Giulia Falcone is convinced she's going to Hell. First, because she left the convent. Second, her new job with a private investigator has her sneaking around and lying. Adjusting to life in the outside world isn't easy. Makeup, dating, and sex are all new to her. And despite a crush on her boss Frank Driscoll----a foul-mouthed, soft-hearted ex-cop----Giulia is sure he'd never fall for an ex-nun.
Her first case involves drop-dead handsome Blake Parker, a man with immense wealth and an ego to match. He and his fiancee are getting disturbing "gifts" with messages based on biblical verses. When Giulia is drawn into the stalker's twisted game, salacious photos of her appear, threatening her job and her friendship with Frank. No one imagines---least of all naive Giulia----the danger ahead, when following the clues turns into a fight for her life.
FORCE OF HABIT could be seen as amateur sleuth, but it's definitely grittier. Giulia finds herself apprenticed to Frank, her private investigator boss. Giulia is an ex-nun, musician and now a one day private investigator herself.
There are light moments, but it is not a light read. Some terrifying thoughts at work as the bad guy and the thriller scenes are gripping.
I really look forward to reading what comes next. The characters are well written and story is intriguing.
I can definitely highly recommend this author and this, her debut, book. I read it in just about one sitting, not wanting to set it down until I found out how Frank was going to stop being a jerk and how the Giulia was going to figure out which of the ex-girlfriends was sending the increasingly more disturbing 'gifts'.
Five what comes next beans....