Lucy Savage was not having a good day. Her husband, whom she was trying to divorce for cheating on her, didn't even do her the courtesy of showing up at the courthouse where their marriage was dissolved. Her brassy blonde hair, which she had just had done, looked terrible and her sister was nagging at her to take more risks again. More risks?! Didn't she realize that every time she took a risk it ended in disaster? Still, the day wasn't a total wash, there was a pretty cute guy in the diner where she had lunch with her sister. Well, she thought he was pretty cute until he tried to mug her in the alley. Then he had the gall to claim to be a police officer trying to save her life after someone took a shot at her!
Detective Zack Warren has never seen anyone as in need of protection as Lucy Savage, but he definitely doesn't want to be the guy trying to do the protecting. All he wants is for Lucy to lead him to her ex-husband Bradley whom they suspect of stealing several thousand dollars from the bank he worked at. Only problem is Lucy told Bradley she never wanted to speak with him again and hasn't seen or heard from him since. Still, Zack has a hunch that Lucy is key to breaking the case so he moves in with her and her two nutty dogs to provide 24 hour protection. Next thing she knows, Lucy has accidentally turned her hair green, adopted another dog off the street and fallen head over heels in love with Zack! But she knows that Zack isn't serious when he says that he loves her and wants to marry her, after all, he is way too big of a risk for her to take...
Getting Rid of Bradley is a fun, fast read that I enjoyed, but it is nothing special or spectacular. This is a bit disappointing as Jennifer Crusie's books are usually pretty memorable - for her zany characters if nothing else. Lucy is a fun character, but a little too bubble brained for me, teacher or no. She was a little too quirky for me to identify with and I was not sure why Zack, a seemingly normal guy would fall for someone like her, but they say opposites attract, right? The plot is a little thin and it is pretty easy to figure out "the mystery", but this is a good summer beach book or something to read when you don't want to concentrate too hard.
This report prepared by Debbie