Review: Yours, Mine, and Ours by MaryJanice Davidson

Posted March 26th, 2012 in Uncategorized / 11 comments

Yours, Mine, and Ours

Book #2 of the BOFFO Series

by MaryJanice Davidson

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (February 2012)
Genre: Thriller / Mystery (with a little Romance and all out hilarity)
Pages: 334
Source: Review Request by Publisher
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes the next hilarious installment in her laugh-out-loud trilogy featuring an unconventional FBI agent who finds love in the most unexpected places.

It’s Christmas season, a holiday Cadence adores. Her relationship with Patrick has been progressing nicely, and they are beginning to wonder if it might be time to bring things to the next level…unprecedented in Cadence’s life. That is until she meets the completely dreamy Dr. Max Gallo and he throws Cadence and her sisters for a tailspin.

And if the threat of Dr. McDreamy weren’t enough there is a new BOFFO employee, Emma Jan Thyme, whose reputation precedes her. She has a doctorate from Harvard, speaks seven languages, and is a remarkable actress. But she’s harboring a secret of her own.

In addition to adjusting to a new co-worker’s foibles, shopping for her Secret Santa, and trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for Patrick, a new serial killer appears to have blown into town. For four Junes in a row perfectly ordinary fourteen year olds have disappeared. The only things the victims have in common are their ordinariness…and it’s up to Cadence to figure out the case before another innocent teen dies.

The Good
Crazy as Hell…
O. M. G. I am still shocked, days later, by Yours, Mine, and Ours. I don’t know how Davidson can have a mind like that and create such brilliance and live in the normal world. Where has she been all my life? Sure, I read her Undead series and I love it, but this new BOFFO series goes beyond what is normal. It’s crazy as hell and I love it! Sidenote: I did not read the first book of this series but this book can easily stand alone. I had no trouble figuring out what was going on. I can guarantee you that I will be buying the first book very soon.

Set a Thief to Catch a Thief…
Cadence is special. She is kind of a package deal. A 3-in-1 sort of thing. She’s not only peaceful Cadence, she’s also kick-ass Shiro and crazy Adrienne. Oh and she’s also a FBI agent for the Bureau of False Flag Ops division. Why would the FBI hire a girl with Multiple Personality Disorder to help them catch bad guys? Yeah, good question. They also have sociopaths and other people with psychological quirks working for them. It’s that whole “set a thief to catch a thief” idea. Who knows more about a sociopath serial killer than a real live sociopath…who works for the FBI? Yeah, it’s best not to think about it too much because the possibilities are pretty frightening.

Anyway, Cadence’s life is going pretty good. She has an awesome boyfriend and her sociopathic partner George hasn’t tried to kill her yet. But then this serial killer ruins everything by killing teen boys the same time every year. And it’s Cadence’s job to figure out the secrets behind this case that is beyond out of the ordinary.

No, You Have Not Lost Your Mind…Yet
I know, I know. You read the concept of this series and you shake your head and read again because you know that you must have read wrong. Oh no, as a witness to the insanity, I can tell you right now that this book is a hundred percent real. And it is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. But I still can’t get my head around it. How can Davidson write about such a far-fetched concept and make it so realistic and interesting? I think it should be illegal to be that brilliant. I almost want to be mad at her for writing something I wish I could have thought of. Warning: when you read this book, you might go a little insane. But hey, sanity is overrated anyways.

Cadence/Shiro/Adrienne were simply amazing. Cadence is somewhat the main personality. She is sweet and a little timid compared to her “sisters.” But she actually loves her sisters and all their oddities. She doesn’t bitch about having to share her body with others, she takes it in stride…most of the time. Shiro is pretty much all around badass. She helps Cadence deal with things when it gets rough. She is her sisters’ protector of sorts. And she likes guns. Yaaay. Shiro has taught me a lot about guns and it has made my life that much better. Stop looking at me that way, guns are awesome and you know it. If the protagonist I am reading about isn’t shooting something, it just isn’t the same. Then we have Adrienne. She is almost like a petulant child that likes oatmeal cookies and punching people. Good times. She is the fighter of the bunch because she pretty much has no limits.

Who Knew Sociopathy Could Be So Fun…
George is my new hero. Sure, he’s a sociopath, but he is a hilarious sociopath. And in the end, isn’t that all that matters? Sure, he has no true emotions or feelings except for himself but that’s what makes him awesomesauce. He is the ultimate antihero. He gives Cadence a hard time but is a little more cautious around Shiro because she will kick his ass. I don’t think he likes Adrienne, but that’s just him overacting. All she did was beat him up a little. He’s just being oversensitive.

Love and Other Drugs…
Then we have Patrick, the baker boyfriend who makes a mean pie. He is too freakin’ adorable. He actually loves everything about Cadence, her sisters and all. He would do anything for them. He is almost too perfect which makes me a little suspicious, but for now, who the hell cares. He’s my new book boyfriend and that’s all there is to it. But the only problem is that this new Dr. Max Gallo has caught the attention of Shiro, which is just awkward since her sister is dating Patrick and they share the same body. Yeah, and you thought you had problems?

There are a few other unique and interesting characters but I simply can’t mention them all. Let me just say, Davidson is a mastermind when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind characters that all leave an impression.

Character Driven…
The story was very well done. I loved the mystery and watching “the girls” work it out slowly but surely. I was genuinely surprised by the twists and turns of the plot. The relationships between all the characters were actually realistic and felt authentic. This book is extremely character driven. You easily get caught up in their lives and how they work together. I’ll be very interested to see what comes next because Davidson doesn’t seem to hold anything back.

The Bad
I loved this book so much that even though it wasn’t perfect, I couldn’t imagine giving it less than 5 stars. But I do want to mention the couple things that bothered me.

I felt like there could have been a little more action. I loved the ramblings of the protagonist but some of them went on for pages and it could get a bit much. Some of the lucid conversations between the characters confused me a bit. I had to read a couple pages over to understand what they were talking about.

The Snuggly
Though this is not a romance novel, there was a romance going on that I found just too damn delectable. Patrick is the most caring, understanding, and lovable man ever. He accepts and loves all of Cadence, even the two other people who live in her head. He almost makes Multiple Personality Disorder seem normal because it doesn’t phase him. Then we have Max Gallo who has made quite an impression on Shiro. I gotta admit, there is something about Max that almost makes me wish Patrick wasn’t in the picture. Almost. Expect some sexual tension and some kissing and heavy petting. Nothing explicit though.

I don’t think I can ever do this book justice with my review. I could go on and on but I know people will yell at me if I write a research paper sized review. But, dear God, is the temptation to do so high. This is another one of those fun books. You will actually have fun reading Yours, Mine, and Ours. I laughed out loud so many times I was asked to leave the house because I could be heard through my bedroom walls. To say my laugh is annoyingly loud is being kind. But to get back to what matters, Davidson has composed something I have never seen before. The concept is ridiculous but it works so well. I have to give Davidson major props. 

However, do I think this book is for everyone? No. I think it takes a person with a bit of oddity, someone who likes unconventional thinking and writing to really appreciate this book. But I think everyone should at least give it a try because not many books blow my mind but Yours, Mine, and Ours blew like a category five hurricane. Highly Recommended. Also check back soon for my interview with Davidson. You will not want to miss it. It was one of the funniest interviews I have ever done.

Quotes (lots of quotes because I loved this book so much and couldn’t just choose one or two)
Karen looked at Agent Thyme. “It’s the same Pinkman. He saved three of the girls and killed all the bad guys. Um. Accidentally.”

“Accidentally?” Emma Jan asked, arching dark brows.

“They fell.”

“On what?’

“Three of George’s (Pinkman) hollow points,” Karen admitted.

“Cancel my lunch plans, I’m eating your pie. Oh, awesome. I can’t believe I got to say that to your face after all this time.”

“I’ve got three words for you, George,” I said sweetly.

“Merry Christmas, baby?” he guessed, sticking a finger into the delicate meringue and scooping some up for a taste. “I want you? What a stud? Please bang me? Little Debbie blows?”

“Splenda Sugar Blend.”

“What? F#ck!” He shook his finger like it had burst into flames and he was trying to wave it out. “Get it off, get it off, get it off off off!” Then he thrust the pie at me and sprinted toward the men’s room.

After a long, thoughtful moment, Emma Jan said, “It’s really weird around here.  Are there forks?”

One of their many atrocities was kidnapping George, trussing him up like a roast ready for a slow cooker, and bundling him into a closet for hours and hours and hours and hours.

Even now, months later, I wasn’t sure if George had gotten mega-pissed because of the trussing/stuffing thing, or because the ThreeFer Killers had framed him, or because he deliberately pooped in his pants to provide us with a clue to his whereabouts, and no one noticed. (We can be a pretty self-absorbed bunch. Also, there were all sorts of weird smells on the floor, all the time, so what was one more?)

Sociopaths were commonly believed to have indulged in three particular behaviors as kids: they liked to torture animals, they liked to set fires, and they wet their beds for years, long past the age of five.

Suddenly, the three of us were very careful not to make eye contact with George.

“I can read all of your minds, you worthless jerks,” he sighed. “Hey, the dog attacked me, okay?

“All the dogs?” Michaela asked slyly.

BOFFO Series:
Book #1: Me, Myself, and Why?
Book #2: Yours, Mine, and Ours


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11 Responses to “Review: Yours, Mine, and Ours by MaryJanice Davidson”

  1. MaryJanice Davidson

    You’ll like book 3, then, Jennifer and Princess Styles! Among other things, Caitlyn loses her virginity (in the words of George Pinkman: “Finally! Did you film anything?”). Thanks for the wonderful review! Seriously, I’m still blushing. 🙂

  2. Libby Dodd

    I agree with pretty much everything you said. The books are an amazing hoot. If they don’t stretch your brain, you don’t have one to stretch. I can’t imagine how she keeps it all straight in her mind and then manages to transfer it to the page for us to enjoy.

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      I know, I just can’t figure out how she does it. I think I would drive myself insane with those characters wispering in my head. But she apparently knows how to keep them straight and get everything on paper.

  3. Tonette

    This is fantastic review.You are right; Mary Janice is brilliant and I am also at a loss as to how she remains so down-to-earth. I have been patiently(sort of) waiting for a copy od YM&O I won to arrive; thanks for giving me some of it to tide me over.

  4. Jami Zehr

    I loved Me, Myself, and Why, I think you will too. Looking forward to reading this latest one of MaryJanice’s. I loved your review, it reminded me all over again, how much I loved the first book.

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