Kitty Burke is getting ready to celebrate her 35th birthday. She’s a single realtor living in a small town located on the panhandle of Florida. She currently resides in her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother died last year and her mother inherited it. Kitty is suppose to be getting it ready to sell but she’d rather buy it herself. The problem is nothing is really selling currently and Kitty isn’t very good managing money. She’d like to fall in love and get married but she fell in love with Crash Davis in the Bull Durham movie and hasn’t found anyone that measures up. Still, she’s fairly happy living close to her best friends, Pilar and Shea and playing Bunco every Thursday night, religiously. The twelve members of the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay take turns hosting Bunco night. Tonight is Kitty’s turn and the only toilet in the house is clogged! Kitty calls her friend and plumber, Gus only to find that it’s bowling night. Unable to leave Kitty with a clogged toilet, Gus sends his nephew over to help out. He’s not a plumber but he has some plumbing skills.
Steve Pappas is between jobs right now. He’s not exactly sure what next so he’s staying with his Uncle Gus until he figures it out. What he doesn’t expect on finding on a favor was a woman he’s strongly attracted to. Steve doesn’t have a very good track record with women. His third divorce became final a couple of months ago. However, one night stands with no expectations or strings is something he thinks he might be able to handle. So, when Kitty gives him the indication that this is what she wants too, he’s ready for a night of wild sex.
Kitty has never gone in for one night stands but in Steve’s case she’s willing to take a chance. After one night though, she wants more. Does she dare try to take a chance on someone who’s been divorced three times? And he’s between jobs…..what exactly does that mean?
When Kitty is given the opportunity to earn enough money to buy her grandmother’s house, she has to figure out how much she is willing to compromise her principles. She doesn’t want Whispering Bay to loose it’s charm but without growth, it’s going to die. So when she is shown plans for a tasteful development of condos on the beach, she’s torn as to what to do. Going to her friends doesn’t seem to help. Is this a big mistake or is this just business?
This book was awesome.
There were so many real life elements in it you would swear you were there or some of these things could have happened to you or your friends. Several times I had to actually set the book down because I wanted to just snatch Kitty and tell her don’t do it! Of course, you knew she was going to do it and it would be embarrassing for her but funny to you. Even her friends added lots of interest to the story. Pilar wants a partnership in the law firm she works at. Her husband wants her to be home more. They’re in a battle of wills and both are dragging Kitty into it! Shea thinks her sex life with her husband is getting boring. They work on spicing it up but don’t expect the audience they get. There are even issues with parents getting involved in things you wish they didn’t know anything about. The humor and drama displayed in these scenes is fantastic and so real.
The characters are fun, personable and likeable. Steven is taking things slow with Kitty but he wants to do the right thing making him exactly what Kitty needs. Kitty is a bit of a ditz but when her mother is introduced you know where she got it. Each character has enough depth to make you feel as though you know them but that knowledge comes naturally and gradually as if you really were just meeting them. They have quirks and faults just like the rest of us making them come to life.
As the drama builds, you aren’t sure how this is going to end. Is Kitty going to have to leave Whispering Bay in shame? Is she going to take the money and buy her grandmother’s house? Is Steve staying or going? What’s going on with the condo development that wasn’t brought out in the beginning? You’re on edge because you don’t know and won’t know until close to the end. Once the facts come out, you realize that they are perfect and you’re ready for another Bunco night with the Bunco Babes!
As an added bonus, several recipes are given for some of the things served during Bunco night. There are also a few pages on how to play Bunco so if you want to start your own Bunco Babes, you will have all the rules to play.