Blog Tour and Giveaway: Defcon Darcy by AJ Lape

Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets...and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore—especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him. In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process. DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is. The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.

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When you’re a verb, you don’t always plan your excursions; they just sort of happened. This was the first trip, I admit, that I had to plan. The time ticked at eight o’clock. Murphy and Marjorie had just pulled into the driveway from a trip to the library. To safeguard against getting busted, I clocked in with Murphy five minutes ago and told him I was with Dylan. I clocked in with Dylan and told him I was with Murphy. Wearing commando-black, my lucky hat, and Chuck’s, I quietly lifted my second story window and shimmied my way down the bare maple tree. Jogging to the entrance of BTCC, the air cut through me like a sharp knife on butter. In the spirit of duplicity, the sky was two-faced tonight like the moon. The east was cloudy, the west a midnight blue with a blanket of stars. I jumped up and down as the chill settled into my muscles, and at fifteen minutes past eight, Vinnie’s pink VW Bug sputtered to a stop in front of the big buffalo sign I hid behind. This was what I liked about the misfits—when you told them to masquerade as someone else or break into private property on the sly, there were no questions, only a “What time?” 

My 5-Star Review

AJ Lape has brought many laughs and giggles with the first three books in this series.  She did the same in this book, however she throw a cookie at me in this one.  She drenched me in hot coffee and burned me with some series tears too!  I was not expected the tears.  The sadness and pity I felt for Darcy in this book is extremely heavy.

This book isn't like the other books.  Sure, there are dead bodies falling out of walls.  Sure there is Darcy's brothers coming to her aid.  And yes, Dylan.  What I didn't expect was not only the depths of the back-story of Darcy's mother, but I didn't expect things to go to where they went.

The second half of this book ripped my heart out.  I sobbed like a baby, true story.  I had to force myself to read it because it was so heavy.  I was afraid of where AJ was going to take Darcy.  I wanted to read it with my eyes closed... But that wasn't possible.  I cringed a lot.  I prayed a lot that no harm came to Darcy.  To say this book shocked me is an understatement!

This book isn't all serious.  We have Bean and some twerking.  We have cheating girlfriends.  Darcy attracts more male suiters.  Darcy questions her relationship with Dylan to the point she drives him even more crazy.  There is the "usual" plus more seriousness than we have yet to have. 

Oh, I can't forget... Dodge Charger man... We finally get our answers.  Yes, you read that right!!!

If you haven't started this series, you really should.  The best part of this series, aside from the laughs, is that it is marketable for ALL ages.  This is something your twelve year old can read and enjoy; it is something any adult can read and enjoy.  You don't come across many books or series that are perfect for all age groups!