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Release Blitz and Reviews: Drop Dead Sexy: Katie Ashley

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Drop Dead Sexy
Katie Ashley

Expected March 15, 2016

For Olivia Sullivan, love is more a four letter curse word than a sentiment. Growing up as the daughter of a small town mortician, guys didn’t warm to the fact there were dead people in her house. At thirty, taking over the family business and becoming the town Coroner helped to cement her undateable status. Of course her past sex history didn’t help matters either.

Attempt number one with her first love ended barely before it got started with a horrific latex allergy hospitalization. Attempt number two had him coming and then going with an undiagnosed heart condition. For the past three years, Olivia has closed up shop for fear of what might happen next in the bedroom.

After being forced to go single to her mother’s lingerie shower, Olivia stumbles into an out of town bar with one intention: find an able bodied stud to go home with to end her losing sex streak. Enter Holden Caulfield Mains aka Catcher, who earned his nickname not just from the book he was named for, but for the fact he was sure to catch the attention any woman who came within a five mile radius. Waking up after a night of the most mind blowing sex she could have ever imagined, a horrified Olivia runs away thinking she’s left Catcher behind.

When Olivia’s small town is wracked by its first murder, she never could have imagined her one night stand would reappear in the form of the GBI’s lead investigator. To her mortification, Catcher isn’t ready to let go of their sizzling chemistry, and he doesn’t understand the meaning of no. As things start to heat up between them, the body count starts to rise, and they’re led on a wild goose chase from back woods mountain Nudist Colonies to altercations with the Dixie Mafia. Can Olivia and Catcher survive to solve the murder while also not succumbing to their explosive passion?

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Olivia's life is a little unique. She's a young mortician and coroner. She deals with crazy families on daily basis. Her love life has been a disaster of epic proportions. And she has now decided that her sexual dry spell needs to end. Olivia is capable, smart, pretty, and outspoken, but unaware of her true attractiveness. She tends to feel awkward especially in social situations and with men.

In a bar in the boonies, she meets the sexy, cocky, unfiltered Catcher Mains. He has charisma and a rugged charm, but he also spells trouble. Little did she know how it would affect her life. 

All she wanted was a night of really good sex without issues, but she got more than she expected. It was the hottest night of her life and she actually liked Catcher, But one-night-stands don't usually turn into relationships and this girl knows when to stop when she is ahead, so she did the proactive walk of shame and left him in her dust.

But a murder in her neck of the woods, brings in the GBI and Agent Catcher Mains right to her doorstep. Thrown together by the investigation, Olivia can't escape Catcher's company, charm, or advances. But they are about to find more trouble than they bargained for.

Liv and Catcher find themselves on various surprising adventures as they investigate this case, and at times they cannot ignore their chemistry that seems to simmer even in inappropriate settings. They are combustible, have a fun rapport, and have a mutual understanding of each other's jobs and commitments. Liv has been longing to feel sexually satisfied, but also safe and protected. And she brings out the possessive, protective alpha in Catcher. Their banter is flirty, sexy, witty, and sometimes downright dirty.

The situation they find themselves in seems to facilitate the intensity of their chemistry and  feelings fairly quickly, but I believed in their connection. Catcher is a take control kind of guy and knows what he wants, and I found that sexy and endearing. He manages to make Liv feel more intelligent and beautiful, despite her tendency to be a bit klutzy or end up in awkward situations. They seemed to bring out the best in each other and accept each other quirks and all.

The side characters added more drama, fun, and some laugh-out-loud moments especially her outspoken Grandmother Pease. Many of the unusual characters surrounding the case added to the mystery and suspense, but also provided some of the surprises too. This story definitely goes in some unexpected directions at times.

This is a fast-paced, humorous, quirky romantic comedy with a side of mystery, danger, and suspense. It is a bit more slapstick at times, but I found myself grinning and laughing at the crazy adventures these two find themselves in. . I might have even yelled "holy crap!" out loud a few times. This was a bit different than other Katie Ashley books, but still had her likable characters and engaging sense of humor even if it was a bit more daring, crass, and tongue-in-cheek. There were some definite twists and surprises, and it was not predictable.  I thought it was funny, sweet, sexy, and romantic. I really liked their personalities and loved this couple together.  And I liked the whole whodunnit aspect of the plot as well.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. 
Olivia Sullivan is in a dry spell. A 7 year dry spell. Determined to end her dry spell, since her last sexual encounters have been less that stellar (though hilarious in their outrageousness) she decides she isn’t interested in a relationship first, she just wants a one night stand. The problems comes when she realizes a one night stand in a small town is not in the cards. 30 years old and still single, her mother laments her marital status with regularity, but as a mortician and coroner, she rarely finds a man interested in striking up a relationship with a woman who works with the dead.

Holden “Catcher” Maines’s path crosses with Olivia’s and he is immediately attracted. When their paths cross again, he does his best to hold on and keep her close. As a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Catcher has seen some strange sights, but nothing could prepare him for what he finds when he goes to investigate a small town murder he knows Olivia will also be working on.

The sexy times were hot as heck between Olivia and Catcher. These two have an instant connection that fuels their physical relationship and leads to the emotional one that builds. With the speed at which they make their physical move and the sparks that fly that first night, it is no wonder Catcher seeks Olivia out for more. But what I loved was that though the sparks fly instantly, the deeper connection between them takes time to develop.

This is a great Katie Ashley twist on a murder mystery. The who-done-it aspect kept the story moving as Catcher and Olivia investigate a murder that includes some crazy twists and turns -- from a victim with an extra body part to leads that take them to places neither even guessed existed. The humor throughout was creative and inventive, though at times it felt like it was trying a little too hard to be funny. 

Told entirely from Olivia’s point of view, the story meanders through a twisted murder investigation that leads to new bodies, wild goose chases, and a clothing optional resort. This had me laughing out loud and often grinning like a loon. A light-hearted rom-com, this was a great relaxing read perfect for a bit of fun reading.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English. As of January 2013, she became a full-time writer.

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