I would like to say a big thank you to the team at Headline for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
EDIT: The novel has since been retitled to A Girl Named Love.
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He’s the man every woman wants. Private Investigator Florence Love is out to get him.
Florence has ten days to meet, charm and entrap Scott ‘Scat’ Delaney. Whilst sticking to THE Cardinal Entrapment Rule: One kiss, with tongues, five seconds – case closed.
Scat, a superstar jazz musician, is stunning. He’s also a reclusive hypochondriac with a Junta-like entourage – it’s going to take a special woman to make him fall into the trap.
Florence Love will tell you at length why she’s that woman. She’s beautiful, resourceful and relentless. A master of body language, evolutionary science and Shorinji Kempo. She’ll use every tool in her armoury, especially when it comes to discovering the truth about Bambi, her absent mother – a twenty-five-year-old mystery she’s determined to solve…
Cardinal Entrapment Rule #2: Never EVER fall for the target (even when they’re the hottest man on the planet) That would be very bad form indeed.
“He mistakes me for someone who gives a shit”
Right away I knew I was going to love this one! The Last Honeytrap makes a change from the gritty crime novels filled with merciless and twisted psychopaths that I’ve spent the past few months reading. While gory murder novels can be..ahem, how I do put it?…fun, it’s always nice to pick up a little chick lit to brighten your day and Louise Lee’s debut novel did just that.
If I was asked to pick a fictional character that I would like to be out of all the ones I’ve encountered in my reads so far in 2015, I would pick Flo Lo any day! Without a doubt.
Not only is Florence Love utterly hilarious, but she’s confident, bright and brutally honest. It’s Florence’s tenacity and tendency to tell it like it is that makes the book so incredibly entertaining, not to mention her capers in the, as I’ve learned from this book, not-so-glamorous world of entrapment.
The Last Honeytrap is much like Bridget Jones’ Diary humour-wise. However, Flo Lo doesn’t quite bag herself a Mr. Darcy. Not that she needs to. ‘Independent Women’ by Destiny’s Child could easily be her theme tune. She doesn’t need no man..or woman for that matter.
What surprised me was that, despite being an ultra funny novel about Florence’s latest PI case to entrap Scat Delany, at the center of The Last Honeytrap there is a lot of heart. More specifically, Florence’s bond with her brother, Michael, a budding actor who sometimes assists Florence on her cases. Also, Florence’s quest to find her mother, Bambi, who she believes is missing. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think it’s the family orientated moments that really drive the novel. They definitely brought out the sweet, soft side to Flo Lo as opposed to her professional, sassy demeanor.
The Last Honeytrap is full of twists, turns and genuinely laugh out loud humour. I had a blast reading it and was sad that it had to end. This novel totally surpassed my expectations. Going in, I thought I had made a generally good guess as to what would happen, but all of my predictions were wrong which is something I could not be happier about.
A gem from start to finish, I absolutely cannot wait to read the second book in the Florence Love Series, The Last Bigamist when it comes out.