Hitting the Sauce

Dining with Lucy McCool, #1

Lisa Shiroff shows readers a side of Atlantic City that they might not see anywhere else. The setting itself was almost like a lead character. Lucy was a kind and mature and I admired the loyalty and care she showed to those she cared for. There were so many twists and turns and secrets yet the story remained almost carefree in its excitement and exuberance. Nico is larger than life and a very attractive enigma. I will say the fact that the heroine constantly referred to herself as fat, at a size ten, really hampered my complete enjoyment of this story, which was a shame because if I could remove that I would have loved this story, the characters had just the right amount of quirkiness and the mystery was fun. I'm looking forward to another adventure with these outrageous people and perhaps Lucy can stop referring to herself as fat in the next story and I can completely enjoy the next escapade.

Lucy Womzak cooks when she's under stress and she's been experiencing a lot of stress lately. Her father passed away and then her husband leaves her for another woman. Her teenage twins are turning into strangers and the seniors she works with have a whole batch of problems. And if all that wasn't enough she's soon discovering family secrets and dealing with new romantic feelings while dodging gangsters, farmers, old-time mobsters, a pompous ex and a domineering mother.

Book Blurb for Hitting the Sauce

Hitting the Sauce: A delicious caper that could only take place in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City social worker Lucy Womzak had always been able to find the good in people, to make the best out of bad situations and to cook her way through stress.

So when Les, her husband, leaves her for a slightly younger (but much skinnier) woman, she’s sure she has the skill set to handle it and re-create a happy home for her and her sixteen-year-old twins. After all, she can still make a decent meatloaf.

But positive thinking and a degree in therapy can only go so far. When she discovers Les had led a secret life as a mafia-wannabe that may have now put her in danger, she realizes could use a little help, especially since the secret ingredient for her tomato sauce is at risk, too.

Lucy reaches out to her good friend, Nico. Together they broker a deal with a black market farmer and hunt down a necklace stolen from a sentimental mobster.

Nico is more than willing to help. In fact he’s more than willing to be more than a friend.

Nico’s funny. Nico’s sexy. Nico can appreciate a good linguine and clam sauce. Never before did Lucy have such a delicious opportunity. But will she survive long enough to do more than just taste it?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2014 3.50