~ Synopsis ~
Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets…and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore—especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.
In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process.
DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.
The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.
~ Excerpt ~
“Then let’s talk price.”
Fisher’s eyes went as big as a freaked-out lemur’s. “There’s a charge?”
“New policy as of January,” I giggled. “Payment can be in the form of United Dairy Farmers, Pink, Visa, Starbucks, or Target gift cards. If gift cards don’t work for you, then I’ll always take cash. And for this particular job my fee is fifty bucks.”
“Wow,” he whistled. “Does UDF do gift cards?”
“Not my problem,” I said, “and I can deliver within the week. If I deliver before next Friday, the price is doubled.”
Before we could shake on it, the ground underneath me metaphorically trembled. Only one person held the absolute power to make or break my day. When I met Dylan’s amber eyes, my first thought was I wish he’d get hit with an ugly stick. At six foot two, two hundred and twenty pounds, he was a powerhouse of muscle. Dark skin adorned his body, showcasing a face and abs so chiseled they could cut you. His jet-black hair was the type you wanted to run your hands through—everything to make you a ten on the perv scale.
Wearing faded jeans and a black letterman jacket, his stride was confident and sexy. Laughter Laughter plus a hormonally anxious prayer left my lips as he made his way closer. He’d ruin this for me. One snap of his fingers, and I’d go Pavlov’s dog and wag my freaking tail. “Here comes Dylan,” I nervously giggled. “Help me distract him.”
Fisher looked like I’d asked him to walk on water. “I can’t distract Taylor,” he gasped. “That’s like asking someone to distract God when he was forming the Earth. He’s everywhere, Darcy,” he shuddered. “Scares the pants off of me actually.”
I rolled my eyes. Dylan definitely cast a long shadow, but Fisher put the “c” in coward. “Just distract him.” I said, “I don’t expect you to shoot fireworks out of your butt, but come up with something when he starts asking questions.”
~ Review by Angela ~
I have fallen deeper down the Darcy Walker hole than I ever thought possible and I don’t want to be rescued. I am irrevocably and emotionally involved with this fictional character and her shenanigans. I absolutely love her, her snarkiness, her wit, her innocence, and her aloofness. Darcy Walker is a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t take s-h- you know what from anyone, especially if they are in the business of harming people. She doesn’t consider herself high and mighty; she just wants people to behave the way that she would. She sees herself as a verb: an action, a state, an occurrence. This is a unique and redeeming quality because when you get into the kind of things she does, a noun couldn’t handle it. It takes a special kind of person to deal with it.
This installment of Darcy Walker is one of the most intense and emotional stories to date. Darcy is battling with her inner demons and her feelings for her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Dylan Taylor. She’s trying to handle both of them without any repercussions to her family and friends. But at what cost? If she lives her life like the verb she is, she’s sure to make Dylan regret getting involved with her. Yet, if she conforms and becomes a noun, then she will regret Dylan’s love for her. She must try to find a balance between them both without hurting her family and her best friend. She must also do this while trying to stay alive, because when you are a verb, there is no shortage of drama.
A.J. Lape has created a truly unique character with Darcy Walker. There isn’t another character that I can think of that has the same depth, humanity, and realism that she does. You can tell that A.J. has a great passion for these stories and personalities because they ooze with emotion and rawness. When you read a Darcy Walker book, especially this one, you can feel the life that A.J. has breathed into these characters. They don’t seem like just fictional people in a book, but like living, breathing beings. There is a real connection to the people and the stories and when you are finished, you are left yearning for more. You want to call them up or send them a text and ask how things are. It’s like reading the heart and soul of a person; you feel and experience everything that they do. You feel connected to them in a way that makes them more than what is written on the page. It’s really hard to describe what reading a Darcy Walker book is like, so I hope you will go get the first one, Grade A Stupid, and read it. It’s free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Once you take that trip, you won’t ever be the same and hopefully you’ll be able to understand where I’m coming from. I give Defcon Darcy 5 books but I’d give it infinity if I could.
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~ About the Author ~
A. J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon’s teen’s mysteries and thrillers bestseller’s lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola–plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever. A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master’s degree in Communications, she’s a PI wannabe and recently joined the Citizen’s Police Academy in her hometown but daily stops crime through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker. If the FBI ever checks her computer, she’ll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting “wiki” articles she looks up…all in the name of career research, of course.
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~ Other books in the series ~
Grade A Stupid, book 1 – FREE
No Brainer, book 2 – $2.99
100 Proof Stud, book 3 – $2.99