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ANALYZE THIS.… Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomst ANALYZE THIS.… Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well…unzipped…Christina gets just a little miffed–until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet. Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who’s determined to prove this cocktail-waitress-turned-shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. Persuading Rivera that she’s not a murderer isn’t going to be easy. Plunging headfirst into a city full of people in need of some serious therapy, Chrissy will have to use all her street smarts, a good deal of sex appeal, and a little love to clear her name–and cancel an appointment with a killer.


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ANALYZE THIS.… Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomst ANALYZE THIS.… Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well…unzipped…Christina gets just a little miffed–until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet. Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who’s determined to prove this cocktail-waitress-turned-shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. Persuading Rivera that she’s not a murderer isn’t going to be easy. Plunging headfirst into a city full of people in need of some serious therapy, Chrissy will have to use all her street smarts, a good deal of sex appeal, and a little love to clear her name–and cancel an appointment with a killer.

30 review for Unzipped

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    DNF at a bit over 25% Okay. That's it. I can't take any more of this. I understand this is supposed to be a humorous, light-hearted mystery. But for that, you need to have endearing characters and dialogue and situations that actually are funny. Instead, we have unlikeable, unprofessional, and downright stupid characters. The repeated use of offensive stereotypes and cliches was more lame than infuriating, but it was but one of many annoyances. The last straw was when Chrissie stole the Porsche fr DNF at a bit over 25% Okay. That's it. I can't take any more of this. I understand this is supposed to be a humorous, light-hearted mystery. But for that, you need to have endearing characters and dialogue and situations that actually are funny. Instead, we have unlikeable, unprofessional, and downright stupid characters. The repeated use of offensive stereotypes and cliches was more lame than infuriating, but it was but one of many annoyances. The last straw was when Chrissie stole the Porsche from the oversexed computer nerd she was trying to get (illegally) to gather information for her and then threatened to accuse him of sexual harassment when he wanted it back! It's been a while since I've wanted so badly to b*tch slap a fictional character. Enough of this nonsense.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lilyan

    There comes a time when you just need to put your analytical and critical mind aside and just enjoy a silly book. While reading the first few chapters the Good Reads reviewer in me was screaming out profanities and insults at the ridiculousness of the book. Silly, one dimensional characters, constant mentions of boobs (around 70 times to be exact), a far-fetched murder mystery, etc. However, it finally dawned on me that I was actually reading a silly book. It's SUPPOSED to be silly. It's not pret There comes a time when you just need to put your analytical and critical mind aside and just enjoy a silly book. While reading the first few chapters the Good Reads reviewer in me was screaming out profanities and insults at the ridiculousness of the book. Silly, one dimensional characters, constant mentions of boobs (around 70 times to be exact), a far-fetched murder mystery, etc. However, it finally dawned on me that I was actually reading a silly book. It's SUPPOSED to be silly. It's not pretending to be a deep intellectual book. It's tagged as a chick lit. Once I realized that, I chucked my criticism in the garbage and thoroughly enjoyed the book. 4 stars for pure entertainment and lots of laughs. The book's contents are already starting to fade from my memory. A month from now I won't even remember the plot, but it has made me happy and amused me those past couple of days and for that I'm going to give it the 4 stars. Will I be reading the rest of the series? No. Do I recommend this book to other readers? Yes, if you're into silly chick lits and are between hefty serious books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts When I started reading this book I immediately thought of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. She and Chrissy both have the worst luck. Imagine being a psychologist treating a football hunk for a certain dysfunction and have him say he is cured and gives you very private visual evidence as he chases you around the office. Yup, that happened to Chrissy, and then the guy keels over dead at her feet. A quick 911 call should bring help but instead brings Detective Jack Rivera, also Dollycas’s Thoughts When I started reading this book I immediately thought of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. She and Chrissy both have the worst luck. Imagine being a psychologist treating a football hunk for a certain dysfunction and have him say he is cured and gives you very private visual evidence as he chases you around the office. Yup, that happened to Chrissy, and then the guy keels over dead at her feet. A quick 911 call should bring help but instead brings Detective Jack Rivera, also a hunk, but he think Chrissy murdered her patient and nothing she says seems to change his mind. She is on her own to prove she did not kill her almost rapist. While classified as a cozy type mystery it has a strong chick lit feel with adult scenes and language. It is a zany story, Chrissy is a hilarious protagonist. Cocktail waitress turned psychologist, with a mother that just wants her to come back home, gets herself into some dicey and comical predicaments. Her friend and assistant Laney tries to keep her friend out of trouble. She also has a geeky friend Solberg, he can hack anything and has a high tech job that allows him to drive one sweet ride. Chrissy also checks in regularly with her mentor Dr. David, more now with the dead body in her office. The relationship with Detective Rutabaga, I mean Rivera, Chrissy never uses his real name, was the most enjoyable part of this book. While the plot is far fetched it was an entertaining read. The investigation by the police wasn’t too intense and there was no real evidence. Chrissy was trying to clear her name rather than find the actual killer. Her queries did make the murderer worry she was actually going to figure out the truth and that did put her in imminent danger. I was surprised totally by the reveal as was Chrissy. I wish there had been more clues throughout the story rather than the explanation at the end. As the first book in this series it is a good start. I am not completely sold on these characters yet but being the first book there is plenty of room for development. The dialogue between characters was good and the quotes the begin each chapter were quite humorous and gives us just a peek at others in Chrissy’s life. I definitely want to see where the author takes these characters as the series continues. A lighthearted read for a lazy afternoon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cmkage

    If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment, similar to the Stephanie Plum books, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the voice of the heroine Chrissy, a cocktail waitress turned psychologist who gets accused of murder when one of her clients drops dead in her office with his pants unzipped. Chrissy is funny, sassy and at times sarcastic. There aren't that many characters, the book focuses mainly on Chrissy, Rivera (the cop investigating the murder, her best friend Elaine, computer If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment, similar to the Stephanie Plum books, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the voice of the heroine Chrissy, a cocktail waitress turned psychologist who gets accused of murder when one of her clients drops dead in her office with his pants unzipped. Chrissy is funny, sassy and at times sarcastic. There aren't that many characters, the book focuses mainly on Chrissy, Rivera (the cop investigating the murder, her best friend Elaine, computer geek Solberg and colleague Dr. David. But just the antics between Chrissy and Rivera (not to mention their chemistry) are enough to keep the book going. The case is also interesting and I actually really liked how it gets solved. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter (mostly from friends and family members of Chrissy) were also a nice touch. I'll definitely read the second book in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    OMG what a fun book! Chrissy's one-liners were priceless. And I loved the fact that she kept messing up Rivera's name (which really pissed him off though he did his best not to show it.) I just loved Rivera - what a hoot. I will definitely continue this series as I have to know how they get on once they are a couple. The storyline is enjoyable and the mystery flows nicely though it is surprising (well sort of anyway) that Chrissy is more interested in clearing her own name than finding out who ac OMG what a fun book! Chrissy's one-liners were priceless. And I loved the fact that she kept messing up Rivera's name (which really pissed him off though he did his best not to show it.) I just loved Rivera - what a hoot. I will definitely continue this series as I have to know how they get on once they are a couple. The storyline is enjoyable and the mystery flows nicely though it is surprising (well sort of anyway) that Chrissy is more interested in clearing her own name than finding out who actually murdered Bomber. Chrissy is a little bit ditzi for a psychologist but then again she did start out as a cocktail waitress -- kinda the same job when you think about it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    It started off a bit slow but interesting enough but soon turned into silly cheese- fest, with under-developed characters and humor that mostly fall flat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    Loved this book enou to go out and immediately order all the rest in the series. Comparisons to Syephanie Plum are misplaced in my opinion. The main character is witty and funny, but there was none of the slapstick you find in the Plum novels. Indeed there are a few very serious scenes throughout the book that make it hard to fit this book into a cozy category. Definitely a great find.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

    4.5 stars. It's a mystery/thriller, but it was funny! I love Ms. Greiman's sense of humor and will definitely continue with the series. 4.5 stars. It's a mystery/thriller, but it was funny! I love Ms. Greiman's sense of humor and will definitely continue with the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Such fun! I really enjoyed this book. The characters are a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see who’s around in book 2. The story was entertaining.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Unzipped starts off a bit too slow but eventually picks up after a few chapters. The storyline and plot is too dull and lacking. The characters are two-dimensional. Their personalities aren't believable and a bit dry. The mystery? A client of psychologist Christina McMullen drops dead in her office during a session. She tries to clear her name as she believes she's the suspected murderer. Enter Lieutenant Jack Rivera. He's in charge of the case and clearly tries to get Christina to confess. But Unzipped starts off a bit too slow but eventually picks up after a few chapters. The storyline and plot is too dull and lacking. The characters are two-dimensional. Their personalities aren't believable and a bit dry. The mystery? A client of psychologist Christina McMullen drops dead in her office during a session. She tries to clear her name as she believes she's the suspected murderer. Enter Lieutenant Jack Rivera. He's in charge of the case and clearly tries to get Christina to confess. But she won't budge. And since she becomes the focus of the investigation she figures she has to do something to convince Jack she's innocent. She starts questioning people and enlists the help of an old geeky acquaintance, J.D. Solberg, aka Geek God, to dig up information on certain people such as Jack. But this only leads to trouble and more trouble down the road. Unzipped is the first in the series. It shares similarities to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich in its humour, zany, and fast-paced silliness. Overall, I wouldn't say this book hooks me in. It doesn't pop. It's not absorbing and doesn't make sense in a lot of parts. The characters don't have much personality and other parts of the book seem underdeveloped. However, I like the interactions between Jack and Christina; funny how they never refer to each other by their first names. Unzipped is a light read but good enough to pass the time. If you're looking for something with real thrill, drive, suspense and action, I suggest something else. 1.5/5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    Written at the first person, with limited characterization either from the narrator or from the persons she knew or just met The investigation took place over a matter of weeks/days, and frankly never did the narrator show any real psychological analysis capacity, nor PhD brain for that matter. The way she found clues and jumped on them was by pure chance all the time. Entertaining, distracting, very light read, that could occasionally be funny, though way less for me as it was probably intended T Written at the first person, with limited characterization either from the narrator or from the persons she knew or just met The investigation took place over a matter of weeks/days, and frankly never did the narrator show any real psychological analysis capacity, nor PhD brain for that matter. The way she found clues and jumped on them was by pure chance all the time. Entertaining, distracting, very light read, that could occasionally be funny, though way less for me as it was probably intended The writing was a bit too familiar, a bit too spoken language, as can often be the case with books written at the first person, and overall did not help engaging me in. 2.5 stars rounded up as a few jokes made me smile wide However it clearly was not enough for me to feel like reading another and especially not if I had to pay for it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Chrissy is a shrink who is attacked one night in her office, and the man drops dead at her feet. Things start to get complicated for Chrissy when the detective Jack Rivera decides that she may be the only suspect. But these two have chemistry, and when Chrissy decides to investigate the matter herself this turns from bad to worse in ten seconds flat. This book was okay. I didn't like how Jack called his ex-wife his wife, and I also didn't like how I felt they were going to go through their relat Chrissy is a shrink who is attacked one night in her office, and the man drops dead at her feet. Things start to get complicated for Chrissy when the detective Jack Rivera decides that she may be the only suspect. But these two have chemistry, and when Chrissy decides to investigate the matter herself this turns from bad to worse in ten seconds flat. This book was okay. I didn't like how Jack called his ex-wife his wife, and I also didn't like how I felt they were going to go through their relationship. It was a little bit annoying. Other than that I did like it, and it was an interesting mystery with a twist in the end as well. I don't think I will read more in this series, but this was a nice read to pass the time with.

  13. 5 out of 5

    EMP

    I don't mind silly books every once in a while, but not only is this silly, but it's boring. The characters are annoying and the main character's *constant* smart alecky internal banter (cute at first) got old after about 6 pages. I don't mind silly books every once in a while, but not only is this silly, but it's boring. The characters are annoying and the main character's *constant* smart alecky internal banter (cute at first) got old after about 6 pages.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Dialogue is frustrating...very slow moving. Too many attempts to be funny and falling flat.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    This was a fairly entertaining book featuring a psychologist, her clients, and an interested policeman. The author has another one called Unplugged--I may look for it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    Chrissy McMullen dispensines psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well…unzipped…Christina gets just a little miffed–until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet.Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who’s determined to prove this shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. I first chose this book becaus Chrissy McMullen dispensines psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well…unzipped…Christina gets just a little miffed–until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet.Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who’s determined to prove this shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. I first chose this book because I needed it for a book bingo a book starting with U and I am so glad I did. I loved this book. Chrissy is a loud mouth, funny, and a bit off key main character with a few friends some who are a little weird. The story line is great and kept me guessing till the end. Jack Rivera is hot, sexy who knows what he wants. A great love match I am sure will happen in latter books. I will be sure to read the next book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This was written in the early 2000s and it has not aged well. It’s a story about a newly licensed L.A. psychologist whose client dies on the floor of her office. She’s the primary suspect and decides she won’t leave the detecting to the detectives. And it’s a mild “hot romance” as she obsesses over a hard-bodied guy. But Chrissy, the main character, body shames on almost every page. It’s mostly fat-shaming of herself and other women, but she also goes after short men and scrawny men. So dated an This was written in the early 2000s and it has not aged well. It’s a story about a newly licensed L.A. psychologist whose client dies on the floor of her office. She’s the primary suspect and decides she won’t leave the detecting to the detectives. And it’s a mild “hot romance” as she obsesses over a hard-bodied guy. But Chrissy, the main character, body shames on almost every page. It’s mostly fat-shaming of herself and other women, but she also goes after short men and scrawny men. So dated and so not OK. No body positivity in this book. The book uses 1960s and 70s references that I doubt young women in the early 2000s would relate to (I want to be as skinny as Twiggy, and I am woman, hear me roar are 2 examples) It’s barely a 2 from me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Beemer

    Who would have thought turning a girl who was slinging drinks into a psychologist would make such an entertaining read? Chrissie decided to change the course of her life, no longer wanting to serve drinks she went to school to become a psychologist and along the way realizes her clients are not always telling the truth. What happens when one of her clients ex football player for the Lions decides to try and change their professional relationship into more personal? Hilarity and mystery ensues. T Who would have thought turning a girl who was slinging drinks into a psychologist would make such an entertaining read? Chrissie decided to change the course of her life, no longer wanting to serve drinks she went to school to become a psychologist and along the way realizes her clients are not always telling the truth. What happens when one of her clients ex football player for the Lions decides to try and change their professional relationship into more personal? Hilarity and mystery ensues. The problems only get worse when Detective Rivera enters her life and she begins to regret her celibacy and his pain in the neck attitude. I loved this first book in the Chrissy McMullen series and I am looking forward to reading the rest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eh, it was okay. I was told it was a good read alike for Evanovich’s plum books. It sort of was but it lacked the cheerful energy of that series. It was a bit more violent and a bit less funny. Skip if two depictions of attempted rape will be too much for you. Mysteries with a side of romance aren’t my usual genre so I may be a little harsher in my rating than a regular reader of this genre.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I am is Stephanie Plum fan, and I loved this book! It had a lot of things in it that were similar to the Stephanie Plum series. I think if anyone who is the Stephanie Plum fan, should read the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed this book and felt that it was clever and well written. I did get a little exhausted with the main character so decided not to finish the series. I consider this a flaw of mine though and would still recommend the series to others.

  22. 5 out of 5

    sara Manzambi

    Read 20 pages and went to bed mad. This gotta be one of the worst male protagonist I ever read about. Since when is it so « hot » for a man to be so disrespectul to woman, especially a cop. I’m apalled and really hope I will never meet this kind of person.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Had a hard time getting into this book. Really don't need to read the rest of the series. Had a hard time getting into this book. Really don't need to read the rest of the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pandora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely fun from beginning to end. I want to be crazed Chrissy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Taya Cassens

    Easy read, the ending was a little convoluted

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    A light, cozy read with humor and a hint of zaniness. If the reader enjoys Janet Evanovitch , this will be a perfect fit.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hyatt

    I have found a new series to obsess over.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tammy DeLong Baker

    Loved it! Made me laugh in a couple of spots. Can't wait to read more of her books. Loved it! Made me laugh in a couple of spots. Can't wait to read more of her books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie Nicholson

    I liked this book. Even though its a little dated but the writing is good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Entertaining and easy read

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