Publication Date: January, 26th
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Humor
Life hasn’t been quite the same for computer engineer Island Chaptal since March, an OCD-ridden professional killer, burst into her life to clean her bedroom and take her on a global chase for a legendary diamond. Sadly, the (hit) man doesn’t just break bones; he breaks hearts, too.
Since then, Island has found solace in Alex—the perfect boyfriend—and Ruby, a software project about to revolutionize online banking security…for the worse. When Island’s boss is found dead after allegedly using Ruby to steal a vast fortune, it’s up to her to clear his name and recover the money. Someone else wants answers, though, and this time, Island might be in over her head.
From New York to Zürich, it’s going to take the return of a cleaning expert, a mini-octopus, and Island’s wits to beat Ruby. All while deciding whether to trust a man who already jilted her, or one who may have his own deadly secrets…
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Beating Ruby picks up six months after Spotless, Island is working on a computer program, Ruby, and she is helplessly trying to mend her heart by moving on with a sweet guy named Alex. She goes to work one day and finds out her boss is dead, the police call it a suicide; but Island isn’t convinced, she investigates on her own and finds out it’s a lot more complicated than she imagined. With the help of Alex and Mr November (March), Island goes on a mission to get to the bottom of everything.
Beating Ruby was hilarious; I love how at the start of every chapter Monk wrote some super cheesy or overtly erotic expert from books/articles in the bookverse.
“They collided together like fiery particles, their joining a passionate fusion of every single atom in their bodies.”
“As soon as their eyes met, torrents of honey suddenly flooded the secret well of ecstasy concealed under her shift.”
“Clara, without you, I’m like a chicken: I have wings, but I can’t fly.”
See what I mean. Aren’t they hilarious? These are just a few I couldn’t stop laughing over. Island’s thought process along with Mr November’s OCD and cleaning instincts were highly amusing. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Mr November’s cleaning obsession; his reaction when seeing the vase after the epic showdown, when Island mentioned it’s better not opening her suitcase, and when he saw her panties on the lamp, they were all hilarious. Mr November is definitely one of a kind. The book really took off when he showed up.
There was a “tad love triangle”, but I wouldn’t really classify it is a proper love triangle; there was/is only one person Island truly loves. I’m talking about you, Mr November. Unlike the first book, where I didn’t really feel the Island/March romance, I definitely felt it in this one. I kept swooning whenever he called her biscuit. Alex was great, up until the moment he did what he did (can’t say…spoilers…duhh). I’m positive this isn’t the last of Alex we’ll see, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Like the first book, this doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, rather it ends with a there’s more to the story vibe.
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.