Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

Category: contemporary fiction, romance
Publisher: Wicked Sassy
Release Date: January 18, 2016
advance release ebook (eARC) from eBooks for Review
My Rating: 4-stars

Description

For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title.

At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what minuscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV.

If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop.

So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?

Review

Pimpernel’s cover did not incite in me a longing to metaphorically open the cover (I read an ebook version). I couldn't resist the description of the author though (-->) so forge on I did.  I'm glad.  Between the covers is a fast-paced and interesting mystery.  I found Pimpernel’s ancestral premise quite creative. The legacy, the identity, art, and secrecy of the Pimpernel persona being passed on from generation to generation. The history involved in this legacy provided some great gems in the story. It is an engaging concept.

Pimpernel is well worth a read. You can figure out components of the mystery before they are laid out but not all. It didn't keep me from enjoying the story. Also, don’t miss out on the adventure of searching for slang and clichéd one-liners that a woman with an IQ of 176 would not likely say. I.e. “boom!” For me that was just a fun side adventure.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.