“Well maybe I went a little too far, but - it’s who I am, Bobby. I can’t stand by and watch the bullies win. And maybe I don’t always think things through, and maybe I don’t always get it right, but I’m never going to just sit by and do nothing while there are people in the world who can’t fight for themselves.” (1)
“Bobby felt terrible and asked if there was anything he could do to make it up to me. Gazing into his deep blue eyes, I could think of a few things, but nothing that wouldn’t require a trip to confession in the morning.” (1)
“Bobby smiled and pulled me to my feet. “You’re exhausted and you’re afraid to go to sleep. I’ll stay with you until you drift off.”
“I’m not afraid,” I countered, letting him lead me up the stairs. “But if it makes you feel better, you can stay.”
“Could you turn on the night light, please?” I yawned. “In case you need some light when you leave,” I added.
“That’s very considerate of you.” (1)
“The second drink had worked its way around my brain, and I hoped I didn’t start saying things I’d regret later, like when I had nitrous oxide at the dentist’s and told Dr. Calahan that I loved him.” (1)
Meet Bobby DiCarlo; handsome cop…
“He looked wonderful. Dammit. Dark, wavy hair, slightly disheveled, five o’clock shadow on his near-perfect face and newly formed muscles traveling up and down his lean, six-foot-one-inch body.” (2)
“A year and a half after I moved to Los Angeles I heard that Bobby had gotten married. It’s not a happy union but a two-year-old daughter keeps them together. After the up-bringing he’d had, Bobby would never abandon his kid.” (2)
To a psycho named Marie:
“I know all about Marie. She jeopardized my daughter’s life and she left you here to die.” (2)
Meet Nick Santiago: sexy bad ass…
“His hair was pulled back in a loose ponytail, revealing the tiny silver cross he wore in his left ear. On his wrist was a silver band. …He hadn’t shaved in a day or so and a slight shadow edged his jaw line. He was undeniably beautiful and yet it wasn’t his most compelling quality. Damned if I knew what was. I only knew that it kept me coming back for more.” (3)
Brings out the best in Brandy…
“Nick it’s Brandy. I’m sorry I haven’t called you back, but I’ve had, um..pink eye…It can be very debilitating.” Oh God is there any way to erase this? “Anyway, I just wanted to say that it was very nice of you to humor my mother by telling her you’d come for dinner, but it’s totally unnecessary. I’m sure you have better things to do, so-” BEEP. Shit. “Hi, it’s me again. Anyway, we’re not even having dinner tomorrow night. My mother drinks a lot and she gets mixed up. So, uh, I’ll talk to you later. Bye.” (3)
And there’s his sidekick, Alphonso:
“Alphonso was just walking back into the living room… “Take it easy there, Sweetcakes. Someone went to a lot of trouble to hide this. It might be booby trapped. Let me go first.”
“I appreciate the chivalry, but that’s not fair. Why would you put yourself in danger like that?”
“Because Santiago would kill me if I let anything happen to you. This way I’ve got a fifty-fifty chance of survival.” (4)
And in this wonderful Philly world that Shelly Fredman has created, there are a whole host of colorful, lovable characters. The books are mysteries with romance thrown in. Sometimes Brandy’s friends are a help and sometimes a hindrance; in both the romance and the mystery department.
“Jeez Janine. Have a little faith. I’m perfectly capable of taking care of a toddler for a few hours. I’ve babysat before.” Okay so maybe she was remembering the time when we were fourteen and we’d started a babysitting service, and we accidentally left six-year-old Benny Shapiro at the mall. It could happen to anyone. And it’s not like we didn’t find him again.” (4)
Always Brandy and crew are entertaining and enlightening.
All this refers to the No Such Thing As series written by Shelly Fredman. So far she has written 4 books: 1 NSTA A Secret / 2 NSTA A Good Blind Date / 3 NSTA A Free Lunch / 4 NSTA A Free Ride.
For those of us who’ve read 1-4 and want more, Shelly says: “I’m working on the 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series, but it’s too soon to estimate a release date.”
Be eligible to win the first book in the series, No Such Thing As A Secret, by posting a comment to this blogpost today the 15th, Sat 16th or Sun 17th. Shelly herself will pick one winner from the comments and I'll announce who the lucky person is on this blog on Wednesday the 20th.
Course in my book, everyone who reads this blog is a winner!