For Love or Money [NOOK Book]

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When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters. To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to ...
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Overview


When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters. To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622660971
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/27/2013
  • Series: Entangled Ignite
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 587,232
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Cathy Perkins’ award-winning suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, several dogs, and the resident deer herd. You can learn more on her website cperkinswrites.com
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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    For Love or Money has plenty of suspense to keep you on your toe

    For Love or Money has plenty of suspense to keep you on your toes. With plenty of "guilty" parties to various crimes, I enjoyed how this book kept me guessing as to the motives behind the murder and who the real culprit was. I also liked that not everyone was as they appeared, including the murder victim. The relationship between Holley and JC was stormy and tension filled, and I wanted more of their interaction. Unfortunately, the (re)building of their relationship took a backseat in the first half of the book a little too much. Perkins did bring their relationship back into the story soon enough so it didn't feel tacked on.

    There were several characters I wanted to strangle throughout the story with Holley's parents topping the list. Haha! It's never an easy thing when the child is the most mature adult in the room because the parents decide to shirk their responsibilities. Holley's mother, Donna, seemed just as willing to dump her responsibilities on Holley almost as much as Holley's father was to run away with the yoga instructor. While aggravated, Holley does a wonderful job picking up the pieces and keeping things afloat while her parents deal with the breakup of their marriage. Even so, I still felt as though Holley's mother dumped everything on her--as if Holley owed it to Donna to throw away her career for a woman who was less than willing to do what she needed to do in order to make her business work. The fact that Perkins didn't not write Donna as a sainted mother was refreshing.

    For Love or Money is a good book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a romance suspense with a host of suspects and motives for murder.

    (I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    A woman wanting/needing to clear her name of a murder before the

    A woman wanting/needing to clear her name of a murder before the family business went up in smokes. It was also time to stop making excuses, running from the love of her life and see if a second chance could happen.

    This is my first read by Ms. Perkins and I have to say that I really did like it. The one thing that I loved was the location of the story. Since I live in Pasco, WA I was a little startled when I learned that Holly lived in Richland, WA. To read about the common streets I drive by or on, the bridge that connects one city to another, Handford area it just seemed surreal. I even told a friend she so needed to read this story because it took place in her hometown. The Tri-Cities is a beautiful place to live in and not so busy like major cities.

    Holly is back home to help her mother sell the family business since her father had a mid-life crisis and left her mother for a yoga instructor. Only she expected not to run into her ex-boyfriend so early, maybe expecting never to run into him. But no such luck and he is as yummy as ever. Only JC is still trying to tell her what to do and she will not have it. She was in the middle of a murder investigation and she was pin pointed as the person of interest. If she did not clear her name their accounting business was going to lose clients and she was not going to be able to sell the family business.

    So what does Holly do, she starts her own investigation but she is also helping JC but to certain point. Marcy’s family, friends and co-workers are able to talk to her and tell her more than the cops. But the more she digs the more incidents start happening to her. The more suspects come to light but why would they want to kill Marcy. Not only that but the stalker she had in Seattle, WA is now in Richland and is following her again. JC is getting on her case because she will not stop butting into his investigation but he is also concerned after someone tried to run her over then the other incident that happen that involved gun fire. JC and Holly know that it all has to be connected Marcy’s killing.

    Holly is a strong, determined young woman that will not allow a man to tell her what to do but she can also be stubborn to the point that she risks her life. JC is a young alpha male that thinks he can tell Holly what to do and make decisions for her but he has another thing coming. I enjoyed watching Holly play detective and how she tried to solve the crime but what she uncovered was not only murder.

    This story is filled with betrayal, murder, fraud, danger and romance. I enjoyed watching Holly and JC banter as they fought the attraction that was slowly building between them again. The chemistry was there from the moment that they saw each other at the crime scene. Then when they shared their first kiss it was passionate, animalistic. There were a couple of surprises that were revealed that had me lost for words and my mind kept racing trying to follow what was going on. Only that there were a couple of characters that I felt I didn’t get closure with. I wanted to know if one specific character was involved in the fraud, if he knew and also what happened with the stalker. What was he doing following Holly around? This story is written in Holly’s point of view. Ms. Perkins has a vivid imagination and her writing style is wonderful. The plot was intriguing with wonderful characters.

    For Love or Money is a very good story that will have you guessing till the very end to solve the mystery of who killed Marcy. Pick this book up today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    I don't usually enjoy romantic suspenses. I used to read them on

    I don't usually enjoy romantic suspenses. I used to read them on and off, but I just started feeling the plots were, well, really lame, which made the romance also really lame, almost like the thriller/suspense stuff had been thrown in to distract the reader from the fact that the heroine's life was so incredibly dreary that the murder/stalking/whatever was the only interesting thing about her before she settled down to pop out the hero's babies.
    Well, I've read two other books by this author, The Professor and Honor Code and really enjoyed them. They had strong plots, with interesting, but ordinary people, and the romance was nicely balanced out. 
    This one didn't disappoint. The plot is strong, but also realistic. It is set in small-town Washington state, and the crime is very dramatic, but is just the sort of violent crime which comes out of nowhere and shakes up small communities, and so, didn't feel out of place. The ensuing plot tracked along exactly as you could imagine - there's no mafia or Colombian drug lords running around in this one to leave credibility behind - just relatively ordinary people, some with secrets, some with pasts, and some with overbearing or distant mothers. 
    The hero and heroine are also ordinary, but not tedious. They're both struggling to cope with the mature adult in front of them (rather than the teenager they last made out with 6 years ago), but they are accessible and NORMAL. I can visualize these people moving in next door to me, she working as an accountant and he as a cop. 
    And I think this is what I particularly like about this author's style. She writes about everyday people, but she doesn't make them boring, nor does she give them exotic backstories. They are interesting in the way the people around you are essentially interesting once you get to know them a bit. Even the descriptions of the mechanics of running a professional business in a small town and the way police ask the same questions over and over and over again, but give nothing in return, make for a good read.
    This one is a bit less dark and the romance is a bit more up-front than in the previous two books, but the steamy bits are nicely restrained, and I appreciated that. I don't much like steamy smut in suspense/thriller romances. Unless it's carefully handled, it always ends up feeling creepy or irrational.
    So, 4 stars, I really liked it. Looking forward to the next one by this author

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    While For Love or Money isn¿t my usual speed in romance, it was

    While For Love or Money isn’t my usual speed in romance, it was a pleasure to read. I was entranced by the mystery and couldn’t put it down. Holly was unique but naïve at times, and although I mostly get frustrated by that type of character, I found myself understanding that it was simply a part of who she was. The action and suspense was well written. The relationship between Holly and JC was a bit hard to pinpoint. I could understand the history but it seemed to fall into place with no real resolution. How are they working past his big mistake? What happened with his ex? What happens to Alex? Are there consequences to the interlude? I could see the supporting characters with strong stories of their own. I would certainly continue to follow the series. One suggestion for the writer would be to have the Spanish checked out by a native speaker because the tenses and sentence structure of some of Mrs. Ramirez’s speech was off and it was distracting to me. Overall, it was a pleasant read with much to keep reader’s interested whether it’s the vivid action or the banter between Holly and JC, it did not disappoint.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    This was a really great read with lots of suspense and little bi

    This was a really great read with lots of suspense and little bit of romance. I enjoyed the characters and the plot had me guessing at the “who” and the “why” up until the end. There were quite a few secondary characters that were woven into the story which added a layer to the mystery of who was behind the murder.

    The interaction between Holly and JC was at times quite intense – it was clear that they had a lot of history that had never been laid to rest and that there were still sparks between the two. It was fun to watch the two of them struggle with their feelings while having to interact during the investigation.

    And even though I normally like a bit more romance in my stories, the way this story moved and how the romance was incorporated into it made it work for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    3 Stars! The book was quite good. I really liked Holly and JC.

    3 Stars!

    The book was quite good. I really liked Holly and JC. The author did a really good job with the characters. There were also so many side characters… which was somehow good and bad at the same time. It kept the story interesting and gave it a lot of depth. I had the feeling that the author put quite some thinking in the story to wave all those relationship webs. On the other hand it was hard to keep track of all the characters and how they are related and what they did. But I guess it was good for the whole suspense thing.

    What I didn’t really like was the length of the story. It was a bit long in my opinion. There were a lot of parts that weren’t really necessary and were kind of boring. Moreover there should have been more interaction between Holly and JC. For the first 200 pages I didn’t have the feeling of a romance novel at all. (I’m not so sure about the real number of pages because I got this book as a pdf file and converted it for my e-reader…)

    The author’s writing was very good! You could read through the whole book really smoothly with some funny anecdotes. And I can tell you, this case was really hard to solve. I normally know who the murderer is quite soon. In this book I had no clue at all for a looong time.

    I would recommend the book if you like suspense more than romance but don’t want to abstain from romance completely ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    I was pulled into this story right away in the first few pages a

    I was pulled into this story right away in the first few pages and could not put it down.  

    For Love or Money kept me on the edge of my seat as Ms. Perkins introduced new characters and new twists and turns in the story.  All the suspects are entangled and have unique motives that could make them the murderer. 

    I was kept guessing until the very end.  All in all a well written suspense with just a hint of romance thrown in. 

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    An excellent read! Ms Perkins characters Holly and JC come acros

    An excellent read! Ms Perkins characters Holly and JC come across as real, down to earth people, which is refreshing to read about. For Love Or Money is a suspenseful read set in a small town. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

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    Holly is temporarily back in her home town to help her mother wi

    Holly is temporarily back in her home town to help her mother with the family's accounting business after her father ran off with the yoga instructor. She is seeing Alex when they are out hiking and hunting one day and stumble upon the body of Holly's friend Marcy.




    If that's not bad enough, one of the police officers assigned to the case is J.C. J.C. and Holly had a bad break up 6 years ago, and she's still not over her anger or hurt.




    When Holly finds herself a 'person of interest' in Marcy's death, she takes it upon herself to find out the truth and clear her name. As much as she tries to fly under the radar doing this, she soon finds out that by poking around in Marcy's death, she's making someone very angry! 




    Holly is a source of frustration and desire for J.C. She doesn't seem to realize the danger she could be in by nosing around in police business, and when he tries to keep her protected she's having none of that! Holly wants him to see her for the independent woman she is now, but at the same time she's not letting go of the past and old hurts from 6 years ago. The banter between J.C. and Holly can be amusing at times and frustrating at times!




    As Holly and J.C. see each other more and more, between her 'accidents' and his investigation, both of them feel the stir of unresolved feelings for each other. Holly definitely does not want to be feeling anything for J.C., J.C. seems to be more open to starting a relationship again with Holly.




    But there is someone out there who is now out for Holly, who is afraid of what she might find out. And it might be too late for any chance with her and J.C.




    The interactions between Holly and J.C. were good but they seemed to be few and far between for a romance novel. Holly frustrated me to no end, let alone J.C.!!! What sane person takes it upon herself, completely ignorant of the danger, to start her own investigation into a murder? Not only that but when she starts finding things out, she is too busy protecting those she thinks couldn't possibly have done it to let J.C. know the things she's finding out. I was happy to see Holly break things off with Alex...why she put up with him and what she saw in him I have no idea! That wasn't very clear...




    Will J.C. solve the case before Holly gets hurt again? Can he convince her his feelings for her are true? Holly not only has the unresolved issues from their previous relationship, but a 'stalker' relationship in Seattle has left her scarred too. Can she trust J.C. with her heart again? Can they both exercise a little give and take in a relationship?




    I found For Love or Money to be a bit long. It was difficult to be immersed in because the events were somewhat disjointed at times. There were alot of secondary characters and trying to keep them straight and figure out who was who was a bit difficult at times. I felt like could have been a bit more background on some of the characters, including Holly and J.C. There were a lot of loose ends when the story ended...there was no interaction with Holly's Dad. I wondered about Frank, the stalker, because he did make an appearance in For Love or Money, but we were never told what became of him.




    Cathy did manage to keep me guessing almost right to the end though! Just when I thought I had it all figured out...I didn't! The mystery was very intriguing. In fact I would consider this more of a mystery with a hint of romance in it as the mystery suspense was the dominant feature of For Love or Money. If you like those kind of books you will like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Fun Mystery!

    I liked the chemistry between the main character JC and Holly. It was a fast paced read and I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    This book had an intriguing mystery in addition to romantic tens

    This book had an intriguing mystery in addition to romantic tension between Holly and JC.  I would have liked to see more interaction between the two consistently throughout the story, but I enjoyed it and would read it again.  The conflict between the main characters was immediately apparent.  It was amusing to see JC try to get Holy's attention by prodding her in the investigation.  Holly had a legitimate reason for not wanting JC, and yet once she and JC talked about what happened in the past she was able to let it go and see him for the man he had become.  The mystery was fast paced and kept me turning pages to the end.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Murder, mystery and Romance

    This book has murder, mystery and Romance. It leaves you on the edge of your seat trying to find out who is behind everything that is going on. My only problem was that there was too much information that got boring. I wish it would have had more parts like the end. All in all I would read it again.

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    Posted June 13, 2013

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