Title: Plummet To Soar
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Length 200 pages
Reviewed by Michael
Feckless, luckless, and charming, Mackenzie Detweiler is the author of a self-help book one reviewer calls “the most misbegotten motivational tool since Mein Kampf.” He’s maneuvered himself into a career as a life coach, but more often than not, his advice is bad. Really bad.
It’s even getting people hurt… and Mackenzie sued.
It falls to Mackenzie’s long-suffering editor, JD Chambers, to deliver the bad news. He chooses to do so face-to-face—to see if the spark he senses between them is real when they’re together in the flesh. Unfortunately, a snowstorm, a case of nerves, a case of mistaken identity, and finally a murder get in the way of a potential enemies-to-lovers romance.
There are many, many people who have good reason to want Mackenzie dead. JD must find out which one is acting on it before it’s too late for both of them.
If you’re anything like me, your To Be Read (TBR) list is incredibly long, filled with books or authors that you really want to try. Sadly, time and life get in the way and when taken in conjunction with the sheer number of new books that come out each month, that TBR only grows larger.
Which was why I was so excited when this book became available for review. I’ve got a few Z.A. Maxfield books in my TBR that I haven’t been able to get to. This would give me a chance to read an author that I’ve always wanted to try, and read it to review for the site. Two birds, one stone if you will.
Mac (Kenzie) is kind of a free-bird. A near death experience left him with the notion that every minute is to be lived to the fullest. He also wrote a book based on these ideas, ironically titled the same as this one, and has developed a following. He travels the world holding seminars he calls “plummets” (he did plummet from a helicopter, after all) where he espouses the virtues of taking each day as it comes and not looking into the rearview mirror
Mac’s was discovered by a publishing houses' group editor, JD. The publishing house is a family owned business left to him by his father. While somewhat younger than Mac, JD struck me as being quite older, perhaps because of the responsibility of running the business.
Mac and JD develop a relationship that is purely online. Now, some people may argue the legitimacy of any relationship that is only on-line, but, speaking from my own experience, as long as both parties are completely honest with each other, it can be almost as fulfilling as a person-to-person relationship. Sometimes it’s easier for some people to communicate from the safety of a keyboard. It’s also incredibly convenient over long distances. This is especially handy to Mac and JD given that Mac travels so much.
What Mac doesn’t know is that there have been threats, both legal and physical made against him. Add to that JD has been charged with delivering some rather bad news, which he decides to do in person. The two (along with a small group of people) end up snowed in at a hotel, and what ensues is something akin to a whodunit, or, as I call it, a “murdermance” (coined that one all on my own)
There were times that the character’s made decisions that left me scratching my head (I’m looking at you, bathroom scene after someone shoot’s into Mac’s hotel room). But I also liked that secrets weren’t kept until the very end of the book as a way to create huge drama that ultimately tears them apart. Mac and JD work together to overcome adversities, both within their relationship and from the outside.
Overall, I was glad I read this, and will definitely be reading more from this author.
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