Summary from Author
Euro-trash collides with American gangsta in Maryland’s gleefully cheesy beach resort as reporter Jamie August befriends a spoiled Eastern European heiress. Russian mobsters are gunning for the party-girl daughter of an oil tycoon, who has meanwhile paired up with chart-topping rap star Sniper Trigga. A raging boardwalk crime spree is keeping Jamie busy—and so is a hot new boyfriend and a strict jogging and frozen custard fitness plan. Action careens from OC to Dubai, from the wild beaches of Assateague to a wild-west themed campground. Will Jamie survive to debut her fringed leopard-print bikini?
Interesting story, it kicks off giving background of who Jamie August is for those who have not read the book but the immediately jumps into the story. We get down to the nitty gritty of the action right off from the start! Jumping into one twist after the other, showing a slightly darker side of one of Maryland’s quietest vacation spots.
Having spent a week here or there as a child in Ocean City, I remember bits and pieces of the area and am familiar with the references in OC and in and around Baltimore when the author moves the story accordingly – once outside of OC and Baltimore it gets shaky but she details the environment in such a way that the reader almost feels like they are right there with Jamie.
A quick moving read and one that kept me questioning the next step or what is happening in the story – twists and turns that the reader doesn’t see coming keep us on edge!
Four out of five stars as I did not fully comprehend the need for the trip to Dubai.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher**
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About the Author:
I live in the Middle East, half a world away from my home state of Maryland. I caught the travel bug late, but I’m making up for lost time, having visited over a dozen new countries in the last four years. I love doing the kind of sightseeing that plunges me into new cultures, new cuisines, new ways of thinking and living. Middle Eastern expat life, too, is an interesting conundrum to consider–it’s neither American nor particularly Arabic. This so-called “Third Culture” has its own charms and challenges. Writing about my experiences as a traveler and, increasingly, as a happily settled expat, is a way for me to process what I have experienced and to share it.
Writing about Ocean City, on the other hand, is a great antidote to homesickness. I’m sure some of my Maryland memories are whimsically inflated, just like the stories we tell about our own exploits back in the day: they get more farfetched with every telling. But the affection I have for the people, the food, the attitude, the sheer fun of Ocean City is real, and it gets me through the culture shock that will probably always be a part of expat life.