reading how Jack was bored, restless, and needed to get laid over and over again. Once is sufficient, twice is pushing it, three or more times is overkill.
Typically, I don’t remark on covers…sorry…I am a die-hard kindle reader, so covers don’t really display well on a black and white e-reader. My first impression when I got this book and saw the cover was a bit put off by it thinking it was going to be some sort of superhero type storyline. After reading the story, I get the cover. So as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Overall, if you are looking for a book with a strong emphasis on M/M romance, this is not the book for you. Instead, this book is more of a comedy with some romantic elements, which happens to feature a gay man (think PG rating). Despite this, I have to admit that this is one of my favorite reads!