Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White

There's trouble in River City. Matt Hogan's Memphis detective agency has been on the skids since a recent attack of conscience cost him an important case. When a wealthy investor steps in and saves River City Investigations, Matt thinks all his prayers have been answered--until he finds out that with the investor comes a new partner.
Fresh out of criminal justice school and a two-year stint in the Tunica County Sheriff's Department, Natalie Tubberville is out to prove she can cut it in the world of private investigations. But her reluctant partner is just as determined to have nothing to do with her--until Natalie makes him an offer he can't refuse! If Matt solves the next case before she does, she will return her share of the company.
And the race is on. As two strong personalities compete, mutual attraction grows. . .while a simple case of a runaway bride threatens to become an international incident. Will Matt and Natalie call of the competition--or discover an entirely new arrangement?

Elizabeth White has done it again. The demure southern belle has put together a cast of quirky characters and made them leap off the pages. Her characterization is wonderful, weaving together flaws and strengths in unique ways.

The hero, Matt, was a secondary character in her last book Off the Record and, honestly, I didn't like the scoundrel. But at the end, his conscience returned and he rediscovered his spiritual roots. In Controlling Interest he's doing his best to stay true to his renewed faith, though temptations of his former life seek to draw him back in. And that's another thing I like about this story. The hero and heroine are Christians, but they're far from perfect. They've done things they're not proud of and do their best to triumph. Just like you and I.

Beth is one of my favorite authors. She tells a great story with interesting, life-like characters. And Controlling Interest is a must-read.

1 comment:

  1. I met Beth a few years ago at a conference. She is so nice. And I've liked everything I've read by her.
    Thanks for the post.