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Trouble in High Heels (Fortune Hunter Series #1)

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One wild night can lead to all kinds of trouble...

When Brandi Michaels discovers her fianceé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto -- a man who’s destined to be either her savior or her downfall. But one thing's for sure: ...

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Overview

One wild night can lead to all kinds of trouble...

When Brandi Michaels discovers her fianceé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto -- a man who’s destined to be either her savior or her downfall. But one thing's for sure: She’s not going down without a fight....

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You can just about picture the Reese Witherspoon of Legally Blonde as the spunky heroine of Christina Dodd's first contemporary romantic thriller, a sparkling, sexy payback tale.

Brandi Michaels, a young, gorgeous lawyer, moves to Chicago to join her fiancé, only to find out he's gone to Vegas to marry his pregnant girlfriend. She pawns the engagement ring, vamps herself up, and prepares to sleep with the first sexy man she meets that night. That man turns out to be a playboy Italian count and jewel thief, Roberto Bartolini, and the weekend is as hot and heavy as she could wish. On Monday, there's another surprise -- guess who turns out to be the client of her new law firm? Brandi not only gets to defend Roberto, who's accused of stealing a jewel, but to spend time with him 24/7, as a judge remands him into her custody. Can she reform this handsome bad boy in a hurry and prevent the jewel heist of the century in the process? Ginger Curwen
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Despite a cover featuring a modern pair of designer heels, this far-fetched romantic intrigue feels like a Regency awkwardly dressed in contemporary clothes. You have your arrogant rake, playboy Italian count and indicted jewel thief Roberto Bartolini; the woman who can tame him, his gorgeous attorney Brandi Michaels; and a gaggle of high-society supporting characters among the Chicago elite. Throw in a steamy, melodramatic early encounter between Roberto and Brandi, a world-renowned diamond called the Romanov Blaze, a Chicago crime ring and a silly court ruling that places Roberto in Brandi's custody, and you have a romance with an identity crisis. There are moments of suspense and flashes of sensuality (buried beneath groaners like "I only want to take you to the brink of pleasurable insanity"), but the story doesn't hang together. The protagonists rarely transcend their stock roles, and the chaotic plot is oddly predictable. Dodd, who cut her teeth on historicals, has penned memorable contemporaries (see Close to You), but this tale is much like cubic zirconia-sparkle and flash but little else. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441825131
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/29/2010
  • Series: Fortune Hunter Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Dodd is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twelve languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club®, recorded on books on tape for the blind, given Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, called the year’s best by Library Journal, and, at the pinnacle of her illustrious career, used as a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Christina Dodd lives in Washington with her husband and two dogs.
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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Christina Dodd

Heart to Heart: How did you get the inspiration for Trouble in High Heels, a contemporary romance that's part caper, part suspense and all hot romance? We were reminded a little of Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief and a little of Reese Witherspoon in the Legally Blonde movies.

Christine Dodd: Part To Catch a Thief, part Legally Blonde. That's exactly it! Brilliant! Trouble in High Heels is the first in my new contemporary suspense series, and it was a gift book, the kind of story that started as a clever concept and writes like a dream. A woman just out of law school moves to Chicago to be with her fiancé, discovers he's in Vegas marrying his pregnant girlfriend, and in a fit of righteous fury, goes out to spend a wild night with the best-looking, most romantic stranger she can find -- and afterward discovers he doesn't vanish as easily as she had hoped. From that idea, Trouble in High Heels grew by leaps and bounds into my favorite plot, a plot that revolves around family problems, high society, and the jewel heist of the century.
HtoH: The passion for jewels and the power of retail therapy is very persuasive in this book. Do you collect jewelry yourself? Did you do any interesting research?

CD: Me? Interested in jewelry? Heavens, no. Ignore the fact that the first time I hit The New York Times, I bought myself obnoxiously large diamond earrings. I admit, I enjoyed the research for Trouble in High Heels, which involved the Hope Diamond -- a blue diamond that started out in India at 112 carats, became one of the French crown jewels at 67 carats, disappeared during the French Revolution and turned up in London, was sold to George IV and, when he died, resold again and again until at last, whittled down to a mere 45 carats, it now rests in the Smithsonian. A writer can't make up stories that good, but I did dream up Roberto Bartolini, the Italian count in search of his real family; Brandi Michaels, the brilliant lawyer with the body of a goddess; and the Romanov Blaze, a diamond so blue, so big, and so well guarded it would be impossible to steal …

HtoH: Tell us about the challenges of writing contemporary romances versus your many historical series.

CD: Contemporaries are both easier -- naturally, the language comes much more easily to me -- and harder -- because if I make a mistake about a location or a profession, the readers know and I definitely hear about it.

HtoH: Last, what's coming up next? Heart to Heart fans want to know!

CD: The second book in the series, Tongue in Chic, is a cross between The Thomas Crown Affair and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with plot twists and turns and the ultimate happy ending.
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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    you got it all in one

    Not only is this book romantic. But its got everything you need in a great book. Drama and lots of it, from the very first page. Romance, suspense, and wonderful characters. Omg I loved Roberto and Brandi. She got scorned in the beginning and goes through so much. The whole book she is having to show how smart, bright and strong she truely is. She stands up for herself. And in the end she gets what she deserves. (And so does her dad). I loved this book and so far the next one Tounge and Chic. Am about to start reading the third book in this series and can not wait!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    I don't understand.

    What do you mean save her or destroy her?
    ~Rose

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    WOW!!! This book is definitely a page turner, I couldn't wait to

    WOW!!!
    This book is definitely a page turner, I couldn't wait to finish reading it. Christina Dodd managed to put everything anyone could want into
    Trouble in High Heels and I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Treat yourself to amazing book!

    A complete masterpiece of humor, suspense and romance! Delightful characters with intriguing backgrounds, and strong personalities. I urge any reader to pick up any one of Christina Dodd's novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    I LOVED IT!!!

    I Loved this book! I could definitly see this as made for tv movie for lifetime, oxygen or we. It was a good plot, full of emotion. I could easily visualize a beautiful italian man being weakened by a not only beautiful woman but an intelligent woman. And Brandi had guts. Guts to stand up to her father, guts to break down that wall with her mother, guts to take a lover and guts to not let anything or anyone stand in her way. And who wouldn't love a movie (or book) about being the one woman who changes a wild man??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    A fun and sexy read

    Trouble In High Heels by Christina Dodd is a sultry and delightful story. Brandi Michaels has moved to Chicago to be near her fiancé. She is barely moved in when she finds out his is marrying another woman that he got pregnant. Brandi decides she is going to have one night in the arms of a stranger. Brandi thinks she has met that man at her honorary uncle Charles McGrath¿s home. The lady in red at his lawyer¿s private party intrigues Roberto Bartolini. When she offers him a night of passion with no strings attached, he does not pass it up. But they both are in for a shock when she has joined the law firm that is set to defend him against charges of being a jewel thief. Can Brandi trust this man with her heart as well as her life? When her life is threatened Roberto offers his wealth and home as a haven. These two have major trust issues to overcome. Will they be able to do that before danger catches up with them? Trouble In High Heels is an exceptional book. The chemistry between Roberto and Brandi ignites in every scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Trouble in Plotting, but High Heeled Romance

    When Brandi Michaels was dumped by her fiancé, she knew the best way to get over him was to sleep with a charming man that she would never see again. And she did! But knowing her rotten luck, the man turned out to be her new client. Now a killer is after Brandi, and Roberto, her one night stand guy, could save her, or destroy her. --- When I brought this novel, I was under the impression that it was a romantic suspense, which it¿s marketed as. But the book only contained 25 pages of mystery and the rest was all romance. The plot was rather predictable, and the characters were one dimensional, unrealistic, and at times boring. This book had some nice moments, but most of it was pretty silly. The plot itself was very similar to the plot of ¿Always a Thief¿ by Kay Hooper, except that the romance in Miss Dodd¿s book was better in my opition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    Too Silly

    this story just did not deliver,I have always enjoyed her stories in the past...Let's all hope she goes back to writing like we know she capalbe of. This book is too silly, there are enough silly writer out there already....to many!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    ordinary

    'Trouble in High Heels' occurs in modern times. It follows a young lady who is jilted by her fiance. Angry, she sells their engagement ring, and spends this money on one fabulous day of pampering, shopping, and seduction. The opening chapters are fantastic: 5-stars. This novel will appeal to women with a nasty ex-husband or ex-boyfriend. I don't and, perhaps because of this, found the middle 2/3 slow and borring. A prominent theme of the book is 'men who think women are stupid'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    A wonderful reading experience

    Lawyer Brandi Michaels moves all the way to Chicago to be with her fiancée, a doctor who meets all the requirements of her perfect mate. When he calls to tell her he¿s married to his girlfriend because he got her pregnant, Brandi is so furious she pawns her engagement ring and uses it to transform herself into a femme fatale. She plans to pick up a sexy man at her company¿s party and have her way with him for one night.---------------- When Count Roberto Bartolini walks in the room she knows she found her man and he definitely wants to spend the night with the sexy, beautiful, and bright Brandi. One night turns into a weekend and when she reports to work on Monday she is horrified to learn that he is a client of the firm and she is representing him for the theft of a jewel. Per the judge¿s order, Roberto is remanded into her custody and despite her better judgment and the belief that he is a jewel thief, Brandi falls in love with him not knowing that he plans to steal the Romanov Blaze and give it to his family¿s enemy in exchange for what he really wants.-------------------------- Christina Dodd, known for her well written and creative historical novel, has written her first romantic suspense and readers well realize that she is the latest star in the sub-genre which includes such greats like Iris Johansen, Kay Harper, and Linda Howard. Brandi proves that beauty and brains can co-exist in a person and she never loses her delightful sense of humor as she bounces from one dangerous situation to the next. Roberto is a sexy brilliant entrepreneur on his own quest who finds the woman of his dreams in the middle of a dangerous operation but refuses to let her leave him for fear he will lose her forever when she learns the truth about his criminal activities.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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