No Brainer (The Darcy Walker Series, #2) by A.J. Lape
Release date: May 23, 2013
My rating: 5.0 fastard stars
Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world … maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb.
Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier.
With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home.
She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working.
After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head.
Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead?
For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life.
SOMETIMES THAT LIGHT at the end of the tunnel’s not the hereafter … it’s a train.
We’d made it home in one piece, but as soon as Zander crossed the threshold, a whirly siren steamed like a locomotive while laser lights flashed like we were escaping Alcatraz. Good God Almighty, he’d set off the alarm.
“Darn,” I mumbled.
“Sh-sh-sh-shoot!” Zander shouted, hitting the deck. I didn’t need anyone to spell it out to me, the click of a 9mm handgun told me Lincoln was cocked, loaded, and aiming for a torso.
Zander stuttered as a child. When that happened, all he could manage was “D” instead of Dylan. I picked it up over the years because I didn’t want the boy’s infirmities to be more pronounced than they already were. In general, he grew out of it, but occasionally it cropped back up when he was scared. Problem was, the boy just yelled, “Shoot” when Lincoln had a gun. My guess was he opted against profanity, but in this situation, it might’ve been best if he let the four-lettered alternative fly.
Darcy, Darcy Darcy..... You had me laughing and wanting to slap you silly the whole way through this adventure in Florida. You just can't seem to find a normal way to pass your time, can you? Yes, it is very altruistic of you to make it your mission to find a missing boy, whom you have no connection with. In the meantime, you cause all kind of trouble for yourself.
Switching gears, what the heckity heck! We all know you love your BFF, please don't deny it. He is by your side through all of your shenanigans...which will probably leave him with a full head of grey hair before he turns 20!
Some may think you are stupid because of your ability to find the most dangerous trouble possible.. That may possibly be... Or she is training (unbeknownst to her) to be the world's best spy...
Who knows! All I can say is this book was a page turner! I couldn't put it down. I actually went through withdraws when I HAD to put it down! Seriously, I did!
The only thing is, I am STILL left scratching my head... WHO IS YELLOW CHARGER DUDE from Grade A Stupid!!!!!! I thought I was going to have my suspicions either confirmed or proven wrong... I better find out in the next book!! Oh, and that bonus chapter? OMG! I am not sure what to think. Knowing what we know about Grizzly, should we be grossed out or not with knowing his particular aversions when it comes to "women'???? AHHHH! The fall cannot come fast enough!
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About AJ Lape
AKA - Ada Miracle Lape
1. I can dislocate my left shoulder on command.
2. I started running high school track when I was in the sixth grade.
3. I would’ve been a police officer or journalist if life didn’t land me where I am.
4. My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life…cry like a baby when George Bailey starts yelling, “I want to live again…I want to live again.”
5. I had an academic scholarship.
6. I like to shoot 9mm guns (dying to shoot an Uzi) in my spare time…look out Target World, every once in a while you have to walk your inner hillbilly
7. I’m like Rain Man when it comes to fractions.
8. I used to write and record songs. I won Honorable Mentions in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest and Music City Song Festival.
9. I’m a notorious sleepwalker.
10. I’ve cliff-dived off a 40-foot cliff into a lake…wouldn’t recommend it…painful.
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