With a series, I always like seeing what the author does to keep the series fresh, interesting, and the reader hooked.
Manacled certainly does that on all counts with the twist that it is Mingo who was/is supposedly married rather than Francois.
Part of what kept me reading is that the writing is great, part of it is the "process" of the characters going from point A to point B, and a part of it is that the whole of the story appeals to my slightly bent sense of humor that kept me laughing at odd moments long after I finished reading the story.
It's wedding bells in Waikiki! Honolulu's hottest forensic accountant, Mingo McCloud is set to marry his lover, Francois. Friends and family are coming from all over the world and just as the intrepid pair gets ready to say I do, they don't. A mysterious woman shows up at the service claiming to be the long lost wife of& not formerly single and straight Francois but Mingo!
Mingo is stunned. Not the least because he's never dated a woman, much less married one. The whole family's now in an uproar, especially when the shady lady produces wedding pictures and love letters allegedly written by Mingo. He and Francois are determined to unravel the plot. For Mingo, the shocks don't stop coming. Seems he has a trail of busted female hearts behind him, as well as some serious grifting. What the heck is going on? Is he the victim of a conspiracy, or is something else afoot? Are parts of him awake when he is sleeping and doing things he knows nothing about?
Note to readers: This title is Number 6 in the Mingo McCloud series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone book.