Author: Sheralyn Pratt
Series: Pimpernel #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Wicked Sassy
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 miniscule 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?When Jack uncovers the new head the investment scam, will he be able to walk away? PIMPERNEL by Sheralyn Pratt Click To Tweet
This isn’t a genre I read often, but when I saw the author was Sheralyn Pratt there was no question about it. And sure enough, I could not put it down! Pimpernel is full of distinctive characters that have depth and layers. Claire is a fascinating person with the way her OCD and intelligence interact. She is compassionate, vulnerable, and loyal. It seems that Jack can do the impossible with his team and resources, and the more we get to know him we see just how amazing his personal set of skills are as well. His small team of elite each have their own area of expertise, but the real fun is in their interpersonal relationships and banter. There is action, humor, suspense, and moments of toe-curling romance. As the plot unfolded there were several twists that took me by surprise, and some that I guessed only just before they were revealed. I don’t want to give anything away because I think the book is most enjoyed without knowing too much of what’s going to happen, just go along for the ride! There are several potential stories with the secondary characters, so I really hope we see more of the Pimpernel’s team in the future. Highly recommend!
Loved this story! While not a re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, there are some definite connections and similarities. Great undercover disguises and setting up of elaborate deceptions. A few parts of the story felt a little bit unrealistic in terms of the technology used or things accomplished by the characters, but those were easy to overlook. I loved Claire and her unique personality — her struggles felt real and she tries so hard to do the right thing. Jack was great as well — I loved getting some of his backstory. The story was fast-moving with lots of surprises. I would love to see more of these characters in future books!