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*I received a free ARC of Carrots from Enchantress of Books Blogtours in exchange of an honest review*
Carrots is a fun contemporary read, about what happens to Shelby just because she stopped her car to run and get some carrots. After being shot in the head, she quickly realizes that she can hear other peoples' thoughts! And it's very hard for her in the beginning to not answer the questions her family only ask in their heads. It is also difficult for her to not be upset when she hears her husband's thoughts about how she looks, or why he is so happy she didn't die...
Shelby quickly gets into trouble because of her new ability, especially when it comes to Kate, her husband Chris' new colleague. Because she knows exactly what Kate thinks both of her and Chris, I totally get her jealousy, but the way she acts on it is not very logical. And that's when things go from bad to worse as well. Of course, this is one of the reasons why Carrots is so funny, Shelby puts herself into almost impossible situations, and the way she tries to regain the upper hand makes for a lot of comical happenings. Carrots is quite humorous, but it is also a little bit predictable. Also, it is not the first time I read about someone gaining the ability to hear thoughts, and I found myself wishing Shelby would be a little bit smarter about it all. She acted pretty much transparently about knowing what went on in the other characters' heads, and some of them were wondering how she had this canny way of knowing what they were going to say before they said it. Since Shelby knew her life was in danger, it was a little difficult to suspend disbelief when it comes to the way she acted around the very people who did not necessarily have her best interest at heart.
There is truly a little bit of everything going on in the plot of Carrots, there is the mafia, then, we also have Chris who is a lawyer, and the cute police officer with the dimples as well as Ramos the gun for hire. The best interactions in my opinion are those between Ramos and Shelby. The way she tries to convert him from killing people, and how he keeps thinking he hopes Joey his mafia-boss won't ever tell him to kill her is hilarious.
If you are looking for something that can make you laugh, where there is some pretty heavy intrigues and a little bit of romance, Carrots is just the book for you! And even if it is a little predictable, I quite enjoyed it, and think I'll read the next Shelby Nichols story as well.
I sighed with relief when they left. Chris did too. As he directed me to the car he was worried, and more than a little scared. Just an inch or two to the left and I'd be dead. He'd lose me and what would he do with the kids? Who would make sure they did their homework, and get them to all their practices and games? He couldn't do all that, along with the demands of his job. He'd have to hire a housekeeper or something, and that could cost a lot of money.
My nap hadn't changed a thing. i could still read minds. And if I wasn't careful, I was going to get in a lot more trouble. How was I going to manage around my family?
It must have had an affect, because he was struggling not to feel guilty, and he hadn't felt that way in years.
A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published writer, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books that they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, and Secrets That Kill, with more to come. You can find Collen here : Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter