Little Miss Straight Lace, Book One of the Unbreakable Series [Mystery, Romance, Suspense] [NOOK Book]

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The Unbreakable Series, A 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner

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Little Miss Straight Lace, Book One of the Unbreakable Series [Mystery, Romance, Suspense]

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The Unbreakable Series, A 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner

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Story description: When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this three-book series of romance, mystery, and suspense that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page.

Books in the Unbreakable Series:
Little Miss Straight Lace
Little Girl Lost
Daddy's Little Girls

Excerpt:

Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy. We just—”
“O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story. Everything. But I swear, I never did anything to her. Nobody did. Not on my watch, anyway. I took real good care of her. I swear. You gotta believe me!”
Nic’s pulse quickened. He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
“Y-you know—your girl.”
“My girl?”
“Y-yeah. You know…petite, brunette, pretty. Kinda…” The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
Nic pursed his lips. “Okay. I know what she looks like.” He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about? ‘Your watch’. ‘Took care of her’. Where? When?”
“Come on, you know…” The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator–a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
“Well, uh, well…”
Nic took another step.
The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay. See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay? It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her. I remembered her from the bar. From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool. I mean, I didn’t know who she really was. I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay? I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Molly Martin
"Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…'Little Miss Straight Lace' is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read."
Readers Favorite Book Awards - Readers Favorite
"There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read."
Amazon - Amazon Reviewer
"It was one of those books, I couldn't wait to finish, had to know what happened, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end."
Hawley Lodge - A.J. Braithewaite
“…a great beach read...all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
Molly Martin
"Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…'Little Miss Straight Lace' is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read."
A.J. Braithewaite
“…a great beach read...all the ingredients for a story that’s hard to put down…”
Molly Martin, Midwest Book Review
"Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…'Little Miss Straight Lace' is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read."
Readers Favorite Book Awards
"There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor. A very enjoyable read."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011834684
  • Publisher: Research Triangle Publications
  • Publication date: 7/3/2010
  • Series: Unbreakable , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 176,708
  • File size: 525 KB

Meet the Author

Maria Romana has 20+ years experience in medical and social research, and has published numerous articles (under the name Beth Spicer) in those fields. She has also written a romantic suspense series, a food counts guide, and is working on another series. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and The College of William & Mary. She currently resides in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina with her husband and two children and enjoys hearing from readers at her website, MariaRomana.com.
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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Good Solid Entertainment

    This story revolves around some unexpected findings during the research of an abortion drug. Josie, the researcher who first stumbles upon the problem, is drawn into a dangerous web of deceit which threatens her and her closest friends. Nic is the computer expert called in to help with the mystery, who also ends up helping Josie with some of her personal problems, as she does with his.

    Now I've got to say it: the plotline of this book is a bit convoluted. It's full of crazy twists, ironies, and coincidences. But so is Romeo & Juliet. Let's face it, convoluted plots are fun, as long as the story is still believable, and the characters aren't too stupid to live. And I think that's the case with this book. The characters are smart and colorful--they're messy and disorganized, they eat the wrong foods, and obsess over their golf games. The groundwork for the mystery is well-laid with all the little details that seem so innocuous in the beginning turning out to be important in the end.

    Potential readers should be warned that there are a lot of touchy issues covered in this book--divorce, rape, abortion, even religious cults, and the language used by some characters is harsh but appropriate for their personalities. Despite the serious topics, the book never takes itself too seriously, managing to deal with the issues while never straying too far from its main mission of entertainment.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

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    A very enjoyable read.

    Josie Natale was a brilliant bio-statistician. Her report proved that a drug had high adverse reactions. She refused to change her report when threatened. Josie was good at her job but she was just as lax concerning her life. She was always running late. She rarely cooked, cleaned, or did laundry. When they began receiving strange emails from The Warriors Of God, they called in a computer security team to track them. Josie turned to Nic,a handsome security expert from South America. Josie did not know what to do or who to trust. Someone entered her home and her best friend was attacked at the women's clinic where she worked. Who was responsible: her former boss, ex boyfriend Henry, or could it be Nic?

    There is one thing for sure, the reader is in for a rollicking ride. It is full of suspense and mystery along with romance and humor .This book will keep you guessing to the very last page. The prologue was a bit perplexing at first. I was half way through the book before I could make the connection. A very enjoyable read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Officially reviewed for The Romance Reviews

    Little Miss Straight Lace has a great story to tell, a great cast of characters, and a wonderful brace of villains that you enjoy hating.

    Josie Natale is a bio-statistician - she makes her living checking and correlating the data produced by pharmaceutical trials. She's good at her job and has earned a reputation for being by-the-book, never fudging numbers or cutting corners - Little Miss Straight Lace. Nic Remedian is a South American security consultant brought in by Josie's best friend to investigate threatening emails that have been received by various employees and appear to be coming from a religious cult.

    The relationship between Josie and Nic is wonderful to see unfold. Josie is a vibrant character and so is Nic. They work well for each other. The supporting cast of friends and family is also well-drawn and fully fleshed out, and the villains are both brilliant and scary.

    My only problem with the book was the pacing. At points it would drag on, and on, and on, like the Energizer Bunny. As an example, Nic thinks he sees someone leaving Josie's apartment. He tells her about it and she thinks he's mistaken - and then NOTHING happens for chapters and chapters and chapters. I'd read something like that and would gear myself up for the action / confrontation to start and then it would just wither. It sometimes felt as if I was reading two separate books. One was a contemporary romance, and the other was a romantic suspense. For the first half of the book, it was straight contemporary with a smidge of suspense thrown in here and there, and then at the last half of the book the romantic thriller took over. I feel like the book would have been better if pacing and flow had been a bit faster.

    Despite the plodding plot, it was still an enjoyable read. I was really rooting for Josie and Nic, they were a great couple. Miss Romana really nailed the chemistry between them and created something very sweet where you just ached for them to have a Happily Ever After. She delivered on that, too, in a very satisfying way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 14, 2014

    Amazing

    This book was terrific i defenitly recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Its a very good book

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