Running away from home isn’t as easy as Ren thinks it will be. At least she isn’t running very far-just a few miles to the ghost town of Fortune . . . or Mis-Fortune as everyone else calls it. Mis-Fortune on the Mississippi. Supposedly, there’s an abandoned school on the outskirts with cheap rooms for rent. Ren knows her plan sounds crazy. But with only a few more weeks until Dad comes home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, she also knows she has to do something drastic so Mom will come to her senses and stop seeing that creep Rick Littleton, the creep she promised she would stop seeing but didn’t, for good.
From the moment she enters the school’s shadowy halls, Ren finds herself drawn into its secrets. Every night old Mrs. Baxter, the landlady, wanders the building on a mysterious quest. What could she be up to? And can Mrs. Baxter’s outlandish plan to transform the gym into a pearl-button museum ever succeed? With a quirky new friend named Hugh at her side, Ren sets out to solve the mystery that could save Fortune from fading away. But what about her family’s future? Can that be saved too?– Goodreads
I expected this to be a funnier book, even one with more romance. After Evanovich’s previous reads I don’t feel like expecting much however The Total Package was about more than that. It was about character growth and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I was expecting when I started this book. Instead Tyson went from being an asshole who no one but his parents liked, to a respectable person who was tolerable. I say this because I don’t care if you’re an asshole, I personally am an asshole and tend to love assholes.
That being said, Dani is a good match for him. Don’t get me wrong, she has her own problems, she isn’t this perfect angel. They are good puzzle pieces for each other. I just…I went into it thinking romance so it was a surprise to me how much it was dedicated to character growth instead!
The galaxy is at war.
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen–the Death Star. The Rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy….– Goodreads
This book had everything that should have had me love it. It references some of my favorite movies: Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job, but it was also lacking something. I wish the characters were more fleshed out. I often got them confused even though they were very different characters they were never different enough that they stood on their own.
I will admit that Dinan did surprise me within the final moments of the book, but not enough to bring the book around for me.