High school physics teacher Lucy Savage is finally getting rid of Bradley–and his hideous green recliner. In fact, her front lawn is littered with her cheating ex-husband’s belongings. Because despite standing her up in divorce court, Bradley is out of her life for good. Or so she thinks.
When her sister takes her to lunch to celebrate Lucy’s single status, all their talk of a no-good louse named Bradley catches the attention of a cop–who wants to arrest the very same Bradley for embezzlement. And Officer Zack Warren figures the lovely Lucy can lead him straight to his target.
When someone shoots at Lucy and then blows up her car, Zack insists she needs twenty-four-hour protection. What does he think her three dogs and attack cat are for? Still, he insists on moving right in to Lucy’s house…
Now there’s danger lurking outside and in her own kitchen, bathroom–and bedroom. Or maybe Zack, who looks like a bad boy with that shaggy dark hair and black leather jacket, is really one of the good guys, and just what Lucy needs.
I’m a Jennifer Crusie fan, but I discovered her late into her writing career, so now I’m going back and reading some of her earliest books, and based on Wikipedia, Getting Rid of Bradley is her second full-length novel. I found the story to be thoroughly enjoyable and the characters as quirky as the rest of her books. It’s not a mystery, but there is a whodunnit component that was fun to try to figure out and while it wasn’t an earth-shattering revelation and I’d more or less solved it before the end, it wasn’t so predictable that it was cliche.
What I love about Jennifer Cruise’s books are that they are lighthearted, fun, and don’t require a lot of brain power to read. And sometimes that’s exactly what I need. It’s a quick read and Lucy is delightful. She reminds me of a little bit of Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich Numbers series.
The plot is more fully developed that most romantic comedies and it really works here. It’s not only about whether or not Lucy and Zack will end up together, but also who is after Lucy, whether or not Bradley is involved and to what extent, what’s the deal with the blonde, and exactly what color will Lucy’s hair end up as.
The characters are funny, warm, and quirky as only Jennifer Crusie can create them. They are exactly the kind of people you wish were real because you know that hanging out with Lucy would be a laugh a minute. What makes her so great is that she’s super smart, I mean she’s a high school physics teacher, but she’s so goofy you have to remind yourself how smart she is. Who doesn’t know someone exactly like that?
Getting Rid of Bradley is not deep, complex, or particularly moving. But it’s fun, slightly unpredictable, and a good, easy read. If you’re looking for a light romantic comedy, this is the book you’re looking for.