"Love the fifth time around - a wild, hilarious adventure!"
Pink Jinx begins a brand new contemporary series by Sandra
Hill (although a few old friends can't resist making
Can't live with, can't live without, pretty much sums up
the relationship between Boston lawyer Veronica "Ronnie"
Jinkowsky and her professional poker playing, four times ex-
husband Jake Jenson. Ronnie is sure she's learned her
lesson this time but when she runs into Jake again in a New
Jersey casino her hormones have other ideas. Then Jake
introduces her to his new fiance Trish.
Ronnie's got bigger problems though. Her Grandfather Frank
has decided to leave his treasure hunting business Jinx,
Inc. to Ronnie, claiming that he's on the verge of
bankruptcy and needs her help desperately. Ronnie had been
raised by her grandmother, Frank's ex-wife Lillian, a
starchy, bitter lawyer who Ronnie resembles more with each
Frank is determined Ronnie will not suffer the same fate
and hatches a scheme to get her and Jake back together. He
invites the two of them to join him on his final treasure
hunt. The booty is a cache of pink diamonds once owned by
the ancestors of Mafia widow Rosa Menotti. If that wasn't
enough the treasure is part of a ship wreck, and Ronnie is
deathly afraid of water.
Coincidentally Ronnie has tired of her law practice and too
many people have mentioned her similarities to her
grandmother lately. When Lillian threatens to fire her from
the family law firm if she has anything to do with Frank,
it's just the push Ronnie needs to make the break. Which
is how Ronnie winds up on a boat, far out at sea with Frank
and his divers which include Cajun hottie John LeDeux (Tee
John), cover model handsome Adam Famosa who Jake refers to
as "the Cuban Fabio", and Caleb Peachy a former Amish Navy
SEAL who John's crazy, matchmaking Tante Lulu says could
crack walnuts on his butt. Add to that that Frank's
menopausal live in girlfriend Flossie and Rosa's two sons,
the Mafia "wish fairies", and Ronnie's sure she's going
out of her mind. All she needs now is for Jake to show up.
More surprises are in store as we learn if a fifth time is
worth the gamble, Jake sure thinks it is! Hilarious as
ever, Ms. Hill takes the reader on a wild ride filled with
love and laughter. What could be better than that? Stay
tuned for Caleb's adventure in PEARL JINX the next offering
in the Jinx series.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 31, 2006