Hard Press'd [NOOK Book]

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2ND EDITION AVAILABLE HERE AS OF 07/30/2012

Preston Andrews is admired by women for his handsome face and well-toned physique, by all for his opinion and skill. He rejects FBI recruitment efforts to remain with the VBPD.

His dad, a Senator, wants his son in the Foreign Service or politics.

His 180 lb. dog shares his mansion and fails ...

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Hard Press'd

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Overview

2ND EDITION AVAILABLE HERE AS OF 07/30/2012

Preston Andrews is admired by women for his handsome face and well-toned physique, by all for his opinion and skill. He rejects FBI recruitment efforts to remain with the VBPD.

His dad, a Senator, wants his son in the Foreign Service or politics.

His 180 lb. dog shares his mansion and fails obedience training.

His sister isn't speaking to him.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011147081
  • Publisher: Linda Rae Blair
  • Publication date: 12/4/2010
  • Series: Preston Andrews Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 49,330
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

Raleigh artist, Linda Rae Blair was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has used her knowledge gained during extensive travel throughout the United States and her passion for art, history, mysteries, and scenery to create compact novels with rich characters so real you'll miss them when they're gone and places you'll swear you've been. She has lived in Seattle, WA, Monterey Bay, CA, Cincinnati, OH, and retired five years ago in the Raleigh, NC area.Her love of history is well-earned. She is a direct descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Mayflower fame. She is also descended from a strong line of Scots-Irish immigrants to America in the 1700s. She even had a great uncle who was robbed by the infamous outlaw Belle Starr.Her Scottish love story, “Elusive”, spans 200 years of Scottish history and intrigue via setting in 1700s Scotland and early 1900s Paris and Scotland.An avid reader who inhales novels by Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and others in the romance/mystery genres, her imagination takes you to a variety of places and times all in the same story.Her travels to the beautiful southwestern states inspired her more modern historic romance combined with mystery, “100 Years of Brotherly Love”.Her mystery series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries now has 12 published entries, beginning with “Hard Press’d” which now claims over 50,000 downloads and, most recently, the softcover print version of the series in compilation form.Ms. Blair has spent many happy hours in Virginia Beach during off-season, when the winds blow cold and hard and the salty air whips at the weather-protected palms. This is the locale chosen for her Preston Andrews series. Locals and visitors alike find many familiar frames of reference in this series.Her homage to her love for Poirot is via her teeny tiny mystery, “The Board Game Murders”.Her newest series is aimed at a slightly younger and more female audience from that of The Preston Andrews series but begins in the backstory in “Pressing Reunion”.The Samantha Hartley, PI series is lighter and features a very young and not terribly experienced private investigator just beginning her career—with a slight assist from the Director of the FBI.One thing is for certain, she combines her passions into stories interesting to history buffs, travelers, and lovers of romance and mystery.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    AWESOME by venturazeke@gmail.com

    I read this book because i was just giving it the benifit of the doubt thatbit was going to be OKAY. I was totally wrong, because this book was AWESOME! It was ome of the best detective novels i have EVER read. I didn't find any mistakes , like you would with most free books and this book was perfectly laid out. Then i find out that there is a second book! I am so totally going to buy it even though it is 99¿. This is coming from the guy that hasn't gotten any books unless they are free. P.S.Email me if you want, my name is Zeke Nodes

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Disappointed

    I thought this was an interesting story until the two characters fell into a sexual frenzy the first day they met. Why can't you just tell a story without making the characters fall into bed all the time?

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Fair but you could drive a truck through the plot holes

    This wasn't horrible, but there was not a lot of character development. Aside from constantly mentioning how fabulous the main character is. Sort of felt like I was reading something from a college composition class.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Very good book

    Well written, interesting plot, pulls you in from page 1. Only annoyances are too much hero worship of main detective and unbelievable wealth of main character.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Enjoyed

    Pleasantly surprised. Characters believable. Will read other "Press" books by Ms. Blair.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    There aren't enough words...

    to describe how disappointed in this book I am. However, I'm more determined to try than this author was at taking some time to create a well written novel.

    First, the plot was excellent! I really was impressed. However, like mentioned in an earlier review the author really needed a qualified editor to help develop the plot and characters. By the end of the book we're left with a god like main character who hasn't changed since the beginning, a supporting character (Trace) who starts out as a hero worshipper and then (for all intents and purposes) disappears, to another supporting character who touts her professionalism but removes her panties in a matter of a few short hours, and a smattering of other underdeveloped characters who could have lent real credence to the story. I got more info on Jones from the synopsis than I did in the book!!!!

    Join all of that with the author's apparent dislike for the navy in Virginia Beach, and had this been a hard copy I'd have burned the book! The hardest part is that after seeming to trample the navy, the author back-pedaled to mke the navy appear to be overly anxious to assist in the "investigation"-note the use of quotations. Thus negating the credibility of the navy even more. I live in Virginia Beach, my husband is in the navy, she needs to get her information correct before writing about it. This is especially important because if it weren't for the navy, and other branches of the military here, Hampton Roads would still be a rural area with nothing to offer visitors. Also, there is no way in hell an ensign in the navy would have a 25 years in the navy, still commissioned officer father who is only a lieutenant commander. It's impossible.

    Also, I would suggest the author write about what she knows, not what she's just acquainted with. This will minimize the continuity and consistancy problems. While it's clear that she's been to Virginia Beach, it's also clear she isn't as familiar as she thinks she is-it's the Old Coast Guard Station (all capitalized), and the police headquarters is not "downtown" at all, far from it actually, and those are only a couple of examples.

    Lastly I would have liked to have seen the author ease into the end. One moment we have a dead girl, 150 pages later we have no leads but a main character who is still stunningly good looking, 100 pages further we've met the FBI and slept with said good looking (and now rich) main character, 10 pages after that we're running on the beach, again, and then WHAM! Now we have a killer, smuggler, rapist, and a loser sailor. Oh, and another roll in the hay with our good looking main character.

    The potential is there if more complete research had been done and a thorough editing process used.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Good So Far!

    I really liked this so I bought 4 more in the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Okay

    Good plot but lost a lot in the character development. The hero is sooooooo perfect (we are told excessively) that he becomes, to a large degree, unbelievable and boring.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved it.

    .Loved the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Fast read.

    Enjoyed being introduced to "Press." Like the way the author gets to the point of the story without a lot of unnecessary prose. Will read more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Murder mystery

    Well written with engaging characters. Police and FBI join forces to solve a murder. Along the way the destroy a drug trafficking ring and stop a sex slave ring. Highly recommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Don't bother ... it had potential but fell far short

    This story had potential but it fell very far short. The writing is fast paced and started to draw me in, but it just never developed, and by the end left me flat and feeling cheated. The characters are shallowly portrayed, two dimensional, and neither believable or interesting. The mystery never develops, is wrapped up too quickly, and again is not belivable. The author's writing style has potential, but she needs to learn how to develop a reasonable plot, suspense, and interesting characters. I might try reading a later one of her books, maybe if I've got nothing else to read, but only if it's free. My advice ... skip this one.
    JB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    250 pages...hero is oh so perfect and rich and a genuis and sexy.....gag gag gag.

    An author that does not know the difference between "site" and "sight" has a problem. As I tell my students, look it up, get it right, or listen to me harp about it. This book involves the navy, JAG, police officers, detectives, and the FBI. The hero, is oh my gosh......a gorgeous hunk of genuis, rich as midas, strong as Atlas, braver than Superman and perfection on a dinner plate. The tells how great he is on every dad blasted page until I wanted to gag. There is violence, murder, (pretty graphic), sex ( rather graphic) , drugs, drug running, sexual slave trade. A corrupt navy, kidnapping, rape, attempted rape and some romance. There are a very few curse words and no religion. This book was about 70% correctly edited. I did not like the plot, the characters or the writing style. This is not chick lit. It is more a man's book. For adults. This novel irratated me.

    AD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Not my type of book

    I read about a third and quit. I tried, but just couldn't get into to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Great

    This is a geat read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great easy read! Fun characters and interesting plot. Looking forward to the rest of series :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Good read

    I want more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Good read

    Predictable but good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Very interesting

    Really enjoyed this detective novel. Good characters, intrigung story...more involved than most
    Very enjoyable read.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR KEEP TH

    THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP

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