Ever see a book that looks kinda cute, sorta fun - a bit of fluff to wile away an afternoon when WHAM-O! Something in the back cover blurb smacks you in the face like Mr. Universe swinging a 2-by-4. Exhibit A:
Pink Jinx by Sandra Hill. She's got a new publisher in Warner books, this is the first book in a new series (naturally), and it's due out in November.
Caught! Straight-laced Boston lawyer Veronica "Ronnie" Jinkowsky knows something's fishy when her estranged grandfather lures her to his New Jersey treasure hunting business with woeful tales of old age and bankruptcy. But she never expected the salty old dog to shanghai her into a hunt for pink diamonds with her poker-playing, four-time ex-husband Jake Jensen in tow. HOOKED...
Betting her heart on Jake was always a losing proposition; yet just the sight of his come-hither blue eyes is still enough to melt her steely resolve. Now she's on a high seas' adventure that throws together lost gems, lost ship, and lost love--not to mention a Mafia widow, her two goons, and an elderly Cajun matchmaker hankering for hanky-panky--
AND GOING DOWN FOR THE LAST TIME!
Ronnie is trapped with the man she could never learn to live with--and was never happy without. A jinx of the best possible kind.
Hello? Four-time ex-husband?! She-it, even a toddler learns not to touch the stove after the first time they get burned. This does not bode well. Now I can understand tap-dancing around an ex (hell, I've done it). I can even (almost) understand marrying the same guy twice. But wouldn't you think the idiot heroine (OK that's an assumption on my part - but seriously four times!) would learn her lesson here? And why go through the hassles of getting married and divorced...four bloody times? Wouldn't you think one of these morons would say after Divorce #2, "Hey honey, maybe we should stay the hell away from each other" or "Hey let's try not getting married and just move in together. Think of all the money we'll save on divorce lawyers!"
And yeah, I'm reading way too much into this (a nasty habit of mine), but seriously - married four times to the same guy? Geez.