Yours, Mine, and Ours (Cadence Jones Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes the next hilarious installment in her laugh-out-loud trilogy featuring an unconventional FBI agent who finds love in the most unexpected places

It’s Christmas season, a holiday Cadence adores. Her relationship with Patrick has been progressing nicely, and they are beginning to wonder if it might be time to bring things to the next level...unprecedented in Cadence’s life. That is...

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Yours, Mine, and Ours (Cadence Jones Series #2)

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Overview


From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes the next hilarious installment in her laugh-out-loud trilogy featuring an unconventional FBI agent who finds love in the most unexpected places

It’s Christmas season, a holiday Cadence adores. Her relationship with Patrick has been progressing nicely, and they are beginning to wonder if it might be time to bring things to the next level...unprecedented in Cadence’s life. That is until she meets the completely dreamy Dr. Max Gallo and he throws Cadence and her sisters for a tailspin.

And if the threat of Dr. McDreamy weren’t enough there is a new BOFFO employee, Emma Jan Thyme, whose reputation precedes her. She has a doctorate from Harvard, speaks seven languages, and is a remarkable actress. But she’s harboring a secret of her own.

In addition to adjusting to a new co-worker’s foibles, shopping for her Secret Santa, and trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for Patrick, a new serial killer appears to have blown into town. For four Junes in a row perfectly ordinary fourteen year olds have disappeared. The only things the victims have in common are their ordinariness...and it’s up to Cadence to figure out the case before another innocent teen dies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Awesomely original, fast paced and fun, with characters you’ll never forget!”

—Lori Foster, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Me, Myself, and Why?

 

“One of the most unique and engaging stories to comealong this year.” —RT Book Reviews on Me, Myself, and Why?

 

"The second in Davidson's unique trilogy featuring an FBI agent with multiple personalities is a real page-turner. The story flows with relative ease and readers new to the series will have little trouble getting up to speed. The three personalities, or sisters, are clearly distinct. This book doesn't take itself too seriously, except when it comes to solving crime. It's absolutely witty and smart." —RT Book Reviews on Yours, Mine and Ours

Kirkus Reviews
An FBI agent with multiple personality disorder is on the hunt for a serial killer, in the second of Davidson's wisecracking series. Cadence, aka Shiro and Adrienne, is assigned to a Twin Cities–based, literally wacky FBI special-ops unit: BOFFO (Bureau of False Flags Ops), which has gathered together staffers representing the full range of mental disorders the DSM-IV has to offer. Cadence, whose Sybil syndrome surfaced after a childhood trauma, and her sociopath partner George, are short on leads in their search for the June Boy Killer, so named because his victims are always 14-year-old boys, always killed in June, and left, dressed in new shirts and blue jeans, for police to find. A new recruit, Emma Jan, joins the team, but she has an unfortunate tendency to go berserk when she sees herself in a mirror. Supervisor Michaela holds briefings in the office kitchen, while obsessively chopping things with her prize knife collection. Cadence et al. have received some helpful hints (coupled with threats) in the quest for JBK from the ThreeFer, murderous autistic triplets (now reduced to two), at large since installment one, (Me, Myself and Why?, 2010). Mild-mannered Cadence and her more flamboyant other selves have, not surprisingly, a complicated personal life. Wealthy boyfriend Patrick seeks a commitment, about which Shiro, who has a crush on a victim's uncle, Dr. Max Gallo, and Adrienne, a psychotic who would rather crush men, period, are, to say the least, ambivalent. When June Boy departs from his pattern and murders in December, the BOFFO force is stymied. Dr. Max seems to know more about JBK's habits than his mere status as a bereaved relative would warrant, and trailer-dwelling white supremacists further muddle the mix. In short chapters, the personality "splits" are handled with a minimum of confusion, but witty dialogue is the main attraction.

As in most banter-based mysteries, the action sometimes lags while the characters quip, but readers will enjoy the ride, and the company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429988087
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Cadence Jones , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 146,173
  • File size: 455 KB

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson has been credited with starting paranormal chick lit. She is the author of the Undead series and Me, Myself and Why? Her books have been listed on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and she lists her goals as “Working for world peace, figuring out how to make potstickers, and speaking at writer and reader conferences around the world.” She lives in Minnesota.

Biography

Reading the coyly self-deprecating autobiography on her web site, one gets the distinct impression that MaryJanice Davidson does not have the slightest interest in talking about herself. Perhaps it's because she simply doesn't have the time. Prolific does not begin to describe this chart-busting dynamo, the author of four bestselling series and literally dozens of novellas and short stories.

A writer with a few romances and YA novels to her credit, Davidson had tried for years to interest publishers in her idea for a humorous, tongue-in-cheek vampire romance. After dozens of rejections (and assurances that there was no market for paranormal!), she submitted her manuscript for publication online. An editor at a New York publishing house downloaded the story, was royally entertained, and contacted Davidson to acquire the print rights to Undead and Unwed. On the spot, she was offered a three-book contract.

When Undead and Unwed and its wry sequel, Undead and Unemployed, were released in early 2004, not one, but two stars were born: Davidson and her irresistible protagonist, the reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor. A smart, sassy, 27-year-old secretary, Betsy is killed in a freak car accident and wakes up (so to speak) to discover that she is not only a vampire but the much-prophesied Queen of the Undead. Readers loved Davidson's wry take on vampire literature, a genre long distinguished by its gothic self-seriousness. Betsy, with her smarty-pants attitude and passion for designer shoes, is one vampire queen who owes more to Sophie Kinsella than to Anne Rice.

While Davidson has continued to produce more Undead novels, she has also found the time to launch three other romantic fantasy series featuring 1.) a hybrid mermaid named Fred, 2.) an eccentric family of Alaskan royals, and 3.) a cyborg spy. All are infused with her trademark wit and imagination. In addition, she and her husband, Anthony Alongi, have written the Jennifer Scales series, originally marketed to young adults and re-released as fantasy fiction for all ages. Davidson also remains one of the most popular writers of paranormal romantica; her short stories and novellas appear regularly in anthologies.

Good To Know

Davidson is not the only one in her family to achieve fame. Her mother once broke the world record for target shooting.

Before she devoted her time to chronicling the love lives of vampires and werewolves, Davidson was voted Miss Congeniality in her high school.

Even though Davidson is one of the most popular writers of modern monster fiction, in real life she is actually terrified of the undead. In fact, she is currently holding a contest on her web site asking readers to put together a twelve-step program to help her get over her fear of zombies!

As she writes on her website, Davidson lived a transient life as a young girl. Her father's career in the U.S. Air Force led her to live in such disparate locales as Guam, Mississippi, and North Dakota. As she grew older, her life in the working world was just as restless as her childhood. She tried her hand at everything from waitressing to modeling to editing to a stint as a medical test subject (!) before settling on a career as a bestselling novelist. These days, her life may be a bit more settled, but it has hardly slowed down.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Davidson

"I'm a former model -- worst job ever, honestly."

"I'm a gigantic sushi hog -- it's pretty much my favorite meal."

"The more terrible and groaningly awful a horror movie is, the more I like it."

"Um, I like bubble baths? Seriously. I know that sounds like something a Playboy Bunny would say, but I really do."

"I like taking my kids to new restaurants and encouraging them to try new dishes -- we did "Dim Sum" just the other day."

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chapter one

 

 

“—doing in here?”

I blinked at the woman across from me. She was not pleased, not even a teeny tiny bit. Her hair, which was once probably a lovely brunette pageboy, now looked as though the woman had been combing it with a wire whisk. Her face was red and shiny. Her clothes were a mess—a run in her pantyhose, her blouse untucked, one shoe missing—and she was standing ankle-deep in a drift of snow. Her brown eyes were really, really starey.

“Well? What do you have to say for yourself?”

“I didn’t miss Christmas, right?” I asked. This wasn’t an idle question. The last thing I remembered was December, but hardly any snow—it had been a weirdly “green” winter.

That’s your question?”

I wondered if she had a hearing problem. “Um. Yeah. That’s my question. I really, really hope I didn’t miss Christmas again.”

“Didn’t you hear me?” the woman croaked. Her voice was hoarse, either because she was ill or she’d been screaming. Probably at me, poor thing. Unless she was hoarse and ill. Poor thing! “The cops are on the way! This is … it’s … it’s destruction of property! You think I don’t know that? Everybody knows that! You’re … you are a destroyer of property! My property!”

Well, that certainly sounded bad. I nodded encouragement (“yes, my, sounds terrible, really, just awful awful awful”) but it didn’t calm her down, not even a little.

I tried to figure out where I was. There were no newspapers around, so I had no idea what city I was in or what the date was. No TVs running with a CNN stream. Windows, sure, but too high for me to see billboards or the Golden Arches or any sort of landmark. (Mmmmm. Arches! Suddenly I wanted a Filet-O-Fish or five.) Nothing indicating the name of the building the poor thing and I were trapped together in. Just barking.

Lots of barking from, I would deduce (being a trained investigator for the FBI, I could do that; I could deduce all over the place), lots of dogs.

Dogs.

Ah.

I looked down and observed that the “snow” I was standing in was actually mounds and mounds of poodle fur.

“Uh-oh.”

“That’s it? That’s all you have to say for yourself? After what you did?”

“Um … oh, crumbs?” (Profanity was for the unimaginative.) “And … I’m sorry?” An apology seemed like the right move. When I woke up in a strange place with enraged strangers who were wearing only one shoe while standing in poodle fluff, it was almost always the right move.

“And there they are!” she shrilled, pointing with a flourish at the approach of two police officers. “You boys! You come over here and … and get her.”

Get me?” I asked, appalled. “But you don’t even know me.”

“Don’t say that like we haven’t spent ten horrible minutes together.”

Well. We hadn’t. She and I, is what I meant. She had spent time with my body, but not with me. Don’t worry: it’s not as depraved as it sounds.

“She committed felony assault on all my show poodles!”

Scratch that. It was at least as depraved as it sounds.

“Ohhhhh, that sounds bad,” I said as the officers hurried up. They were St. Paul police, I noted, as I nodded politely and tried to look the opposite of dangerous. Both big and blond and puffy, one with blue eyes and one with brown.

“You called in the assault, ma’am?” Blue Eyes asked.

“I think, yes, Officer,” I said, well into helpful mode.

“You shut up! I did.” She blew a hank of hair off her forehead with a gusty, egg-scented puff. “She committed assault all over everything and I’ll lose now and months—months!—down the drain!”

“You should probably arrest me,” I agreed. I went to set down my mocha, then realized my hands were empty. No wonder I was thirsty. “I’ll come along quietly.”

And I did.

 

Copyright © 2012 by MaryJanice Davidson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Different but good read!

    This is a little different than the normal read from maryjanice Davidson. Usually if her books are filled with Saxon vampire and werewolves and all different kinds of beings of the night. This one takes a little turn into the everyday life of someone with multiple personality disorder or psychosis. These are every day common ailments of people in our own everyday world. This is a different change from the vampire queen, werewolves, and zombies that maryjanice usually puts in her books. A great read that is light and almost fluffy and very comical. Good luck to Cadence, Shiro, Adrienne, and Baker boy!

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    Kaylee

    Se.x much?

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    To mateless toms

    Post here saying you want a mate. Put your den (such as the fourth result) but you can only put a den on these books. Tell the person ality you want and i will find the perfect shecat for you!

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    Darkblade

    &$*$ this. He leaves

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