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Hard Press'd

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by Linda Rae Blair
     
 

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Welcome to the beach--Virginia Beach, to be exact. Detective Preston Andrews (Press to his friends) comes from wealthy Virginia Society with a capital "S". He is a man admired by women for his handsome face and well-toned physique. Men respect his opinion and skill on the job. Crooks cringe at his tough attitude and tenacity.

Despite his refusal to accept the FBI's

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Welcome to the beach--Virginia Beach, to be exact. Detective Preston Andrews (Press to his friends) comes from wealthy Virginia Society with a capital "S". He is a man admired by women for his handsome face and well-toned physique. Men respect his opinion and skill on the job. Crooks cringe at his tough attitude and tenacity.

Despite his refusal to accept the FBI's efforts to recruit him, he remains with the Virginia State Police as their senior detective. His career is a great success--much to his father's dismay. U.S. Senator Andrews would prefer his son go into Foreign Service or politics. A year ago, Press helped the FBI solve the East coast's worse series of murders since The Boston Strangler. He carries the bullet wound to prove it.

His personal life is a mess. His younger sister won't speak to him (his own fault), his live-in girl friend moved out, his parents are disappointed in his career choice, and the 180 lb. dog, Jones, who shares his beachfront mansion has failed multiple attempts at obedience training.

A young girl's murder brings these two aspects of his life crashing together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453743706
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/09/2012
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Raleigh artist, Linda Rae Blair has spent many happy hours in Virginia Beach during off-season when the winds blow hard and cold and the salty air whips at the weather-protected palms. This is the locale chosen for the first of her Preston Andrews series. Locals and visitors alike will find many familiar frames of reference in this, her latest novel.

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Hard Press'd 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this so I bought 4 more in the series
waterchildCS More than 1 year ago
Pleasantly surprised. Characters believable. Will read other "Press" books by Ms. Blair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.Loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I read about a third and quit. I tried, but just couldn't get into to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a geat read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great easy read! Fun characters and interesting plot. Looking forward to the rest of series :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable but good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this detective novel. Good characters, intrigung story...more involved than most Very enjoyable read.
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nannaof2007 More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP
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Loved the whole series