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Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
Model Citizen is my first Lissa Kasey book and I enjoyed it. The story was solid, the murder mystery predictable, yet engaging, and the characters likable.
Ollie is a model, turned wanna-be private investigator. A family tragedy strikes his life (this happens early on and it’s a whopper of a heart-crusher!) and he’s trying to keep his life and his business and his house afloat. Ollie had a lucrative career as an androgynous cover model, but all that is pushed to the side as he tries to honor what he believes to be his dead brother’s wishes.
In walks Kade. Kade is Ollie’s deceased brother’s friend, fellow soldier, and has been badly injured in the war. Kade also is the answer to all of Ollie’s problems…a licensed PI, a handman at home, and has had a crush on Ollie for years. Yes, Kade is a bit too good to be true. Kade fits all the pieces a little too perfectly. But, I kinda was digging Kade.
As the story progresses, Ollie started to wear on me a bit. Yes, he had lost a lot. But his knack for getting into trouble, not listening to anyone around him, and his whininess got old. The author did manage to bring him back around by the end and I started to warm up to him again…kinda.
The strength of the story was this prime-time TV drama-esque mystery about a series of accidents happening in a reality-porn show. (think Cockyboys meets Big Brother…). The injuries and deaths around the house are WAY over the top, but I think that’s what I loved about them. The whole thing was slightly ridiculous that I was actually entertained!
This all leads up to a showdown where our Ollie is in danger and I was inching closer to the edge of my seat waiting to see how it would all happen…predictable, but again, entertaining.
The end has a mild cliffhanger that I guessed early on. And I will definitely be reading book 2. (I’m assuming there will be a book 2).
If you’re looking for a fun book that doesn’t require much from the reader other than to just go with it…this would be a good choice!