Finding Sky (Nicki Valentine Mysteries, #1)

Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien

I hoped when I hit my fifties I'd be in shape and upbeat too. The treadmill will do it, I told myself. I'll get in shape for the first time. Maybe I'll even lift weights! I'll be able to outrun bad guys no problem.

I cannot fully express how much I loved this book. Nicki Valentine was such a great character to follow as she tries to juggle being a single parent, taking classes to become a PI, and investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teenager (who is the birth mother of the child that her best friend, Kenna, wants to adopt). While she may not have a lot of experience being a PI she has her intuition and the help of her hunky PI instructor, Dean.


Nicki had a great sense of humor and I liked that while she wasn't an experienced PI she was still pretty competent in her investigation. She has such a love for her two children and her best friend Kenna that you could tell she would do anything for them. She even puts her life in danger in order to investigate the disappearance of Beth (the teenage girl who is considering allowing Kenna and her husband Andy to adopt her baby). No matter who she encounters Nicki manages to create such strong bonds and friendships with people.


I was as giddy as a little school girl whenever Dean (Nicki's PI instructor) appeared in the story. It didn't hurt that he was described as Brad Pitt on steroids. I was dying for Nicki and Dean to grow closer and start a relationship. Nicki didn't feel like she was good enough but I could definitely tell Dean was interested. I loved what happened with those two at the end. I just can't wait to see what happens with them in the next book.


I really loved the suspense and action at the end. I love where each character ended up and I just can't believe what Nicki ended up doing with a speculum. Even though it was a pretty serious situation I couldn't help but burst out in giggles. I just cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Thanks to NetGalley and Henery Press for the galley.