Books & Bribes by Lucinda Race #bookreviewBooks & Bribes by Lucinda Race
Published by MC Two Press on March 1, 2023
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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In a small town like Pembroke, Maine, everyone has something to hide. But when bookstore owner Lily Michaels takes a tumble and hits her head, and her cat Milo starts talking to her, she discovers she has something to hide, too. She’s a witch, and Milo is her familiar. And she’s not the only one in town. Lily has been hiding something else, too. Even though she’s always kept Gage Erikson in the friend zone, her feelings for the man Milo calls Detective Cutie go a lot deeper than she’s willing to admit.

Gage has a secret too. He’s always had a crush on Lily. But if he gives into his feelings, it might mess up the wonderful friendship they have. With his cowboy boots and cherry red pickup truck and knack for just letting folks talk, people might underestimate just how good a detective Gage actually is. But is he good enough to discover all of Lily’s secrets?

Somebody in Pembroke knows a lot about the secrets people are keeping, and isn’t above a little blackmail. While Lily struggles with learning how to be a witch, she works with Gage to uncover the truth, and a new kind of magic develops between them. Will they continue to be just friends, or will they finally admit to the secret love they’ve been hiding?

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My Thoughts

What a fantastic way to begin a brand-new series. Having a talking cat was the frosting on the cake for me because I am a huge cat lover. I really enjoyed this book; it had charming characters, a talking cat, and a cute romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.


About Lucinda Race

Award-winning and best selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading everything she could get her hands on.

With her fingers practically fly over computer keys as she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them. 

Lucinda lives with her husband and their two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts.