I read a bunch of books over the holidays this year that I haven't had a chance to review yet, but I lurved them and want to share the glory with you. So: a series of brief review posts!
Do you remember Trouble Is a Friend of Mine? Remember how much I loved it? (A lot. The amount was a lot.) The sequel came out! I had pre-ordered it, which is a thing that I do not do, ever. And I read it. Right away. This is unprecedented; I never read the books I buy.
Once again, I was in no way disappointed. Trouble Makes a Comeback is great in all the best ways. It's also preposterous, melodramatic, and convoluted, but you just can't care with Zoe and Digby and Sloane and Henry and Felix tooling around town, going up against drug dealers small and large, enormous corporate conspiracies, and the high school football team.
Digby's back, but Zoe's settled into a normal life and maybe knows better than to get involved with his brand of crazy again (also, why didn't he call?). She has a boyfriend and besties and is totally normal, and Digby is trying to drag her straight into his investigation...but how can she resist? Everything is more interesting with Digby around.
And more dangerous. The stakes are higher this time around--in the first book, there's a sense at first that this could all be a bit overblown and mostly in Digby's head. But here, we are learning that everything in the first book is the tip of the iceberg.
And I really loved that, while there was definitely romantic tension in this book, that is not even remotely the main basis of this relationship. I don't even know if you call this a slow burn--this is a book full of sparks, but with people who have more important things to do than obsess over romance.
There will definitely be a third--the end was practically a cliffhanger--and as soon as they announce it I'm ordering it. Can't waaaaaaaaait. Stephanie Tromly, you're awesome. Write more books!