Title: Dog Collar Couture (Lucie Rizzo Mystery)
Author: Adrienne Giordano
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: SilverHart Publishing
Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.
Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.
Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.
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Dog Collar Couture – Excerpt 6 – May 15, 2016
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He appeared in the doorway that led from the small dining room to the kitchen. He wore flat-front slacks and a crisp, baby-blue dress shirt. “You’re late. You said you’d be home by five.”
Welcome to living at home with a protective father. “I know, but the walks ran long.”
“You should call if you’ll be late.”
Sigh. “Okay, Dad. Sure.”
The door behind her opened and whacked her hard enough to send her spiraling forward. Whoopsie. To keep from falling, she hooked her hand on one of the staircase spindles, gripped it hard enough to pop a knuckle and fought a battle with momentum. She hung on for a second—whew—and pulled herself back to her feet.
Joey stood in the doorway holding the door open for Ro.
Ro rushed in, her arms out. “Luce, are you all right?”
“Luce,” Joey said, “what the hell are you doing behind the door? I could have killed you.”
“Thanks for your concern, Mr. Sensitivity.”
“Hey, next time, don’t stand there.”
“Joey,” Ro said, “zip it.”
He scrunched his face and stabbed his hands in the air. “What? Now it’s my fault?”
“Joey,” Dad warned in that low, scary voice that always made his son snap to, “shut that mouth.”
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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.
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