The Damsel in This Dress

The Damsel in This Dress

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by Marianne Stillings
     
 

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Port Henry Ledger Book Review by Betsy Tremaine: Wrong guy has the write stuff in torrid love story

Let me tell you, dear reader, I've rarely been subjected to such drivel as I have in the novels of bestselling tough-guy cop-turned-author J. Soldier McKennitt. The man himself, however, is considerably more interesting. Having finally met him at a recent

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Port Henry Ledger Book Review by Betsy Tremaine: Wrong guy has the write stuff in torrid love story

Let me tell you, dear reader, I've rarely been subjected to such drivel as I have in the novels of bestselling tough-guy cop-turned-author J. Soldier McKennitt. The man himself, however, is considerably more interesting. Having finally met him at a recent writers' conference in Seattle, I am pleased to report that Soldier is a tall, dark, and gorgeous hunk of literary superstar. To my surprise, he became quite the charmer once his self-righteous indignation evaporated ... Could it have been this critic's blonde hair and hourglass figure that brought about such an abrupt turnaround? Or perhaps our Soldier boy was simply vanquished by this reviewer's intelligence and caustic wit. In any case, due to the recent emergence of a crazed stalker, this plot has since thickened uncomfortably, and Detective McKennitt has brashly assumed the role of my knight in shining Brooks Brothers.

Bottom Line: The only thing standing in the way of a beautiful relationship in this love story is the fact that the two protagonists are so deliriously, passionately wrong for each other!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062105813
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Series:
Port Henry Trilogy , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
640,620
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Marianne Stillings has loved stories with happy endings since she was three years old and her mother read her The Little Golden Book of The Ugly Duckling. Originally from California, these days she lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s the single mom of two fantastic daughters, and where she takes shelter from the rain by writing happy endings of her own.

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Damsel in This Dress 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow in the beginning but its well worth the $0.99 in the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. Read this one first, then read "Sighs Matter". The two work off each other, but would also work as stand-alones. The quick-witted banter between the characters kept me chuckling, and their vivid descriptions made them seem realistic and personable. Totally love Soldier, and his brother. My only complaint -and this may be because of the Nook format- is the lack of division between scenes. Even an extra space between paragraphs would have helped with that. Not a big enough issue to detract from the awesome book, but a little confusing at times. 5 stars, highly recommend.
BellarosaMI More than 1 year ago
Aboslutely loved the book! The story, the characters - all charming. Ms. Stillings combines romance, mystery and humor to make a pleasurable read. This was my first book by this author and I will be sure to make it through her entire booklist!
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Stringer More than 1 year ago
The story line was believable, and the characters familar. I was looking for something light with some humor and teeth, and I was not disappointed. The language was fresh and not terribly deep, but again...a summer read for a long train trip? I found myself chuckling in spots, and then biting my lower lip, and then blushing just a little. (Did that lady behind me lean forward to read over my shoulder?) Oh, yessss! This was my first read for this author, and I must say I'm going back for more!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This author's style of writing reminds me of Julie Garwood, back when she wrote her wonderful historicals. (Think contemporary 'Ransom')Very fun; great quick-witted banter between the characters; sizzling chemistry; good flow; page-turning plot; and a strong, hot, sexy leading man who falls head-over-heels at first glance ... Loved it, wish the next one was coming sooner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this is Ms. Stilling debut, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I really enjoyed this book, a real page-turner. The main characters¿ dialogue is hilarious and fast paced. The back and forth banter between them drew me in and I couldn¿t put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in Washington State. Detective J. Soldier McKennett has become a best selling author while he is on desk duty, after the death of his partner. Everyone seems to love his novels except the Port Henry Newspaper Editor Betsy Tremaine. She continues on her previous path and rips his fourth novel to shreds in his reviews. He and his brother concoct what this reviewer must look like and have a good laugh. Betsy lives alone in the house she grew up with. She is currently dog sitting her mothers Chihuahua ¿Piddle¿. She was promoted to Editor 5 months ago after the previous editor disappeared. She writes the book reviews on the side. She is very self conspicuous about her looks as she is not a ¿stick woman¿ which seems to be what everyone is looking for today. Even her mother says that her hourglass figure is not desirable. Just before Betsy leaves for the Northwest Crime and Punishment Writer's Conference it is determined that she has a stalker, which Betsy is trying to convince herself is not really happening. Betsy and Soldier meet up at the conference after being immediately attracted to each other only to figure out their connection. Soldier fights his attraction to Betsy as he has vowed that he will not be like his late partner and leave someone behind if there is an accident. But, as he protects her from the stalker he figures this is not going to happen. As things heat up both with the stalker and with their love life watch the sparks fly. Betsy is not afraid to tell Soldier when he is being stupid or not living in reality. Case in point is when he is determined to get her life history for background with the stalking and asks her about ¿her first time¿ she determines that he is not being as impersonal as he thinks he is and makes up wild stories that have him seeing cross-eyed. I found this book fantastic and fun to read start to finish. I also admit I didn¿t figure out who the stalker was until just before it is revealed. I like heroines that have a lot of spunk and are not ¿jellyfish¿ when their hero is around. I also like hero¿s who can be taken down a notch and still come back giving as good as they get. This book has all of that. While there is a frightening stalking sub plot there are enough other character interactions that made me find this book almost lighthearted while dealing with a dark subject. I highly recommend this new author. My only issue is that her next book does not come out until next year.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle, mystery author and currently desk cop J. Soldier McKennett is annoyed that Port Henry Editor Betsy Tremaine rips his latest novel in her review. At the Northwest Crime and Punishment Writer¿s Conference in which Soldier will provide a talk he sees a woman who he immediately wants, a feeling he is unaccustomed to having. Betsy sees a man staring at her who she thinks is sexy, but wonders if this is her stalker.............................. When they finally meet, both obviously recognize the identity of the other with a sigh of resignation. At the events, the duo tries to trump one another. That changes when Betsy¿s stalker raises the ante by refrigerating her mother¿s dog that is staying with her. Soldier returns to active duty to protect Betsy, vowing what happened to his late partner, which he blames himself for, will not happen to the woman he loves................................. The lead couple makes this a fun police procedural romance. Betsy is not afraid to criticize (change that to rip off the skin) of her beloved when it comes to his ¿Crimes of the Northwest¿ novels while Soldier wishes she would appreciate his tales but does not sweat it as long as she loves him. Though intriguing, the stalker subplot pales next to the romance between these two likable protagonists............................... Harriet Klausner