Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Up

March 20, 2017 5 out of 5, review 0 ★★★★★

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double UpTitle: Double Up
Author: Gretchen Archer
Genre: Mystery
My Rating: five-stars
My Copy: ARC courtesy of Henery Press
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Synopsis: On behalf of USA TODAY bestselling author Gretchen Archer and the entire Henery Press crew, welcome aboard flight DOUBLE UP. Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job. Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy. Ever. Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?) Enjoy your flight.

Double Up is the sixth book in the Davis Way series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Up. I do recommend you start with the first, Double Whammy or at least read, the fifth book, Double Knot so you’ll get an idea of who’s who and what’s going on. That being said, Gretchen Archer does a great job explaining certain events from previous books and of course, nothing I consider to be spoilers.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about Davis Way, but Archer proved me wrong! There’s a bit of a time jump from when Double Knot ended and Double Up begins. Davis has been suffering from postpartum depression, even though she insists she’s okay. It was heartbreaking to see Davis this way, but at the same time, she’s worked hard at the Bellissimo and when things go south, she takes it personal. No Hair, Fantasy, and Baylor all are featured in some way, but things definitely are different at the Bellissimo. We’re introduced to Baylor’s new girlfriend, July (pronounced Julie) and she’s just the most perfect nanny (why couldn’t Davis get a manny, a male nanny? Imagine the hilarious scenarios).

I anticipated the sixth book in the series to still feature a pregnant Davis, but the babies are here! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so if you’re a fan of the series and don’t know what Davis and Bradley have, I’ll keep quiet. It was fun to have the babies in the book and I just wanted to cuddle with them. They are quite the handful and will definitely keep the Coles on their toes! Maybe, Archer will gift us with a spin off series featuring the twins all grown up.

What I really liked about Double Up were the surprises! Holy heck, Davis View Spoiler »! House (and no, not Hugh Laurie) stole the show (Off! Off! Off!), but Bea Crawford really surprised me! I loved her personal changes and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her. I laughed at what Bea called certain things. For example a selfie becomes selfish and that cracks me up because English isn’t my mother’s first language and at first she’d call selfies, surfies. Archer really makes things believable in that aspect. I was really worried at how much Davis could trust the town gossip and I’m just really surprised at it all. I won’t say anything because I want you to discover it on your own. I still have some questions that hopefully Archer will answer at some point in time (such as, what was Eddie doing at the Bellissimo?). The Waffle House makes an appearance and while they do have some good biscuits and gravy, their coffee really is amazing (or at least the one across from my work has some great coffee)!

The ending feels likes a goodbye and if Archer decides not to continue with the series, I’ll be okay. I’ll miss Davis and company, but it has a good stopping point if the end is near. Overall, I adored Double Up! I laughed so much and to be honest, there’s something really sexy about Bradley Cole and a gun. If you’re looking for a laugh out loud, feel good book, I highly recommend Gretchen Archer’s Double Up.

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