Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano is a look into the life of a mob boss’s daughter and the struggle of trying to live a normal life despite being in a family constantly monitored by the FBI. Lucie must also come to terms with the fact that her on-again-off-again boyfriend doesn’t necessarily have the same life goals, namely getting the hell out of the hometown. As the story progresses, she realizes that maybe love and happiness is more important than the logical future she’d always pictured for herself.
Lucie Rizzo was recently laid off from her job and was forced to move back in with her parents, much to her disgust. Fortunately, her father is still in prison and his barking can be ignored. Returning to her old neighborhood also reunites her with a childhood friend and on-again-off-again boyfriend, Frankie Falcone. As she searches for another full-time job, Lucie walks dogs and sells hand-made doggie accessories that she designs herself. While she enjoys being surrounded by cute pups all day, she still dreams of a career in finance.
However, Lucie is attacked while walking her dogs and three are kidnapped from right under her nose. By the next morning, their owners wake up to find their missing pooch pawing at the door. Lucie soon realizes that all three dogs have something in common: her custom-made collars.
- The cute relationship between Lucie and Frankie.
- Encourages readers to follow their dreams.
- Promotes healthy relationships.
- A cozy book – no violence or death.
- Slow and generally uneventful story.
- Lucie is spoiled, whines about everything, and is overly dramatic.
- Nothing about this book is mysterious. In fact, it’s pretty obvious.
- Towards the middle of the book, I started skimming through Lucie’s personal problems just to see how it all ended.
- The ending left much to be desired. I turned the page and, boom, it was done. There were too many loose-ends left unanswered.
- Lucie and Frankie were constantly tearing at each other’s pants and it got old very quickly.
In all honesty, I did not like this book. It has generally high reviews on Goodreads, though, which definitely surprised me. To each his own, as the saying goes. I definitely won’t be continuing this series, but the actual writing itself wasn’t too bad, so I’ll probably look into the author’s other books. Overall, I would rate Dog Collar Crime 2 out of 5 stars.