Relatively Risky: Book 1 (Big Uneasy)

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Book 1: Relatively Risky

A quirky artist must unravel her parent's secret past before the mob erases her future. But will the protection of a handsome homicide detective be her only hope of surviving the Big Easy?



Nell Whitby is starting over in New Orleans, getting a publisher for her children’s book, sketching tourists in the French Quarter, and leaving the tragic death of her parents behind. When a handsome detective asks her for a date, her fresh start seems perfect…until a dangerous family secret bubbles up from the past and puts her life in jeopardy.

The oldest of thirteen children, detective Alex Baker has two goals in life: solve murders and avoid anyone under the age of ten. That is, until the day the quirky children's book author foils a carjacking, becomes a target for the mob, and makes his libido sit up and reconsider the whole no-kids thing. If he doesn’t protect her, she’ll be the next body to turn up in his homicide investigation. 

As bullets start to fly, Nell can’t resist her sexy bodyguard or ignore her past, and Alex must protect the irresistible kid-magnet who has them both in the crosshairs.

Tags: New Orleans, Louisiana, The Big Easy, romantic suspense, humor, humorous mystery, no sex, clean read, Wyoming, NOPD, Detective hero. 


Already read Relatively Risky? The next installment is my short story, “Family Treed.” Read more about the series here

What others are saying about Relatively Risky:

"With just the right amount of detail, Jones hits it out of the park and leaves readers wanting more. I love how well-developed the characters were and that the story was addictive. Can't wait for more!” A Girl and Her Kindle 

"Readers of romantic suspense novels will certainly not go wrong if they take a trip to New Orleans with Relatively Risky!” LASR

"Jones’ writing style is unique: a strong dose of noir balanced with humor and witty dialogue. The plot moves at a fast pace as does the chemistry between Alex and Nell. The characters are well-developed and likeable, the relationship between Alex and his 12 siblings fun, and the New Orleans ambience conveyed so realistically the reader will feel as if they have been plopped down right in the middle of the Big Easy." Midwest Book Review

"Grinning and loving it, RELATIVELY RISKY by creative talent Pauline Bard Jones is a hoot!  Humorous dialogue, rapid pacing, loveable characters and a no-holds-barred setting in New Orleans make a perfect storm of a book.  Add a few evil villains to fight and you have a read that can not be put down.  Eagerly awaiting the next volume in The  Big Uneasy saga." SingleTitles

"Set in New Orleans with lots of mystery and intrigue that keeps circling back to unassuming Nell. Enough romance to keep me interested in where it was going for Nell and Alex to keep me turning the pages." Romance Junkies 

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