Serving Up Trouble by Jill Shalvis
Published by Harlequin on 2002
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Hardened cop Sam O'Neill knew a meddlesome woman when he saw one. He'd saved cocktail waitress Angie Rivers during a bank holdup, but he couldn't get her pretty face or the feel of her silky skin out of his head. She made him lose his focus -- she softened his heart -- and that put both of them knee-deep in danger, because someone wanted Angie dead.
Angie was the only one who could identify the leader of a brutal identity theft ring. But she was done feeling helpless and vulnerable and felt ready to take things into her own hands, despite the tall, dark detective's passionate demands to stay out of trouble -- and out of his heart!
Jill Shalvis is my go-to author when I’m looking for something relatively stress-less and cute. While I was browsing her backlist, I came across Serving up Trouble. The premise looked cute, so I decided to check it out. Serving Up Trouble was adorable, and while it’s a little less polished as her books today, I quite adored it.
Serving Up Trouble is about waitress Angie Rivers who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. She rushes to the bank on her break, and ends up there while the bank is being robbed. That is how she meets cop, Sam O’Neill. Sam also happens to be at the bank during the robbery, and he sort of saves the day. After the robbery, Angie decides to start living her life, which gets her into some tricky situations. And of course, Sam and Angie start to fall for each other.
Angie is adorable and definitely feels like a Shalvis heroine. She’s funny, and she’s determined to starting living her life to the fullest. I just loved reading about her. Sam is also my kind of hero. He’s a bit grumpy and gruff, but he’s also super kind. He can’t help but fall for Angie, and I loved seeing it happen.
Serving Up Trouble has some romantic suspense elements that I really loved, although the mystery isn’t stellar (as is often the case in romances). Even though Angie sometimes made silly decisions, I didn’t really care. The story was just so fun, and I had a hard time putting the book down.
That said, this one isn’t as polished as Jill Shalvis’s more recent novels, so if you are a fan, keep that in mind. It’s still super fun, but not quite up to where she is today.
So, if you’re looking for a quick, fun, easy-going read, totally look into Jill Shalvis’s Serving Up Trouble. It may not be quite up to par with her more recent romances, but it’s still a ton of fun.